Posts Categorized: shopping

Adding Sass to the Work-wear Separates Formula

I’ve begun updating some of my greatest hits posts so they’re more current. This is one of them!

How to make the office outfit of black pants and a solid top look modern and chic.

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Black slacks. Present in nearly every office-working woman’s wardrobe and considered to be a versatile workhorse. Which they are. BUT they can be a bit of a crutch for anyone stuck in a style rut, especially those relying almost exclusively on the black-slacks-bright-solid-top combo. I applaud ANYONE who opts to wear bold colors for any reason at any time, but this combination of pieces always gives me pause. Here’s why:

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Doing Better Moving Forward: Thoughts on Sustainable Style One Year Later

A style blogger recaps shopping and dressing sustainably for a year.

In September of 2015, I watched “The True Cost” and it changed my life. I decided that I would never again purchase any fashion item that was not either:

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Secondhand/used
  • Handmade
  • Created using sustainable materials
  • Created using fair trade/transparent labor practices

I wrote about my reasoning and thought process – including how I would handle the items in my existing wardrobe that didn’t fit these criteria – in this post, so if you’re curious about the backstory, I highly recommend taking a peek at that first! But if you’re up to speed on all that, I’ll dig right into how I’m feeling after a year (and a few months) of living with these restrictions.

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Sustainable Plus Size Resources

Both Laura and K wrote to me hoping for some help with sustainable plus-sized resources. In my mega list post of sustainable vendors and sites, I do point out which ones include plus sizes and there are a handful … but not as many as I’d like. And certainly not as many as plus sized women seeking stylish, ethically made clothes would like.

To make things easier, I’ll call out the vendors and sites I know of here. I’ll also mention a couple of sustainable practices that aren’t brand-centric that may help you plus-sized folks who need super budget-friendly ways to make your wardrobes more eco-conscious.

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