My Existential Style Crisis | A Conversation

Lately, I’ve had a difficult time style wise. I look around at the clothes in my closet and am totally uninspired. I don’t feel like my clothes represent who I am at this point in my life and I don’t want to wear anything in there. I’ve heard it said that personal style tends to change every 3-4 years, and I feel like I am on the cusp of change.

What’s driving this?

I think part of the reason why I feel like this is my desire to purchase more ethical/sustainable brands and the majority of items in my closet are not ethical or sustainable. I stopped buying “fast fashion” brands a few years ago in favor of higher quality items, but J. Crew which was my former “go to”, is neither ethical nor sustainable. It’s not as bad as some other retailers, but still…  I plan to keep wearing the items that I purchased from there until they give out. Getting rid of something that is perfectly fine doesn’t make much sense and just puts more clothing out there in the waste stream. I always donate clothes to our church for rummage sales, but there is no guarantee that stuff will sell.

How did I get to this point?

Honestly, I’m a total Pollyanna. I feel badly knowing that many brands have relationships with factories that treat their workers poorly, pay them terribly, and have them working in unsafe conditions. I also feel badly knowing that the environment is being harmed. I don’t want to support those brands. It affects me. It makes me feel like a bad person. I can’t blissfully ignore it anymore.

What am I going to do?

I’m going to throw my money at brands who are known to be ethical/sustainable. I realize that I am very fortunate that I am able to make this choice. Many people cannot afford to support ethical brands. There are certainly affordable options out there, but I have found that you are less apt to get many sales/deals. Perhaps this is for the best. Instead of mindless consumption, this will force me (us) to make more thoughtful choices.

What about work?

I’m not going to lie… Dressing professionally while trying to support ethical brands is going to be a challenge. I push the limits as it is when it comes to “business casual”. I think my strategy will be to focus on simple but good. Pick basic items that are well made that I can wear for both work and play. I’d appreciate any suggestions of where to shop. Do you know where to find an ethically made blazer? That’s the purple squirrel for me at the moment.

Am I going to dress like an earth muffin now?

I really hope not. The thought of that REALLY scares me. I’m going to try to avoid dresses that make me look like a potato, or a high school pottery teacher who tells you that you may not make pipes, bongs, or any other drug paraphernalia on day one of class. True story. I’ve been doing a bit of research and have found options that are stylish, such as:

Who inspires me?

There are a lot of bloggers that focus on ethical fashion/style. The following appeal to my sense of style. Check them out.

So. That’s where my brain is lately…

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I haven’t scared you off. I’d love it if you continue along on this journey with me. I don’t plan to preach to you. I just plan on trying to walk the walk.

XOXO,

Ashley

5 thoughts on “My Existential Style Crisis | A Conversation

  1. Thrifting is a great way to look stylish and be sustainable. The clothes that you donate that don’t sell at non profits get recycled. Plus,if you Thrift you support great causes like the goodwill or Salvation Army. Although I do support your cause to dress ethically don’t rule out thrifting.

  2. Not scared off – inspired. I do a lot of thrifting, which as mentioned above is a sustainable alternative. Also helps me sustain money in my wallet. 😀 I too am undergoing a style metamorphosis and am more carefully selecting pieces than ever before, so I am really interested to see what you find.

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