After a mini hiatus, I’m excited to be back and to start sharing more lovely ladies with you all! Today I’m excited to share my friend Caralee–she has such a fun style and brings a lot of positivity to our little community. Read on for more Caralee!
Tell me a little about yourself? Who are you, where are you from / living, etc?
I’m Caralee, and as an ex military kid I’m from everywhere and nowhere, but currently living in Montana. I’m a daytime bartender during the week and a homebody on the weekends.
How did you first get into ethical / sustainable fashion?
A couple years ago I was researching capsule wardrobes because my wardrobe needed an overhaul after moving back to Montana. I knew I needed to invest in quality winter wear as I was freezing my ass off during the winter. Since capsules are closely linked with sustainability, I came across blog posts about the Plaza collapse, unfair wages, and people being abused in the name of fashion. After being hit with all this information, I couldn’t ignore it. I could hardly believe that slavery and abuse existed to this extent in our modern world and could no longer be a part of it.
What’s something you really want other people to know about ethical / sustainable fashion?
Even if you’re on a budget, it’s accessible to you. Thrifting and shopping from secondhand resellers are great options if you’re not looking to “invest” in ethical brands right away. But most of all, where you shop and spend your money makes a difference. It took a while for my thinking to shift from “oh my gosh a sale” and “this tee is $3!” to “this is quality piece, and people on all levels are being treated and paid fairly” and I think the mental shift is the biggest hang up for most people. We’re so trained to think how the fast fashion world wants us to think.
We also don’t need as much as the fast fashion world wants us to think.
Who are your inspirations (ethical fashion or otherwise)?
Instagram is where I dived into the world of ethical fashion and where most of my inspirations are from. Emma (@_emma.rene), October (@heyheyhotdog), Valentina (@the_blue_bride), Arren (@minimalmills), Sara (@petraalexandra), Alissa (@alissa_etc), and of course Steph are all wonderful ladies who I’ve been able to make encouraging connections and even friendships with.
Do you have any ethical brands you’d recommend or tips for how to find great thrifted pieces?
Most of my shopping at this point is secondhand, which I do predominately online. I’d say the key is to know your measurements! You’ll find online shopping less intimidating if you just pull out a measuring tape and be true to those, and read the size charts.
What is one of your current favorite items of clothing you own?
But my more general answer is clogs, linen button downs, and cashmere sweaters.
What are you reading, listening to and/or watching right now?
I’m never not watching MASH, and I just finished re-reading Jane Eyre. I was thinking of re-reading some Jane Austen next.
Where can we find you? Share your blog, social media, interviews, etc!
I’m exclusively on Instagram as @caraleebrooke.
Don’t miss out on more good content from Caralee–check out her Instagram!