Along with buying fair trade and sustainable clothing, shopping secondhand is an important part of the ethical fashion movement. In fact, it's probably one of the best things we can do to curb the rampant waste that the fashion industry creates. Not to toot my own horn too much (toot! toot!), but I've been shopping at thrift stores for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, it was a necessity for our family. And fortunately, by the time I was in middle school wearing torn-up jeans and vintage band t-shirts was about as cool as it got.
As I've gotten older and my disposable income has grown (i.e., I'm privileged enough to buy "fewer, better things"), I still make thrifting a priority. I like saving money, sure, but I also love the thrill of the hunt. There's nothing quite like finding a silk vintage-style Moschino dress printed with tiny black and white sheep (I should probably share that out some time), or a worn-in leather jacket that I've been searching for new for months. This beauty is by Wearmaster, one of Madewell's labels modeled after a heritage workwear brand. I found it at Fillmore & 5th in Palo Alto, a designer consignment store that carries high-end clothing and accessories. It's become one of my favorite local spots, and the place I hit up first when I need a new piece of clothing.
The jacket (and Honest Co. diaper backpack) served me well on my recent trip to Southern California with the baby. My dad snapped a few photos of me near our house in Wildomar, superbloom in full effect.