The Goodwill Guilt
I recently published an article on Medium titled "The Goodwill Guilt", which was all about my closet purge. I found a challenge online called Project 333 which is basically 33 items for 3 months without buying anything new. It was a good way to clean out my closet & stay minimal at the same time.
On the way to discovering this project, I was really researching ethical fashion. Some of you may know that I have been working on a clothing line for quite a few years. Although my main mission of this line is to ensure that all females have comfortable event wear, normalizing affordable custom sizes (denormalizing traditional standards), I also wanted to start a way for consumers to up-cycle their old saris or Indian clothes and turn them into new fashion. After my research on the ethics of the fashion industry, up-cycling has become a priority of my line.
This is how I stumbled upon researching for hours on end about ethical fashion and clothing.
Project 333 & Beyond
I am not completely done with this project, I am still testing out my clothes to see what I actually wear A LOT versus not at all. So this is still a work in progress-- however the fact that I did not have ONE PIECE of ethical clothing in my closet really started to bother me.
I believe to be someone who is socially conscious and always talking about self awareness, body positive etc. but my fashion didn't reflect any of that.
As a fashion blogger, I was feeling sick to my stomach over this & so I went researching down a deeper hole.
In that hole, I thought "it would be easier to literally get rid of everything I own and start from scratch
Although the norm. for sustainable fashion is Thrift or borrow before buying anything new, I wasn't feeling right about the fact that though the environmental footprint would be lower that where these fabrics were sourced from still would make me feel guilty.
What is Fast Fashion
Fast fashion can be defined as cheap, trendy clothing, that samples ideas from the catwalk or celebrity culture and turns them into garments in high street stores at breakneck speed.- Good on You
Some Fast Fashion Facts
Ethical Fashion 101
I quickly learned that there are rules to this game.
Brands that I really Love
You guys, I did endless research-- so many sites and these are the ones that I narrowed down to and are going to be my go-to (with dollar sign ratings according to me--because I AM CHEAP)
Minimizing my life has made me feel more light! The rumors are true, when you minimize your life, you have more things of quality that you can bring in. In fact, I find that I have more motivation to write (which I love doing). No, getting dressed in the morning is not easier (because now there are so many combinations to choose from) but I only have one side of my closet occupied which makes me feel good!
I am excited to start this new journey of my life & also to share with you my inspirations for living more ethically & minimally.
I feel that without actually minimizing my closet, I wouldn't be able to shop ethically. When I get bored of my old clothes and now I will turn to only ethical shopping brands (not saying I won't be tempted) but now that I have educated myself on the impacts of clothing production on the environment I will stay true to being more conscious of my choices.
Style Snap: Shirt/Skirt/Necklace/Shoes: Target Bag: Zara
Thought of the day; Sometimes being indecisive & a jack of all trades can be our worst enemy. It keeps us in a grey area that doesn't allow us to move ahead, becuase we are not truly ready to put our best foot forward and splitting our mind into a million different pieces, fear of being put in a box or deciding to put our mind to one thing for too long and restarting with a new idea. Ad much as time is our best friend, it can also be our worst enemy because we can partially decide to do something which takes much longer to fulfill.. but in the end it's only when we decide to dedicate ourselves to something we can actually create and start acting on our vision. Acting can come in many different forms and in pieces via prototypes, user testing etc. but it's when you release, how you release how much time in between that you actually start to see results.
What's the last big decision you made?
Why are taking pictures so hard?
When fashion bloggers first started I remembered reading so many of the females that I loved and adored used their boyfriends or significant others to take pictures of their outfits. As a blogger you always want your pictures to be high quality and visually appealing but unless you have someone who is willingly able to do that it's difficult!
For that reason I am blessed enough to A. have a friend who is able to take my pictures and B. BLESSED to have a photographer on payroll
Additionally, you want to be able to have a good amount of outfits and posts for the month so usually in one shot I am taking at least 4 outfits. I used to only shoot 2 outfits & I have upped it to 4 outfits because it simply wasnt enough content for a month between instagram & the blog.
Another large challenge is to actually change in the different outfits. I learned quickly that unless you have a method to how you pack your clothes, accessories, make up etc it's really difficult and confusing! Usually we go into a restaurant and use their bathrooms but don't be fooled I get a lot of whispers like "did she just change' laughs and all that. You really have to have thick skin!
What do I hope to achieve?
I hope to empower/inspire people who believe they are "non-creative" to start creating again. Creativity is our most basic instinct and now it has been boxed into just certain arenas. I show my creativity through my outfits... but ultimately even with the fashion line I am not a designer by study. I do not draw, I had no idea of what the process was before I got a business manager.
Additionally, the clothing industry and the sizes makes me a little angry because before clothing sites like fashion nova it was extremely difficult to find clothes that fit for curvy girls, especially at an affordable price. I want to share with the world where I find my clothes and that all body types can have their own style.. and through my fashion line I want to be able to disrupt fashion norms as they stand today.
Check out some of my albums of outfits that I actually shot together..
Style Snap: Jeans: Fashion Nova Shoes: Shoedazzle Top & Purse: Target Necklace: Macy's
Pictures by: www.piecesofonye.com
If you guys follow me on instagram, you know that I AM OBSESSED with this outfit, it is sprinkled all over my feed!
My friend took me into Uniqlo for the first time ever and I was super impressed by their spring and summer collection.
The most shocking thing was most definitely the price point of everything in their store!
I was even more impressed at how they embedded technology into their collection. The fact that they have a whole 3D Printed line that is super affordable, cheap & comfortable definitely came as a shock to me.
Of course the one thing that stood out, was this bright printed polka dot shirt that I thought was perfect for Spring and Summer.
These shoes are old school, but one of my favorite pairs! The 3 buckles make them a little difficult to put on, but the peep toe is my go to for summer.
Also, as I have mentioned before the buckles give me extra support which makes it so much easier to walk longer distances, stand longer and not feel as bad about wearing heels.
Lately have been super crushing on this lip color called Potion by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I think the dark looks so pretty & diva!
PS Also OBSESSED with army green & pastel pink color combination
Style Snapshot- Jacket: Forever 21 Purse: Zara Top: Uniqlo Pants: Target Shoes: Shoedazzle
Picture Credit: www.piecesofonye.com