A Week Of An Ethical Capsule Wardrobe
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 Keira Jones, the blogger behind Style Me Fair!
// ABOUT KEIRA //
Age | 22
Location | Arizona
Blog | Style Me Fair
Job | Human resources
Favorite Brand | My go-to when shopping sustainably is actually consignment shops! My favorite in Phoenix is Poor Little Rich Girl, and you can even shop them via Instagram. For new clothes; I adore Eileen Fisher for a long-lasting investment piece, and Everlane for a more affordable option (but still long lasting!).
My ethical fashion journey started just earlier this year when I watched the documentary The True Cost. It struck a chord in me like nothing ever had before. I was both amazed and horrified at the inhumanness and injustices weaved throughout the entire "fast fashion" industry. Instantly, I knew I had found my passion, and that I felt called to spread awareness and partner with others as I embarked on my ethical fashion journey.
To me, "fair" fashion considers both ethical and sustainable factors. First and foremost, I believe the people involved in any and every step of the supply chain should be treated fairly and be paid fair wages. Secondly, I believe that clothing brands should be conscious of the environment, and avoid bringing unnecessary harm to our ecosystem whenever possible. My goal with my blog is to help people incorporate fair fashion into their closet slowly but surely. I try to feature affordable companies, and offer as many discount codes to my followers as humanly possible. I hope that my blog inspires people to make the fair fashion switch, and realize that it is both doable and affordable.
While putting together this Week of Outfits, I decided to take on my first 10x10 challenge! This challenge is a way to spark creativity with the pieces already in one's closet by only wearing 10 pieces of clothing for 10 days. I work an office job, so I decided to document my Wednesday–Sunday outfits so that you could catch a glimpse of my weekend style as well! I also hope to remind people how versatile the clothes they already own can be, and that many garments can be worn both in a professional and casual setting.
Wednesday's outfit featured a red silk cami from Everlane, which was one of my few fall purchases. Silk is a delicate material and must be washed by hand, but any stains come right out and it isn't nearly as daunting as I thought it would be! I've quickly learned that caring properly for your clothes is key to ensuring they will stand the test of time.
I paired this cami with an older cardigan from MadeWell to make it work-appropriate. Luckily, my work allows jeans, so I chose my favorite pair of Seven brand jeans, and black boots from last season (not well-made, so I'm hoping to buy a quality pair soon!).
As for accessories, these are my favorite pair of gold earrings that will dress up any outfit!
Thursday's outfit included my favorite work skirt; a black maxi skirt from Threads 4 Thought! Maxi dresses and skirts are perfect for work since they're comfortable, flowy, and dressy all at the same time. It's still hot here in Phoenix, so I am enjoying our elongated sandal season in my beautiful Sseko Designs sandals.
I am also sporting my favorite handbag by JOYN! You can check out my article on this amazing company here.
The top is an oldie but a goodie—a basic striped long sleeve from Nordstrom!
Friday means it's almost the weekend, and I get to dress casually in the office! I try to take Fridays as an opportunity to show off my personal style while still keeping it comfy!
This Friday I cuffed my jeans for a casual look, and threw on my beautiful Sseko Designs sandals again! They're perfect for all-day wear because they are SO comfortable, and you can actually switch out the straps for some versatility!
This top was my second fall purchase from Everlane for this season, since I didn't own any black long sleeve shirts. It was purchased from their Choose What You Pay section, which is an alternative to a traditional sale section. Instead, it gives you three different price points to choose from when buying! Each price point let's you know exactly where the money will go.
It's Saturday, which usually means a visit to the farmer's market, a coffee shop, or heading up to Sedona with friends. This Saturday I wore my Everlane Silk Cami on its own, linen/cotton-blend shorts from EcoVibe Apparel, and a hat I found at my favorite consignment shop, Poor Little Rich Girl (PLRG)! The best part about PLRG is that I can trade in old clothes for credit, so I hardly ever spend money there. This is a great way to shop while being ethical, sustainable, and affordable all at once!
This belt was purchased from a Western store up in Northern Arizona, and I approached the gruff older man at the counter and asked if he knew who made the belts (a question I now ask in every store). The usual response is "Oh, I don't know... we use a factory in China I think". However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out he made all the belts in the shop himself! I quickly snatched it up and love knowing I am wearing someone's handiwork.
JOYN Handbag | Consignment Hat
Sundays are my favorite (and busiest) day of the week! I dressed my felt hat up a bit for a church look, and was able to easily transition to Sunday afternoon activities by taking the hat off and switching back into my Sseko sandals. You might not have noticed, but this is the same outfit I wore on Friday! However, it looks completely different since I added dressier shoes, my hat, and tucked in the shirt. People really don't notice when you repeat outfits, and it's a fun challenge to be able to create different looks with the same pieces.