Perhaps you are trying to pare down your own wardrobe and making due with more quality pieces?
In my world, buying more has been replaced with replace with quality, not quantity; and only when you need it. And I feel good about that too.
A few years ago the term bloggers, fashionistas and sustainability-lovers were using was “capsule wardrobes." Today we just call it the new normal.
If you are overwhelmed with closet chaos or just curious about the benefits of dressing with less and simplifying your wardrobe then we have some simple ways to get started. But first, we want to caution not to worry too much about “doing it right”. Instead let it be messy at first, as you figure out what works best for your body, and your lifestyle.
In my own closet, I have about 30 items.
I’ve been working on this for 10 years, so each year I either replace, save, or recycle. Most of the items have a normal life span of 5 years. On average though most of my clothes are 10 years or less.
Once you’ve started down the path take some time to figure it all out.
Keep only those items that add value to your life, look good on you and provide multiple uses.
I’ve found that before shopping I focus your attention on seeking out top-quality, long-lasting pieces. And I work hard to curb my emotional spending habits.
Keep a journal of your shopping habits for 3 months. See what lesson’s you can learn from that time.
Here are a few tips on accessories:
Clothing is one thing and accessories are another. They are usually smaller and less expensive (although some purses are as much as down payment on a car!
Nevertheless, accessories can add splash, shine or just simply change the look. Which is one reason why we are so jazzed about our eco collection. Quality pieces that update your look with a smaller footprint.
A scarf vs. necklace, a hat or purse that takes attention away from what you are actually wearing.
We can't say it enough that accessories should be treated in the same manner as quality vs. quantity so don’t go crazy on 100 different necklaces to update your look. Instead concentrate on getting accessories that accent your style.
By being alert to what you need, get the best bang for your buck by being as concise as possible. I can happily spend hours putting together an outfit, but I need my accessories to go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe and be ready to be grabbed at a moment's notice.
I find that I generally opt for shoes and bags in neutral colorways—such as black, brown or white. They also need to be practical, so that means shoes need to be comfortable and bags roomy enough to fit my life in (check out Lancaster)
PICK A METAL (OR MULTIPLE!)
When it comes to accessorizing your capsule wardrobe, jewelry should be your first stop. Just like you built up your capsule wardrobe, build up your jewelry chest with pieces in your favorite metal (think gold, silver & brass).
Here are the perfect jewelry pieces to add to your capsule wardrobe:
- Simple stud earrings, think a faux (or real) diamond or round metal beads.
- 16 or 18′ inch necklace in gold or silver.
- One sleek bangle.
FIND THE PERFECT HANDBAG
You have a closet full of essentials, but what about the essentials that you have to carry on the daily? Dig in deep and pull out the handbags in there now:
Here are the best handbags to add to your capsule wardrobe:
- One good place to start is adding a large, versatile tote for the workweek.
- A small, crossbody can get you through the weekend (or a night out).
- If you’re feeling a little more daring, try a handbag in a bright color—like cobalt blue, mustard yellow or even, fuschia!
ADD A SCARF TO YOUR COLLECTION
- Take a cue from the French and add a Letol scarf that adds vibrancy to any outfit.
- Scarves can be belts too! Take a silky thin scarf and thread it through your belt loops of your favorite jeans!
When it comes to accessorizing a capsule wardrobe, look for accessories that either add color to your capsule wardrobe or blend in seamlessly!
Stand-alone accessories are the key to a polished and professional wardrobe. Even more important is to invest in quality pieces that support ethical fashion brands. One Savvy Mother can guide you through this process of supporting and buying from the best international and ethical brands available, all in one place.
We’ve developed a ranking system so you can see exactly how each brand is eco-friendly. “Handmade Production,” “Organic or Sustainable Material,” “Recycled/ Reused Material,” “Responsible Production,” and “Trade not Aid” show each company’s ethical commitment with rankings from 1-5. Read more information about our sourcing practices here.
