A Week Of Outfits With Lee Rogers From Layers Of Lee
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 Lee Rogers, the thrift-loving blogger behind Layers Of Lee!
My sustainable fashion journey started by accident when I was in college. I discovered secondhand shopping in high school, but really fell in love with it while in college. I didn’t really know about the sustainable aspects of thrifting; I just knew I loved finding cool vintage pieces. I lived in a small town, but there was a Goodwill right down the road from where I lived. I would stop by probably once a week and pick up a new secondhand piece. From there, my wardrobe has become 90% secondhand and I’ve even created a business from shopping secondhand! Now, I understand how important it is to shop secondhand. I really think it is one of the most accessible ways to be an ethical and sustainable consumer when it comes to clothing, homewares, etc.
I run the blog/YouTube/Instagram “Layers of Lee”, which I started after I graduated college and felt very lost in the real world. I focus on secondhand and petite fashion, switching over to cruelty-free makeup, and more!
I also run my own closet on Poshmark where I sell clothing I’ve bought secondhand. I never thought that would grow into such a big part of my life but I’ve become pretty obsessed with reselling (and finding amazing pieces for my own closet). It can be a balance though, I go thrifting around 2-3 times per week and I always find clothing I want to put into my own closet. But I realized I couldn’t keep picking up pieces for myself every week so I’ve been growing my Poshmark closet like crazy these days.
I started working remotely last July and since then my wardrobe has changed drastically. I’ve been favoring comfortable basics over the nicer “business casual” clothing I used to wear. My clothing choices do get a little bit dressier as the week goes on though.
Monday is one of my busiest days of the week, so I always like to keep it comfortable and casual. I have a full day of work and then I head to the thrift store to pick up pieces for my secondhand shop. I wish I could say I picked up everything in this outfit secondhand, but my pants are from H&M when I wasn’t as conscious a few years ago (I’ve learned since then!). Everything else is secondhand, though.
This look is another one of my favorite casual-yet-cool work from home looks. I’ve had these velvet leggings for years and I never thought I’d wear them as much as I do! But I probably wear them once a week in the fall and winter. I love wearing basics like leggings but with a fun twist! You can find such cool pieces like that at the thrift store. My sweater is thrifted but it’s originally from Madewell, which is a brand I love but only buy secondhand.
On Wednesdays I have a lot of meetings throughout the day, so I like to be super comfortable while sitting at my desk for hours! In the afternoon, I normally head to the post office to drop off packages for Poshmark, which is where this bulky coat comes in—it was freezing so a giant coat and blanket scarf are a must.
I’ve been curious about trying the “all white” look during this winter season so I decided to take the plunge! On Thursdays I like to go to a coffee shop to work. When I bought these jeans, they were way too long for me so I cut them off and cuffed them. They’re also a little big on my waist but I love that I can tuck sweaters in them without looking too bulky!
On Friday, I like to get out of the house whether that means going to a movie, thrift store, or hanging out with friends, so I decided to dress a little fancier! I’d say my most worn thrifted item is this black turtleneck. What can I say? It goes with everything! And there isn’t much I love more than a good pair of vintage loafers. I found these while thrifting in New York City. I love wearing them because they remind of that trip.