Ethical Shopping 101: What’s In Your Closet?

What if I told you that ethical shopping doesn't start with shopping? I was looking through some old posts and found my first Ethical Shopping 101 post that explained why I started researching what I was buying. In that post, I glossed over my process for how I was going about doing this, so I wanted to go more in depth with how I do this.

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There are plenty of bloggers out there that are pushing things like “vegan leather” or “recycled denim”. Buying these things doesn't make you an ethical shopper. Ethical shopping actually starts with evaluating what's already in your closet. Today, I've put together a guide to help you figure out what you have in your closet. I based this off of the process that I use to go through my own things.

My process for cleaning out my closet

Give yourself the time you need.

First, schedule out an entire day to be able to tackle evaluating your closet. There's nothing worse than underestimating how much you have because you always have more. Giving yourself the time to go through each and every piece of clothing, every shoe and every accessory you own will allow you to evaluate each of them.

Empty out everything.

Marie Kondo isn't stupid. Taking all of your clothes out of the dresser, closet, dryer, or wherever else you hide your clothes forces you to confront your stuff head on. I recently moved to the Dallas area and had to empty out not only my closet but my entire place because I had to bring it with me. But once I had taken everything out and saw how much I had, I wanted to really evaluate each piece before putting everything back.

Try it on.

This is why I told you to schedule an entire day to focus on this. To know exactly what you have, you need to try everything on. Just because you have a pair of white jeans doesn't mean they still fit. I'm not one to ask if it brings me joy, but I will check to make sure that each item fits how I want it to. Clothing that fits well should make you feel good.

Evaluate each piece for quality.

Are there holes in that favorite tee of yours? Does that dress you love have a stain that will not come out, no matter how many times you wash it? Don't hold on to things that can't be mended. There are plenty of places that will help recycle clothing. One of those places is Madewell, who will give you a discount when you donate old pairs of jeans. Bonus: They don't have to be Madewell brand.

*Side note: As you're getting rid of some of these items, don't donate the ones that are in poor condition. I have volunteered at places to help sort clothes and found shirts with massive holes, denim that has been completely worn, and even dirty underwear. Really. Donating clothing in poor condition does not help anyone, so don't do it. Non-profits that help people are not your dumpster. 

Donate or sell items that no longer fit your style.

When I was cleaning out my own closet, I realized that I still had a ton of clothes from high school. My style has definitely changed since then and I was holding on to things based on memories when they were collecting dust. By donating or selling these items, the clothes that don't fit your style get a new home with someone else!

I hope you find this post helpful as you clean out your closet. I know, cleaning out your closet is the last thing you want to do. But I promise, by knowing what you have, you'll know exactly what you need when you do start on your journey of ethical shopping.

  • If I were to pick a favorite outfit of the week, it would probably be Tuesday’s. The office I work in gets really cold, so even though it’s in the 70’s in Texas, I have to dress warmer for work. Anyone else work in an icebox? ❄️
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  • Is it bad that I kind of want it to get super cold again so I can wear this coat? 🙈 I got it at a vintage shop in Deep Ellum called @fleastyle. It’s been in the 70’s all week in DFW, which means it’s officially time for me to switch my closet over to spring. Would y’all like to see a post on the blog about switching over your closet? Let me know in the comments! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • Sooooooo I didn’t get the chop... yet! Why? Because this was my first time having a new stylist cut my hair in about 10 years. I would have gotten it cut before I moved, but I didn’t realize how bad of shape it was in! How long have you gone to your hair stylist? 
I highly recommend Liz at @metsalonco in Plano! She completely understood and put my fears at ease. I’ll be seeing her again in a couple months to do something a little more drastic! 😉
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  • Should I cut my hair short? Leave a 💇‍♀️ or 🙅‍♀️ in the comments! .
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I have a hair appointment tomorrow and I’m trying to decide if I should keep it long or get a lob. .
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  • Yesterday, I DELETED over 500 😱 followers from my Instagram, and I’m SO HAPPY I did. I took the suggestion from another blogger, @austentosone, to go through my followers and check for spam accounts. I thought I’d have a few, but y’all, it was out of control. •
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I really care about community. I create content not only because I love creating things, but because I love sharing them with people who are also interested in sustainable fashion. I want this to be a space where we can talk about ethical and sustainable fashion. A two way conversation. I want my blog to be a resource for people who are seeking a new lifestyle. What are some questions you’ve had about ethical and sustainable fashion? Let me know in the comments below! •
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If you’re a fellow influencer who is struggling with comparison and just keeping up with the rest, you’re not alone. Know that your value is NOT found in a number. You are loved. You were created with a purpose. Don’t lose sight of that purpose by focusing on a number. •
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Today on the blog, I’m sharing why I deleted all those followers and more about my intention for MINIMALISTA.
  • Who else is happy it’s spring? 🌸
Confession: I still haven’t switched my closet over. My parents are coming to town this weekend, so I’m going to wait until after their visit to switch over. 🌷
Because I still haven’t unpacked my spring clothing, this is a #tbt to my trip to NYC over Labor Day. This top is the Texture & Thread brand at @madewell, and it will definitely be featured again this spring! While this exact print isn’t available anymore, there are some solid ones in beautiful colors. Both of the tops I did find at Madewell are under $40! #LTKunder50 🌼
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  • What is one item you have in your closet that you consistently use? Today, I’m wearing this top I got 7 years ago for spring. It’s amazing how long clothing will last when you take care of it! 
But aside from this top, I don’t have a lot of spring/summer clothing. So yesterday I shared 8 items on my wishlist for spring! You can check that out by going to the link in my profile. 
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  • What do you wear on days where the weather can’t decide what it wants to do? In Dallas today, it’s 60 degrees but gloomy and rainy 🌧 so we can’t go out and enjoy. 
I’ve had this tote from @nisoloshoes for three years now and it’s still the best bag I’ve ever purchased. The exact style isn’t available anymore (the Joann tote), but I’ve linked the Lori tote which is similar! Plus, with @afterpayusa, you can purchase ethically while being a bit easier on the budget! 
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  • Can we talk about my love for this coat I picked up a couple of weeks ago at @shopfleastyle in Dallas? It caught my eye as soon as I walked in! Have you ever bought vintage clothing before? If so, what are your favorite vintage shops? •
I’ve slowly but surely been settling into my new routine! The month of February was insanely busy for me at work, and on top of that, I was still unpacking! (Confession: I’m still unpacking 🙈)
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Today on the blog, I answered a question people ask me a lot: What is ethical fashion? So head that way to learn more. •
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