Even when attempting to put together a wardrobe of brands I stand behind or secondhand pieces, the occasional fast fashion purchase always slips through. That means that I don't often have head to toe outfits of items that I can stand behind one hundred percent. But this outfit is different.
When I found Ash & Rose, I got really excited. There has been a recent influx of ethical shopping sites, but most of the time I find their product range to be inaccessible on my budget. In fact, that's a complaint that I hear quite a bit when it comes to ethical fashion: why should I spend $45 on a sustainably/ethically produced tee shirt when I can get seven for that amount at Forever 21? Or, similarly, there is a question as to how people who aren't upper middle class can participate in the movement. I appreciate that there is a site out there like Ash & Rose with a mid range shopper in mind rather than a shopper who is more used to luxury expenses.
As much I love this dress from JCPenney from the first part of my collaboration with the store and Chictopia Connect, I will always prefer separates. There's something about pairing a nice top and pants together that always feels like my style home. These separates from JCPenney are definitely easy to pair together for a casual but still pulled together outfit; but they would be equally great dressed up for a night out. Not to mention that the strappy sandals are one of the most comfortable pairs of heels I own. Overall, playing around with silhouettes to make unique outfits is the key for me to keep mixing things up within my own wardrobe.