trends for fall 2015

As the weather becomes crisp and the idea of layering and cozying up in sweaters becomes appealing, it’s time to take stock of your wardrobe to shift into fall. While retailers would like you to purchase a whole new fall wardrobe, there are likely many items you already own that can be paired in new ways to create outfits that feel new and contemporary.

Adding “on trend” accessories, shoes, and colors can help outfits feel fresh in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. And many accessories or statement pieces can be found new-to-you.

Fashion designer Caroline Herrera’s statement, “Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together,” is one of my favorites (here and here). I keep coming back to it because it is so. very. true.

what goes around comes around

When you follow fashion trends, you see things come around again and again. Style tweaks or different pairings make them contemporary for the time. Take jumpsuits: very on trend right now, as they were in the 70s and again in the 90s.

trends for fall 2015: jumpsuits across the decades

Jumpsuits – 1970s denim, 1990s floral, contemporary denim : Photos – Pinterest: terrebella*moda; Etsy: Twitch Vintage; Young at Style

The contemporary jumpsuit on the right is full body denim on denim, a trend that is still going strong. I love the trend, but the jumpsuit gives me pause. Perhaps it’s because I rocked both the 70s (good times grade-school fashion) and the 90s versions (remember, Amy?? I know you do), and three times around is just one too many. But that’s just me – if you love the jumpsuit look, go for it! And if you have one from the 70s hanging around in your closet, you’re golden – the contemporary versions are channeling that vintage look.

The same goes for culottes and flared jeans: both big in the 70s, flares again in the 2000s, and both big again now. Denim flared culottes are the ultimate mash-up. Wear culottes with a heeled ankle boot, ankle-strap pump, or loafer and flares with wedges or heels to highlight the cut.

trends for fall 2015: flares and culottes

Denim on denim flares, camel culottes, flared denim culottes : Photos – Style is my Pudding; Mango; Anthropologie

fall colors

Burnt orange, oxblood (a very dark burgundy), olive and navy paired together, and neutrals are hot colors this fall. A scarf, handbag or shoes in one of these rich, saturated colors can bring an updated look to a classic outfit, or a single statement piece highlights the trend.

trends for fall 2015: fall colors

Fall colors – neutrals, burnt orange, olive and navy, oxblood and camel : Photos – Memorandum; Always Becoming; Pinterest: Mamabee; Catherine Nicole

Neutrals like winter white, taupe, camel, grey, and oatmeal can be paired with any of the bolder colors or worn on their own in a soft mélange of knits and other fluid fabrics. Be careful to complement skin tone and hair color when wearing neutrals, as they can wash out your complexion if not the right mix for your coloring. Gingham (another classic that’s come back around) continues from spring and summer; navy, oxblood, or black gingham pair well with olive and camel for fall.

 

accessories

Tassels on necklaces, handbags, and shoes. Rope belts (with tassels too). Blanket scarves, silk scarves, and bandanas. Surprisingly, brooches. All are hot accessories this season. Again, many of these are retro – pull out your mother’s vintage silk scarf or brooch to change up the look of an outfit. Tie a scarf or bandana in a classic knot around the neck or wrist or wear a large silk scarf rolled and draped from the neck loose and long. And the stylish Panama hat of summer has morphed into the wide-brimmed fedora for cooler weather.

trends for fall 2015: accessories

 

trends for fall 2015: scarves

Bandana, classic silk scarf, burnt orange blanket scarf : Photos – WhoWhatWear; Pinterest: Style Spy; Still Being Molly

shoes

Ankle-strap pumps, sandals, and flats, ankle boots with a slightly taller shaft, and classic loafers and brogues (aka oxfords) are all over the style blogs right now. Ankle straps that buckle or tie (tassels show up here as well) add a lovely embellishment to classic styles. Ankle boots with a slightly taller shaft and chunkier low or mid-heels appear in classic colors and in fashion-forward prints. Loafers and lace-up brogues in non-traditional colors riff on menswear for a sleek, sophisticated look.

trends for fall 2015: shoes

 

There is a lot of room for expressing your own personal style with this season’s trends. You can go for a classic, clean-lined tailored look, a retro look – both mod-60s or retro-70s, or a softer look with neutrals combined with black or white. And don’t be afraid to mix it up a little and try a color or pairing you haven’t before or even embrace a trend full-on – vintage and new-to-you finds are the perfect way to be bold with styles you’ve never tried or want to wear a second (or third) time around. Maybe I will too.

Yeah. I rocked it.

