Shopping Black Friday Responsibly: How to Prepare in Advance

Black Friday is one week away as of today! This time of year always sneaks up on me. It feels like September starts and then all of a sudden it’s the holidays. I’ve been putting a lot of thought into this year’s Black Friday, unlike last. Such as how can I shop it responsibly? Will ethical brands I’ve newly discovered be having sales? Can I find things from my wardrobe wishlist on sale? So, today I’m sharing all the answers to these questions! But mostly tips on how to shop Black Friday Responsibly.

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Finding the Perfect Jeans: Analyzing What I Own to Find What’s Missing

I’m currently in the process of trying to find a new go-to pair of jeans. What I’m finding is that this is actually a lot harder than it seems. I decided that before I purchase anything hastily, I should reflect on the jeans I already own. I’m hoping that by looking at how my current jeans fit, I can define what the perfect pair of jeans is for me.

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What I Added to My Wardrobe in September + Favorite Outfits I Wore

Outfit Details

Black Turtleneck | Black Cigarette Pants | Brown Loafers (similar)

When I started this blog, I was on a journey to curate my closet thoughtfully, shop slower, and learn more about the ethical fashion space. I started with a summer capsule wardrobe which has evolved into simple outfit ideas and tips for curation. Today I wanted to share a post more focused on slow fashion and talk about my own closet.

Slow Fashion and a Wardrobe Wish List

Towards the beginning of September, I created and shared my fall wardrobe wish list. I think if you’re trying to be more organized in your purchases a wardrobe wish list is a great place to start. Since I created mine over a month ago, today I’m sharing an update on what I’ve bought towards it and what I bought during the month of September in general.

I love seeing what other people add to their closets in a month. I talk a lot about slow fashion and intentional closet curation. Because of that I thought it’d be nice to share with you all what I actually bought in a month, what I think about these things, and if my purchases were planned or not. Plus, a quick breakdown and review of my top three favorite minimal fall outfits from the month of September.

What I Added to My Wardrobe in September

Everlane Straight Leg Pants

On my wish list? Yes.

Thoughts:

I’ve been thinking about buying these pants for a few months now. I’ve had the wide leg crop pants since the spring and wear at least one pair every single week to work. I love the wide leg but wanted something more tailored. These straight leg pants were exactly what I wanted when it comes to work pants. Waiting to buy them was such a great decision. Honestly, the hardest part was choosing a color!

 

Everlane Day Glove Flats

On my wish list? No.

Thoughts:

I chose to add these black ballet flats to my wardrobe because there was a gap in my closet for a pair of black flats. Not that they’re a necessity, but I think they’re such a wardrobe staple and versatile piece to own. They really go with everything and are a great everyday shoe. I wear them at least once a week.

I didn’t include this exact pair of flats on my fall wardrobe wish list. Instead, I had included a pair of brown ballet flats. I’ve had my eyes on the Everlane day glove flats for awhile but didn’t include them on my list. So, this purchase wasn’t as planned as I wanted it to be but I can say they’ve been a worthwhile addition to my closet. 


 My Favorite Outfits from September

Now onto my favorite outfits I wore! These are my top three outfits plus thoughts on how to style these looks again for the cooler weather.

I love monochrome outfits right now. They’re so easy to wear and effortlessly chic. The whole wardrobe color palette planning technique makes monochrome outfits super easy to have in your outfit routine.

I’ll be switching my tops to sweaters matching my pants this fall and winter. I’ll add some ankle boots and a cozy plaid scarf to complete the look.

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I didn’t realize how 50’s I look in this outfit until after the fact. I’ve become a huge fan of cigarette pants lately. I’ll absolutely be wearing all black come cooler weather. I’ll add a thick scarf and a casual wool jacket to wear with this look.

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A white polo and simple denim is always a good go-to. I love this outfit with the added neck tie to make it a little bit more chic. I’ll definitely be wearing this outfit in cooler weather with a sweater, blazer, or wool coat.

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There’s a quick breakdown and wardrobe wish list update. I hope this was helpful to see! I’m pretty proud I only added two things to my closet in the month of September.

So tell me – do you use a wardrobe wish list to curate your closet? What’s on yours for fall? 

Ethical Brand Starter Guide

If you’ve landed on this post I think it’s safe to assume you’re looking to make the switch to ethical fashion or you’re already an ethical shopper and are looking to expand the brands you shop with. Or maybe you’re just curious about the ethical fashion space. Either way, you’re probably trying to answer this question:

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My 2018 Fall Wardrobe Color Palette (+ Tips for Choosing Your Own)

Outfit Details:

Navy Sweater (similar & ethical) | White Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant | Loafers (similar ethical pair) | Neck Scarf

It’s finally that time of year where my fall wardrobe color palette has been chosen and is ready to wear. This is only the second time I’ve created a wardrobe color palette and it absolutely makes a difference in my daily outfits.

My summer wardrobe color palette consisted of pastels and light colors. Pretty much what I always wear. However, this transition from summer to fall, I find myself being drawn to deeper and richer hues. I’m feeling a sense of sophistication but also playfulness with color that I usually don’t have. Does this ever happen to you?

With that said I’m very excited to have a fall wardrobe color palette chosen and ready to wear. As well as share it with you.

Why a Wardrobe Color Palette?

So you might be wondering “why are you creating a fall wardrobe color palette? Why does that even matter?”. The direct answer is that it helps for shopping and organization.

Shopping

Do you ever go into your favorite store when they release their new  season of clothing? This just happened to me last weekend while visiting the Everlane store in Soho and I loved everything. I grabbed almost every item I laid my eyes on. After narrowing down to the things on my wish list, I then couldn’t decide on a color.

Well, here’s where your color palette comes in! A color palette keeps you focused from making those easy seasonal impulse buys. It doesn’t mean you can’t buy that color at all, but it helps you be mindful and intentional so you can see later on how that item may fit with your current wardrobe.

Organization

There’s nothing worse than finding something you love and not knowing if you should get it because you’re not sure if it will go with anything you already own. If you stick to some sort of color palette, almost all your basics can be worn together.

Your seasonal wardrobe will feel clean, minimal, and organized with a  specific set of chosen hues. Now you can wear those favorite pants with almost every top and vice versa.

Tips For Choosing a Fall Wardrobe Color Palette

Never created one before? These steps are how I landed on mine:

Go through your current wardrobe and isolate the colors you have.

What are the most frequently seen colors in your wardrobe? What are your most worn? Start with these 4 or 5.

Have a color you’re really wanting to add? Assess what you need and if it’s available in that color.

Create a wardrobe wish list for the season in your chosen colors.

My 2018 Fall Wardrobe Color Palette

Main Colors

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Secondary Color

 

 

 

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I’m noticing a shift in colors I like to wear. When choosing my colors, I opted for four major and one minor The major colors are colors are colors I want my most worn basics to be majority in. My minor color of brown is a color I hope to have a few pieces in that color here and there.

Well there it is! My fall wardrobe color palette is chosen and ready to wear. I’d love to hear from you. What colors you’re wearing this fall?