With this in mind, here are three of our handpicked brands to know for their quality and stylish attributes; a perfect update to any tired closet.
Lancaster Paris handbags, wallets, and bags are a luxury brand leading the French leather goods market. The highest quality Saffiano grain finish is used for all their products which are handmade. Whether you’re in the market for the famous bucket bag or would rather upgrade to an envelope wallet, Lancaster Paris provides a classic look and smooth finish for the professional woman.
Another quality designer based in the South of France, Létol Scarves produce beautifully made Jacquard scarves washed with the traditional Savon de Marseille soap for softness and finish. Made from a soft, organic cotton, the size is large enough to wrap around the waist, neck, or use as a turban. The possibilities are endless.
Each year just two designs are introduced, so you can be guaranteed to have a unique piece that is only available for a limited time. Coming into winter, we have a lovely Floral Létol Organic Cotton Scarf available as part of our holiday gift guide that is sure to please any recipient.
Rounding out the 3 brands to know on One Savvy Mother, ZSISKA is the brainchild of Dutch jewelry designer Siska Shippers. In 1992, she founded the company while studying in Thailand and hired 14 women to work for her.
Currently, the company has 100 employees, many of them family members connected to the original women who still work there. The brand is known for its statement pieces made from resin. The colors are vivid and eye-catching, like the stunning blue Grace Collection drop earrings and pendant.
Support eco-friendly and ethical businesses to update and refresh your look, or to find a gift for a loved one this holiday season. Own Your Style & Love the Earth with One Savvy Mother.
Ever wonder about how your favorite clothes are made? Do you examine labels to learn the makeup of fabrics? Maybe you do this in the grocery store and don’t realize that you should be doing it for clothing and other textiles as well. Unfortunately in clothing, shoes & accessories, like food, you get what you pay for.
In earlier blogs I’ve done a deep dive in organics and I wanted to continue the education. Maybe you've heard of “tencel” but didn't really know what it was? More and more you can find bathing suits made of a lycra fiber created from recycling water bottles. I had to find out more. Wouldn’t finding ways to curb the environmental pollution caused by textile production start with finding new ways to produce fabrics that don’t require toxins and large amounts of water, and which minimize harm to the local ecology? Could recycled water bottles do that? I first had to parse out the different options.
First off, lets categorize the array of available fibers.
1) Grown naturally in Nature:
Under this category you’ll find wool, cotton, hemp, bamboo, silk. They are natural but can be found in a wide availability of quality. Some can be grown “sustainably” or grown in clear cut forests that actually denigrate the environment. For example, cotton is the most pesticide intensive crop in the world so most of the t's and jeans you wear are killing bees. The development of genetically modified cotton adds environmental problems at another level. That’s why 100% organic cotton is so effective in eliminating these issues.
Linen is made from flax plant and usually always using natural nontoxic dyes. That makes it a good choice for clothing. But ofcourse it wrinkles.
Wool on the other hand derived by animals can cause environmental damage and lead to poor treatment of animals. So what are you to choose from?
2) A human made fiber: Rayon, Nylon and polyester
Recent studies have shown that polyester, nylon and acrylic fabrics give off thousands of tiny plastic microfibers when they are washed. These fibers travel through our sewage systems and end up in the ocean where marine species can ingest them. The irony is that now we are finding that these plastics can be found in the fish that we eat – meaning we are consuming tiny bits of plastic that came from our clothing. Gross.
Also, made from petrochemicals, these synthetics are non-biodegradable, so they are inherently unsustainable on two counts.
Rayon (viscose) is another artificial fiber, made from wood pulp, which on the face of it seems more sustainable. Non sustainable practices however, such as clearing of old growth forest and/or subsistence farmers are used to make way for pulpwood plantations. Often the tree planted is eucalyptus, which draws up phenomenal amounts of water, causing problems in sensitive regions. To make rayon, the wood pulp is treated with hazardous chemicals such as caustic soda and sulphuric acid.[i]
Derivatives of Rayon are Acetate Acrylic & Lycra.
