FALL IN LOVE WITH ETHICAL
Updated: Oct 10, 2019
As I put away my shorts and tank tops, I can't help but reminisce about Baltimore's warm, sticky summer. I don't find it particularly enjoyable, but I had a good summer so I'm sad to see it come to an end. Nonetheless, Fall has arrived, and although leaves have yet to leave, temps are screaming sweaters, layers, and boots. I am unapologetically excited. For my fellow sustainable and conscious consumers, shopping for transitional clothing can be a challenge because we want to 1) purchase from an ethical & sustainable source 2) ensure the piece can be worn multiple ways to maximize its utility in our closets. In a previous post, I outlined how to shop for style and sustainability where I included one of my favorite sustainable and ethical brands, Everlane.
So let's get ethical. In light of cooler temps and mild weather, I've teamed up with Everlane to showcase how I'm wearing their modern basics and what their radical transparency means to me!
The Weekend Tee Dress
Style wise, I've always loved a minimalist t-shirt dress, but I'm hardly ever willing to sacrifice quality for convenience. Sure, Forever21 and fast fashion stores have had iterations of t-shirt dresses. But I'm a planner and avoid compulsive purchases. I ruminate over purchases of investment pieces. When I do buy, I want something flattering and practical. Not just an overpriced short graphic tee that's trying to pass for a dress.
That being said, I've had my eye on this tee dress since Everlane released it. It looked simple, chic, versatile, and to be high quality. Let me confirm, it is all of the above. I think its versatility is what spoke to me most. It is the perfect weekend tee dress, but it's also the perfect layering piece for work, happy hour, and even going out.
My only concern about the dress was what size I’d wear. I'm usually a size M but the dress is an oversized fit. Thinking that would be cute, I ordered a Medium. Turns out it was too oversized, and I felt it was unflattering around my waist and hips. As a result, I exchanged for a Small. The length for both were perfectly mid-thigh. (For reference, I'm 5'4, waist 28.5in, hips are 40in.)
Everlane just released the SAGE tshirt dress, PERFECT for FALL!
I wear my white tee dress...
The Japanese GoWeave Notch Shirtdress
Second up, the Japanese GoWeave Notch Shirtdress from Everlane is minimalist's dream. It is the definition of a radical basic. Again, not only is this item made ethically, it's the perfect length for sneakers, heels, or boots with just the right touch of structured femininity. The fabric is a little more prone to wrinkling than advertised, yet the dusty blue color is SO unique, I couldn't resist. Well worth the 5 minutes of steaming. I'll be pairing it with tights, a black denim jacket, and a hot vanilla latte all Fall long.
For reference, I'm wearing a Size 6. It flares out at the hips; it hugs my curves perfectly with just the right amount of room!
SHOP THE DRESSES:
Why transparency matters.
My favorite thing about Everlane? You can see where your purchases are being made. I don't mean just the city - I mean the FACTORY ITSELF and the working conditions of those making your items. For instance, HERE is the factory where my white, t-shirt dress was made.
Their transparency is appreciated and keeps both the company and the consumer accountable. I don't know about you, but I'm striving to be more intentional about my purchases, and I feel good buying from Everlane because I know the product and production of my selections. And their customer service is out of this world!
Have you ever shopped at Everlane? Did you know about their mission to bring consumers "Modern basics, radical transparency?" As you know, I'm all about practicality, action, and intent, and I'm happy to see a big brand supporting communities rather than promoting unethical consumer practices.
Until next time, keep consuming consciously!
These items were gifted from Everlane, however, all styles, reviews, and opinions expressed in this post are my own!