I have been trying to clean my wardrobe from pieces which might be made in the bad working conditions, and even though it takes time, it has been helpful just to think about the impact I as a customer have on the market, and considering the making process as well as the design and price during my purchases. Trying to buy less and buy things that I can imagine keeping for a long time goes hand in hand with that, too.
This is actually not the outfit I was wearing on Thursday, excuse me for a little bit of cheating, but I wanted to start this article off by talking about this issue, because it is an important one to me personally.
In the photos below, I am wearing an American Apparel hat, which not only looks amazing with anything (I have been wearing it a lot since I bought it.), but it is also made in the USA in AA's factory which secures fair and safe working conditions. (I do think the quality vs. price balance is a little off though, but that's another story. This hat for instance is an investment piece for sure, pardon me the cliche.) Then there is a vintage Limi Feu dress I have bought recently, which is made of 100% cotton and also in Japan, away from slavery work. (And it has pockets!) Underneath that I am wearing a basic white Monki T-shirt. Monki, I think, is a great example of a brand that is conscious about the issues of ecology and workers' rights in the production process, but at the same time keeps the prices affordable for anyone. However, I do have to admit here, although it makes me sad and ashamed of myself, that I am not 100% sure of the origin of the tights and flats (which I DIYed into sportswear-inspired 'ugly' shoes), so as I said it is a longer journey before I can proudly wear my entire outfit inside-out, but I am getting there.
TANK TOP DRESS - LIMI FEU | BASIC T-SHIRT - MONKI | BLACK TIGHTS - N/A | SPORTS FLATS - DIY | RECYCLE EARRINGS - 3.3 FIELD TRIP | FLOPPY HAT - AMERICAN APPAREL