Acetate replaces silk in lower priced items. There are a lot of benefits to the end use of the garment (water resistant, wrinkle free, price) that has made it so prevalent. Acrylic replaces wool. It’s non-allergenic, dries quickly, draws moisture away from the body and is washable. Lastex developed in 1949 by DuPont Chemical and found under the brand name Lycra is weaved into many products to make them “better fitting”. Say hello to your athletic-wear funding the Koch Brothers who now own the brand. [ii] Also, after too many washing's the fiber breaks down and it is often just thrown into landfill.
Nylon is used for netting, carpets & of course hosiery and also found in bathing suits & fleece. Unfortunately, Nylon manufacture creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Essentially, making these fibers uses large amounts of water for cooling, along with lubricants which can become a source of contamination. Both processes are also very energy-hungry. Think about that when you go to buy your 10th fleece item.
3) Sustainable and Recycled fibers
Lyocell or brand name TENCEL® is a sustainably grown wood product. Because it is a proprietary fabric it is only made by one company in Germany. The company earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. Additionally, the chemicals used in Tencel are non toxic. [iii] For a fabric that has the smallest possible ecological footprint, choose brand-name or another lyocell fabric manufactured in Europe or the United States.
Fabrics found in bathing suits and winter fleece such as rayon, nylon and spandex can also be made using recycled fibers. These fibers are made from recycling plastic beverage bottles. The process is energy intensive but the finished fibers are soft and strong polyester thread that is then woven into fabric. Same fabric as before but keeping those pesky water bottles out of the landfill and oceans is a smart choice.
My research also found out that bleach and chemical dyes (used to color fabrics) are toxic using a combination of man-made dyes and dioxin-producing chlorine compounds. I had to google “dioxins” and was horrified with what I found. On the World Health Organizations website “Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.” [iv] Turns out that dioxins don’t ever degrade and they collect in fatty tissues of animals. (That’s you and me) Ok, so even natural fibers can be tricky to navigate.
Also consider the other materials used in clothing and shoes & accessories like
Leather (with polluting tanning and dying processes, as well as intensive farming impacts and animal rights issues) and PVC – a notoriously toxic material.
Fun stuff. Ultimately, what we put on our bodies have as much as an impact as what we put in it so treat your body like the temple it is and look for those brands that use environmentally responsible and nontoxic materials and use processes & treatment of workers and animals with respect. You can count on the belts, scarves, hats, jewelry and other products at One Savvy Mother has been chosen for the lowest environmental impact. You can trust us. Shop Now
Well, we aren't actually advocating you drop Pinterest but we got your attention didn't we? This month's blog is about pairing your style with the right accessories. We've all bought something on a whim only to find that it goes with nothing in our closets. Here are 8 styles and how to get the best look from your accessories.
You're confident in simple tops & basic slacks. This is your style for work and play and you stick with low patterns, light hues & basic cuts.
Pair this style with a cuff bracelet and a trendy purse of coordinating colors.
You dress with exotic flair and you're leading the pack. The look is bold, mysterious & eye catching.
Choose accessories that have tribal or animal looks. It will give the look without all the fuss.
If your closet holds girly blouses, A-line skirts & cable sweaters you fall into the preppy style. You don't have to dress like a school girl though.
This style doesn't have to be plain. Choose pops of color & classic designs.
4. Bohemian (Boho)
This style is created with intricate patterns & exotic textures.
Choose accessories with fringe that can compete with the patterns or wear neutral that won't compete.
Good news! This style is trending for fall. So pull out your jeans & tees and pair it with a plaid shirt. Boots are optional
Don't forget the hat!
6. Girl Next Door
This look pairs classic design without the rush to be trendy. You don't go wild or exotic and the focus is on simplicity, stripes & tennis shoes.