Yeah. I rocked the jumpsuit.

nancy dilts on sustainable style

Last week I had the opportunity to guest post on Already Pretty, Sally McGraw’s amazing blog that explores style and body image. Sally not only is an all around delightful person, but also is an extremely talented and sensitive writer. It’s an honor to collaborate with her.

Check out my guest post, Nancy Dilts on Sustainable Style, to read about the passions that guide my work and also The True Cost, a new documentary about the impacts of “fast fashion.” And be sure to subscribe to Already Pretty while you’re there!

 the true cost graphic

 

fun in the sun redux

My last post featured casual dressing for summer fun. Some reader feedback raised the question of “age-appropriate” summer clothing for 50+ women; namely, “Can I wear that?” To which I answered, “YES!”

“My arms are jiggly.” “My thighs have cellulite.”

“My knees look fat.” “My skin is wrinkly.”

I hear these mantras and more from so many women. I grapple with these thoughts too, but have worked hard (and still am) to see them for what they are: social “rules” that are not only arbitrary, but also ridiculous. Human beings are not robots – we are organic beings that age, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We shouldn’t feel shame about it, and we shouldn’t have to hide it.

I feel that clothing should be context-appropriate rather than age-appropriate and that women should feel comfortable, both physically and style-wise, in what they are wearing. Proper fit and cuts are important, because they contribute to feeling comfortable and confident. But a woman should not think she can’t go sleeveless or wear shorts or sundresses just because she is “of a certain age.” If it’s hot out, why should we have to be miserable?

Some choices of more coverage are made because of style preferences. That I embrace fully. If you like wearing breezy linen tops with or without sleeves, great! If you prefer wearing walking-length shorts rather than shorter inseams because they are more comfortable, by all means do.

When it’s hot, cool comfort is of the essence. Here are some additional choices for summer fun.

fun in the sun redux
Pair walking shorts with lightweight tops and comfortable shoes or sandals. Throw on a hat for sun coverage and accessorize simply with a necklace or bracelet.
fun in the sun redux 2

Choose wide-leg palazzo pants or capris in bold patterns or white/bright trousers for cooler days or evenings. Pair them with a tunic or a gauzy blouse over a camisole, or go sleeveless. Add a flat or platform sandal and bring a sheer cardigan if the night gets chilly.

fun in the sun redux 3
Wear a full knee-length or midi skirt or lightweight culottes with an oversized linen collared shirt loosely tucked or tied at the waist for definition or a sleeved or sleeveless belted shirt-dress. Throw on some comfort sandals, grab a straw tote and enjoy the sunshine!

summer travel capsule

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Summer is drawing near, and with the fabulous weather comes opportunity for travel. Whether it be to visit family nearby or to explore other parts of the world, it’s ideal to be able to travel light and still have plenty of choices for outfits that are comfortable and you feel great wearing.

The concept of seasonal “wardrobe capsules” has been all over the style and women’s blogs lately. The idea is to put together a set of several tops, bottoms, shoes, and a few accessories that all coordinate with each other to create 10-15 outfits – a minimalist, hassle-free approach to dressing by putting thought in up front to create a set of outfits so that you don’t have to each day.

Clothing capsules particularly lend themselves to travel. They provide many options with relatively few items, preparing you for weather changes and different circumstances. The capsule above provides enough outfit choices for a two-week trip that includes dressing for evenings out and warm or cooler weather.

the basics

When traveling, wearing items multiple times becomes a necessity, but can be done in a way that feels like you aren’t wearing the same outfit every day. The key is that all the tops can be paired with all of the bottoms. The shoes also go with everything and are used to change the level of dress of the outfit. Just a few simple, inexpensive accessories that can be added to any combination of tops and bottoms polish off the ensembles without adding a lot of extra bulk to your bag or creating worry about theft or losing them.

Several lightweight tops – two knit tees and a dressier textured sleeveless shirt here – and a summer sweater to wear on its own or for layering if it gets chilly are sufficient (add another tee, if you worry there aren’t enough) to match with a couple of skirts, a pair of dressier jeans, and a pair of ankle length chinos. White-on-white ensembles with white denim are very contemporary, and bright-colored slim fit ankle pants are a polished alternative. Half-tuck the front of the knit tees or the sweater for a little body definition and to highlight a bright-colored belt.

A knee-length skirt is a more sophisticated way to stay cool rather than shorts and is just as comfortable, if not more so. A knit maxi skirt is an excellent option for a long flight – soft, non-binding at the waist, and coverage for your legs – and serves well if the day is chilly or more modest clothing is required for the day’s activities.

