Even though If Girls Ran the World is over, it’s kept me thinking hard about how I can continue to support equality and empowerment for women and girls around the world. And one super concrete way that I can better support women is through what clothing I choose to purchase.
The thing is, I’ve always been a sucker for fast fashion. It enables so many spur of the moment purchases, so many costume opportunities, and closes out so much room for regrets. Oops, I spilled red wine on this white top? NBD, it was only $7. Oh, I actually hate the way this skirt looks on me? Who cares, it was only $9.
You know the drill.
I started looking at the labels on all my clothes and there’s no way around it: I’m supporting the low wages and bad working conditions at garment factories in places like Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
I’ve decided to make an effort to shop more consciously—to stay away from the low-cost instant gratification of fast fashion. This literally happened yesterday, so I haven’t really been put to the test yet (aka, I haven’t been to the baby section at Target, where a cart full of adorable tiny nothings runs you about $14 …)
But, I did get a trial run of what wearing sustainable, worker-friendly clothing might feel like. As luck would have it, I got a chance to try Pavepara, an activewear brand made here in the USA, by people paid a living wage. And it’s actually cute, y’all. It doesn’t feel like a compromise; it feels like a win-win.
I’ve been wearing the hoodie everywhere: to the park with Mac, as a light layer to and from yoga, and tied around my waist for a little modesty when I’m out and about in spandex.
The neckline is purrr-fect: just low enough that you can show off your layer underneath, but high enough that you can safely wear it without a base layer.
The (long enough!) silk sleeves are such a luxe touch – this really is a crossover piece. I even layer it under a blazer (or will, once the weather dips below 70 – ha!).
The shorts are really nice, too, with a pretty silk trim. The waistband looks a little scrunchy in pictures but does lay flat on your hips (translation: no muffin top). Hooray!
The shorts are just a titch shorter than I usually wear, but I am absurdly tall, so they’re likely the perfect length for anyone under 6′, or who has been working out more than I have and wants to show off their legs o’ steel.
Everything from Pavepara is made of super soft, washable merino wool. (Which is better for the planet, and more breathable, than cotton or bamboo).
Overall, I’m such a fan, and I love clothing that makes me feel good while I’m wearing it, not only for how I look, but for supporting sustainable goods and living wages.
And, good news: Pavepara is offering you 30% off anything with the code SWEATPINKLOVE
This post was sponsored by Pavepara. All opinions are my own. I so appreciate you supporting the brands who support the Sweat Pink community. XO.