I recently returned from a short little getaway with my best friend, Crystal, to the beaches of California, and wanted to start sharing a bit of the sustainable clothing finds that I picked up while shopping in Los Angeles!
Unbeknownst to me prior to this trip, Los Angeles has an incredibly great secondhand/sustainable/recycled fashion scene. In Minnesota we have Turn Style and Plato’s Closet, but I’ve never managed to find anything truly great in these shops.
Not to say that Minnesotans have no fashion sense- I’m just saying that Los Angeles definitely has a larger scene for consignment store shopping (Which makes sense considering it’s LA).
Anyway, Crystal and I found ourselves in need of clothing after realizing we had not at all packed sufficiently for the entirety of our trip. Having no access to laundry and no time to do it anyway, we stumbled our way into the first shop we saw- Crossroads Trading Co. California babies, I’m sure you’re already well aware of this gem of a consignment chain, but we sure weren’t.
I think we ended up spending a good two hours perusing through the endless aisles of secondhand clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories- Yet still never managed to go through every rack the store had. As a self proclaimed anti-shopper, I can tell you that Crossroads Trading Co just may be the exception for my disdain for shopping and trying clothing on.
I generally try to avoid shopping for clothing as much as I can. This stems mostly from insecurities, but I’m also quite short and have a hard time finding clothing that I won’t need to hem or have altered in order for it to fit properly. Due to this, I usually stick to loose and simple clothing. If you know me well or have been following me via the Internet for a while, you’ll know my attire mainly consists of cozy dresses and breezy pants. Anyway, I’m admittedly a pretty frugal and “fashion backward” person, so it was unusual for me to have such luck shopping for clothing.
I ended up purchasing five different dresses and jumpsuits here- Each one under $15. Inexpensive, comfortable, sustainable, AND fits me properly? Madness. Eventually, I want to share all of the goodies I found at Crossroads, but for now I’ll just share this comfy little number. Hands down, this is the comfiest piece of clothing I’ve ever owned. I’m not sure what the material is, but it’s very light and thin and I adore it.
It was so comfortable that I ended up changing into it immediately after purchasing it, then wearing it for the rest of the day. We biked around Santa Monica, walked along Venice Beach, and ran around all of Los Angeles and this jumpsuit didn’t skip a beat.
Now on to the outfit itself… This particular day was rather cloudy and chilly. It wasn’t what one would consider ideal beach weather. With that in mind, this loose fitted jumpsuit was perfect for the windy, yet still partly sunny weather. Crystal, who also was sporting a jumpsuit purchased at Crossroads, and I were able to run a muck around the beach without being overheated, overchilled, or held back by uncomfortable clothing. It was a marvelous day in marvelous clothing, and here are the deets:
Comfy Little Jumpsuit: Crossroads Trading Co. $10
Plain Brown Sandals: I actually have no idea where I got these bad boys, but I can guarantee you I didn’t spend more than $15 on ’em (Whitty J advice: Never spend more than $15 on sandals- It’s never been worth it in the history of sandals).
Trusty Dusty Brown Bag: Purchased years ago for $2 at a thrift store in Minneapolis. Another secondhand, sustainable purchase! (Big up big up)
Hope you enjoy this snazzy little outfit post written by a girl with no fashion sense pretending she does indeed have fashion sense.
Until my next post xx