Bring one dress for an evening or two out and to wear to museums or sightseeing during the day. Pack it inside a dry-cleaner bag before folding it for the suitcase, which will reduce wrinkling.  The skirts can also be dressed up for evenings out with shoe pairings and adding the scarf.

A denim jacket is a perfect travel jacket-of-all-trades (forgive the pun – I couldn’t resist!). It goes with every outfit and is easily dressed up or down for a cool day or an evening out. And it’s a great layer for air travel.

 

footwear

When traveling abroad, it’s essential to have comfortable shoes for walking. Classic white leather tennis shoes are all the rage right now here and in Europe – think Adidas, Tretorns, etc. Wear them with jeans, ankle pants, and short or maxi skirts (sockless or with low-cut footies), and you will be both stylish and ready to walk all day!

Comfort sandals and ballerina flats are cooler for hot days and provide a fun pop of color and polish while still providing support for your feet. Throw in a pair of wedge sandals, which can be surprisingly comfortable for walking (the Minnetonka pair above are lightweight and very stable), and some ankle strap dress flats, and you are set for dressing things up a bit.

 

essential accessories

A single large, rectangular scarf is a really handy item for travel. It adds a pop of color to outfits and is easily stowed in your bag. It can also be used as a shawl wrap when the evening gets cool or when your shoulders need to be covered for entering a church or temple (many European religious institutions ask for no shorts and no exposed shoulders) or a highly air-conditioned museum. I’ve been known to use a scarf as a blanket on airplanes as well – even if it is sheer, it adds warmth!

A cross-body purse is essential – it puts less strain on the shoulders and back, is less prone to pickpocketing, and is easy to access when you need something. The bag I included above is Fossil brand, which I particularly like. Fossil bags are well-constructed and durable, and they typically have lots of zippered pockets inside and out, which are great for safely organizing things like passports, phones, money, cameras, sunglasses, an umbrella, and other travel sundries.

have fun

Feeling comfortable and knowing that whatever you pull out of your suitcase will work well together and look polished makes traveling all the more fun, as does traveling light. Wherever your journeys take you this summer, savor every moment.

Bon Voyage!

wardrobe refresh: out with the old, in with the, well, old

caroline herrera quote

Earlier this month, I did a Wardrobe Consult with a client – sometimes these involve purging a lot of clothes that are outdated, worn out, or ill-fitting and replacing them with new to you clothing that offers a lot more fun and functionality for the client. Other times, we purge very little, but the client feels like they have a whole new wardrobe when we’re finished – this was one of those times.

Looking at different ways to pair clothing can increase the options in your existing wardrobe and transform it from a source of immense frustration to one of joy and confidence. By incorporating items that are worn very little because you’re not sure how to wear them, making old standards feel exciting again by wearing them with other items than before, and adding accessories like scarves, necklaces, and belts into the mix, clothing that feels ordinary or boring can instantly become contemporary and fresh.

Following are some of the things I discuss with my clients as we evaluate their wardrobes and re-imagine outfits in new ways:

the third piece rule

The “third piece rule” is something being talked about on many fashion blogs. It is an easy, memorable, and highly effective way to make your clothing go from mere coverage to a polished outfit. Simply add a third piece to what you are wearing. That’s it. You have to put on a top (1) and a bottom (2) for coverage; then add a jacket, scarf, distinctive sweater, or statement necklace (3) – instant ensemble! You can even feel daring and add a 4th and 5th element, like a belt, hat, or bracelet to further express your personal style.

Photo: Fashion Me Now - third piece rule

Third piece rule: adding the scarf makes a simple jeans and sweater combo an elegant casual ensemble. The hat adds even more personal style. Photo: Fashion Me Now

 

look for contrasting and saturated colors to add vibrancy to outfits

Use black to add dimension to outfits by creating a stronger contrast to colors, and use white to add brightness. If the outfit in the photo above included blue denim jeans instead of white, the crisp contrast between the sweater and jeans would have been lost, making the outfit much less striking. Saturated colors tend to bring out the warmth in any skin tone – unsaturated, or muted colors can wash out your complexion.

pair prints with prints

Don’t be afraid to wear prints with prints! Not every print goes together, but many do, and it adds spark and confidence to your outfit when you give it a go. Start small: try pairing plaid or herringbone dress pants with a bold floral or geometric print shirt or jacket. The pattern in the pants serves as texture and adds dimension and polish to the outfit. With all print pairings, one print should be smaller while the other should be bold – two prints of the same size compete rather than complement each other. Finding prints that share a common color can help pull them together as well.

