Ethical Details: Top – Everlane; Skirt – thrifted vintage Ralph Lauren; Sandals – Betula via Ebay; Necklace – old Greenola Style c/o American Nomad
A couple months ago, I went on my annual, pre-summer skirt hunt at the local thrift stores and found this one at my first stop for $3.75. It’s vintage Ralph Lauren Country, made in the USA from yards and yards of medium weight woven cotton. The sheer amount of fabric on this makes it feel decadent, and it falls beautifully because it’s quite heavy. If you were to buy this much by the yard at a fabric store, you’d probably spend more than $50 before you’d even begun sewing.
I always scoop up Ralph Lauren pieces from secondhand shops when I find them, because the cut, proportions, and fabric quality can’t be beat. I’m a bit of a quality snob these days, but it’s just because my experience working at a thrift shop has made me aware of the quality that used to be present in mainstream garments and is now virtually impossible to find unless you buy from a high end designer who still cares about these things.
Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.