Choose your accessories from classic designs but added flair for a little eye turning attention.
The polished and sophisticated look is a mainstay. You're an overachiever and your closet is no exception.
Pair your smart and snazzy blazers and pencil skirts with handbags as polished as you are.
This simple and modern look is not like shopping in the boys section but you won't find any lace or frills around. You're more likely to be wearing a graphic tee, straight leg loose fitting slacks and a pair of flats. Now that's how you do it girl-style.
Add a polished look with a belt.
Summer is the season for letting your style shine. From classic beach outfits to breezy date-night dresses, warm weather is all about easy comfort mixed with bold statements. This year, add new dimension to your favorite summertime outfits with thoughtful accessories worn in unexpected ways. Want some tips? Check out our very favorite summertime accessory ideas.
TOP IT ALL OFF
There’s something terribly glamorous about pairing a bathing suit with an over-sized sunhat or donning a cloche while wiling away the day. Don a hat and you'll feel like a 1940’s movie star vacationing in Cannes. There’s also something remarkably logical about it: keep your face in the in the shade so you don’t have to slather on SPF 50.
Given the fact that they’re practical and downright fabulous, there’s a surprising scarcity of eco friendly and stylish hats to choose from with the added benefit of being size adjustable. Bring back this trend with Florabella’s hats. Handcrafted from natural fibers, they stand up to the sun, the wind and will last year from one year to the next. See hat products here
KISS: KEEP IT SIMPLE SUMMER
When it comes to summer jewelry, we’re all about pieces that will make you feel like a goddess. And this year, the goddess we’re envisioning has embraced the minimalism trend. She wears a simple dress with a single, statement-making piece. Like this repurposed leather fringe necklace by Palomino. When it comes to luxurious, sustainable fashion, less is definitely more so you might choose Italian inspired designs by B/C Designs.
Browse jewelry collection here
STAY CLOSE TO NATURE
We hope you get to spend some time in a natural area this summer. For those instances when you can’t escape, bring nature to you with accessories that showcase natural materials.
French scarf maker, Letol uses only organic cotton and designs inspired by the colors of the sea, floral delights and natural shapes. All of the Letol scarves are designed and woven in an artisanal and unique atelier in the South of France, made with 100% organic cotton and washed with a famous soap made of olive oil, called "Savon de Marseille". This makes the scarves ultra-soft. These boho chic, organic scarves are a highly desirable fashion trend in the US and Europe.
GRAB & GO BACKPACK
Are you the type that needs her hands free? Nothing says active-meets-chic like an easy - to -wear sling. Don't get bogged down in your sunscreen instead jump out with a stylish bag that holds only a few items.
At One Savvy Mother we work hard to provide some variety. Choose from upcycled "beer cloth" or the bohemian leather with government tent material (saved from the landfill) This little guy will take you everywhere, from a hike through nature to a walk in the city. And the best part is the look. Shop the look here
Singing in the Rain
As much as we may not like a rainy day in summer it is important for the birds, plants & trees. So for those necessary wet days don't forget cork rain hat. Choose from two styles:
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Happy Summer ! xxoo Lara
By now you've heard of capsule wardrobe. Bloggers, fashionistas and sustainability-lovers are going crazy over small, curated closets that are rotated seasonably. The idea of it is to pare down your wardrobe to a designated number of mix and match items. Every season, you can purchase a few high-quality pieces to incorporate into your rotation.
There are quite a few tips out there on which shirts, jeans and booties to incorporate into each season’s wardrobe, but how does the wannabee-capsuler incorporate accessories?
Some sources say that when it comes to a capsule wardrobe, jewelry, bags, hats and scarves should be limited. Others argue that changing up your accessories is essential to adding excitement to go-to styles. The choice is really up to you, but here are a few things to consider.
If you are going to limit your accessories….
Caroline Rector, the blogger behind un-fancy, is a huge advocate “the rule of three” when it comes to her capsule wardrobe. What is “the rule of three,” you may ask?