For a bright, fresh look, pair stripes with florals – it is very on trend this spring and is a lot of fun. In the casual outfit below, the small floral print on the scarf becomes a texture next to the bold stripes of the sweater, and the navy and pink contrast each other nicely. In the dress casual combination, blue denim and small stripes pair well with the blue tones in the vivid floral pencil skirt; gray muted stripes complement the bold gray and red floral blouse in the dress ensemble.

Stripes and Florals

 

accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

Adding a belt, scarf, necklace, bracelet, or a combination of the above to an outfit adds polish and shows that you think about what you are wearing, which ultimately conveys confidence. All of us have jewelry in our drawers – be they vintage pieces from our mothers and grandmothers, costume jewelry, or gorgeous handmade works of art. Don’t let them languish! They are a perfect way to add interest and balance to an outfit. And scarves can add a pop of color, texture, or pattern to bring energy to what you are wearing.

shoes can make or break an outfit

Shoes are really important. Yes, for comfort; and also for how an outfit comes together. The shape of the toe, the vamp (covers the top of the foot), and the weight and height of the heel can change the balance of visual lines created by your outfit, whether you are wearing pants or a skirt/dress. The level of dress of the shoe can dramatically change an outfit, as can the color.

it’s all about balance

This is the statement I make most often with my clients. It’s not about looking tall, or looking thin, or looking whatever. It’s about balance. Proper fit and cuts for your body create balanced lines, which look beautiful. Working with items that fit your body well makes dressing so much easier and so much more fun.

With these ideas in mind, try shopping in your own closet for new outfits – there are likely many items lurking in there that could feel new again when worn in different ways. Want help? Contact me today to set up a Wardrobe Consult.

fresh for spring (yes, SPRING!)

Spring arrives slowly here in Minnesota. We’ve been getting a taste of spring the past few days, and it is delicious. It never lasts in March, but we enjoy every moment when it’s here. And it puts me in the mood to think about warm weather wear.

Spring is all about newness; it makes you want to throw off the woolens and down coat and look fresh and bright, just like what’s beginning outside. It’s a time to look with clear eyes at your warm weather wardrobe and ask, “Does it make me feel great? Does it reflect what I want my personal style to be?”

Pairing items from your existing wardrobe in new ways and adding just one or two new key items or accessories can make outfits feel brand new and exciting to wear. Two trends for spring this year to try are denim all over and floral prints. Neither of these are new things, but how they’re presented this season feels contemporary and fresh. And they are classic, which appeals to me and to many of my clients – I want to feel current, but not buy a bunch of clothes that will be out of style in a year. And these may be items you already have in your wardrobe.

Spring Denim

First the denims. For a long time, it was passé to wear denim with denim – you were considered a cowboy wannabe. Now it’s all about the denim on denim! To avoid the cowboy look, pair two different washes together, like a dark wash jacket with a lighter jean, or a chambray shirt with a dark wash jean. Or pair any blue wash with another color denim jean – white is a particularly lovely contrast.

Add a bright accessory – a silk or faux-silk square scarf in a classic wrap-and-knot tie around the neck peeking out from a collared shirt or a lightweight gauzy long scarf with a denim jacket. They add color and a little warmth while the temps are still brisk. Ankle booties in lighter colors are a great transition shoe as well, and as the weather gets warmer, switch to a bold print flat or fun sneakers.

Spring Florals

Florals, particularly vintage-style bold patterns, are making a comeback. I’m starting to get past the slight shudder I have whenever I remember the many upholstery-like floral dresses I owned in the 80s and early 90s. Seeing floral fabrics in contemporary cuts is helping. A bold floral pencil skirt feels very sophisticated rather than like being swallowed in draperies, as does a pretty floral classic-cut A-line or shift dress that falls right above the knee.

Sheer peasant, or “boho” (short for bohemian), blouses are feminine and fun. These prints tend to be a little less bold and are great paired with jeans for a casual, polished look. Floral tunic-style blouses in heavier weight fabrics (not sheer) paired with narrow-leg ankle trousers or pants and flats or low heels make a great spring outfit for work. With both of these styles, it’s important to pair the loose, flowy top with a more tailored, close-fitting pant to add structure to the outfit.

