This post was originally published on Truncation Blog.
So I think we’re all on the same page that postpartum fashion is difficult, if only because we have to relearn what works on our new post baby bodies. And hopefully now we can all agree that a post baby body isn’t a bad thing… it’s just a different thing.
The second thing that I get asked the most is “how can I make ethical fashion work for me?” Especially when I’m in a time of transition (i.e. weight, jobs, etc.).
I get this question. I really, truly do.
Here’s the thing… ethical fashion is expensive. It’s no $5 deal from your local Target.
So building an ethical wardrobe is something that has to be done with a great deal of intention.
Here’s the deal:
I’m a stay at home mom. My husband makes an income that allows me to do that, but we’re not exactly living the Kardashian lifestyle around here.
You know what I mean?
So you guys need to know that I would not have as many ethical pieces in my closet if some of them had not been sent to me by brands.
That’s just the honest truth.
But, with that said, I have actually purchased most of the ethical pieces that I do own at the moment.
And I’ve been adding them slowly over the last year and a half as our budget allowed it.
In other words, don’t expect this to be something that happens over night. Make wise purchasing choices that work for your family. We’re talking about a wardrobe that should stand the test of time (both style wise and quality wise), so give yourself decades (yes. decades) to build up your wardrobe in an ethical way.
What I’m trying to say is, don’t just run out and buy a bunch of cheap clothing just so you have a ton of clothes to wear post baby (but like we said on Monday, if you absolutely need to purchase something, do it secondhand).
Wear what you can out of your closet and then when you do add to it, add something really special that you saved for and really thought about.
I wanted a piece that feels like a dress (i.e. lightweight and less restricting than pants), but allows me to run around with my kids without worrying about flashing anyone (you’re welcome). This jumpsuit is exactly that… plus it’s something that will work whether or not I go up or down a size (like we talked about on Monday) because of the drawstring waist.
Most importantly, it’s comfortable, but I feel good when I wear it. Exactly the feeling that our clothing should give us!
So that’s a little bit of a peek into how I choose an item to add to my wardrobe. It has to feel really good on, it has to work with my lifestyle, and it has to be something that will go the distance (and FYI, I would never accept a piece from a brand that doesn’t fit into all of those three categories).
I hope that helps you as you figure out how ethical fashion fits into your current lifestyle or budget.
To sum it up:
Make intentional and deliberate choices when adding clothing to your wardrobe. It’s always best to live with less for awhile so that you can save up and buy a piece that will truly work for you and make you feel confident.
And remember! There’s no rush to build up your wardrobe (even if social media will lead you to believe that there is).
What do you think? How have you been able to make ethical fashion work for your lifestyle? Is there something that holds you back from choosing more sustainable pieces? Let me know in the comments below!