New! Ruby Shoos and life for old underwear


Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design Ruby ShooBy Elle

I generally don’t pay much for my clothing, opting to thrift most everything I buy, for several reasons (in no particular order):

  • I like a closet full of choices
  • Recycling and reusing clothing is crucial for the environment
  • There’s no shortage of magnificent fashion finds when thrifting
  • I can buy expensive shoes without guilt

According to Elizabeth Cline, who wrote Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, “most of our donated clothing doesn’t end up in vintage shops, as car-seat stuffing, or as an industrial wiping rag. It is sold overseas….And by one estimate, used clothing is now the United States’ number one export by volume, with the overwhelming majority sent to ports in sub-Saharan Africa.”

While that seems like a charitable deed, turns out the world has changed, and many people in developing countries are able to now afford fast fashion and super-cheap clothing from China. We can (and should) no longer use Africa as our dumping ground for unwanted textiles. In fact, there is at least talk in Eastern Africa to ban all imported used clothing by 2019.

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It started with the tights


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This whole ensemble started with the tights, which I dug out of the closet because 1) the weather is getting a little nippy, and 2) I needed to hide a blooming bruise on my shin related to moving 1,000 bricks — 1,000 of 6,000, made in Poland! — that my beloved had delivered onto our driveway. (Actually you can see some of them in the photos.) Did I mention that he bought 6,000? But that’s another story.

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Why Your $8 Shirt is a Huge Problem (and what to do about it)


By Abby and Elle

Came across this excellent video the other day and thought we’d share it. While we’re thrifty and all, we are vehemently opposed to the avalanche of cheap clothing that is smothering the market.

Bottom line:

  • Buy quality clothing that will last
  • Shop at thrift stores
  • Donate unwanted clothing (versus dumping them in the trash)

Spread the word, and help save the planet. It’s the only one we have!

 

 

Wanna Swap Clothing?


Spago dress $20

Spago floral dress, $20

By Abby and Elle

In the mood to shop consignment but don’t feel like leaving the house? If so, we have a solution for you.

Abby discovered an online consignment store, Swap.com, that offers baby, kids’ and women’s clothing (including maternity) and accessories — even games and toys. (Sorry, dudes: You are totally excluded unless you’re a cross-dresser or shopping for your beloved.)

Abby has shopped Swap.com several times for clothing for little Isabelle, and she loves it.

Swap.com is easy to use, she says. The site features ton of filters so you can narrow down exactly what you’re looking for. She often gets free shipping, and her orders arrive in the blink of an eye.

Not only can you buy through Swap.com, but you can also sell.

According to the site, the company has more than 600,000 items in their inventory, so SURELY you can find SOMETHING that strikes your fancy.

The prices, you ask? We curated a few items to give you an idea. Happy browsing!

Kenneth Cole New York $7

Kenneth Cole New York skirt, $7

Swap.com Shirt

Apt. 9 blouse, $5

Guess Shoes

Guess Shoes, $12

ann taylor blazer

Ann Taylor Loft blazer, $15

Forever 21 $15

Forever 21 dress, $15

Fashion Show: See the Video Recap


Abby and ElleBy Abby and Elle

If you missed the Good Style Fashion Show this year, you can catch our collection, called Cleveland Staycation, in the short video below. This was our third year participating in the show, which features Goodwill finds made fresh for the runway.

Here’s our lineup, in order of appearance, with the cost of the outfit noted:

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Model: Jillian (aka Abby)
Total Cost: $22

Goodtime III
Model: Kalana
Total Cost: $32

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Models: Alicia, Emily and Tyler
Total Cost: $25

Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Model: Ava
Total Cost: $12.50

Great Lakes Science Center
Model: Noah
Total Cost: $12

Hessler Street Fair
Model: Bailey
Total Cost: $13

United Skates
Model: Brenna
Total Cost: $7.50

West Side Market
Model: Laura (aka Elle)
Total Cost: $4

Cleveland Orchestra
Model: Katie
Total Cost: $20