Let’s say you decide to limit your jewelry to three of each kind of accessories: three necklaces, three bracelets, three hats/scarves. Of the three necklaces you own, one could be a statement-making piece, one a simple piece and one is something in between.
For example, imagine how these three ethically-made necklaces could be incorporated into a capsule wardrobe:
If you aren’t going to limit your accessories…
You should still clean out cheap accessories that you’re not 100% crazy about. Capsule wardrobes are all about only wearing high-quality pieces that you’ll love. You want thoughtful pieces with stories behind them – not some trendy costume jewelry you bought on a whim.
Adding something new…
With capsule wardrobes, you’re only buying a few pieces every season. These pieces should be wardrobe-changing essentials that you’ve thought long and hard about. Accessories are the perfect item to update for multiple reasons: a single accessory can transform any outfit, it won’t add much bulk to your closet and it’ll take you into new seasons. After all, who doesn’t want to rotate between bold summertime necklaces and cozy winter scarves?
Of course, capsule wardrobes are much better for the environment than overstuffed closets. To make your wardrobe as green as possible, make sure that any accessories or garments you incorporate are sustainably sourced.
There is a tremendous stigma about older clothes that needs rethinking.
|Making garments last should be a source of pride|
Even paying for repairs by professionals is (most of the time) more economical compared to replacing items.
- Try learning to repair socks and getting shoes resoled. By doing this, you can make those clothes you love and wear regularly last longer, reducing the chances of buying new pieces of clothing that have a future in the back of your closet.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2014, more than 16.2 million tons of textiles were generated, but only 16 percent of clothing and shoes were recycled.
If all else fails and repair is out of the question then here are a few ideas to keep those items out of the landfill.
- Use old handbags for your daughters dress up time or as a bag for extra toiletries.
- Repurpose leather belts into a dog collar or fill an old pair of boots with sand and use it as a door stopper. Be creative with how you can use them. Etsy is also a great source of inspiration.
- Support local businesses in your neighborhood like tailors & cobblers. Not only do you extend the use of your items but bring valuable dollars to these mom and pop stores.
Finally, many of us have a closet full of old handbags, leather jackets & shoes. If you are like me there are some that have been repaired more than once. Sometimes the item is just too far gone. What can you do?
- Donate to artists and DYIers so they can "reclaim" the leather into new functional items. A quick google search will yield local donation centers.
- Have you seen Palomino Jewelry? Katie uses reclaimed leather & hardware from old handbags to create her jewelry designs. Check out Palomino Collection here
Do you have old furs that are taking up space in your closet and you want to rid yourself of them? Donate between January and April 22 (Earth Day) those furs to Coats for Cubs that use them in the rehab of orphaned animals around the U.S.
This project was a lot of fun to do. The point was to dissect outfits that I wear. Who made the apparel? How long have I owned them? Is it a good outfit? It's not that my closet is anything great mind you. What if it was like Barbie’s dream house closet? Now that’s a closet! But mine, well, just an ordinary closet unfortunately.
But that’s the point right? To show, to encourage, to teach how your closet can be more “green”. Right now, the apparel & fashion industry is the 2nd most polluting industry on Earth. Yes. Right up there with polluting oil and gas industry. The only way to change that is through the choices you and I make about how we dress & adorn.
So what are my takeaways?
- Quality over Quantity - When buying clothing, accessories & shoes buy the highest quality you can afford.
- Shop in your closet – Strive to wear what you already have at least 30 wears.
- Ask for better standards – Talk to your favorite store and let them know you care about how your clothes are made and from what material they are from. i.e. Ask for organic and no sweat shops.
- Buy less – If you shop less, you’ll have more money to buy quality (see #1) but don’t feel guilty when you do shop just buy “right”. i.e. Shop OneSavvyMother.com because you know the products are made right and stylish.
