Here’s my accountability shopping update. This year, I’ve set a goal to make the majority of my purchases secondhand, targeting at least 50%. So far, I’m on track.
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Recent Wardrobe Additions:
Laude the Label Everyday Top in Carob – This was somewhat of a spontaneous purchase from an ethical brand I’ve had on my radar. I can’t quite pin down how I stumbled upon their website (though Instagram is a probable suspect). Noticing a significant markdown on this top, I took the leap, especially as it was a final sale item. The texture was a bit different than anticipated. I had expected a smoother finish based on the product images. Instead, it bears resemblance to Pact’s gauzy collections. Nonetheless, it’s not a complete letdown; just a tad more relaxed than I had in mind.
Gap Shaker-Stitch Cardigan – This is another instance of buying fast fashion even when you’re an ethical shopper. I had not been in a Gap since the pandemic began and was passing one by so I stopped in. Honestly, it it felt a little sad in there, like they’d gone down market a notch or two. But then I spotted this cotton cardigan and noted how cropped and petite-friendly it seemed. Looking it up online later, I saw it came in petite sizing — and that it was on sale. (It comes in tall too.) Can I tell you how hard it is to find sweaters with sleeves that fit when you’re petite? Dear reader, I bought it without hesitation. I’ve already worn it a bunch.
Vintage Maxi Skirt – Thrifted a rayon skirt at Goodwill for $8. Based on the tag, I’m guessing it’s from the ’90s. Because I didn’t want to wait for a fitting room, I just shimmied it on under the skirt I was already wearing. I spotted a woman waiting in line for the dressing room with the matching shirt in her try-on stack. So tempted to stay and see if she’d discard it! But it looked way big, so I let that idea go. Now I’m playing around with this skirt, figuring out how to style this to feel like me.