Goodbye, summer. Hello, fall. The weather has already taken quite the turn in Minneapolis. My neighbor’s maple tree has already lost all but maybe eight leaves, I have packed up all my shorts and sandals, and my parka has already made an appearance twice since we last spoke. Oh, the humanity!
I may not be emotionally (or sartorially) prepared for winter, but with a little self-steeling and some cozy layers, I think I can make this autumn thing work.
I’m launching a fun change today on my blog – rather than only using Better World Shopper to grade my purchases, as I have for about a year now, I am expanding my outfit posts to take a wider look at the role each piece plays in the eco-chic lifestyle I am building. Better World Shopper is an excellent way to kickstart smarter shopping by supporting businesses that do better by the world, and the book and app really changed the way I vote with my dollars. Since it’s literally a one-man show at BWS, there is no way he can evaluate every single retailer or update it every year as companies do better – or worse.
Moving forward, I’ll be calling out the eco-chic qualities of each piece in my outfit. In addition to some favorites that earned positive grades from Better World Shopper, such as Nordstrom, H&M and J.Crew, you have probably noticed I wear a lot of Zara and ASOS. Both of those companies have great mission statements and often provide options like organic cotton or vintage pieces. Also, for example, H&M has made leaps and bounds over the past couple of years with their dedication to sustainability, and I’m sure their rank has improved since BWS’ last edition. On the flip side, despite the supposed A- grade, I refuse to support American Apparel based on their highly questionable treatment of models.
I want to support the larger brands that are working to make a difference and share their successes, since those are the most accessible retailers for everyone to shop. I also want to do more to support and promote independent retailers with sound business practices.
And I want to do this without compromising my style or its accessibility.
Outfit details while shopping to make a difference:
|What I Wore||Where I Bought It||Eco-Chic Qualities|
|Gray pea coat||H&M; similar here via ASOS||Wool, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path|
|Black faux leather jogger pants||H&M; great Nordstrom option here||Vegan Leather, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path|
|White cropped sleeveless sweater||Zara, a couple seasons ago; beautiful winter option from Ann Taylor here||Wear Another Year, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path|
|Flax patent heels||Cole Haan via Nordstrom Rack||Large Brand on a Sustainable Path|
|Full-finger ring||H&M; cool ASOS option here||Large Brand on a Sustainable Path|
|Wide-band pavé ring||Nordstrom Rack, years ago; identical here via Nordstrom||Wear Another Year, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path|
|Wide sterling silver ring||Independent artisan at the Minnesota State Fair||Independent Retailer, Handmade, Made in the USA|
|Black faux leather handbag||Zara, last season; pretty ASOS option here||Vegan Leather, Wear Another Year, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path|
|CZ stud earrings||Nordstrom Rack; identical here via Nordstrom||Large Brand on a Sustainable Path|
|Warm lip color||Mineral Fusion, sheer moisture lip tint in “Blush” via Whole Foods||Cruelty-Free Beauty, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path|
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Looking forward to more eco-chic fashion fun!