This post is sponsored by Tradlands, menswear inspired women’s staples, guaranteed to last and meant to be lived in.
Over the weekend I had the chance to attend a Sustainable Fashion Forum in Portland, that included a moderator from Eileen Fisher and a panel of designers who weighed in on ethics and sustainability in the apparel industry. One of the questions posed was: When brands market or identify themselves as ethical or sustainable, does it motivate people to a point of sale?
The answers came in varying degrees, and upon examining my own thoughts, I realized my answer was no.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying something just because it meets your ethical standards. After all, it can feel really hard to find responsibly made items, so when you do find them, you feel the need to make a purchase. But, if you don’t actually end up liking the item very much, it’s a waste of your resources and you’re more likely to get rid of the item sooner.
I have to love something if I’m going to wear it. Making a purchase because of manufacturing standards is not enough. In order to get the most value for my money and my life it needs to meet my ethical standard plus my aesthetic standard. Thankfully, companies like Tradlands make it easy.
In an industry saturated with tradeoffs, and the lesser of two evils, Tradlands has crafted a lineup of clothing that is both responsibly made and beautiful.
Sadie and Jeremy – the team behind the brand – have worked tirelessly to create the most well-designed and functional garments, the kind they hope you’ll pass down to your kids. All Tradlands pieces are cut and sewn in the USA, a rare notion these days, even among the ethical fashion world.
This spring they’ve released a new line of tunics and blouses, including the BCN, a loose linen top inspired by the magic of Barcelona’s inner city. It’s understated but a lot more interesting than a plain white tee. I love wearing this tucked into my favorite jeans. Later this spring I plan to tuck it into my black linen skirt, and layer it underneath my favorite black jumpsuit.
The Utility Laurel is straddling the line between shirt and jacket, while being planted firmly in camp ‘effortless.’ It’s a great layering piece for chilly spring days and I suspect it will be well-utilized on a big camping trip our family is taking in the summer. (Read: the kind where you don’t see electricity for days!) The heavyweight cotton holds its shape nicely. I’m wearing a small, but recommend sizing up if you want to wear it like a jacket.
The Murphy Shell is what I consider the perfect weekend shirt. On Saturday mornings, I am usually at my peak relaxed state for the week, and I want my clothing to reflect that. I don’t really want to commit to anything too showy or colorful; I just want something that keeps me warm (without diving into my sweater stack) yet still pulled-together.
The fitted shape of this shell is perfect for the new styles of pants taking center stage these days, including loose vintage denim, baggy trousers, Kamm-style pants, the list goes on. I look forward to wearing my Murphy Shell most Saturday mornings with my favorite jeans, my olive work pants and tucked into all my favorite wide leg pants.
LOOK 1, I’m wearing the BCN in a size small. The lightweight linen is a touch sheer but my dark tan bra still remained hidden. Untucked the shirt is 2-3 inches past my hips.
LOOK 2, I have on the Murphy Shell in small, it was a bit tight on my athletic arms at first, but loosened up with wear. The henley-style collar holds its shape nicely. The 100% cotton shirt is more structured than stretchy, which makes it unique among similar styles. The Utility Laurel wears almost like a jacket, thick, structured cotton cutting a crisp line no matter what it’s paired with. I am wearing a small, but I recommend sizing up if you intend to layer it.
Tradlands has generously offered Seasons + Salt readers a discount of 25$ off any purchase of $100 or more. Use the code: seasons at checkout. And that includes free shipping and returns for USA customers. (International friends receive a discount on shipping fees.) The code is good through May 15th.
From my IPA to yours, cheers to the weekend!
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