photography by Kat McSherry
I can’t even describe how excited I was to escape New York and its single digit wind chills. We thought we’d be trading in our winter coats for the 90 degree weather we experienced in Florida last January, but boy were we wrong. We arrived just in time for the winter bomb to hit, so we’ve been bundled up inside hiding away from the 50 degree windy weather. Sure, 50 degrees and windy is much better than 15 degrees and snowing, but I did not mentally prepare for a cold beach vacation. Thankfully, though, I am flying right from Florida back to school in LA, so I had all of my winter break clothing to crack into so I could layer up.
This dress is one of my new favorites. I have been interning with YSTR, a cut-to-order, zero-waste clothing company, since early this fall and got my hands on this dress when we purged through our box of samples. Although you can’t really tell because of all of my layers, it’s an incredibly comfortable midi-length gauzy dress with thin straps and a racer back. It didn’t quite cut it in the Florida weather on its own, so I layered a Reformation tee underneath and my new favorite thrifted denim jacket on top. With all that said, that means all of the clothes in this outfit are either sustainably made or sustainably purchased (or both).
That leaves us with the shoes. I’m sure you’ve seen these Steve Madden Irenee sandals before. They aren’t a brand new crazy style or anything, but I’ve had my eye on them for months. Steve Madden shoes fit me perfectly and have plenty of styles with 2 inch block heels (aka my fav), but their shoes are not made sustainably by any means. I bit the bullet on Black Friday and got these shoes on super sale from Macy’s even though they aren’t sustainable. I do know that I will wear these shoes until they are falling apart and literally cannot be worn anymore. They weren’t just an impulse buy, they were something I truly thought through and know that I’ll wear again (and again and again) in the future. This is a prime example of a conscious consumption decision. It’s HARD to shop exclusively sustainably and ethically, especially when it comes to shoes, but I feel good enough knowing that this was an intentional purchase and one that I know will not go to waste after one or two wears.