Our list of fashion pet peeves used to go like this: Sunglasses with crystals on the lenses. Any pant with a drawstring closure. Shorts with thigh highs. But now there's something more serious on our radar, and it's become our biggest fashion vice yet: Clothes that say "Recycle!" or "Earth day is every day!" or whatever - that are made in factories with synthetic materials. Of course, the number one offender is Forever 21, whose latest graphic tee screams, "What's your carbon footprint?" I don't know, F21, what's yours? Because between shipping your clothes from factories in Asia, using chemical dyes and fabric treatments, and handing out giant yellow plastic bags to every customer... well, you get the idea. We've also spotted "eco tees" at Urban Outfitters, Victoria's Secret, and Target - but at least they've paired with Rogan Gregory on an actual line of sustainable, conscious clothing. Buckle up and do the same thing, Forever 21, because "carbon footprints" aren't trendy - they're dangerous, and sometimes, so are you. End of rant.
Broke and the City: A Guide To Affordable Wardrobe Staples
I’m a huge advocate of staples. Most of my wardrobe is dedicated to button downs, blazers and black tights, which I jazz up with semi-insane accessories (including a collection of fedoras, men’s denim biker vest with an eagle on the back, leopard fur coat). I’m of the opinion that a solid white tee and crisp, cuffed jean shorts can make the best outfit when styled right. But not all staples are created equal, and it can be difficult to navigate one’s way through a sea of solids. Here's a breakdown of the pros and cons of the basics at several accessible retail giants.