6397 Shorty Jeans
James Perse long sleeve tee | ten years old
Lauren Manoogian Alpaca cardigan | via Garmentory (get a $20 credit for signing up via referral link)
James Perse sneakers
James Perse mini tote
I did some shopping this week. And now I am finished. More on that later, but I am finished buying until at least January 1. With the exception of possibly ONE item from the James Perse sale that comes every Thanksgiving. Oh, and I need about a zillion more pairs of these “secret sleuth” socks by SmartWool because I LIVE IN THEM with sneakers, etc. But that’s it. Like I said: more later.
James Perse. We have a Partner’s Card event here every year where you buy a card for $70, 100% of the proceeds from which benefits The Family Place, supporting survivors of family violence. With the card, you get 20% off hundreds of retailers for 10 days, including James Perse. So…..
I really needed new tees in smaller sizes, so I bought three t-shirts (sheer slub crew in black, casual tee in white, v-neck in black), the brushed jersey turtleneck (which is heavenly), the mini tote, and the colony scuba slip-on sneakers. The mini tote is fabulous, and a great size for everyday – also, not leather. But the sneakers…I have been seeking a pair of non-leather sneakers that I loved, and were comfortable, but these aren’t it. The size is good, but the underside of the shoe where the neoprene is stitched together rubs the top of my foot uncomfortably, and is a little snug. And since it’s not leather, they won’t stretch out. Ugh. I love them, and it pains me to return them, but I have to.
Now, the sweater. I bought the Lauren Manoogian “coat” with credits from Garmentory* (and I added a little birthday money) with the expectation that I could return it if I needed to. Although I didn’t think I’d have to. Or want to. I was a little concerned that the sweater would swallow me up and be much too long on me, but it’s a good length on me, and while it’s definitely oversized, I don’t think it’s excessively so. Anyway, it’s meant to be my winter coat, so it can be big, and I wanted to be able to layer it over sweaters. BUT, it’s itchy at the neckline. And I can’t return it. Well, I can, but I won’t get my credits back. (If I’d read the return policy more closely, I’d have known that, but it probably wouldn’t have changed my mind. I was determined to get this sweater; I was in love.)
I don’t normally have significant issues with sweaters being itchy at all, so I couldn’t have expected it. Although I was concerned about the portion of polyamide in the sweater, in addition to the alpaca, but still, I didn’t think it would be so uncomfortable. Anyway, I’m going to try and work with the coat, and wear it with turtlenecks, or with a scarf, so it doesn’t actually touch my neck. But the beauty of this sweater/coat is that it’s got a lovely shawl collar so you don’t NEED to wear a scarf.
UGH. Well, much more on this later, as I start exploring my shopping habits and emotional responses again, but I’ll be honest and say I’m pretty frustrated with online shopping lately.
On a positive note, my Levi’s jeans are stretching out nicely. You really do have to wear them CONSTANTLY to break them in…I put them on yesterday and wanted to take them right back off again, but today: better.
How Nike Learned to Embrace Sustainability – Nike’s Chief Sustainability Officer linked sustainability to innovation and
has unlocked in the company a huge insight, which was [that] solving a sustainability problem can actually unlock new performance, new price or new aesthetic benefits
Brilliant, and hopefully something every company will be inspired by.
Is Ethical Fashion Just This Year’s Model? – from a men’s fashion perspective, but an interesting look at the “trend” of ethical shopping. Ugh.
Radical Transparency? H&M and Zara Are Actually More Transparent Than Everlane – It’s true. I have recognized this before, but chose to largely ignore it; Everlane doesn’t name its factories by actual name (they use the term “The Core Sweater Factory” for example), and in many cases, H&M, Zara, Gap, etc., DO name factories and contractors they work with. Just how transparent is THAT? The Fashion Law goes into legal reasons for Everlane’s not naming names, which is interesting, but not necessarily good enough. I’ll write more about this later, including my much more in depth thoughts on Everlane in general, but in spite of this, I DO think Everlane is “trying,” and in that way is a “better” choice than some other clothing brands, but there’s also something a little fishy about it, and a little disingenuous.
I have absolutely been guilty of not doing enough due diligence of late, especially when it concerns Everlane: their clothing is appealing, the website is clean, and their message sounds good, is presented in an organized way, and aligns with what I WANT to be true, so I don’t question it as often as I should. (case in point – $100 cashmere).
Not that I think they’re not making a positive impact on the industry and have truly shifted the way many companies think about presenting their products/manufacturing processes to their consumers, but they’ve been given the benefit of the doubt for too long. And perhaps at this point they’re just riding the wave of transparency that THEY THEMSELVES created, without actually being transparent….
Much more on that later. What are your thoughts on Everlane?
*for each person who signs up to Garmentory via my referral link, they get a $20 credit in their account and I do as well.