The Moral Wardrobe: The Classics


Ethical Details: Custom Embroidered T-Shirt – c/o Known Supply; Jacket – c/o Hackwith Design; Authentic Stretch Denim – Everlane; Mini Ellen Hoops – c/o Sela Designs

If there’s one thing I learned from the Glam Capsule, I am a creature of both comfort and habit. I want to make a statement, but it’s ok if it’s not evident from several yards away. It’s all in the details.

So today I’m wearing some of MY classics. They may not look like a French Wardrobe or a standard capsule, but they’re things that work for me, again and again. I’ve worn this Hackwith Design Jacket, for instance, at least 20 times since I got it in July. It works as a going-out jacket, car coat, and beach cover-up and it always garners compliments. This surprised me at first because I wasn’t sure how such a simple piece could make an impact, but the details, the fit, and the confidence it gives me are noticeable.

This shirt, too, is one of my very favorite things. Known Supply makes fair trade garments with organic cotton and other sustainable fibers, and they’ll embroider basically anything you want on their t-shirts for a small upcharge (of $10). The jeans, as you know, are new, but in the cut and color I always go for in the fall and winter months. And these earrings, which I just received from Sela Designs’ Fall Collection are updated classics: hoops with a small black bead that are lightweight and easy to wear.

When I was in my early 20s, I couldn’t imagine that small details and whispered statements could signal anything meaningful to the world. But these days the world is already loud enough. Everyone’s yelling and tweeting and grandstanding. So I’d rather say my piece in safe space, and let the people who really take a chance to look appreciate the details.

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Leah Wise

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.

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