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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Boise Overlanding Day Trip  

Our new activity of choice has become overlanding ever since we welcomed a 4Runner into our family. We have attempted multiple ‘drives’ since there are so many beautiful locations near us, but going for an overlanding adventure with a toddler can be tricky. You never know when the littles will decide they have had enough, and it seems like our toddler can go from squealing of delightment to throwing a tantrum of “get me out of here” in about 2 seconds flat. We have learned to limit our driving stints and schedule plenty of stops to stretch and play on longer treks. I realize the overlanding philosophy may seem like it should take days, weeks, and for some, years. I disagree, though. The idea is to enjoy the journey; and each person’s journey will be a little different.

Our journeys tend to be on the day trip scale and we found the perfect route for families with kids (or adults with a short attention span!) It was a two hour loop right outside of downtown Boise, yet was a great trail with a few options for extreme overlanding (although any 4wheel vehicle could maneuver the course). As we climbed out of the city, the views of downtown were incredible- and after about 45 minutes of nothing covering the hills but sagebrush, we were able to cool off in the shade of the pine trees.

We started right downtown on 8th Street- the street actually turns into Sunset Peak Road, where you will see people hiking, biking, and ATVing in the Hulls Gulch/Camels Back Reserve.  Once we reached the top of that mountain, we turned East on Boise Ridge Road.  That connected us to Shaw Mountain Road which drops right into downtown again on Reserve Street!  There are so many neat trails in that system, and would provide many great options for longer trips or connecting into Wilderness Ranch/Idaho City area.   There were also some great options for dry camping- we thought about stopping to set the tent up to hang out for a few hours but the sun was burning a little too hot for our liking!

Lucy actually ended up sleeping the entire trail ride and started fussing when we were only a mile from home. So technically, maybe it wasn’t a family adventure. Maybe it was more of a parental break? Either way, it was a very fun outing with some pretty awesome views.

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Friday Musings

Friday’s don’t quite have the same feeling now in parenthood- the weekend is still a labor of love to keep a tiny human happy and functioning.  But this Friday, I’m excited.  Excited for the weekend because we have a little overlanding day trip planned tomorrow in the Cement Runner and we’re meeting friends for dinner tonight at a food truck rally (my favorite!).  And also because I’m starting the day with cuddles from my baby, quiet time, and coffee.  Lots and lots of coffee! 

So with that excitement, I have some other news that made my heart happy- our little blog was featured on BuzzBuzzHome’s website in an article about Nursery Decor!  I can’t believe I didn’t notice it sooner, as the article was written in January- eep!

Some other fun things on the horizon:

Time with extended family

Shakespeare Festival

Fall Capsule Wardrobe planning (yes, that’s exciting to me!) – I’m getting Lucy’s wardrobe on board this next season as well, so be ready for a post on a toddler’s fall capsule!  I’m just sick of her stuffed dresser drawers and closet- her wardrobe definitely needs streamlining.  

Birthdays!  

…and to top it off, I think I’m going to make an Anthropologie run today to order my birthday present!  Then reward Lucy with pool time.  Fri-Yay! 

I hope everyone else’s Friday and weekend is as amazing (or even more amazing?  Your call!) 

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