This outfit of everyday essentials is exactly what the start to my autumn needed. Last week, we had a bit of a cold snap, which was a shock to my California’d system. I was not ready for highs in the low 50s – and don’t know if I really will be (#endlesssummer) – but temperatures quickly rose again for this muggy photo shoot near one of my favorite lakes in the Twin Cities. I am excited for fall colors to explode into their annual symphony of the season and can’t wait to take a weekend trip “up north” to Duluth, where my husband and I spent our honeymoon. The deciduous’ color palette along the northern lakes is a thing to behold.
We’re building a closet room in our new house, something I never would have dreamed of before, and I can’t wait to expand my wardrobe just a bit more. This is partly in preparation for the cold weather to come, and partly because I actually think many of you would be surprised to see how few clothes I have in my closet. Pretty much what you see on my blog is the extent of what I wear, since I don’t buy things on a lark without a clear idea of how it will pair with just about everything else I own. Not only does that keep my consumerism in check with a more eco-friendly approach, it makes dressing easier. Post-college, I just shopped by what looked good at the store, which trends had inspired me, the mood I was in that day – which led to a wardrobe full of one-off outfits purchased at retailers I now avoid. I cringe to think of the waste I created. Now that I have a clearer vision of my style and understand more about ethical retailers, I am looking forward to having more than five shirts/four jeans/two jackets I rotate regularly, et cetera.
Outfit details while shopping to make a difference:
|WHAT I WORE||BRAND||GRADE|
|White organic cotton tank top||Zara, last season, eyeing this short-sleeved tee and this 3/4-sleeved tee for fall||C|
|High-waist, wide-leg jersey pants||ASOS, so comfy-chic you won’t believe||C|
|Oversized sunglasses||Dior via Nordstrom||B+|
|Deco necklace with brown tones||H&M, in-store||C|
|Bib gemstone necklace with brown tones||H&M, in-store||C|
|Burgundy handbag||Michael Kors, old, love this smaller Zara bag and this fab work tote option||C (for alt)|
|Black and gold sandals||Mix No. 6, old, adore this beautiful, handmade option by Ancient Greek Sandals||B (for alt)|
|Berry lip gloss||e.l.f Essential EX-tra Lip Gloss in “Michael”||B|
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I think I’ve mastered shopping big box stores in the most ethical way possible, with plenty of “B” and “C” grades from Better World Shopper. My staples, Zara, Nordstrom, ASOS and especially H&M have made an admirable effort to provide a better option to the masses. Now I’m looking to venture more into smaller retailers and independent shops. There are some beautiful options (many found thanks to Instagram hashtags!) that I am very excited to try.
Let’s get pumped for some self-justified shopping and the subsequent new outfits!