This week marks my last week trying out Gwynnie Bee (a plus sized clothing rental service), which has come with just one real success. Everything else just didn't work for me in some way or another. Which is why I love being able to try things on before buying them, but when it comes to shopping Bryan is not such a fan of going with me. It means I buy more online and try to make my shopping trips fast or with someone other than my husband. I always look forward to our week at the beach each year knowing I'll get to have a trip to the outlets where I can spend an afternoon trying all kinds of thing and hopefully coming home with a few good finds. This year was no exception, however I'm waiting to unveil new things with my fall capsule. However, I did find myself trying to buy more than I needed, which is something I hope to continue changing with the capsule wardrobe. I want to get to a point where I'm less tempted to buy things I already have a similar one of and also move towards more ethical and perhaps sustainable clothing.
Ethical and Sustainable Clothing
I know it's not something most of us think too much about, but more often these days I think it should be. Almost all of us buy these clothes, and we don't often think much of it. Perhaps we feel some guilt, but it's a habit we like. For some of us it's hard to afford more expensive clothing after all. But clothes are often made by people, frequently children, in poor conditions who are underpaid for their labor. This is covered up by subcontractors who sent jobs to cheaper factories and workers so that we can have the trendiest and cheapest clothing that fast fashion can offer us. The process is explained more fully in this John Oliver video. (Warning - he's funny and informative, but uses foul language)
My goal in the next year is to transition to more ethical brands, which can be tough in plus sized fashion. But I know I can at least move closer to this ideal with each capsule I build. At the moment I'm compiling a list of places that carry plus sized fashion that fits this description and will be sharing it with my readers and keeping it updated as well as I can. You'll be able to find it in the top navigation bar along with more information on some of my other goals and a more detailed profile, so that all you new friends can get to know me better. You'll also notice I'm transitioning to a new look for this blog, so feel free to give feedback along the way. And if you've heard of any great plus sized clothing brands who are doing things right let me know and I'll include them on my list!
And now here are a couple of the outfits I've worn over the past few weeks, including a new kimono which I am in love with, which replaces the geometric top in my capsule. I found I wasn't comfortable in the top, so it will be finding a new home soon as I prepare to give away/sell more of my clothes that don't properly fit while I create my fall capsule. This first outfit is from a date night right before the family reunion.
|Kimono - ASOS, Camisole - Kmart, Shorts Levis via Amazon, Sandals - Modcloth|
|Kimono - ASOS, Necklace by my friend Amber Goulet (detailed view below, you can find her blog here), top - City Chic, Shorts - Lane Bryant, Sandals - Modcloth|
|I love this pendant to death, it used to have a leather cord, but it wore out and I switched it onto a silver chain I had.|
|Top - Catos, Skirt - Torrid, Sandals - Modcloth|
Gwynnie Bee TestsSo now for the Gwynnie Bee picks, first off the clear winner, a lovely asymmetrical top that's a Gwynnie Bee exclusive by Isabel + Alice. I ended up buying it because I loved it so much. I wore it to this week's date night in fact!
Tunic - Gwynnie Bee, Necklace - Forever 21, Jeans - Torrid, and Fjip-Flops - Old Navy
|Dress by Adrianna Papell, just a bit too big.|
Dress by ABS, fit ok, except for that zipper.
Dress by Triste, fit fine, but required shapewear to be smooth looking....and I wasn't going to put up with that as hot and humid as it was at the beach!
There you have it, loads of stuff about clothes, and so far not a lot about more ethical ones, but we'll get there. So hang on tight, I look forward to making the journey with you all.