- Support Eco fashion – Put your money where your mouth is and move away from luxury designers until they change their dirty ways. Support the young industry of Eco fashion designers & retailers instead.
- Buy Consignment – Go thrifting for jeans, jackets & shoes. You can buy great items for a fraction of the cost of new and you'll be supporting #30wears.
Leave us a comment about how you'll make a difference and opt in with your email address so we can stay in touch. We’ll give you $25 towards a purchase at One Savvy Mother.
Thanks for reading #greenyourcloset and shopping onesavvymother.com.
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Marching clothes have to be comfortable & fit right, bear up to the weather, and be stylish. Two weeks before the march I went to my closet and had a look around. I started by taking anything out that might work for my purposes then eliminated from there. Taking stock of what I was missing, I thought about how important those missing articles were & then started putting together outfits. This process took several weeks.
We were traveling ultra-light so I doubled up on day 1 and day 2 bottoms. I chose a pair of black jeans because I could wear them to the march, later that night for dinner & the next day. Although I should have known better I purchased them new about 6 weeks ago. What's my excuse? I don't have one. It's rare for me to go shopping and for the record I own 4 pairs of jeans – 2 of which are 6 years old & the 3rd pair is 2 years old. The Schoen Yu are the 4th pair.
label from my new jeans
Buying sneakers from consignment Since my last pair has been relegated to walking the dogs and too embarrassing to wear anyplace else I needed a pair of sneakers. My winter hiking boots seemed too military for a march and I'd need a pair of sneakers for springtime anyway. Going to the consignment store in my neighborhood I found a pair of white Adidas kicks in my size which was amazing. They had clean soles having never been worn. Does this balance on out the new jeans?
Into my closet I went: After I bought the sneakers I was all set because the rest I found in my closet. I switched at the last minute to something a bit warmer than my original plan. My base layer is a hand me down from my mother. This is literally a base layer, see through, cotton turtleneck. Embarrassingly holey and runny I haven’t found a replacement so I keep wearing it, it’s that good. Next I had a zip up loose fitting cotton black/grey top I purchased 2 winters ago for a ski trip (it was casual but edgy). Made in U.S. but not name branded this is what I use as a sweatshirt. I was thinking layers.
Poncho vs. winter coat: The forecast was calling for milder temps than your typical January (Climate change?). So, I decided to bring a poncho for ease. I chose the Shupaca alpaca wool gray that makes even the slummiest outfit chic, plus it's warm, very lightweight & water resistant.
Accessories: You can't travel with a kid without carting unnecessary items so I packed along the handy & cool cross body clutch aptly named "in the clouds" dubbed for its large zipper pulls in alternate color. I carried ID, health card, cash, tissues, a package of crackers & a very small barbie doll. Strapped under the poncho no one was the wiser. I also used it at dinner and the next day too. I'd rename this indispensable. I added my Zaya bracelet and I was off to the races, er, march looking and feeling strong. Day 1, I wore Able Made Haute socks & Day 2, I wore Ozone sheers.
Ultimately, our trip was a quick one but we didn't buy one bottle of water (water bottle was toted around too), carried only one small suitcase for two of us, only had one new piece of apparel, wore clothes multiple times, and tried to step lightly on the Earth as we marched loudly for our rights.
Caption: . Heading over to Independence Way
Clothes for 2 days, sneakers, underwear/socks, nightgown, clutch & NT cork make up bag
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Welcome! In this project, SlowFashionMom (see Youtube series link below) and OneSavvyMother are teaming up to bring you an introspection of our closet. We’re dissecting & bisecting our closets – with the intent of learning and teaching about how we can all be more ecofriendly with our apparel, shoes & accessories. For four weeks we'll look at how many times we've worn the clothes, how long we've owned them and what materials the apparel is. We hope our lessons will inspire you to also look at your closet differently. Please let us know what you think in the comments below.
Part One: I chose my December 31, 2016 outfit for week 1.
