Spring 2019 10x10 Challenge

This past March, the moderators behind @selltradslowfashion & @buyfrombipoc hosted the Spring 10x10 Wardrobe Challenge. This one was a little different from past challenges hosted by Caroline of Un-Fancy and Lee from Style Bee, in that there was a focus on highlighting items made by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) makers. Riding the wave of inclusivity brought on by #10x10representationmatters during the Fall 10x10, this particular Spring Challenge was extra special for me, as a woman of color in the slow fashion space. Inclusivity is something I’ve been reading up on, exploring how it applies across different aspects of my life - work, friendships, and now, fashion.

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My 2018 Beauty and Style MVPs

This past year saw a huge change in buying behavior for me. The second half of my year was focused on a more concerted effort in minimalism and conscious consumption. I want to quickly highlight some of my workhorse items that I reached for over and over throughout 2018.

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Thoughts on Shopping Guilt

This Aerie sweatshirt wasn’t made ethically or sustainably. It isn’t made purely of natural or recycled materials. I don’t know anything about the founders of Aerie, their factories, or the people who made this sweatshirt.

When I first saw it online, I fell in love with the neutral-colored camo, something I had previously only seen on the likes of a Kardashian. 🙃 At the time, it wasn’t even an option for me to purchase; it was just another fast fashion item that I couldn’t justify so I admired it and moved on.

Then I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Months went by and I was still looking it up online just to look at it. I dreamt up ways I could style it with items I already owned. I tried looking for a more responsibly-made version of it but came up short. The thought of wanting something that went against the wardrobe standards I’ve been trying so hard to achieve was a big struggle for me. Would this set me back? Would this make me a hypocrite?

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