An outfit mother nature would be proud to wear…

Eco Mama – Day 2

Here’s my first attempt at a totally organic outfit.  I believe what it lacks in creativity, it makes up for in it’s in-your-face-saving-the-worldness —

Eco_Mama_Day One

I’ll break it down item by nature-loving item —

1.  Peruvian fair trade sweater — I bought this locally and paid a lot (80.00).  Because of it’s price, it will be the only warm cover up I buy this month.  I apologize in advance for how sick of this sweater you will probably get.  I totally love this sweater — it is so handmade it practically comes with an indigent woman attached to it.

2.  Organic white t-shirtAmerican Apparel.  These are some of the cheapest organic t-shirts I’ve been able to find.  But buy a size up from what you normally wear.  My size medium is really tight — I’m guessing size small would pretty much be doll clothes.

3.  Organic jeansPatagonia.  I was terrified to order jeans online without being able to try them on at a store, but I couldn’t find any organic jeans close to wear I live.  Even when the package arrived I only opened it a little and peeked inside — as if some giant pair of bad organic mom jeans were going to jump out of the box and attack me.  But I was pleasantly surprised.  I love these jeans and since jeans are a very toxic product to make (more on that later), the Earth loves these jeans too.


4. Toms shoes — For every pair of Toms shoes you buy, Toms gives a pair of shoes to a child in need.  So while they aren’t organic, I’m still putting Toms shoes in the eco-mama category.  My Toms are by far the most comfortable shoe I’ve worn throughout my entire fashion experiment this year.  They’re like bedroom slippers with a conscience.

5.  The jewelry and belt — I’ve had so long that I kind of consider them green – kind of like saving wrapping paper or eating leftovers or re-using a ziplock bag so much it gets all grey and narly and you can’t bear the thought of eating whatever it is you put inside of it.

As far as organic underwear and bras go, yes, I’m committed to wearing them, but I’ve had some major online debacles in this area.

Let’s just say a natural hemp bra isn’t as flattering as one would hope…

What do you think of this outfit?  Success?  Cute?  A little boring?  After my Arty Slick month I felt today like my clothes suddenly got a little too normal.





  • jo says:

    Looking good!

    Patagonia is a really great company imo. They actually encourage their buyers to just buy what they need! Of course right now you need a lot of new clothes to try out styles with, so like others I think second hand/vintage would be a great ethical choice.

    Unfortunately American Apparel aren’t ethical when it comes to treatment of staff and their ads which looks like teen porn.

  • saro says:

    I am a lurker and have really enjoyed all of your months so far. It’s been fun and I’m learning alot. I work in international development and just wanted to clarify a point on Toms shoes. They are actually really bad for the countries they donate too. There are usually a plethora of cheap shoes where they donate and often ruins the local economy.

    I hope I am not coming off as disrespectful or dismissive. I think what you’re trying to do is very admirable and encouraging to others.

  • Jennifer says:

    I agree with what most of the previous replies have said. This is also my favorite outfit of the year. It looks very comfortable and modern/classic! Owning fewer, well-made clothes would definitely be “green” in my book. I have been doing a 333 Wardrobe this year ( It has been a great way for me to simplify what I wear and get the most out of every piece I own. Poorly made items just don’t last as long! I know you’ve done your fair share of thrifting this year. Perhaps an upcycling project would be a good challenge for this month, such as making a scarf from an old t-shirt. I always look forward to what you come up with.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Thanks. I’ll definitely check out your site. I would love to upcycle something but I am like the least crafty person on the planet. Really. I can’t even wrap a present.

  • JoulesDellinger says:

    I like the outfit, but I would probably switch out the white t-shirt with an old looking printed one from the thrift store. Something a little rock and roll. And since it would be thrifted, it would be “green”. =)

    As for the sweater, I like it and totally understand the re-wearing at that price. I think it could really change up the look (and look cute) if you did a wrap closure in the front and then put a thick belt around it to cinch in your waist.

    I’m not typically a fan of Tom’s — to me they look like you’ve bandaged your feet — but the print on these is pretty cute. Speaking off, have you seen the Tom’s boots? They look like mummy shoes!

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      I laughed so hard when I read your comment about Toms — they do look like you’ve bandaged your feet!

  • natalie says:

    I was totally going to suggest a scarf if your not over the moon with this outfit. For me… totally a nice book reading outfit! Comfy but put together. Great basic outfit and you can always add more. Also. Totally agree with theifting being eco friendly & the price tag can’t be beat!

