Part of being a considerate consumer is being a mindful shopper. That means not shopping when you don’t need something. It might also mean pausing your shopping so that you can determine what you actually need. For those of us that enjoy the art of finding a good deal or updating our wardrobe, this can be easier said than done. Think of this dry spell as a fashion fast with an end date in mind to make your shopping ban more successful.
Fashion fasts can last two weeks, six months, or for whatever duration you set (but try to make it a challenge.) While you are conducting your fashion fast, it is a great time to look through your closet and take stock of what essentials you need to update or stock up on. You might also notice you have styles/colors you never really wear, which probably means that is a style/color you admire but don’t actually like on yourself so make a note to not buy anything else in this category.
I am pausing my own shopping for a few weeks to reassess my closet and I hope to stay on my fashion fast until the end of January. My goal is to analyze my closet so that I can continue to curate a mindful collection as I move forward.
However, I will still be posting so make sure to check back each week! Let me know in the comments if you have previously done a fashion fast or want to start one as well.
Shoes made out of recycled plastic. Hopefully you are intrigued by this idea, however, you might also be concerned about the overall look and feel. Luckily, with the innovative and sustainable brand Rothy’s, you don’t have to sacrifice good style for the sake of earth friendly footwear.
Rothy’s are made from post-consumer recycled materials (they have transformed over 30 million plastic bottles into shoes.) From production to the treatment of workers, Rothy’s takes an ethical and sustainable approach. They are a direct to consumer brand so the only way to shop their footwear is through their online shop. They also have a collection for kids too.
I bought my Rothy’s earlier this year and I have already washed them numerous times. They feel like slippers on my feet (even after walking/standing for long durations) and look like new again after a quick wash. I love that the insoles come out as well if you just need to give those a mini clean to get rid of foot odor.
Rothy’s carries flats, pointed flats, loafers, sneakers, and now Chelsea boots. Most recently, the company launched a luxurious collection made out of sustainable sourced merino wool. I currently have the camel point on my wish list. I also really like the navy loafer too.
Want your own pair? Contact me and I will send you a code for $20 off.
I love fall and I am always awed by the richness of the changing colors. I also really enjoy the crisp morning of fall and the warm sunny afternoons. The fall season is the perfect weather for a light pair of pants that can transition easily from cool to balmy temperatures. Prana pants are the perfect bottoms for enjoying nature all day despite shifts in heat. My Prana joggers are breathable and easy to push up when the weather grows warmer; I also really love that the hue matches the beautiful pale leaves.
The best part you ask, Prana is committed to making clothing that has a more positive impact on lovely Mother Nature. Prana has adopted sustainable initiatives such as avoiding toxic chemicals, using organic cotton, and creating new apparel out of recycled material. The brand also has a collection of men’s and women’s clothing that is fair trade certified. Prana is best known for their sportswear/outdoor wear but they have numerous items that could also be worn in a business casual setting.
My “kickin it joggers” are on sale through REI buy sadly my graphic tee showing my love of trees is now only available for men. However, I really love this tee and here is another great pair of fair trade certified joggers if you prefer a thicker material. Need something to keep you nice and toasty? Check out this cozy sweater!
Fun Fact: As a teenager, I would tell people the color of my hair was “autumn” because of the golden tones and the fact that it would appear darker as the days grew shorter. (Thankfully I didn’t shed my hair with the leaves.)
The fall weather can be unpredictable so it is a wardrobe necessity to have versatility. Luckily, Threads 4Thought has a variety of apparel to keep you stylish during fluctuating temperatures. They are an eco-friendly and sustainable clothing company for men and women (now kids too.) The company was founded in 2006 with the principle of making fashion that has a minimal environmental impact. I have supported this brand for years and can vouch for the durability of their apparel.
You can shop this brand online or through Nordstrom Rack. REI Outlet also has a selection of Threads 4 Thought apparel at a discounted rate. I love that Threads 4 Thought is now carrying Veja shoes as well.
Sadly, they no longer make dresses but you can still find a limited selection of dresses in their sale section.
This outfit is from a prior season but you can shop this fleece popover and these feather fleece joggers to keep yourself warm.
Click here to learn more about the new and sustainable initiatives of the company. You can also explore their blog for interesting content.
Rich buttery cream is the best way to describe the color and leather of my Fortress of Inca shoes. The company’s collection of leather footwear is not extensive but the quality of their products is solid and beautiful. I have had my pair for nearly a year and they have only gotten better within that time.
This particular style is sold out but you can find similar here or here.
Fortress of Inca was created to provide a US marketplace for handcrafted shoes made in Peru. The company has worked with family-owned and operated factories since their establishment in 2010. They believe strongly in quality craftsmanship, timeless design, fair wages, and good working conditions for all workers.
If you live in Austin, TX you can go to Fortress of Inca’s brick and mortar shop. If not, you can still shop online through their website or visit one of their many retail partners nationwide.
One of my colleagues liked my shoes so much, she became a convert and now we are Fortress twins! Her Carmen Style is still available for purchase.