A Slow Fashion Dress Guide

What even is slow fashion?
On the contrary, fast fashion is the multi trillion dollar industry that feeds our materialistic and discontented feeling of always needing something new.  This industry supports mistreated workers, toxic chemical use, and fuels our desires to buy and consume more, more, more.  Slow fashion is a movement of considering the ethics behind clothing purchases while consuming less.  Have you ever considered the person who made your clothes?  Me either, until earlier this year.  And ever since, I have been horrified by how quick I was to spend $5 on a tee at H&M and think it was all good.
If we only consider the price of a garment, we are ignoring the many other negative implications.
Yes, it will cost more to buy sustainable garments.  But think of it this way- you are supporting a family business, a village, or an independent maker who loves their job of making custom garments, not a corporation or a sweat shop.  And it doesn’t have to cost crazy amounts more- I have been amazed at how many items I’ve been able to find at “normal” prices (think, an Anthro dress for $150).  The concept is almost biblical to me know- I’ve realized by me considering each item I purchase, how it’s affecting others and what my money is funding, I would like to think that maybe, just maybe, I’m doing a little good in the world.
So, as I am slowly (ha!) searching for items that I will be incorporating into my fall/winter capsule, I have a few stipulations I’ve been considering:
  • Will the item last more than one, two, even three seasons?  
  • Are my dollars supporting fair trade operations?  
  • Will it go with multiple items I already own?  
  • Can this item take me from 80 degree days in September to frigid January temps?  
Being that my main purchase this year will be a few key dresses that will take me to work, play, and dressing up, I thought I’d share some of my favorite sustainable, yet affordable options!  A few brands made it on the list twice- they are just that good!  And I have to give a shout out to Taylor Stitched- I had a question regarding length of a dress and within one business day they had responded! They were extremely helpful and the whole experience left me feeling like a valued customer.

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1. Taylor Stitch Emma Dress 2. Osei Duro Aburi Dress 3. Kowtow Road Trip Dress

4. Everlane Cotton Pocket Shirt Dress 5. Osei Duro Toss Kimono 6. Pyne and Smith Indigo Striped Button Up Dress 

7. Taylor Stitch Juniper Dress 8. Armour Vert Marissa Dress 9. People Tree Kaya Frill Dress 

What do you think of this slow fashion movement?  I’d love to hear.

 

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Trend I’m Loving: Cactus Print

Along with the dawning of summer, bright and fun prints comes with it.  This year, the print of the season is cactus!  I love the fun takes on the prickly plant, from cartoon-esque drawings, to sequins, to photo prints.  The colors that go along side the cactus prints are some of my favorites: washes of green with pinks, preferrable a blush tone. cactus shoes // cactus shirtdress 

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Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

It may be behind my original timeline but finally, finally my Spring capsule wardrobe is completed.  I had ordered a few tops from Swap (the online thrift store I am obsessed with) and wanted to make sure they worked well with the other items I have before posting! I am sharing my blouses, bottoms, dresses, and third layers- things like tee shirts, shoes, and undergarments I just can’t limit! Since my job has changed, I have to be able to dress for the office as well as outfits for playing with Lucy. I feel that every item is very versatile and can go with multiple other items.

Most of my items are either thrifted or are past season, so I have included similar items for you to shop.  And just a head’s up, I have way more jackets in my capsule than a normal person would- working at Anthro taught me the importance of a third layer so I always have to have on a jacket or a sweater!  Here it is!

Tops
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1. lace tank top; similar here 2. white blouse with lace by Sanctuary (from Swap); similar here, here, and here 3. yellow floral blouse by Rebecca Taylor; similar here 4. mint linen top by J.Crew (from Swap) 5. chambray plaid peplum 6. blue and white plaid tunic by Tyhlo 7. chambray popover by Zara; similar here 8. black silk blouse by All Saints; similar here

Dresses

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1. eyelet dress by Theory; similar here 2. gingham dress (from Poshmark– use code NXTPF for $5 off your first order when using my link here); similar here and here 3. black tee dress by COS (from Swap); similar here

Bottoms

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1. white pencil skirt; similar here 2. printed pencil skirt by J.Crew 3. crossover pencil skirt by Maeve 4. navy pencil skirt; similar here 5. high-waisted skinny jeans by Citizens of Humanity 6. boyfriend jeans by Citizens of Humanity
Jackets

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1. bomber jacket by Hei Hei; similar here 2. jean jacket by Pilcro 3. army vest by Marrakech; similar here 4. army jacket by BCBG (from Swap); similar here 5. camo jacket by Marrakech 6. chunky knit sweater by Free People; similar here
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