This week I’m excited to share with you: Jenn! She has a chic style and I really appreciate her perspective on ethical fashion. I hope you enjoy learning from her–I know I have!
Tell me a little about yourself? Who are you, where are you from / living, etc?
Hi, I’m Jenn! I work as a Study Abroad Program Manager on a university campus. I am originally from Michigan but have lived in four other states and two other countries. For the last year, I have been living in Saint Paul, Minnesota with my husband Brent and our shelter pup, Ziggy. I love traveling, thrifting, and writing.
How did you first get into ethical / sustainable fashion?
When we moved to Minnesota, I was emotionally drained from the unexpected passing of my dad. It had been a really tough year and I needed a mental and emotional break. I was seeking a creative outlet to help channel some of my emotions into a positive and creative space, which is how Minnesota Minimalist was born. I had been aware of ethical and sustainable fashion before creating my account, but putting myself out there publicly really encouraged me to learn even more about the ethical and sustainable fashion movement/industry. It encouraged me to seek meaningful relationships with people and engage in tough, but necessary dialogues about how our fashion choices impact people and the planet.
What’s something you really want other people to know about ethical / sustainable fashion?
Ethical and sustainable fashion is not one size fits all. We all have personal reasons why we choose to engage in this space: animal rights are fought for by not wearing leather or fur, human rights are fought for by not purchasing garments made in unsafe working conditions, environmental rights are fought for by purchasing second hand first, financial rights are fought for by choosing to thrift to save money. The bottom line is – there is no one right way to do this. The fact that you are engaging and constantly learning is what matters.
Who are your inspirations (ethical fashion or otherwise)?
- Renée of Goblin Shark for her honest voice and chic and clean outfits
- Rebecca of PhD in Clothes for her career advice and wit
- And my mom, because she has overcome so much struggle and heartache in her lifetime and yet she continues to be an optimist.
Do you have any ethical brands you’d recommend or tips for how to find great thrifted pieces?
My favorite ethical brand for shoes is Nisolo! They are fairly well known, and for a good reason! Their shoes and made with love and care by workers who are cared for and paid fairly and they are continuously making environmental strides in their production chain. Their shoe are of excellent quality and comfort and I can’t recommend them enough!
When it comes to thrifting, I always look in every section of the store. Some of the best finds are from places you wouldn’t expect, like the men’s section or the lingerie section. I also always thrift alone. Not that I don’t love shopping with friends, but I can often be lost in my own little world in the same shop for hours on end. It’s almost a meditation of sorts, which I have come to view as a form of self care. I have so much fun thrifting even when I walk away empty handed.
What is one of your current favorite items of clothing you own?
My Nisolo Ama Mules, because they match with everything I own and elevate every outfit just a touch.
My Pyne and Smith linen dress in Mushroom Stripe. I would wear it every single day if I were less concerned about judgment from the haters!
What are you reading, listening to and/or watching right now?
Watching: Big Little Lies Season 2; Broad City – I’ve never seen it before, so I am streaming from the beginning and so far loving the comedic genius of these lady bosses!
Where can we find you? Share your blog, social media, interviews, etc!
Check out Jenn on her platforms—you won’t regret it!