Since one of the outfits in my 23-piece sustainable minimalist wardrobe was inspired by one I wear/own already, I thought I’d show it to you (and I actually wore it yesterday…).
Clearly, this is an outfit for a mild winter/fall and not appropriate for very cold weather. I was comfortable yesterday; it was about 60, sunny but very windy. I did edit my original post to include some sustainable winter layers like tights, and a few pairs of boots. But obviously, I have NO IDEA how to dress for northern winters. Thankfully I’ve never had to (I don’t know how you guys manage it!!)
A note on the sustainability of this outfit since I included some pieces in my fall/winter sustainable wardrobe: James Perse is not what many would call a sustainable designer. The company actively supports select environmental and social issues, manufactures mostly in the US, and is thoughtful about production and materials, occasionally using recycled materials, but I’m not sure that’s enough to be considered “sustainable” by official standards.
FOR ME, however, James Perse is my ultimate “sustainable” designer in terms of how long the clothes last and cost-per-wear, because I love and wear the clothes for years. I have pieces in my closet that are 10 years old and still wearable; they stand up to wear after wear and wash after wash beautifully. And really, in my opinion, that’s a large part of what sustainability is: the notion that you buy something and wear it often and for a long time, and that it is made well enough so that it will be beautiful and practical for many years.
Emerson Fry has sustainability built in to the company and design process, manufacturing small batches, in the US, and with eco-friendly materials like linen, organic cotton, and US-based wool. I’ve two years experience with the brand, and from what I can tell, my pieces (two sweaters, one chambray top and shoes) will absolutely wear well for many years. I WANT to wear them all the time, they are that good.
My Vince shoes aren’t what I would consider inherently sustainable either, but they are several years old, and I’ve chosen to continue to wear them instead of buying a new pair, and THAT IS sustainable.
Now my new KARA bag (purchased mostly with credits at Garmentory while it was on sale). Honestly, I’m conflicted and feel a teeny bit guilty about buying it. I love it, more and more everyday that I carry it, but it is imported, and I don’t know anything about where the leather came from. The company is headquartered in NYC and the bag is designed there, and that’s all I really know about the brand. I appreciate KARA’s designs, which is what drew me to the bag in the first place (I actually thought I was getting a different bag though), but I can’t help feeling a little guilty about it. All I can do now is carry the hell out of the bag to make it worth it, which I am happy to do.
Just being honest with my own conscious consumption habits. I try to do better everyday, but I definitely have moments of weakness….at least now I am fully aware of what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.