Ethical Elegance: a Definition
This picture, a view from my cot in Maine, embodies my definition of ethical elegance, which I first wrote about here. A shawl I knit, my 12-year-old jean jacket, my Breton shirt made in Brittany. The definition may shift, develop, grow as I delve into my newest style project. I can’t wait to see what I learn in the next few months.
Ethical Elegance means maintaining a minimalist wardrobe, avoiding excess and unnecessary consumerism.
Ethical Elegance means making my own clothes using as many sustainable, organic, or up-cycled materials as I can.
Ethical Elegance means purchasing from indie makers who use as many sustainable, organic, or up-cycled materials as possible.
Ethical Elegance means purchasing from manufacturers that support workers’ rights and decent working conditions.
Ethical Elegance means mending and wearing clothing out.
Ethical Elegance means turning to vintage and used clothing before buying new.
Ethical Elegance means not settling for frumpy clothing just because it is made ethically.
I’m going to return to the definition, refine it as I understand this project more. I’d love to hear what you think defines ethical elegance–won’t you share your ideas in the comments?