Tips + Lifestyle
It's no secret that I truly and deeply believe that a good grasp of personal style is essential for moving towards true "slow fashion" and conscious consumerism. I am beyond elated to introduce you to Alison Knox. Alison is a personal stylist who works in both Portland and San Francisco. I've been lucky enough to become friends with Alison over the last several months and am in awe of the skill she has for helping both men and women discover their true style, and in many cases, their true identity.
We can pin all the pins on Pinterest, but we have to explore items on ourselves and observe how we feel in them to truly understand what types of clothing best express our style. Sure, we can read style blogs and follow the helpful formulas that stylists have created, but at the end of the day, we've got to get the garments off the screen and onto our own bodies. How do we do this sustainably... and on a budget?
Hats. They come in all shapes and sizes and colors. As far as practicality is concerned, they're one of the least necessary items in your closet, and yet I would argue that investing in the right hat is one of the biggest stepping stones to embracing and rocking your personal style.
The weather starts to turn and I pull out my favorite pair of jeans. Slipping my feet through the legs, I begin to pull them up and suddenly feel that awful resistance. I fight for a full minute to coerce the jeans over my thighs and booty only to face another brutal battle when it comes to the zipper.
I feel betrayed by the jeans, but that quickly turns into feeling betrayed by my own body.
They used to fit.
My body used to be acceptable to these jeans.
We recently returned from spending almost three weeks in Europe. To say it was a great experience would be an understatement, it was MAGIC.
As promised, I kept track of exactly what I wore and am sharing all the details of my minimal chic travel wardrobe with you now!
The hubs and I are headed to Europe for a few weeks and I could not be more excited!
We're hitting four different countries: Estonia, Sweden, France and Germany. According to my weather app, we'll need to be prepared for everything from rainy days to blazing sun. In previous years, a trip like this would inevitably leave me throwing everything possible into the biggest suitcase I could carry, but I'm finding that a simplified wardrobe at home carries over into a simplified packing list.
When I stepped into this field, I was solely focused on the social justice aspect of fashion. I was (and am) determined to empower consumers to redirect their purchases in order to transform the industry. As I've dialogued with readers and clients, I've become keenly aware that there are aspects of "healthy fashion" that go much deeper than purchasing from ethical brands.
Most of us are on some sort of a budget, especially when it comes to clothing. With the higher price-tag of ethical items, shopping secondhand is a great way to save some cash without supporting fast-fashion. However, if you have the ability to save up and buy something new, it can be a wonderful investment in your wardrobe. This post is dedicated to helping you determine what items are truly worth buying new and what items can easily be found secondhand!
Ethical fashion is getting a lot of awareness, this is a great thing! Unfortunately, it also means that some brands will try to shortcut implementing ethical practices throughout their supply chain and simply tell consumers that they make things "ethically" in hopes of gaining customers.
The other day, someone jokingly said "It must be fun being a style consultant... you get paid to critique the way people dress!" I laughed, but realized that this is often the real perception people have, and it's so far from what consulting actually entails in my case. I struggle a bit with the label "style consultant" because it paints a picture that's very different from what I'm all about.
So what do I actually do when you book a consultation with me?
I'm constantly talking about how beneficial it is to curate an intentional closet, but what does that actually look like?
I decided to share my complete wardrobe as a practical example. Keep in mind, this is not a formula to replicate. Take the time to find what works for you, but use this as inspiration to know that you really can achieve high functioning ethical style without an overflowing closet.
The season is beginning to shift, which means we're entering a phase of reevaluating our wardrobes to match the impending change in weather. No matter what time of year it is, taking time to be thoughtful about the items we purchase is always a good practice. This may be more important than ever with advertisements for spring clothing everywhere we turn!
Here are five questions that I ask myself before making a purchase:
Some people are drawn to the idea of wearing the same uniform everyday. If that's you, then you probably have no problem with the idea of a small "capsule" or minimal wardrobe. However, many of us get bored with the predictability of what most capsule wardrobes look like these days.
When I first simplified my closet, the items that I kept reflected what Pinterest told me I needed...and I ended up hating it.
I've decided to let you all in on my secret weapon for closet organization. I recommend this app to my friends all the time, so I figured it was time to give it a post of its own! Meet your closet's new (very organized) best friend...
If you are...
a) nervous about taking the plunge into minimalism
b) craving simplicity but share a home with others who aren't on the same page as you
c) not interested in minimalism but appreciate dressing well
...this post is for YOU!
I love a good closet purge.
Now that I shop responsibly (and way less frequently), I don't have to clean out my closet very often. However, there inevitably comes a time when something is too worn or doesn't fit me anymore.
While getting rid of unwanted clothing is personally helpful, I want to make sure I'm doing it in a way that isn't wasteful or damaging to the environment.
If you've been anywhere near Pinterest, Instagram or even YouTube in the past year, I bet you've seen a capsule wardrobe of some sort.
A few rows of clothes neatly displayed.
A common color pallet to allow maximum outfit options.
They seem like the perfect fit for a minimalist, but are they really?
Have you ever found yourself acquiring new clothes for a trip, only to find you don't wear them in your everyday life? Sometimes it's necessary, but I'm becoming increasingly convinced that most trips can be taken using what we already have in our closets.
Read on to find my tips for avoiding over-shopping and see how I made my Northwest wardrobe work for a recent tropical vacation.
We're entering a season of giving... which concurrently entails a season of receiving.
How do you navigate the holiday season as a conscious consumer?
What do you do when you receive gifts that don't align with your values?
You may think "It sounds so overwhelming to get rid of all my stuff and buy a whole new wardrobe that wasn't made in sweatshops," ... YEP. You're right. That is a completely overwhelming thought and, honestly, totally unnecessary.
The moment shopping ethically became attainable to me was the moment I realized that I didn't have to do it all at once.
So, you're shopping ethically now?
Yay! I am seriously so proud of you.
I know firsthand that adopting new shopping habits is hard, so I wanted to share 5 quick tips that have helped me hugely!
Today someone asked me if shopping secondhand is "ethical" since it usually means buying brands that aren't necessarily made ethically.
This isn't the first time I've gotten that question, so I figured it warranted a blog post.
The short answer is...
While most conscious consumers choose to purchase ethically for selfless reasons, that doesn't mean that ethical shopping is entirely sacrificial. I've found some benefits to changing my shopping habits that are pretty wonderful...