In just a month we’ll be springing forward and welcoming warmer weather and sunshine. Anyone else feel your vitamin D levels diminishing as we speak? In the meantime, I thought I’d finally recap my winter 10×10 and basically what I’ve been wearing ALL winter.
For those of you just tuning in, I’ve slowly been shifting my closet to reflect my less is more philosophy with a capsule wardrobe. The 10×10 challenge is a seasonal wardrobe challenge hosted by mindful fashion bloggers, Lee Vosburgh and Caroline Joy to inspire closet creativity by styling only 10 garments for 10 days in 10 different ways.
These challenges introduced me to the slow fashion movement and so many transparent brands making positive impacts in the industry by creating quality garments, ensuring fair wages for factory workers and reducing environmental impact. I’ve replaced a few pieces of clothing and shoes with these more ethical pieces, but not without a small investment.
What seems like a small investment to me may be normal to others, only because I pride myself on spending the least amount of money imaginable on clothing. I’m not saying I’m cheap-I’m resourceful. Hello .99 cent cashmere from Goodwill.
It’s difficult for me to avoid closet creep seeing these beautifully made garments on all my incredibly talented and inspirational fashion friends. I easily find myself shopping more and spending time I don’t have searching for the secondhand version of the latest sustainable style. I almost left out my favorite shirt dress from the challenge because I included it in last year’s winter 10×10 and heaven forbid someone recognize it. Seriously, Erin?
Silly thoughts like that take me back to a 2015 Costa Rica vacation, where Patrick and I spent a week at a remote beach on the Nicola Peninsula. I’m talking zero beachfront condos, chain restaurants, paved roads and especially no retail stores. A local told us that the parents of school age children would board a public bus before the school year, making an 8 hour trek to San Jose to purchase uniforms and school supplies for their children due to the lack of access in their communities.
And you know what? The natives and children of that area are some of the happiest, friendliest, free spirits I’ve ever met. They aren’t concerned about their lack of access, the latest trends or what’s going on with reality tv. Instead they spend their time jumping off waterfalls, surfing, fishing for their food and enjoying their closely knit families. #Goals
Now, what the heck have I been wearing on repeat this winter? First, we’ll look at my slow fashion investment pieces, then I’ll cover what’s thrifted.
- BRASS PONTE PANTS ($98): These pants have been worth every penny and haven’t stretched out after the 75th wear. They’re as comfy as leggings, yet appropriate for any workplace.
- NISOLO EMMA D’ORSAYS ($188) I had my eye on these FOREVER and decided to pull the trigger when they were sold out online, but happened to be the last pair standing in the Nashville showroom. The leather perfectly molded to my feet after a few months, and I’m just in love with these elevated classic loafers. Good news-they’ll be back in stock soon! A review is coming, but if you’d like to know more about Nisolo and their Serena sandals that were just restocked-click here.
- EVERLANE DENIM ($68): I purchased these in Chicago at an Everlane pop-in at Nordstrom, since I hate purchasing a new brand of jeans without first trying them on. These are exceptionally well priced for the high quality Japanese denim that claims to be stretch resistant. After a plane ride, numerous wears and only one wash so far-they seriously DON’T STRETCH. (other than a tad in the knee area, but I’m completely fine with that as opposed to a stretched waist or butt area).
- L.L. Bean mock neck shirt ($2.50)
- Beige sweater ($4.99)
- Urban Outfitter shirt dress ($7.00)
- Everlane mock neck sweater ($12.00)
- Eileen Fischer linen tunic ($4.99)
- Black oversized sweater ($4.99)
- Lucky Brand cognac boots ($20.00)
Although I’d love to have a closet full of sustainable fashion brands, that’s just not a priority for me during this season of life. I’ll continue to occasionally add a few pieces as needed, but for now I’m choosing to love what I already have and maybe incorporate secondhand finds if they’re REALLY good! (Like the Eileen Fischer organic linen tunic I thrifted above! So good!)
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