Vanilla and Lace
Tights & Belt - Retail (2012) Shoes - Merrell
Scarf - Karma Kameleon (2012) Basket - Noosa Farmers Market
Over the past six months I've found myself at a fashion crossroads.. After Tallow was born I realised my current wardrobe was not entirely suitable for a new mama. I owned a whole lot of dresses I couldn't feed in and other pieces that just weren't very user friendly. It was a hot and humid summer in Queensland and I spent a good portion of it wearing the same three nursing singlets and a pair of thrifted denim shorts on repeat. Totally uninspiring, but not so bad for the wallet. I often felt like my personal style didn't quite work on the Sunshine Coast, I don't really do the beachy vibe and own far more black clothing than anyone else along Hastings Street. In the middle of winter I was the only one wearing boots! So when we got back to Victoria, I almost breathed a sigh of relief and with Autumn on its way, I can finally unpack my cherished jackets, boots and scarves and rediscover myself and my new mama style.
This process of rediscovery and in a sense creating a new style continues to challenging and healing for me, both personally and ethically. While embracing my post baby body, learning to adjust and be kind of myself has been an important lesson in self love, finding clothes that honour my commitment to my ethical fashion pledge has been an eye opening and inspiring experience.
Making the decision to only buy second hand and ethical clothing last year really changed my whole perspective on the fashion industry and this year I just couldn't go back to buying clothes the way I used to. The issue of ethical fashion is vast and complex and is something I'll be writing more about in the future. For now it's suffice to say, I go to great lengths to consider and research everything I buy and wear, which makes shopping (especially for a new mama living in a regional area) a very interesting experience.
And it is this experience that has prompted me to begin my outfit posts again, to document, share and discuss my ethical fashion journey and also rediscover my personal style.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Year of Ethical Fashion, pop over to Pip's for more information and check out Peppermint Magazine for lots of ethical inspiration. And you can check out my previous outfit posts here, the last one was just over six months ago and is certainly one I will always remember.