In my former work life, I spent my days working at nonprofits. But in the last several months, as you can probably hint from my posts, I made the move to a new and exciting job in the field I’ve been interested in for so long: sustainable fashion.
When I’m not writing here, I’m working full-time on the social responsibility team for an international women’s fashion brand. And while my personal and professional interests overlap a lot, I have been trying to keep what I do during my day job and what I write about here as separate as I can.
So, please pardon this brief exception.
I wrote a post on Idealist.org about how I transitioned from the nonprofit to the for-profit world and how I found my current job. It’s a little bit sustainable fashion and a lot a bit career advice. Read the post here.
It took a lot of focus and a lot of letting people think I was being crazy to get to where I am. And since I’ve talked to many other young people interested in similar work or just on the search for a meaningful career, I’m hoping my story is helpful. Please let me know if you like the article, and perhaps I will share more on the topic of careers in Corporate Social Responsibility, particularly in the apparel industry.
This I Wear is taking a two-week break but will be back in time for the new year. I am so excited to share a month (well, actually more!) full of ideas for starting fresh, cleaning out your closet, and helping you get ready for a 2013 where what you wear can match who you are and what you believe.
In 2012, my New Year’s intention was for more surprises. This I Wear was indeed a small idea that has surprised me with how much it has come to mean to me and how much I love hearing your stories and sharing them here each week. Thank you all for a fantastic first six months! To everyone who has participated, I could not have made it so far without you. And looking forward, I know the new year holds even more in store than I could have imagined for this labor of love as it takes on a life of its own.
You may have noticed things were a little quiet here last week. If you’ve been tracking me on Twitter, you’ll know that I was off adventuring in NYC and Maine (check out that photo!) but also hard at work on some amazing interviews that will hopefully be posted soon.
During my ten days of travel, I also confirmed a very exciting new adventure for me both personally and professionally. After years of dreaming about it, I am headed to India for at least three months, starting in early September, for travel and some hands-on work and learning opportunities with artisan communities. I am so passionate about craft preservation, sustainability, design and supporting the people involved in this field, even if I am still unsure of my role. I am also very excited to share the stories of craftsmen and the people that I meet in my travels here. While the conversation might be different, the stories remain true to the mission of THIS I WEAR.
This is a huge step for me, even if I’m not quite sure where it will lead. I’m also not sure how this will affect THIS I WEAR. But I have some ideas:
– New series: everything from peeks into my backpack to exploring the meaning of clothes in a new cultural context. If you have an idea of what you’d like to see here, email me.
– New contributors: I am looking for writers/interviewers! If you’d like to tell stories from your city or if you have some ideas for posts you’d like to write, email me with your ideas and why you want to write for THIS I WEAR. If you have a writing sample, feel free to include it. Not interested in writing? You can help by spreading the word.
There may be more quiet time here while I try to get ready for three months of travel in just three weeks and as I settle into new surroundings, but I look forward to sharing these adventures with you.
Comment below or tweet @ThisIWear with India travel tips, words of wisdom, and ideas for what you want to see here.
Well, you’re in luck, because it’s our first time too. THIS I WEAR said hello to the Internet this morning and while it’s still adjusting to the bright lights, it already has some big ambitions.
THIS I WEAR first popped into my head a year ago, but the timing was not right. Ideas needed to grow. Inspiration needed to be processed. Today, I am so happy to introduce my blog baby to you. I’ll hope you’ll stay, look around, and visit often (maybe even subscribe).
Let’s get the basics out of the way. THIS I WEAR is a street style blog but so much more. We’re talking about people and the things they love. THIS I WEAR is about who we are under our clothes and how we express those beliefs, quirks, and life experiences through our clothes. (Full story here)
THIS I WEAR truly is a statement of our beliefs. So here’s what I believe:
1. I believe if you don’t absolutely love something, then don’t buy it. I was lucky to learn this at an early age, courtesy of my Aunt Lynn, and it has never failed me…when I listen to it.
2. I believe (well, I know) I am not perfect. To help myself live true to what I’ll be talking about here, I did a recent closet overhaul. Found items include a pair of athletic shorts I wore under my school uniform in 7th grade, a dress I never wore in the 2+ years it sat in my closet, and a few things that never fit right but I kept them around anyway. I never loved that stuff. But just like the things I love tell you a lot about who I am, the things that I don’t love tell you one important thing too, which is to say that I am not perfect, and I am totally ok with that.
3. I believe each person finds a way to express individual style through what (and how!) he or she wears, regardless of socioeconomic/cultural/whatever background. Example: I attended a surprisingly diverse all-girls Catholic school (NB: I’m not even Catholic) and even with strict uniform rules, it was impossible to find two girls dressed exactly alike. Style cannot be held back by circumstances.
4. I believe that fashion and style are not synonymous. Style is personal and timeless, and that’s story-worthy.
5. I believe we’re going to have fun. If this isn’t fun at any point, I’m not going to do it.
Now it’s your turn. Since we’re just getting to know each other, please use the comment section to tell me what you believe. Think of it as an icebreaker. If you’ve still got questions about me, I hope you’ll find the answers here.
As a reward for making it this far, here’s what you have to look forward to: weekly interviews with new and old friends sharing their personal stories, highlights from my closet, peeks into the closets of people I admire to hear their philosophies, and tricks for taking care of the things in your closet you love.