At times I am guilty of ordering and returning like a revolving door. Boxes come in and boxes go out. I sit comfortably on my iPhone or iPad to scour sites that make ordering, returning, and free shipping not just compelling but effortless. Especially with a growing child that has zero interest in shopping. Online shopping is painless for he and I. It allows me to order multiple sizes since every brand runs differently. The inconsistency of sizing is a real challenge. Delivery to the front door 24 hours later with free returns makes it appealing. So how do you break this habit?
Something has to change. When you start reading about the harmful effects caused by the fashion industry you just can not ignore the facts. After reading an article forwarded to me, I am rethinking my shopping habits. BBC has revealed what happens to a large percentage of those online returns. For the most part, they end up in landfills. But it is not just the returns. It is the whole process of the garment industry. Time to make some changes.
My online ordering is going to take on more discipline. Practicing being selective with my purchases. Choosing to support more transparent companies. It is difficult when it comes to shopping for children. But thanks to a friend who shared with me Gap Inc.’s commitment to environmental goals through their Gap For Good has me revisiting Gap as a resource for the whole family. Plus they always have a promo!
Alex Drexler, son of Mickey Drexler and Somsack Sikhounmuong, former design director of J.Crew are the duo behind the fashion label, Alex Mill. They know a thing or two about American classics. Alex Mill will easily slide right into your closet with its crisp, clean, modern styles for both men and women. Pieces that should be worn on repeat and make a good case for a uniform look that is uncomplicated. You will not only appreciate the core wardrobe basics but the refreshing reasonable pricing that is right in line with the likes of J.Crew, Gap, and Everlane.
Here are four pieces that caught my attention. Love the button details on the cardi, the bows on the trench, and the khaki pants look super promising. Always in need of a white tee. https://www.alexmill.com/
One for the dudes! Men have it so damn easy and it just got easier with Alex Mill. You just can’t go wrong. The Camo jacket is a nice modern upgrade for the spring. Just round off the above look with a pair of Nike kicks or Allbirds. Done!
A scarf is chic, sharp, and stylish. But how to do you tie a scarf? Here is an easy step by step guide from Naomi Nomi showing you six different ways to wear your scarf. Naomi is an artist and designer currently living in New York city. Her scarves are bold, modern, and just perfect! NAOMI NOMI
I’m pretty much the cowgirl and the classic but the bow is nice with a crewneck sweater.
Stella McCartney is a leader in the fashion world. She speaks openly about the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment. Stella operates a transparent company that designs with intention and produces clothing in a responsible manner. Her designs are a combination of: feminine + masculine, utilitarian, and timeless. Stella hopes her pieces will be lifers in your closet. She is not about fast fashion. She is about awareness with action. Stella leads by example and believes the industry must do better. She was one of the first designers to drop leather and fur some 15 years ago.
Her recent Paris runway shows her commitment with upcycling, faux leather, organic materials, faux fur, Eco-canvas, and sustainable viscose (btw this is nothing new for Stella). She partnered with the iconic British brand, Hunter boots for this collection. A sustainable boot crafted from natural rubber and feature Yulex sock inserts (a plant-based alternative to neoprene). Stella McCartney is one to support! All images from Stella McCartney
Embrace tie-dye because it’s in full force on the runways. If you care to invest in a piece then I suggest you do so now and wear it straight through summer. Not all tie-dye pieces will have you on board with this trend. But here are few selections that can easily be worked into a wardrobe. Maybe one piece would be fun to play with. The Raquel Allegra (California-based designer with an interesting approach to everyday wear) jumpsuit piqued my interest. It also checks the box for both trends: jumpsuit + tie-dye. Brace yourself, the cost of tie-dye is shockingly expensive!
Give me some green! You don’t need a green thumb to enjoy the natural beauty of greens in your home. Creating that outdoor vibe inside your home is so lovely especially on those gloomy days. It is a said that plants bring happiness and life into your home. I believe this to be true. Who doesn’t smile seeing a living wall or canopy of greenery when you walk into a space?! Begin with low-maintenance plants that require just a bit of weekly attention. For inspiration and motivation check out The Sill. I’m a fan!
It is all about disruption! If you haven’t heard of allbirds then get to know the “World’s Most Comfortable Shoe”. A San Francisco based company founded by Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger are shaking up the sneaker industry with affordable sneakers and wool lounge shoes. Wool, tree, sugar, castor bean oil, recycled bottles, and recycled cardboard magically come together to deliver simple, no logo, no fuss functional footwear. Allbirds is a transparent company from start to finish. They have a wonderful program with the charity organization, Soles4Souls. Lightly worn returned allbirds are given a second life to those in need. This delights me (stay tuned for an upcoming post about returns!)
I gifted my family for Christmas the allbirds’ wool loungers. I am happy to report there were no returns only a few size exchanges. The hype around this company is real and genuine. Get ready Boston for allbirds opening on Newbury Street. (images from allbirds)