One of my favorite things when it comes to my sustainable lifestyle is the clothes. More specifically, I love stepping out of my house, going about my day and suddenly realizing that everything I have on is sustainable, ethical or, simply, old as dirt.
It gives me such happiness to know that I am representing my lifestyle with my appearance. As I am writing this I am wearing 10 year old boots and socks, made in USA jeans, underwear and sweater, favorite scarf and of course handmade in Chicago glasses.
Sometimes people are scared of sustainable fashion, thinking it looks a certain way or that enjoying frumpy Salvation Army 2 dollar sweaters is mandatory in order to rock a sustainable wardrobe. Ok, some eco-warriors may look like that’s key, but truthfully there is something for everyone! Yes, there are as many sustainable styles as there are brands and shoppers. Also for men, there’s an abundance of made in USA, fair trade options.
With that said, let me share with you the fashion, or let’s get real; “the regular clothes” that I got myself in 2017. I said in a previous post that I had shopped less than I did in 2016, but turns out that was a lie! Now that I am listing all my treasures, I see that I have bought more items and spent more. (What?!!) I blame it on maternity leave.
Everything from 2017:
1. A Swedish scarf from Mamma Louise. (USA)
As a Swede in USA, it’s nice to sometimes show off my Swedishness with fabrics from Sweden. I wasn’t back to my pre-pregnancy weight this spring so I treated myself to a scarf! (One size fits all, wink-wink.)
Made by small business owner and currently Sweden-based Louise, whom I’ve gotten to know through blogging. It’s an organic cotton, infinity scarf with Dala horses and stripes. I paid $55 online.
2. A tote bag from Seabags of Maine. (USA)
The day you see me with a diaper bag from Babies R’ Us is the day Trump doesn’t suck. In other words; polyester diaper bag – no thanks. Instead I went for a new, super practical, eco-friendly, use for everything, tote bag.
The cool thing about this bag from Seabags of Maine, is that it’s made from old sails in Maine (duh). Some may refer to the material as “recycled” but actually it’s reused, or upcycled, if you will. No energy consuming recycling process is needed to turn sails into bags – just washing, handcraft, threads and needles. And New England-made rope handles. I paid $160 online.
3. A soft t-shirt from California. (USA)
This is an American Giant 100% slub cotton, made in USA crew neck T. Well made and comfortable. I paid $36.50 online.
4 & 5. Two summer plaid shirts from PrAna (India)
6 & 7. American-made underwear. (USA)
I actually REALLY needed some new undies so I went with several from Hanky Panky and two from Brook There. Both brands are made in the North East from domestic, organic cotton. Hanky Panky’s boy shorts are my absolute favorites (fit, style, fabric) but I will give bonus points to Brook There for being a zero waste operation. I am not sure how much I spent all in all, some undies were on sale, but about $35-40 per pair online and $65 for the bralette so about $275. A bit of a treat and splurge :)
8. Black tights. (USA)
This was an impulse purchase walking through an outlet with my mom and an almost newborn baby! Ann Taylor had a sale and black, made in USA, 100% cotton tights were only $10. No brainer.
9. A Via 74 striped Dress. (USA)
This is a great, A-line dress from Via 74 with long sleeves and stripes. It is polyester which naturally isn’t my preferred fabric but it is made in USA, has pockets and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. Had. To. Have. I paid $35 online.
10. A Nordstrom Rack bargain cardigan. (USA)
I found this long cardigan at The Rack when I was there looking for a new pair of jeans (see number 11). It was hanging alone in the clearance section and it was meant for me! Brand is Pleione. I paid only $34.
11. A pair of Paige Jeans. (USA)
I actually needed a new pair of dark blue jeans for the office (I never really liked the 7 pair I have and they’ve got “white knees” in them now) and was lucky enough to find a pair at Nordstrom Rack! Paige is the brand; made in USA of imported fabric. I paid $79.
So I spent, all in all, (drum roll please) 768 American dollars and 50 cents. 2016’s total was eight garments at a total of 597 dollars. Not bad!
How did you do in 2017? Do you know how much you spent?
I love keeping track here on the blog! I also love that when I went to collect all my “new” clothes for the picture (above), most of them had just been washed, hanging on the drying rack. A sign that I didn’t make any stupid purchases :)
Yay, sustainable fashion! And a BIG YAY for made in USA clothes, you guys. Who said it can’t be made here and be affordable?