the moral wardrobe: sandals’ last stand

free people tunic outfit boho outfit, personal style on stylewiseguide.comtattly tattoo outfit, stylewiseguide.comOutfit Details: Top – secondhand; Jeans – AE; Shoes – Sseko Designs, fair trade; Fake Tattoo – tattly

You can tell fall wants to show itself, but the temperature’s still hovering at 75. I put on my sandals as soon as I got home; might as well sun my toes while I can.

Being an ethical style blogger is stressful sometimes. While I’ve gotten much better at buying things through more sustainable channels, I find that some things are awfully hard to find on the secondhand or fair trade market. I finally just gave up with jeans and bought a couple pairs that fit me well. My logic is that dark wash, good quality denim will last through several seasons, so at least I’m not succumbing to a trend. It’s not a perfect justification, but it is what it is. It’s something I’m living with, but not celebrating.

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About Leah

I have a vintage clothing company called Platinum & Rust (.com). I'm also passionate about fair trade and sustainability issues; I work at a fair trade, organic coffee shop and blog about sustainable fashion at StyleWiseGuide.com.
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4 Responses to the moral wardrobe: sandals’ last stand

  1. This is awesome, Leah!

  2. Catherine says:

    I feel the same way about shoes, since my feet are large and it’s hard to find styles that fit to begin with. For jeans, I have had great luck with some American-made brands like Paige Denim, though they are more expensive. I use your justification and just buy plain, dark wash pairs that last for several years at a time.

  3. jesse.anne.o says:

    I do the same – I feel like jeans are so tricky and I know certain brands fit me the right way. I ended up with a pair of US-made BDG black skinny jeans from Urban and I’m looking for similar denim ones but not all of BDG’s stuff is made in the US. Bummer.

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