Spring is a time of renewal and growth, and what better way to embrace the season than by refreshing our wardrobes with a new ethically handmade outfit? I started my transition from fast fashion to slow fashion about four years ago and have worked slowly to build an intentional wardrobe that I love! Here are some tips for putting together an ethically handmade spring outfit and some of my favorite brands who provide just that:
Start with a Sustainable Foundation
The foundation of any good outfit is a sustainable base layer. I usually choose a neutral color that will mix and match well with other pieces. Choose a top or dress made from sustainable materials like organic cotton or linen. These materials are lightweight and breathable, perfect for warmer spring weather. Here are a few linen pieces I am starting with this Spring:
- Pop of Neutral – ANGLED V-NECK SHELL
- Not Perfect Linen – LANGLEY slip linen dress
- Eileen Fisher – Undyed Natural Organic Linen Mandarin Collar Dress
- PAMUT – Charcoal Mira Top - Linen
Spring weather can be unpredictable, so it is always a good idea to layer up. Choose a lightweight jacket or cardigan made. Here are a few of my favorites:
Choose Versatile Pieces
When putting together an outfit, choose versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe. All the links above are great examples of building a capsule wardrobe that you can literally toss on and go!!
Accessories can make or break an outfit, so it's important to choose them carefully. Look for handmade pieces from artisans who care about their craft. Here are a few accessories I’m adding for Spring:
- Pieces from my own collection, Sheena Marshall Jewelry. I might be biased but you can never go wrong with a good delicate and understated collection of jewelry. I’ll be wearing the Hygge Bloom Necklace all Spring.
- Portland Leather – Tote Backpack (Honey)
- Portland Leather – Accordion Zip Wallet (Camel)
Choose Sustainable Shoes
Let’s complete that spring outfit with a pair of sustainable shoes. Read the about section to see how the company produces their shoes. Part of being a conscious consumer is doing a little digging to make sure the company matches your values. Here are my go-to Spring shoes:
Putting together an ethically handmade spring outfit should be easy and fun! I can confidently say that once I switched from fast fashion to slow fashion, I now have a wardrobe that reflects my values and style! Many of these pieces will be cherished for a lifetime.