Affordable Ethical Sweatshirts + Thoughts on "Athleisure"
Basic ethical staples like sweatshirts and tees can be difficult to find at times. It's items like these that you need for everyday life, but don't want to spend a fortune on since they're not necessarily something you'll consistently wear outside of the house. I couldn't believe my luck when I discovered Live the Give, an ethical apparel company whose mission is to equip every child around the world with a quality education.
It's great to find a brand who is giving to a worthy cause, but I'm always hesitant to purchase based on that alone. It's equally important for me to know that the people who made these clothes were treated well. Najat Murillo (Founder of Live the Give and former elementary teacher) has gone to great lengths to ensure that the clothing she sells is made ethically. Every item sold is made in a WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified factory, so you can rest assured knowing that there is never any child labor, human trafficking, worker punishment, or other harmful practices taking place.
Considering the fact that these are made in ethical factories and part of the profits go directly back to funding education, I was pleasantly surprised at the prices of Live the Give products. The light grey marble wide neck sweatshirt that I'm wearing was only $29, and my husband is rocking the dark grey hoodie for the same price! Live the Give also has very inexpensive staples like tank tops and tees in classic colors and styles.
The first thing that I noticed about my sweatshirt was how incredibly soft it is! I opened our Live the Give package the night we got back from Europe and instantly put this on. I just can't resist anything this cozy and soft! As we slowly eased back into normal life at home last week, I found myself reaching for this sweatshirt frequently. From morning yoga to an outdoor brunch, I've enjoyed the luxury of a comfortable top that isn't too bulky.
A post about sweatshirts seems like the perfect opportunity to discuss a style topic that's been coming up a lot lately: athleisure.
The athleisure trend has been going strong for years now, and I think it's safe to say that it isn't going away anytime soon (if ever). I have mixed feelings about athleisure. On one hand, I love that it's comfortable and very attainable for people with a wide spectrum of tastes. On the other hand, I think that it has caused a lot of confusion for women who are trying to determine their personal style.
Athleisure looks are incredibly popular on Pinterest and Instagram which can lead ladies to think that these types of items need to take up a large portion of their wardrobe. As a style consultant, I can tell you that the "comfy clothes" category is always the one that needs the most pruning down for my clients.
As with anything, these items are best enjoyed in moderation.
Here are a few suggestions to help you determine where comfy clothes fit within your wardrobe:
1. If you personally find yourself frustrated that you don't feel "put together" enough, try upgrading one of your comfy go-to outfits by making a simple swap. For example, wear your cozy sweatshirt with jeans and white sneakers instead of leggings and running shoes.
2. When shopping for comfy clothes, look for items that can be layered like the sweatshirt I'm wearing in this post. Something that's not too bulky can easily be elevated with a simple neck scarf or necklace!
3. Limit yourself to only holding onto comfy items that you think fit your personal style. Not all sweatshirts are created equal! For me, this marble grey sweatshirt is a classic that appeals to my minimalist approach to athleisure. Even your comfy clothes can affect the way you view your personal style identity. Choose wisely!
What are your thoughts on athleisure? Tell me below!
Who should buy this: Anyone looking for a super affordable ethical alternative for tees and sweatshirts will appreciate the low price point!
Who shouldn't buy this: If you're looking for a garment that will hold up wear after wear and wash after wash, these tops might not be for you. They aren't constructed to last with intense wear.
*This post was sponsored by Live the Give. As with all product reviews, the brand was fully vetted by Selflessly Styled prior to collaboration and all thoughts and opinions expressed here are an accurate reflection of my experience with the product. I will always be honest with you!