Posts Tagged: secondhand

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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Gracey Wears: Red Shoes

I have never been a red shoe type of gal.  I have always, for whatever reason, preferred blue shoes.  And then I met these:

Fidji V623 Sandals

I think it was probably the scalloped edges that did me in.  But, the totally walk-able heel isn’t hurting matters.  Or my feet.

Still, I wasn’t sure I’d really wear them.  After all, they *are* red and I’m a lifetime member of Team Blue Shoe.  But, can I just say that those little babies are easily as versatile as my beloved blue shoes.

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Gracey Wears: A Crop Top

Yes, that’s right, several seasons after they came back in style, I’ve decided to try wearing a crop top:

gracey the giant in vintage Jantzen skirt & cropped sweater

And I’m wearing it in the only way I know how; with a high-waist, vintage skirt:

gracey the giant in vintage Jantzen skirt, cropped sweater & cage sandals

One reason I thrift so many midi skirts is that you can hike them up to your rib cage if needed.  I hiked this one all the way up,  so there is no gap between my waistline and the hemline of my top:

old navy cropped sweater & vintage Jantzen skirt close up

I know a sliver of skin can be an effective way to combat the inherent boxiness of crop tops, and is considered on-trend, but not where I work.  In fact, there was a minor kerfuffle the other day over bare ankles (not mine), so, yeah, a sliver of skin is not happening.

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