Ethical Fashion at Home
We’ve seen the hashtag #GotDressedAnyway circulating the internet, and you can’t help but either wonder why or jump on board. Noonday Ambassadors started it as a way to make themselves feel better and more productive while social distancing. Now, don’t get me wrong – it’s hard to feel motivated to get dressed when you might have nowhere to go – but it matters nonetheless. We are humans that function better with a routine. It’s important for your mental health. It’s important to your children. It’s important for you, because you do matter. Jessica Honegger, Noonday’s Founder and Co-CEO has nailed #GotDressedAnyway lately, and she’s encouraged us as a community to do the same. I’m still heading into work as a nurse a few times a week, so pajama days definitely aren’t an option on my work days, but I’m making it a point to try my hardest the rest of the week!
If you threw out the option of leaving the day open, I can guarantee that it just might turn into a pajama day for my kids, then a week, and so forth. It would turn into possibly binge watching our favorite shows, snacking on a not-so-healthy snack because we’re bored, and so on. And that would be OK – there’s no shame here! But I make my kids get dressed every morning before they start their school work so that they don’t forget the importance of having a fresh and clean start, and it helps them set their minds for a day of learning.
Let’s take it a step further – I want to tell you why it matters oh so much more for our Artisan Business Partners. They rely on us advocating for them. Not just once a month, but rather every day.
Noonday Collection partners with Artisan Businesses in vulnerable communities where finding safe, fair work is hard to come by. Unemployment benefits and stimulus checks are not a reality for the Artisans who make Noonday’s jewelry. Imagine working 16 or more hours a day and only earning a measly couple of dollars. This is what fast fashion offers to vulnerable communities around the world. Watching The True Cost documentary is highly recommended! Watching The True Cost, my boys were appalled by how people were treated, and they are only eleven and twelve. We watched it together so I could educate them as well as answer any questions, and it was a good way to start the conversation and help them understand the costs of fast fashion.
So, what is Noonday Collection doing to change the fashion industry? Along with other fair trade companies and Benefit Corporations, Noonday creates dignified work for those who need them. Fair trade companies are asking for us to change the way the fashion industry runs. Noonday Collection is doing its part and inviting you along the way to change the lives of Artisans around the world simply by purchasing handcrafted treasures. We are showing these individuals that through insurmountable odds, they are important, and we have their backs. As Ambassadors and customers, we choose to show they matter!
I invite you to join us in stepping up. Whether it’s through shopping, hosting a virtual Trunk Show with your friends, or becoming an Ambassador, we are inviting you to help us make the changes we wish to see – even in the midst of a confusing time.
So, let’s try to have a little fun! I’m going to show you four looks you can wear through this crazy time while we all stay home and save lives. These are looks that’ll be easy but glad that you took the time to get up, step up, , face the day, and say that you #GotDressedAnyway. Who wouldn’t like a little piece of that? Oh, and every item is ethically made!
Look #1: Athleisure
OK – you knew this one was coming! This comfy but cute look can be put together with the pieces below, or use it for inspiration when putting together a simple look from what’s already in your closet.
Look #2: A Simplified Capsule Wardrobe
You can easily create multiple looks here by mixing and matching, or incorporate what you already have!
Boots: Lee Boot by The Root Collective
Earrings: Colorway Convertible Hoops by Noonday Collection
Navy crossbody: Interweave Crossbody Bag by Noonday Collection
Necklace: Lustrous Pendant Necklace by Noonday Collection
Flats: Thea Flat by The Root Collective
Black crossbody: Classic Leather Crossbody by Noonday Collection
Look #3: Date Night at Home
Pick up a favorite meal from a local restaurant and have a picnic at home!
Earrings: Golden Swell Earrings by Noonday Collection
Tote: Modern Leather Tote by Noonday Collection
Necklaces: Forager Necklaces by Noonday Collection
Dress: Rayon Button Down Dress by Alternative Apparel
Shoes: Ecuador Huarache Sandal by Nisolo
Look #4: For Running Errands
A simplified version to make sure you look put together without the hassle. Use that same tee linked above in #2!
Earrings: Mod Marble Studs by Noonday Collection
Bracelet: Woven Dreams Bracelet by Noonday Collection
Backpack: Homesteader Convertible Backpack by Noonday Collection
Necklaces: Merit Necklaces by Noonday Collection
Jeans: The Cheeky Straight Jean by Everlane
Shoes: The Point by Rothy’s
Thanks for allowing me to share how you can be a part of so much more. The opportunity to write for Noonday Collection’s Flourish Blog has been a privilege, and I hope that you are able to find ways to incorporate ethical fashion into your daily life one step at a time. We truly are better together!
Meet Amber Hesgard
Amber's titles don't just stop at fashionista. She’s a nurse, a blogger, a wife, and a mom to three (including two little fur babies). Amber is passionate about spending time with her family, women’s empowerment, beauty and style, and travel, just to name a few!