Having just finished the #ColorMyCloset challenge this past Tuesday, I’d love to share my final co-host, the lovely and iconic Paty Pats! I love her style, her passion and her practical day-to-day posts and style tips. Read on to be inspired!
Tell me a little about yourself? Who are you, where are you from / living, etc?
My name is Patricia Palumbo but everyone calls me Paty Pats. I’m Venezuelan but I moved to Panama 5 years ago with my husband and we’ve been loving it here. I work part-time in a corporation and part-time pursuing my passion for dancing. I started Latina Minimalista (former A Happier Closet) as a creative outlet and it has grown into a wonderful project that has allowed me to meet awesome ladies with similar interests.
How did you first get into ethical / sustainable fashion?
Back in 2015 I stumbled upon the concept of capsule wardrobes and fell in love with the idea of doing more with less. I had been a compulsive shopper since I was young and my skills at finding clothes at cheap prices was something I bragged about all the time. I couldn’t say no to a “good deal”. But researching about capsule wardrobes introduced me to the world of ethical brands, sustainable practices and second hand shopping. Since then I started supporting up and coming ethical brands and jumped on the second hand wagon. But I won’t lie, living in Latin America adds a level of complexity since there are hardly any thrift shops where I live and sustainability is a pretty new concept. We still have a long way to go. These days I try to be more sustainable by shopping less, trying to find what I’m looking for in Poshmark before buying new, and shopping online from sustainable brands when I can.
What’s something you really want other people to know about ethical / sustainable fashion?
The first step is breaking the habit of shopping compulsively. The best way of living a more sustainable life is shopping less and shopping smarter to create less waste and to make the most out of what we add to our closet. Before buying always ask the questions: Do I already own something similar? How many outfits will I be able to do with this piece? How many times will I wear it? Could I find something similar in a second hand shop or from a sustainable brand?
Who are your inspirations (ethical fashion or otherwise)?
I get inspired by women who live with very few pieces and treasure each one of them, while not sacrificing their joy for getting dressed and their sense of style. There are so many ladies I’ve stumbled upon in the past years, but I specially get inspired by Maria from @goldzipper_ because she stays true to her style while living with very little, and really gives a thought about each piece she incorporates in her wardrobe. Also Becca from @36pieces is an inspiration because she sews most of her wardrobe so she gives so much value to each of the pieces she owns.
Do you have any ethical brands you’d recommend or tips for how to find great thrifted pieces?
I really like Everlane for their high quality standards and prices that are on the affordable side. I also love Elizabeth Suzann for their thick linen and beautiful silk (that’s machine washable) but have bought most of their pieces second hand because they’re pretty expensive. And as far as thrifting, I love Poshmark. With a little patience and thoughtful searching you can find exactly what you are looking for.
What is one of your current favorite items of clothing you own?
My oversized leopard print shirt that I was finally able to grab from Poshmark. My white wide leg crop pants from Everlane that practically match every single one of my tops. And my light wash gently destroyed denim jacket that I spent years looking for and finally found last December and wear almost every day at my super cold office.
What are you reading, listening to and/or watching right now?
I have to confess I’m not an avid reader, it’s just one of those things I end up sacrificing in order to maintain a healthy balance between my part-time job, my startup, my passion for dancing, and quality time with my hubby, plus my @latina.minimalista account. But I just pre-ordered Marie Forleo’s Everything is Figureoutable and I’m so excited to start reading it because I love her and often watch her videos while doing house chores. As for watching, we just started season three of Money Heist on Netflix and we’re loving it.
Where can we find you? Share your blog, social media, interviews, etc!
You can find me on instagram as @latina.minimalista where I share my travel capsule wardrobes, daily outfits, and mixing and matching videos. Very soon you’ll also be able to find me on Youtube where I will share content in Spanish as a way of promoting a more conscious way of living in Latin America.
Do yourself a favor and check her out! She’s so inspirational and is always sharing such practical tips!