A Week Of Outfits With Jordan Soderholm From ABLE
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 slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Jordan Soderholm, the Fashion Director at the ethical fashion brand ABLE!
I believe you don't have to sacrifice style to dress ethically. As the Fashion Director of the first fashion brand to publish our lowest wages, I get to create pieces that are timeless, stylish, and attainable while ensuring the women who make our products are protected and empowered.
I've always been passionate about ABLE's mission, but it took a personal experience to change my own approach to ethical fashion. A little over a year ago, I was speaking on behalf of ABLE at an event while wearing a duster from a fast fashion brand. People kept asking where it was from, and I felt mortified to admit I wasn't practicing what I was preaching. From then on, I decided to only buy pieces that are ethical, sustainable, or thrifted. On my journey, I've learned that building an ethical wardrobe takes patience, time, and thoughtfulness.
When I'm considering adding something new to my wardrobe, I try to find out everything I can about it. What's the brand's story? Where was it made? I look at the tag, label, fabric, and seams. I want to purchase things that are made well, with fabrics that will last. My wardrobe is starting to fill up with pieces that I really care about, made with high-quality fabrics accompanied by really cool stories.
I've also found I'm actually saving money by shopping ethically because I'm not flippantly purchasing junk. I've learned to shop some of the more premium ethical brands at the end of the season, buying sweaters in the spring and dresses in the fall to save around 50 percent. But I think I find my most unique, statement-making pieces from thrifting or closet sales.
When you make a commitment to shop ethically, you shouldn't be too hard on yourself. You don't have to get rid of your current wardrobe and start over. You can start today by making little changes in your purchasing habits. We all have the ability to demand change in the fashion industry by voting with our dollars for brands who care about their social and environmental impact. The industry will be forced to evolve and meet our demands to the benefit of both people and the planet.
I love everything that Ulla Johnson does. Amazing fabrics and textures. I call these my power pants, and I think they might be more effective than a blazer. I wear these to meetings when I need to make a good first impression. When your pants are that extra, all of the accessories may as well be too. So I snuck in some leopard in my shoes, and some really fun statement earrings. I wore a t-shirt to keep this outfit more casual, but I dress it up with an Everlane cashmere sweater when it gets cooler outside.
One of the best ways I score high-quality clothing and designer items is thrifting! I usually thrift when I'm traveling and find keepsakes that help me remember my trips, but I actually found this shirt at a local shop in Nashville. The flowy shirt, wide leg pants, and cognac accents give me 70s boho vibes—perfect for an afternoon presentation at the office. It's a casual, comfortable look that still feels elevated because of the materials and the tall, wide leg denim.
I have this thing for silk shirts—specifically, silk button downs. They're so timeless, and they make me feel instantly put together whether I'm wearing them with jeans or trouser pants. This is my to-go outfit for ABLE studio shoots because it's so practical and easy. The black and white stripes plus the chestnut boots? Come on!
Party trick—wear your nightgown out on the town! I picked this silk nightgown up in New York, and have been wearing it to fancy events ever since. The blush straps and t-shaped back make this dress more interesting than my typical LBDs. It's also easy to dress down with slides for a more casual date night look.
When in doubt—denim on denim on denim. Our Western Shirt at ABLE is probably my most-worn item in my closet. I pack this outfit when I travel because it's so versatile. I can wear the denim shirt open over a tee or as-is. Especially in Nashville, this outfit works for almost anything I have on my calendar.
If you've never met me, you need to know: I love leopard. Although it's a trend right now, it really is a timeless print that's easy and acceptable to pair with anything. I like to wear my leopard skirt with a printed tee for a little edgier look for a Saturday of coffee shops, shopping around, and meeting up with friends.
Relaxed and effortless. When I have a day full of desk work and errands, this is what you'll find me living in. I thrifted this silk top on vacation in LA (I think it was $15), and it's been one of my favorite, most-used purchases. And don't even get me started on that Abera Convertible Backpack. It keeps me hands free, so I can grab coffee and run my errands as efficiently as possible.