The day before New Year’s Eve, my daughter and I went for a stroll on Newbury Street in Boston. I wanted to find something special to wear for New Years’ Eve, and I wasn’t alone. All I saw were sales at Zara. Lined up 30-deep, ladies were queuing up to buy new “Going Out” outfits. Who wouldn’t be tempted? You’re getting ready to hit the scene, there are new trends, and the stores were all running special promotions! Even I was tempted to grab a $30 top that would be “festive” for the party I was going to. I went into a few independent retail stores but didn’t find anything that was right. Neither did anyone else. Everyone was at Zara. Follow the herd, Americans….or not!
Along the way, my daughter picked out something for me. The flashy, deep V neck long sleeve flowy thing begged for me to pick it out and wrap it up. I resisted! Instead I examined it closely (I found loose seams), looked at the pattern (boring) and examined the fabric (polyester), and decided against it.
We looked in a high-end consignment shop, too, but didn’t find anything particularly awe-inspiring there either. Plus, I felt ignored by the sales team, who were obviously not interested in helping me shop. I am one of those rare birds that rely on salespeople’s knowledge.
- I went shopping in my closet. I pulled out a dress that my mother gave me 4 years ago. I had not worn since last spring, and I’ve only worn it about 5 other times. My mother however wore it allot before passing it along. Because I don’t wear it often, it feels like a special occasion outfit. I try to wear each piece of clothing at least 30 times, but this feels like a good exception to make.I still wanted to wear something special to ring in the New Year! So here’s what I did:
- I showed off my shoulders: The dress has open shoulders -- better to show off my 3 month old commitment to BarMethod classes! And I’ve seen that open shoulders are “in” right now, too. I got to showcase a new asset, AND be on-trend.
- I made a colorful exception: I hate wearing black clothes, but almost everything my fashionista mama hands down is black. If my mom gave it to me, I know it will be good quality, contemporary, and beautiful – even if it’s not something I would have picked for myself.
- Cotton blend: The dress label is New York 77 and material: is 95% Viscose*, 5% Elastic. Because Viscose is a more processed material than cotton, it is even more important to keep it in circulation. Another names for Viscose is Rayon.
- I updated the look: I wore leggings (Label: Isda & Co., Material 60% Viscose, 23% Nylon, 12% Polyester, 5% Elastic) and a trendy pair of impractical leather boots (also a gift from my mother- thanks mom!). Quite possibly I've worn the leggings over 30 times. I've had them 3 years and only own 2 pairs of leggings. I rely on them all fall/winter & early spring). I've had these boots for 2 years and haven't found many places to wear them. I feel guilty sitting in my closet so any chance I'm not walking a long distance I try to wear them. (No Sex In the City for me walking blocks on 3 inch heels). They'll go out of style before my #30wears and I've told my mother not to ever buy me anything impractical again.
- I bedazzled the ensemble: For the first time in almost a year, I didn’t wear One Savvy Mother jewelry! Instead, I wore a long strand of pearly glass beads that are about as sparkly as I can get. I've also owned them close to 10 years and before that they were...you guessed it - my mama's! I paired it with my long tin can earrings I won in an Instagram contest this summer (thank you @teresamooremoore). Of course I grabbed my Lancaster clutch in white to add some contrast and enhanced the contemporary look I had going. Plus it was useful in holding phone, license and lipstick – all I needed for a fun night out!
That’s Week 1. I'll see you for another three Tuesdays and a wrap up. Be sure and watch @slowfashionmom on youtube and follow us on Instagram @onesavvymother and @slowfashionmom.
*Viscose Rayon is similar to cotton but takes 11 more steps to turn it into a fiber. If you want to learn more I rely on http://www.barnhardtcotton.net/blog/know-fibers-cotton-vs-viscose-rayon/ for my information.
To see my partner on this project check out her Youtube series at: https://youtu.be/cj176HqjF3A
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