  • Megan says:

    Holly, I really think you should talk to a local seamstress. Have them make you some great things from fabric that you find from Legacy ( fabric thrift store which supports seniors). I think local is really important here-carbon footprints of online clothes, packaging etc. I could try and sew you something…

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      I totally agree about thrifting being green. I don’t know what I’d tell a seamstress to make at this point! That might be a good month later on — homemade clothes!

  • Megan says:

    You look sharp and not like a hippie- yay! The shirt looks like it fits perfect.

  • Amy says:

    This is a great look, and looks the most like a woman with three kids and a variety of livestock traipsing through her house at any given moment. I admire the commitment to organic. I also agree with other commenters that “green” can be used clothing or well-made items that last years. You can always amp this look up with a scarf some of that arty jewelry or a colorful belt (that you and your kids make out of recycled materials! Craft project!). This might just be your look.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Thanks. I liked this outfit. I think I’m going to have to choose something similar to this for my look — it just makes sense.

  • Rebecca says:

    You look great! Very flattering basics. There’s nothing wrong with wearing something that is quietly put-together and effortless. I think this is my favourite look for you.
    Consider that buying used clothing is in many ways just as “green” as buying new! Also, buying really solidly made items that last forever is also more green than buying items that wear out quickly (Ahem, Toms, I’m looking at you!)

  • Lauren says:

    I like the outfit, but it’s not particularly edgy or different. That said, it does look cute and comfy (it’s one of the most comfortable-looking outfits, and that you looked comfortable in, that I’ve seen.) and I would TOTALLY wear it.

    While I’ve got nothing AGAINST organic/green clothing, I often feel like it’s unrealistic, so I’m interested to see how this month goes for you. I agree with Amiable on the Toms, for example, and I’m in sticker shock over the Patagonia jeans. The quality doesn’t seem to be there, and the price…well, please prove me wrong!

    That said, I sew, and I am a huge fan of buying used (I’m in a community locally that swaps or sells used items) and altering, repurposing, or making what I can. A stained kid’s t-shirt? I sew a flower on top of the spot. A super-cute skirt that my mom is tossing that happens to be 3 sizes too big for me? I alter it down and shorten the hem. Used jeans from the thrift store that are too long? Hem ‘em! (Side note: that never happens for me, as I’m 5’10”, but I do it for friends all the time.) I’m currently wearing a maxi skirt that I made myself, and I also have a closet full of homemade scarves, some from old t-shirts or scraps of cloth. It doesn’t work all the time, and there’s definitely something pleasant about getting a brand-new article of clothing, but I find that working with limited resources (often, for me, financial, but I think saving the world would fit into this category as well) sometimes pleasantly surprises me, and it allows me to stretch my clothing’s lifetime, which is “green”, if you ask me.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Well, the jeans did seem expensive considering I buy jeans at thrift stores, but most of the other pairs of organic jeans were in the hundreds! When I saw this pair I was like Yay! They are less than a hundred dollars!

  • Amiable says:

    Hmm… yeah, I hear you on the normal looking. Still, you look put together and ready for your day.

    I’m interested in your take on how well Toms are made, and how long they last. I’ve wanted them forever, but I’m not going to pay $60 for shoes that fall apart in less than a year or so. I realize that you’re unlikely to hit that in a month, but the last pair of clones I bought lasted right about a month before falling apart (granted, they were $7, so I didn’t cry too hard).

    What do you think about the “green” ness of buying used clothes? I’ve always considered that just about as good as anything, since nothing new needs to be manufactured for me. In fact, I prefer buying almost everything that way, and am learning to make what I’d rather buy new (think undies out of old tee shirts…. but I’m buying new fabric for making bras so far – it works better).

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Toms shoes seem to have no support and I don’t think they’d survive a winter where you live! And, you can make a bra? That’s amazing!

  • Robin says:

    I’ve been lurking for months and enjoying your style adventures! But I have to speak up on the subject of Tom’s shoes, which make Westerners who buy them feel good, but may not actually be helping very many people. By giving away free shoes they put local people out of business. Just my $0.02 … here are some articles if you want to read more.

    Mother Jones, Do Toms Shoes Really Help People?

    NYT, Shopping for a Better World

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Thank you so much for all your information! I just wrote a post about Toms shoes! You’ve helped enlighten me!

      • E oliver says:

        On one point in the Tom’s discussion, I have to disagree.

        If the person receiving the free shoes wasn’t going to buying shoes anyway, the shoes have really no effect on the local economy.

        If the person was going to buy shoes but is given a pair, that frees up a bit of money which will be spent elsewhere. If the purchase is spent to buy something from or through the local economy, it helps it. If it isn’t, it doesn’t.

        By the way, I love your blog. It has inspired me to work a little harder at making myself presentable.