A Week Of Outfits With Deborah Shepherd From Clothed In Abundance
The Good Trade's Week of Outfits Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention! Each woman takes her own unique approach to slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Deborah Shepherd, the conscious and minimalist blogger behind Clothed In Abundance!
// ABOUT DEBORAH //
Age | 24
Location | Seattle, WA
Occupation | Mental Health Advocate, Writer/ Speaker, and the Founder of Clothed In Abundance
Where To Find Her | Blog, YouTube, Instagram
Favorite Brand | Besides my first love for thrift shops, I’m deeply inspired the work of Elizabeth Suzann, UZI NYC, and Hackwith Design House
My sister-in-law was the first person who ignited my love of everything style. I mean, do you know any 12-year olds that were promoted as the “DSB” (Designated Shopping Buddy) of a badass attorney with a double door, walk-in closet filled with the newest items for J. Crew, Coach, Banana Republic, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors? Me neither. Into my teenage years, my love for shopping grew rapidly and I was always spending $15 here, $67 there, and eventually I spent $300 on one item. Granted, I used to work at AllSaints and got my favorite leather jacket for 50% off, but I had clearly developed a shopping addiction. I was filling deeply rooted voids in my life with clothes, makeup, and the works to outwardly look perfect because inwardly... I was totally shattered by depression and anxiety.
Fast forward to 2016, I packed one suitcase and stepped out on faith to move to a small desert town in Richland, WA. For a city girl, it literally felt like the middle of nowhere because not one person cared about what lip-liner I was wearing or where my shoes were from. I truly started to unconditionally love myself, broken and all. In a season, God molded the foundation of my minimalist values and lifestyle.
My style is a mix of oversized, boho, simplistic, and a little edgy. It’s an understated bold, just like my personality. I’m not a legalistic minimalist—I don’t force myself to stay under a certain number of items, yet I naturally maintain a small batch of staples that evolve when seasons or my style evolves. I’m a devoted minimalist who loves thrifting and is on a journey to transition my closet to have more ethical/sustainable pieces.
I’m a pants lover through and through, but one of my favorite brands UZI NYC does an impeccable job of making a girl feel immensely confident in their dresses. I’m wearing their Navy V-Dress, paired with my Osborn Clarity flats from Moorea Seal makes the perfect outfit for diving right into my work while looking polished. Yes to not overthinking and looking damn good!
Typically, Tuesdays are my get-ahead days to beat the mid-week hump, so I need to wear something simple like this thrifted v-neck wrap top and high waisted mom jeans. I absolutely love these jeans. I paired this with my old BCBG heels (before my ethical fashion journey), which elevate my casual outfit.
BCBG Nude Mules
Thrifted Mom Jeans
Thrifted Deep V Wrap Top
The UZI Broken Lines Dress was my first ethical purchase about 2.5 years ago. It’s a little short so I layered it with thrifted long shorts, and old Old Navy strap sandals. I love how the shorts peek under the dress and maintains this neutral look.
UZI NYC Broken Lines Dress
Thrifted Long Black Shorts
Old Navy Heeled Strappy Sandals
When I don’t know what to wear and I need to look polished and comfortable, jumpsuits are a huge timesaver. This one from Hackwith Design House is hands down my favorite. Honesty moment: I bought one from Target and the quality doesn’t compare (I’ve totally had to eat my words about buying fast fashion). If you’re scared to invest in ethical clothing: take the leap! It’s well worth it.
If I had to describe my personality as a color it would be this shirt and in this same metallic finish. To tone down the bold shirt, I styled it with cream culottes and of course, my Clarity Flats. This look is easy to go from work to Happy Hour by letting my braids down.
Sleeveless Metallic Blue Tank Top
Thrifted Urban Outfitters Culottes
Osborn Clarity Flats
One of my favorite tricks when my hair is a mess and I have no time for makeup is to dress up my outfit. I bought this oversized, boxy metallic gold top from Value Village to tie in multiple ways. I paired it with green trousers that makes it suitable for a weekend event but toned down to go thrifting with my Clarity Flats.
Thrifted Metallic Gold Button Up
Thrifted Green Pants
Osborn Clarity Flats
Sundays are times of rest, recharge in the Word, and prepare for the new week so I usually wear something comfortable. I love this muted green dress that I got from Value Village (a thrift store) because it reminds me of an Elizabeth Suzann Ella Slip dress on my wishlist. I paired it with my go-to strappy heels.