This week has been the most relaxing of the year and I am digging it. We are currently trying to catch up on dirty laundry after a weekend getaway. I am approaching that with a 100% procrastination mentality. Later! That is future Hillary’s problem.
What I am much more passionate right now is my new found love for sustainable style. When sharing this, I want to be clear that I am not sustainable in my closet, yet. In fact, this jacket is leather and I am okay with that non-renewable resource because I know it will last and that is sustainable too. Sustainability is on a good, better, and best scale in my book. I would like to put myself on the good tier, approaching better.
We are all at a different place in our life and wardrobe, but any effort towards sustainability is noble. I am approaching sustainability with the mindset of purchasing lasting pieces for my wardrobe that deter the need for shopping each season. This will help to secure high quality pieces that elevate style and encourage timeless silhouettes. When done right, you can look fabulous and save resources.
For example: Buying a loud leopard dress this season that is on trend will instill a need for a new dress next year. Instead, I would buy a black dress and maybe a leopard belt which will both be in style for seasons to come. This approach will save you time, money, and our precious planet.
My planet is something I have grown to love and am increasingly more protective of. Littering is probably my biggest pet peeves. Ask Jake, he will most likely reference a rant or two. I wince when I see someone throw a plastic cup out their car window on the highway. With this being said, clothing and the continuous need to shop for clothing can be one of the most polluting ways we harm our planet. Buying a new dress every season for the sake of new is not kind to our earth, or our wallet.
This is something that recently hit home and I made the choice to clean up my closet, fueled by donations ( and Poshmark). I’ve committed to a new way of shopping. For the woman who has read my blog since it’s birth, you know how I love to shop. I won’t be cutting out my pastime anytime soon. However, I will be transitioning to the minimalist wardrobe in the next season of life. To make an impact, we need a handful of people doing a little bit of good.
Having lots of clothes can be thrilling but I always end up with nothing to wear anyway. Having a smaller wardrobe has already increased my style significantly. My shopping now is founded with ideas of lasting style and high quality additions for longevity.
Sustainable style brands that use recycled materials or vegan leather are wonderful contributions to the cause but not the only way to make a difference. Transitioning to a more sustainable wardrobe takes time and investment, and it can start with a closet clean out today. I have started small and plan to invest continually in this new way of life. If this is something you are excited about, let’s do it together! Follow me on Pinterest for ideas to make your wardrobe more sustainable this fall.
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Photography by Shelley Foster