A Week Of Slow, Secondhand Fashion
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 Kathryn Kellogg, the blogger behind Going Zero Waste!
// ABOUT KATHRYN //
I try to buy exclusively second hand. I'm not against buying new clothing and supporting sustainable brands, but I think there are a lot of amazing pieces that already exist without having to use new resources.
I used to have a pretty bad shopping problem. I had over 200 dresses and three stuffed closets. I cleared almost everything out (thanks to a house fire) and began an 18-piece wardrobe experiment. The experiment only lasted about 8 months before I called it quits. I made a lot of mistakes (not enough, texture, pattern, only black and white pieces etc.) Now, I'm just having fun with my wardrobe and experimenting.
One of my best friends owns a consignment boutique, Sparkly Ragz, which is both helpful and dangerous. But, I know if I buy anything and I don't love it after a wear or two, I can always sell it back.
I'm not 100% sure where I am in my fashion journey. I'm still figuring things out right now. I'm taking my time and slowly adding in new pieces. I'm trying to get a feel for what I really like, but most importantly I'm having fun with fashion again. I've learned that I can think something is cute, and not have to buy it. I've learned to appreciate without accumulating. (Which is HUGE for me!)
I fell in love with this jacket when I saw it. It's bright orange, my favorite color, and it works for all seasons. Since I still have a small wardrobe and an even smaller closet, it's important that my wardrobe is versatile. My husband and I live in a small 300 sq. ft. studio apartment.
I was hanging out with one of my girlfriends in SF when we stumbled onto an Amour Vert sample sale. I bought this new shirt that I'm so 100% in love with.
I have a really, really bad track record with white shirts. Unfortunately, they're one of my favorite things to wear. I try and always buy cotton, so once they get really stained I can cut them up for rags, handkerchiefs, and then eventually compost them.
On Wednesday, I typically have meetings with the city. I serve on the beautification board so I try to make sure I dress a little more profesh.
This is my favorite skirt of all time. It was one of my very first "big girl" purchases. It was Lacoste skirt bought on my senior trip to New York. There will probably come a day when it doesn't zip anymore, but I'm hoping I'll find a way to get it altered so it will be with me for many more years to come.
Loafers are my favorite shoes. I've been looking, without avail, for a pair of loafers that can be resoled. A lot of women's shoes aren't meant to be repaired. I think I've finally found a pair that will hopefully last a really long time. I also have several vintage sweater clips. For a couple of Christmases, my mom would put one in my stocking.
By the time Thursday rolls around, I'm antsy for the weekend. Which typically means I'm ready to go out. I love going down to the local brewery or winery to grab a drink as a pre-Friday celebration.
The ducky bracelet I'm wearing is one of my favorite bracelets. My friend and I both fell in love with it at a flea market in Vienna. I told her she could have it, but at the end of the trip, she gave it to me. I always have such good memories when I wear it.
Friday! Whoo-hoo! I'm so in love with this lace vintage top. The detailing on it is insane, and could easily cost a small fortune if it were bought off the rack today. I bought this at vintage shop in Florida in 2012. I don't remember much about it, but I'm so glad I have it!
I like my Friday outfits to easily transition from day to night. I can swap out my day bag for a smaller one and I'm ready to go out for the evening.
Saturday mornings are my favorite. The farmers market is the happenin' event of the day. I like to head down around nine, grab a cup coffee at the coffee shop, and head to the dog boutique to grab some dog biscuits before grabbing ample amounts of tasty produce for the week.
Then I typically spend the rest of the day at home working on the blog. This outfit needs to be comfy and this kitschy 80's sweater fits the bill perfectly. I just love those little fishies, don't you?
Breakfast was made for Sunday mornings, and Sunday mornings were made for breakfast! In case I haven't made it clear, I typically go out for breakfast on Sundays. ;)
The rest of the day is kind of up in the air. Sunday is a little bit of a wildcard, but this Sunday I went out wine tasting with one of my girlfriends.