Building a Workable Wardrobe – Part One

The following is a guest post from Dottie, a regular reader of this blog, who is sharing some strategies for building a workable wardrobe.  In this first part of a two-part series, she focuses on personal style, color palette, and other considerations that can help in the selection of clothing for a wardrobe that “works.” Dottie welcomes feedback from “Recovering Shopaholic” readers, especially those of you who have additional strategies that you’ve used for creating your own … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts and Links on Ethical Shopping

For much of my life, I shopped almost constantly and brought hundreds of new items into my closet each year.  Over time, I came to realize some of the negative consequences of my behavior, but I thought those deleterious effects were limited to the confines of my personal closet, bank account, and relationships.  It was only after I started my recovering shopaholic project that I became aware of the ways in which my overshopping was also harmful to people outside of my inner circle, as well as … [Read more...]

How to Tell if a Garment is Well-Made

The following is a guest post from Dottie, a daily reader of this blog, who is sharing her insights on how to spot quality in fabric and construction of women’s clothing. Dottie learned to sew as a teenager and has used her knowledge of clothing construction to look for well-made clothing, preferably on sale. She lives in a 4-season climate, so some of her tips may resonate less with people in warm climates. Dottie welcomes feedback from “Recovering Shopaholic” readers, especially those of you … [Read more...]

Can Ethical Clothing Help Transform Your Relationship with Shopping?

The following is a guest post from Emma of This Kind Choice (UPDATE:  Sadly, this blog is no longer online).   Emma makes it her mission to make ethical fashion choices simple, stylish and satisfying.  It is her belief that fashion that is better for the planet and the people producing it is better for us, too.  Emma studies Fashion and Business in Wellington, New Zealand, and loves prints, colour and peanut butter.  If you have an idea for a guest post on “Recovering Shopaholic,” … [Read more...]

My Beefs with the Fashion Industry

Today’s post is one that’s been churning around in my brain for quite some time.  In fact, it’s been on my list of post ideas for months, but other topics kept taking precedence. Well, the time is now!  I have a number of complaints about the fashion industry and the list keeps growing longer day by day.  Although I don’t like to focus on the negative, some things just need to be said. I realize I may be preaching to the choir and many of you may share at least some of my complaints.  You … [Read more...]

How to Tell if a Piece is a Classic

The following is a guest post from Erin DePew (this is Erin’s second guest post – read her first one here).  Erin is a web developer and graphic designer who happens to love shoes almost as much as “hackathons.”  Her blog, Pixel Perfect, is dedicated to musings on minimalism, client-side scripting, and the pursuit of the perfect pumps.   If you have an idea for a guest post on “Recovering Shopaholic,” please connect with me to share your thoughts. Every woman knows that having a closet … [Read more...]

Useful Links: Fast Fashion and Ethical Shopping

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week!  Since it’s now Friday, it’s time for another useful links round-up.  This week, I’m touching upon the topics of “fast fashion” and ethical shopping.  These issues have been addressed on the blog a few times in the past, both by me and in a few excellent guest posts.  If you’re new to the blog or would like to revisit these articles, click here to view all of the posts in the “Clothing Quality & Sustainability” category. Today I’m sharing a few … [Read more...]