When wearing floral prints, choose only one statement piece. Too many florals together gets too busy – one on its own stands out and shines. Or try pairing a large, bold floral with a smaller stripe – look for a common color, like navy, in the two prints that pulls them together. And add a floral bag, scarf, or flats to a denim on denim ensemble!

Consignment stores are a great place to find one or two new to you pieces to freshen your spring wardrobe. In the Twin Cities, Nu Look in Minneapolis and Elite Repeat in St. Paul are great places for finding designer denim pieces at a fraction of the retail cost. They both have great selections of scarves as well, as does Turnstyle (various locations) where you can also find many beautiful handbags. For high-end fun, try Fashion Avenue in Edina.

 

true to you – working with nancy

style for everyday: new to you – true to you

These are the tenets of nancy dilts wardrobe consulting.

I help my clients create or refresh a personal style that reflects who they are. It is essential that they feel authentic, comfortable, and excited about their wardrobes after working with me. And we accomplish this in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner. It’s a win-win!

But what does that look like?

Part 2: true to you – working with nancy

There are many ways to utilize my services

  • event shopping for a single outcome like an interview or wedding weekend
  • personal shopping to have an expert eye in decision making, to help determine style and proper fit, or simply to make shopping a priority or less stressful
  • purging old, outdated, and ill-fitting clothes and re-energizing the keepers with style guidelines in a wardrobe consult
  • going for a complete style makeover with a combination of the above in a service package

In all of these services, there is one constant – the undivided attention and unfailing support you will receive from me.

truetoherself

Image by Lori Portka

Style is personal and reflects who you are. I have had my own long – and sometimes painful – journey in finding my personal style and, more importantly, realizing that how you dress impacts how you feel. After years of hiding my body and feeling shame, I have learned that embracing your true self, including your appearance, is critical to your wellbeing.

Women get a lot of messages about what we’re supposed to look like. Most of them are ludicrous, and some are actually physically impossible. Can you say, “Photoshop?” We hear an unending mantra of “you need to change this, wear this, or avoid this…” that is a constant barrage of negative judgment rather than focus on our beautiful, individual selves. Some of us respond, often in misery, to try to meet these messages; some of us fight against them; and some of us opt out completely.

Looking and feeling your best reflects a deeper sense of self and what you want to present to the world. This is what “true to you” means. It’s about finding your own personal style and embracing the idea that looking your best helps you feel your best. That doesn’t mean fixing what’s “wrong” – it means working at loving yourself, including your body, and showing that to the world.

Style is not about hiding “flaws” or conforming to a certain standard. My philosophy is that no one body type is the ideal, and no one fashion trend is for everyone. Style is about embracing who you are, feeling good about yourself, and being excited about how you look. My clients and I work together to determine the clothes that will accomplish that.

I will listen to your needs, help you define your style, and help you select clothes that fit your body and make you feel comfortable and beautiful. You will have increased confidence in what clothing and colors work well for you and have fun in the process.

Style for everyday: new to you – true to you. Looking great and feeling great – another win-win.

“I recently had a job interview, and with Nancy’s help I had an outfit that looked great and made me feel confident and put together walking into the meeting. I’ve always heard how clothes make all the difference, and really felt it on the inside this time.” – GD

 

“Nancy worked with me to organize my closet to get rid of things that were no longer working for me. As part of my service package, we then went shopping. I can’t begin to describe the feeling of walking into a closet full of clothes that not only fit me, but also look good on me.” – CF 

Missed it the first time around, or want to read it again? See Part 1: new to you – shopping consignment.

 

les modes de lyon

My husband’s work brought our family to Lyon, France, for a month. THANK YOU, dear husband! We’ve been soaking it all in – exquisite food, wine, architecture, and culture. And I have been admiring French fashions (les modes), which are, not surprisingly, quite different from the United States’, and particularly Minnesota’s.

I have a confession to make: until a few days ago, it’s been in the 50s and 60s here. Then it got “cold” – it dropped to the 40s. I do not miss the polar vortex in Minnesota. Not. One. Bit.

lyon - place bellecour

Place Bellecour

We’ve been doing a lot of walking and, along the way, window shopping. The shop fronts are beautiful. Presentation is clearly a value – in dress, food, and home. What stands out to me most is that care is taken for many things rather than focus on convenience, and quality is prioritized over quantity. Pairings are given thoughtful consideration – how wine is paired with cheese, how pastries and glorious desserts are arranged, how colors and textures for the home are combined.

With clothing, how things are paired is simple, yet elegant: clean lines; black, embellished with a pop of color; soft, fluid knits in grays, caramels, and winter whites combined; rich fabrics and attention to detail.

