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Tweed in Autumn

A Tweed blazer is a wardrobe staple. Last year I picked up this perfect school-boy tweed blazer from J.Crew. I love J.Crew for wardrobe staples, if you need a button down, a classic blazer, a pair of slacks J.Crew is the place to go. I love having the basics always ready to go in my closet. It makes getting dressed everyday so simple. By sticking to the staples I have been able to reign in the size of my closet (which if you didn’t know Beacon Hill closets are notoriously small).

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I have also diminished the amount of textile waste I create every year. Instead of buying a new fall wardrobe every year I keep returning to the same items. This is the third fall I have had this blazer and I love it just as much now as I did 3 years ago when I bought it. Investing in quality items that will last season after season is the easiest way to create a more sustainable wardrobe. J.Crew is pricey, but they have fantastic end of season sales, use those sales as an opportunity to stock a few wardrobe staples for next year.

J.Crew is my favorite go-to place for wardrobe staples but some other great places are Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers (I prefer their red fleece line), and Ralph Lauren Polo. Yes these brands are more expensive but the items you buy will last year after year. This isn’t dropping 100 dollars on a sweater you are going to have to replace every winter!

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Under my blazer I am wearing a Ralph Lauren classic white button down, I am wearing a vineyard vines skirt from last fall, my black Nordstrom loafers that I have had for 3 years and, my Madewell sunglasses. Madewell is another great brand to shop for basics they also have an amazing denim recycling program.

What is your favorite brand to shop for high-quality wardrobe staples?

Sustainable Living

Denim Recycling

Did you know those classic blue jeans you love are actually one of the biggest polluters in the textile industry? I am a fan of jeans, I buy probably one new pair every year and tend to keep them for years. But those jeans come at a heft environmental cost, the process of making and dying denim is a major environmental problem.

Lets look at some facts:

-Nearly 2 billion jeans are produced annually world wide.

-Up to 2,000 gallons of water are used to make an average pair of jeans

-Over a pairs life time up to 300 gallons are used to keep them clean

-Garment dying is the second largest source of water pollution in the world

I am never going to stop wearing jeans, they are a staple for my wardrobe every season. There are several really great eco-initiatives to limit the environmental impact of the denim industry.

Some of my favorites include the Madewell Denim Recycling program. Did you know you can bring any used pair of jeans into a Madewell store and they will recycling them through a program Blue Jeans Go Green, your old jeans will then get turning into housing insulation. Any denim product is eligible and Madewell will even give you $20 off your next pair of jeans. So far 191 Tons of waste have been recycled through Madewell’s partnership with Blue Jean Go Green. Thats 191 tons of denim that did not end up in a landfill!

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Last year after Mike’s dad passed he took his old jeans that were too worn to be donated to our local Madewell store, the sales associate was surprised and told him that people never bring their jeans in. Why not? I am a big fan of donating but when clothes that are to worn get donated they risk being thrown out. Madewell is a great option! In Boston there are store locations on Newbury St and the Prudential Center, but no matter where you are there is probably a Madewell near by.

Sustainable fashion is often tied to minimalism. If you identify as a minimalist more power to you, I do not. But no matter what your personal style is you can make more eco-friendly fashion choices. Look for brans that use organic cotton and eco-friendly dying processes, and you can make eco-friendly choices even when it comes to how you dispose of your clothes..

Stay tuned for my list of favorite sustainable clothing brands, best eco-friendly hotels, and much much more.

Repair – Recycling – Donate