I was compensated by Amalou and provided a bag in exchange for styling and an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
While fast fashion may finally be in decline, it’s alive and well in the blogging industry. How many conventional bloggers do you see wearing and re-wearing the same clothes over months and years?
It’s all a part of the job, and I can understand that bloggers and readers want fresh content, not to mention that it’s easier to encourage an affiliate sale when the item is still in stock. But it’s obviously unsustainable, and not just from an environmental point of view. In my own experience, it’s mentally taxing and disorienting to constantly feel a need to feature new items. It takes away the joy and creativity of getting dressed in a way that feels like you. It’s ok to be attached to things that help us feel like our best selves.
I have happily owned this United by Blue shirt for just over a year now, and I always feel good about myself when I’m wearing it. The shoes, too, are about a year old. A year isn’t a marker of longevity by any means, but it still feels significant to me, because it means I chose wisely.
I’m not the most confident person when it comes to shopping and I can be very fickle about the things I do end up purchasing. I once read in a shopping book that I’m a “perfectionist shopper,” that I am always looking for the best version of the thing I already own. That can make for tedious and unwanted purchases. So it’s good to know that I made a few great decisions this time last year.
I’m also featuring this work-of-art handbag from Amalou.
It might seem strange to start a review of a new item talking about the value of old items, but bear with me. The reason I think it’s relevant is because this is the sort of bag you don’t ever get rid of. It’s artisanal in every sense of the word: handmade using traditional techniques, but more than that. The bag is crafted out of one, solid piece of wool felt, hand formed by father-son team Abdullah and Mohammed in Morocco.
It’s a bag that demands comment, but isn’t so out there that it can’t be used every day. For me, it’s the thing I plan to use when I want to stand out. I’m going to bring it to a wedding this coming weekend, because I already have friends who want to see it in real life after reading last week’s post on Amalou.
The Amalou Bag retails for $120, putting it right in that comfort level for most readers who took my Reader Survey. It’s a price point that allows for fair compensation, and judging by the quality, I think it’s fair on the consumer end, too.
I always want to be honest about what I actually wear over time, and I know some of you would appreciate more outfit repeats. I work full time outside my house now, so it’s hard for me to take photos frequently, but I hope this post is helpful. I also want to mention that most of my base clothing, like denim and t-shirts, are frequently repeated throughout my styled posts.