MY ETHICAL WARDROBE: SMALL IN SIZE, BIG IN ETHICS

Ash in a thrift store, on a beeline to the shorts section: “I really need some black shorts…”

Ash in reality:

Black shortsYes, these are three different pairs of black shorts (and my Etikos).

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What’s going on? Why is there such a disconnect between what I think I need to buy and what I actually own?!

  1. I don’t know what I own.
  2. I don’t like what I own – probably because I’ve been making poor choices and purchasing garments that aren’t-quite-right.

So, I’ve come up with an idea to help me answer both of these questions and tackle the age-old issue of ‘having too many clothes, but nothing to wear.’

Are you ready?

Over the next six months I’m going to photograph everything I own and share it with you, dear reader. My shorts, shirts, dresses, workwear, jewellery, bags, scarves, everything. Okay, well, not quite everything – I will spare you from photographs of my underwear. But, otherwise, everything that I own is going to be published here, for your and my scrutiny.

Sure, you’ve seen some of the ethical pieces that I’ve acquired over the last few years. But now you will see my complete, unedited wardrobe and help me make some decisions about it; from my collection of fair trade jeans, to the unflattering shirts that I never wear because I don’t suit my body type (how do I pass these on in a sustainable way?), to the fast fashion frocks I bought back in 2011 when I was 22 and had a penchant for mini dresses (help, do they show too much leg?!) I’m going to tell you where everything is from, how often I wear it – and, along the way, learn some lessons to pass on to you about how to thoughtfully build a minimalist, ethical wardrobe that you absolutely love.

The aim is an ethical wardrobe: small in size, big in ethics.

I’m excited! Let’s get started…

Yours Fairly,

Ashlee

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4 Comments

  1. March 12, 2016 / 7:11 PM

    This is a GREAT challenge Ashlee! I’m very impressed. My wardrobe is nowhere near as thoughtfully curated as I’d like it to be, so I’m keen to watch your process! Love the blog, and the Insta :-) xx

    • Ashlee
      March 19, 2016 / 4:13 PM

      Thanks so much, Sophie! It’s exciting and a bit nervewracking to do this, but I think it’s well worth it!

  2. March 14, 2016 / 2:00 PM

    Sounds interesting. I hope to learn from your wardrobe journey!

    We’ve started an “Ethical Clothing Wardrobe Helper” for reference at Fairtees, slowly adding tried and true items each time we find them, to try to minimise the guesswork until we’ve got ourselves a nice wardrobe, that like your dream wardrobe is “small in size, big in ethics”.

    Regarding the shirts that don’t flatter, perhaps you could pass these on to a friend via a swap party (friends can try on and even get opinions from people they trust)? Or upcycle them into something you will use?

    • Ashlee
      March 19, 2016 / 4:13 PM

      How great! I love those ideas idea – of the Helper and of a clothes swap. Thanks so much for the ideas, I’m definitely going to take them on x

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