The Moral Wardrobe: hips don’t lie

I am “pear shaped” according to those silly women’s body quizzes that compare you to different fruits. Though I know it’s absurd, I generally take the body proportion rules for dressing pretty seriously. I try to wear things that “cinch at the waist and skim over hips and thighs.” It’s true that I look much slimmer when my proportionally larger hips and butt are hidden away, but at some point you just have to ask yourself what you’re trying to achieve by adhering to superficial standards that you know are harmful.

So today I’m wearing a pair of jeans that most definitely wouldn’t be allowed in my What Not To Wear post-makeover wardrobe. Screw it! I like ’em. I like the mid-rise and the straight, cropped leg. I feel like a cool ’90s woman who has just discovered feminism and feels that she can achieve anything, starting with tackling androgynous denim trends.

These jeans weren’t sourced ethically, I’m afraid. I’ve mentioned it before on Instagram, but I have had 0 luck finding good quality, long lasting jeans on the ethical market that fit. For that reason, I make sure I look for conventional denim with a comfortable rise, good seaming, and thicker material that will last me for years. I haven’t bought new denim for a couple of years and my last purchases are still going strong. It’s one way I ensure that I’m still being thoughtful even in less than ideal circumstances.

Ethical Details (contains affiliate links):
Tee – Krochet Kids; Shoes – Sseko Designs via MadeFAIR
What compromises do you make when it comes to building an ethical, meaningful closet? Is there a particular type of item you haven’t been able to find on the ethical market?
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  1. Leah Wise
    May 6, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Have you tried Naja's bras?

  2. Leah Wise
    May 6, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Oh! Have you tried Naja?

  3. Anonymous
    April 28, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Running shoes! I've been able to find ethical and secondhand athletic apparel, but secondhand running shoes won't do it. And I've yet to find any ethical shoes for distance running.

  4. Leah Wise
    April 27, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    *good, not food.

  5. Leah Wise
    April 27, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    Thanks. I just got a facebook ad for Industry Standard. I have the hardest time with Levi's for some reason. I've never found a pair that fit in the butt and the waist at the same time.

  6. Leah Wise
    April 27, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Thank you!

  7. Leah Wise
    April 27, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    As a fellow small chested woman, I have trouble finding food everyday bras, too. I'll look into Only Hearts! And thanks for the compliment. The longer I wore these, the more comfortable I felt in them.

  8. Leah Wise
    April 27, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Bras are awfully hard to find. I have no suggestions for you :(On an unrelated note, your looser vintage jeans inspired me to take the cool mom jeans plunge.

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    April 27, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    great post and you look awesome.

  10. Jennifer L
    April 27, 2016 / 1:09 am

    You look fabulous! I love the cuffing with the closed toe sandals – will have to try!

  11. Jessie
    April 26, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    I know what you mean when it comes to finding denim. I have short, muscular legs so to find something off the rack that doesn't need hemmed is pretty much impossible. The good thing is, premium denim is nearly all made in the USA, mostly in Los Angeles. After going through multiple pairs that fell apart, I invested some major $$ in some from Paige Denim and hit the jackpot. I've since discovered Bluer Denim & Industry Standard that are especially socially conscious companies and affordable. Also Levi's is a classic with lots of different fits, that is making huge impacts in the sustainability realm.

  12. screwdestiny
    April 26, 2016 / 12:10 am

    The only compromise I've had to make over the past several years has been bikinis, bras, panties, and lingerie. However, it's been my goal this year to stop supporting Victoria's Secret and so far I have succeeded! I bought a new lingerie piece from made-in-NYC brand Only Hearts and if I end up getting a new bikini this summer it will be from Vitamin A. The bras are still difficult to find (as a small chested woman I need something with padding) but progress!By the way, I don't think your body looks bad at all in those jeans…

  13. Andrea
    April 25, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    Ok… so TMI but I cannot find an ethical bra that will work for my post two-children, perkiness challenged, slightly well endowed chest. I've visited several sites and most of them do not carry bras in my size or those that do only one or two choices that usually lack features I need (read sufficient padding, straps wider than spaghetti or an underwire). I'll keep looking but until I find something I'll keep going with something well made and wear it out. I'd love to hear your suggestions.Also, love that you're saying "screw-it" to the pear shaped rules and wearing something you love! It's good to show the rules who's boss from time to time.

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