A Week Of Outfits With Jazmine Brown From That Curly Top
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 Jazmine Brown, the sustainable lifestyle blogger behind That Curly Top!
// ABOUT JAZMINE //
I was initially attracted to fashion because I realized the power it had to reflect a person’s mood. I entered into college as a Fashion merchandising major to follow a career that would allow me to explore this curiosity. However, several classes later, I realized the travesties of the fast fashion industry and knew I couldn’t keep pursuing that major. I realized that my choices not only made an impact on myself, but on this planet and the people who lived in it.
I switched out of my major and transformed my fashion blog. That Curly Top became a sustainable lifestyle blog to promote ethical living and encourage others to make small changes to create a collective difference to our society without forfeiting their style. I believe my wardrobe reflects just that.
The journey to defining my personal style and living consciously go hand in hand. It’s been a process for me to become intentional with the pieces that go into my closet. I make sure that I only purchase clothing that works with everything else in my wardrobe, actually fits me right, I wouldn’t mind wearing repeatedly, and is purchased/made ethically. As a college student, I’ve leaned more towards thrifting, saving to snag more expensive ethical pieces, and getting used to actually re-wearing my clothes with no shame. It’s been really fun, and it’s definitely been a process to get to where I am now.
But at the end of the day, I want to give others and myself grace. Switching to an intentional lifestyle is difficult. You mess up, get frustrated, feel guilty etc. The only important thing to focus on is trying. There is so much freedom in knowing there is grace for whatever part of your ethical journey you start on, but the most important part is to take a step.
I woke up this morning to the sunny chill San Diego has to offer. My go-to for weather like this is my jean jacket. This jacket is one of the most beloved pieces in my wardrobe because 1) It was a hand-me-down from one of my dear friends and 2) I can wear it with anything in my closet. I also love the way it has begun to fade because of how frequently I wear it. I can say the same things about my Dear Survivor tote. I loving refer to it as my ‘bestfriend’. I take this purse to school and every other errand or event I get into. Also it was handcrafted by another great friend of mine, which makes me love it even more.
Secondhand Jean Jacket | Vintage Blouse | Thrifted Jeans
Dear Survivor Tote Bag
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have class at 8 AM. My university is approximately 35 min away with traffic. This outfit is incredibly easy to throw together, but I love to add a bit of flare with my Reformation pants gifted by my boyfriend. I love that Reformation’s simplistic, sustainable designs don’t cut short on making a statement. I’m inspired by their aesthetic and want to incorporate more of their pieces into my wardrobe.
Reformation Marlon Pant | Thrifted T-Shirt | Secondhand mules
Wednesdays are long for me and I like to wear something I’ll be able to feel comfortable and confident in. One of my go to outfits is my “Maven Girl” outfit. I work in a small retail store in San Diego called Maven. They feature design-focused goods that frequently translate to ethical, small business, and/or women-owned brands. I’m proud to work there and I can’t help but snag a couple pieces from the clothing section of our store. The Just Female Jeans and Paloma Wool Cardigan have become two essential staples in my wardrobe. They definitely give me the confident boost I need to get through my day.
Once again, I have to rush off to my 8 AM class. Today I decided to re-wear my white top and borrow my roommate’s jumpsuit. I’m a huge advocate for borrowing clothes from your friends. It’s an amazing way to share resources, consume less, and save money. I’m also very obsessed with these sneakers from Veja. I have worn them nearly every day since I bought them in July, and you can tell by how much they’ve worn out. But that’s how I know I love my pieces—clothes are meant to be worn till they break down. If not, it’s not the piece for you.
I going to be completely honest and say: this outfit is purely athleisure. I know ‘tights’ shouldn’t be worn as pants, but I was feeling pretty exhausted from this past week and was not in the mood to wear a ‘real’ outfit. I had to run a few errands that morning before heading off to my internship with Dear Survivor. I’m lucky that the owner is incredibly laid back and doesn’t mind me coming in like that. But in case you are wondering: I actually practice yoga from time to time, so no I’m not [that much of] a poser.