Seemingly every shop front is a work of art – some quite literally. Everywhere you turn, something lovely appears!

On a side note, I did try my hand at consignment clothing in Lyon – called dépot-vente vêtements – and found quite a few shops. I also discovered their approach is different from consignment shops in the Twin Cities – these tiny boutiques primarily sell a small selection of very high-end designer items. Coincidentally, the shop I found with the most selection was one block from our apartment!

Lyon has been inspiring – I look forward to looking at my wardrobe – and my clients’ – with a fresh eye for elegant simplicity and thoughtful pairings.

À bientôt, mes amis! 

 

new to you – shopping consignment

style for everyday: new to you – true to you

These are the tenets of nancy dilts wardrobe consulting.

I help my clients create or refresh a personal style that reflects who they are right now. It is essential that they feel authentic, comfortable, and excited about their wardrobes after working with me. And we accomplish this in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. It’s a win-win!

But what does that look like?

part 1: new to you – shopping consignment

“New to you” can mean embracing a new style or look that reflects your current fabulous self. It also means new to you – or second-hand – clothing.

Second-hand clothing means different things to different people. Many people shop second-hand out of economic necessity. Some feel it is environmentally responsible to buy second-hand. Some love a bargain and the thrill of the hunt and will happily dig at thrift stores for that one great find. Others are horrified and overwhelmed at the thought of it, imagining piles and piles of dirty, worn out, and out-of-date clothing.

Like retail stores, second-hand stores run the gamut in quality, cleanliness, and atmosphere. With my clients, I shop specifically in consignment stores. Consignment stores are competing with retail stores, so they are organized and tidy (if they aren’t, I won’t shop there). They accept only clean, high quality, gently used, up-to-date clothing and resell it for 1/3 or less the retail value. The consignors then receive 40-50% of the sale, depending on the store.

walking the talk

I shop almost exclusively consignment myself. My husband and I have a joke about how exquisite my taste is – whenever we are in a store, especially when we travel, I am immediately drawn to the most expensive items being offered. Like a moth to a flame. I don’t even have to look at the price tags to know when I’ve done this because I can tell by the quality of whatever item has caught my eye. Then I brace myself for the price and know I won’t be taking that particular item home.

In the world of consignment, however, I CAN take it home! I have found $400 European designer silk dresses for $28! I have found $250 men’s dress shirts for $40. And those $200 designer jeans that fit my body type and style just perfectly? Again, $40.

The economic advantages of shopping new to you are jaw dropping. And these items are often better made than inexpensive new clothing, so they last longer as well!

environmentally AND economically sustainable

One of my clients and I tallied up her purchases after a personal shopping session at a consignment store, and I looked up the retail prices for each item (for a few, a comparable item of the same brand). She spent $300 on 28 items, including clothing, belts, boots, and shoes. The retail cost for the same items was $1,900! Even with my consulting fees, she still saved hundreds of dollars on a new wardrobe and had style guidelines and support from me to boot (pun intended).

personal shopping results

Personal Shopping with Nancy 28 items: $300 at consignment store prices, $1,900 retail!

The other significant benefit of new to you shopping is the reduction of impact on the environment compared to retail shopping. My first career was 15+ years in environmental education and community outreach. I feel strongly that our personal behaviors, however small, directly impact the overall fate of our environment.

The “cradle to grave” concept of environmental impact explores the idea of how an item affects the environment – beginning with its creation, its transport and use throughout its lifespan, and then in the waste stream. New to you clothing not only reduces the amount of waste we generate by keeping good quality, reusable items out of the waste stream, but also lessens the energy and resources used to create and distribute new clothing.

“The environmental footprint of clothing and textiles is substantial. Americans throw away a whopping 68 pounds of clothes on average each year, and we only buy 10 pounds of recycled clothes annually. But on the brighter side of things, reclaiming clothing and textiles for reuse and recycling saves a staggering amount of energy and natural resources.
Remanufacturing or reusing textiles can save up to 85 percent of the energy required to produce the same product from virgin materials, according to a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”
Source: The Huffington Post: How Reducing and Reusing Saves Money

recycle-clothes

New to you shopping allows you to have beautiful clothing both without spending beyond your means and with the knowledge that you are doing your part to reduce your environmental footprint. You can shop guilt-free! AND find clothing that helps you feel great!

See? A win-win.

 

Coming soon: Part 2: true to you – working with nancy