Anna Kate (or as everyone calls her, AK) is seriously so iconic. Her style is edgy and fun, she’s the queen of snake skin, tripod photos and graphic design and she’s such a sweet person to connect with! All of her content is thoughtful and genuine, and I always look forward to her posts! I hope you love learning more about AK—read on!
Tell me a little about yourself? Who are you, where are you from / living, etc?
“I’m a thrift shopper and graphic designer who just wants to help people break the habit of fast fashion through thrift shopping and sustainable style. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband Zane and our two kitties, Louie and Nala.”
How did you first get into ethical / sustainable fashion?
“I discovered sustainable fashion because I needed a way to distract myself from buying fast fashion, a bad habit that I was working to break. I started my account to help me stay accountable and discovered the sustainable style community by participating in the April 10×10 challenge. I had always thought that as long as I was donating my old clothes, it as fine to shop fast fashion, but also participating in the Fashion Revolution week opened my eyes to a million reasons that say otherwise.”
What’s something you really want other people to know about ethical / sustainable fashion?
“You do not have to spend a lot of money to shop sustainably! Many brands have items that are priced higher, which is important for many reasons, but that can often stop many people from quitting fast fashion and venturing into a more sustainable lifestyle. But by shopping secondhand and purchasing consciously, you can discover your personal style even if you’re strapped for cash (like me)!”
Who are your inspirations (ethical fashion or otherwise)?
“My style muse would definitely have to be Anine Bing. Her designs are a huge source of inspiration for me. The way she combines casual pieces with edgy items makes her “casually edgy chic” vibe super approachable and easy to replicate with items I already own.
I’m also endlessly inspired by the people in the sustainable style community, specifically in the thrifting niche. There are too many people to list, but pretty much anyone who I interact with on a daily basis inspires me.”
Do you have any ethical brands you’d recommend or tips for how to find great thrifted pieces?
“My favorite tip for people looking to get into thrift shopping is to start a thrift list! Rather than walking into a thrift store and instantly getting overwhelmed with the sea of options, start a list of items that you’re hoping to find and create a plan of attack around that.
My favorite way to start a Thrift List is to scroll through Pinterest and start a board of looks that you love. You might already have this started!. Try to gather at least 20 images, but the more the better. Once you feel like you have a good collection of images, look through them again and try to notice trends of items that you pin a lot. Jot those items down and voila, you have your first thrift list!
If you want to take it to the next level, try to see if you can notice a color trend throughout all the looks you’ve gathered. Create a palette from those looks of 5-6 colors that you’d like to stick to. Then the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, try to ignore all colored items that aren’t on your list, and instead zero in on your palette. You’ll have a cart full of items to try on in no time!”
What is one of your current favorite items of clothing you own?
“My new Anine Bing tee that I totally broke from my commitment to buy myself for my birthday. I was way wayyyy more than anyone should ever spend on a tee shirt but I know I’ll wear it for years to come and the quality is extremely good. I try to limit guilty conscious purchases like this to strictly special occasions like my birthday and Christmas.”
What are you reading, listening to and/or watching right now?
“I’m watching the latest season of Always Sunny in Philadelphia with my husband because we have super weird taste in television lol.”
Where can we find you? Share your blog, social media, interviews, etc!
Seriously do yourself a favor and check out her socials! Her site is beautiful and full of such helpful and stylish content!