Hello- I am a stay-at-home mama with two amazing girls and an encouraging husband. We live in the great Midwest, and I homeschool my younger daughter while my older daughter goes to college. Reading, discussing, writing, hanging out with my tribe, road trips, gardening, sewing, and daydreaming are my favorites. I love California, the beach, and Mexican food. Homemaking is my art form. I try to live out my faith in all that I do, including making each decision with compassion and love. I aspire to simplicity and sustainability.
How do you do "fair" in your closet?
I have focused on "less" as the gateway to "fair". Now that I have a minimal yet comfortably adequate amount of clothing, I curate simple monthly wardrobes from those pieces. I end up with around 12-15 pieces each month, and that feels adequate for my lifestyle. I have few enough pieces that it is not a burden to care for and mend them as necessary. When I need (or truly want) to replace a piece, I first look for a secondhand option... then consider sewing/knitting... then consider fair brands.
Less plays a huge role in my wardrobe. I just feel better with a smaller number of possessions. I feel like I know that I have enough, that I have the pieces that I need, and that I don't have too much. I don't feel the urge to own every beautiful, new piece that I see. I am willing to spend a bit more on fair pieces when necessary, because I'm buying less and mixing them with secondhand bargains.
Do you have a piece in your closet with a special story? Would you mind sharing?
It's hard to pick just one, but I have a black cashmere pullover that I found in a secondhand store during our latest road trip. We had the most amazing day driving through Topanga Canyon, brunch at Topanga Table, wandering through this little shop along the way, and ending up with our toes in the sand at the beach. Every time I pull that sweater over my head it'll be like I'm pulling that warm, sunny day on with it.
My current favorite outfit is a black, linen, cropped tank top that I found locally + secondhand with a pair of vintage, wide-leg Levis that I cut off (inspired by Kamm pants) and my clog sandals. It's just my favorite silhouette right now. It feels fresh and casual, yet put together. I'm into solids and more natural hues right now.
Do you struggle with any part of buying fair clothing?
I aspire to buy all my clothes secondhand, but I have difficulty finding the exact pieces I want. I like secondhand clothing, because the resources used to make them have already been spent and I would like to divert them from the landfill. Fair brands can be a little pricey, but I believe the price is often what we should be paying for clothing in order for all to be treated fairly. Buying less is a must for me... and good for others and the environment too. :)
Do you have any goals for a next step you'd like to take in your own fair fashion future?
I would like to buy only fair, which I've been able to do for a little while now. I have a harder time doing so for my fourteen year old daughter. She is sort of between children's and women's sizes and has quite specific requirements comfort-wise. We're doing pretty well, but I have to solidify my resolve. :)
I'm hoping to feature some other real people here in the weeks to come! If you'd like to share your fair journey with us here, please let me know! We have so much to learn from each other!