Me again! Wearing my mother's vintage, of course. Sporting Terry Flanigan's silk blouse with Reformation jeans (similar here), a sweet little bag from Room Shop Vintage, and my kicks are mama's vintage, too!
'Twas a little drizzly that day so I layered my pearlescent TexileHaus Wrap Around Jacket atop my getup. Its made from water-resistant polly taffeta to be exact—I asked the designer herself! My friend Anastasiya Yatsuk, founder and designer of the sustainable brand (read/see more on it here and here) made this jacket.
My favorite thing to say is “Thanks! It was my mom’s” when someone compliments or asks about what I’m wearing. My second favorite reply is “my friend made this!” Not that my whole closet is this way, hence the Ref jeans here for example, but it just feels good knowing that some of my favorite pieces in my closet came from women that inspire me. I like when clothes tell a story or hold some special meaning. I guess we could all say that about most of our belongings. Yeah, when it comes down to it, it's just "stuff" but given that we all get dressed every day, clothes are important. Though I wish we could all roam naked like the stone structure making out behind me, Eve, that son of a gun, ate the damn forbidden fruit so here we all are naked and ashamed. So! Clothing it is. And I think there's nothing wrong with having fun with what I believe to be an art form. And even better when those pieces were made and passed down with care.
*Side note: God, thank you for Your grace. Because while we deserve that shame, You give us freedom to walk in the light instead. Also, for Your grace when it comes to my potty mouth (i.e. above). Appreciate Your grace there, too. :)
If you don't have vintage easily accessible (check out my post for vintage resources here) or creative friends who can make sh*t with their own two hands, no worries... 'Cause here are some brands I truly love that are sustainably & lovingly crafted. So the next time someone compliments your outfit, you can still feel good telling them where it's from:
The Line By K - This is my number one favorite line currently. Other than my mom's pieces, all of my Line By K items never fail to make me feel confident.
Reformation - Maybe not everyone's price point but worth it for most! And if not, their sales are the bomb diggity, so get on their mailing list to be in the know.
Everlane - They work hard to keep costs down but quality and ethics UP, yo.
By Signe - Organic fabrics, and effortless silhouettes any woman could cling to.
House of Sunny - This London brand is too. dang. good and is honestly a great price point for its unique, intricate pieces.
H&M Conscious - YES. You heard right! H&M! And this shiz is cute and affordable, all made from organic fabrics. I also recently learned that H&M collects shoppers' used textiles of any kind and re-purposes them! Literally, any kind of textile... like, your curtains are acceptable. I've been meaning to drop some things off myself. Living in the city, there aren't many locations to donate clothing near me, so this is a convenient way to give my goods! Woo!
With all that, lest we forget, the utmost sustainable way to buy is by thrifting/vintage hunting. Duh. If you can swing it, buy something that's already been produced and needs a new home! But either way, just know that quality always wins. Quality is the reason why I can say "Thanks! It was my mom's" so often.<3 So, buy well, with a purpose, and when ya can, as sustainable as possible. It's good for errybody.
Photography by my dear & talented friend: Khrystyna Oros