Hi! I'm Christine. I have a lot of passions, one of which is spreading the idea of ethical style to as many people as possible. I adore fashion, and I love supporting companies and organizations with integrity, i.e., those that produce stylish pieces in sustainable and ethical ways. Other key information about me:
- I hail from Wisconsin and am a Midwesterner through and through, but now live in the Washington, DC area;
- I love to bake and challenge myself to create the best tasting yet healthiest treats (much to the dismay of my kids!); and
- I am a shutter bug (find my photographs HERE or on Instagram). Raise your hand if you love Instagram!!!
Ever since I can remember, I have loved clothes and have used "fashion" as an outlet to express myself. (Yes, even with those cute purple short overalls I had as an 8-year-old.) Through the years, and with academic pursuits and professional development taking me to various regions of the world, my attention to style and fashion never wavered. Believe me, staying stylish in the Peace Corps can sometimes be a serious challenge.
At the beginning of 2015, I challenged myself to learn more about the "ethics" of my closet. I never thought too much about where my clothes came from or what impact their production had on the environment or the communities in which they were made. For me, it was all about getting the best (and most fashionable) deal - whether that meant a cute striped shirt from H&M, an outstanding bargain at a thrift store, or an amazing dress at Anthropologie. I was forced to face the fact that many of the companies I supported over the years have less than stellar records when it comes to making clothing that is produced ethically. Such companies might be using environmentally harmful materials, dyeing them in unsafe ways, or producing final products without treating workers fairly. Much has been written about this, and a a good place to start is by reading 6 Things You Should Know About Your Clothes by Shannon Whitehead or watching The True Cost.
Already a lot of folks are doing a wonderful job covering the topic of ethical fashion (check out my Ethical Bloggers page). That said, most of my friends were as shocked as I was and bewildered by what steps they could take to be stylish and shop more ethically.
My goal with this website is to share where to shop for awesome ethically-made pieces (without sacrificing style, naturally), as well as to support and interact with individuals, companies and organizations that promote social good in the production and sale of clothing and accessories (see Shops I Love). Ultimately, it's all about creating some new patterns vis-à-vis style and fashion!