Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Conscious by Chloé is a lifestyle blog focused on Zero Waste, Sustainable Living and Ethical Fashion written by Chloé Lepeltier.

My Favorite Conscious Brands for Women

Favorite Conscious Brands by Conscious by Chloé

It seems like with a summer of work and travel in and out of the country, I've missed the heat wave that struck Portland. Now that the days are gonna be grayer and the evenings cooler, I've started taking cardigans and long-sleeves out of my closet and putting them on my capsule rack.

I'm also evaluating my fall wardrobe and contemplating on adding new (to me) items.

In my first years as a working professional, I used to buy at least one new piece of clothing a week. It brought me joy, sometimes relief, rarely regrets.

As time passed, I moved, I changed, I opened my eyes. And now I know what the true cost of fashion is.

My approach to apparel has drastically changed over the past few years. But my love for style is still intact.

Clothes are still my weakness. I take great joy in getting dressed in the morning (most of the time). So for the past few years, I've tried to live by Coco Chanel's words:

"Fashion changes, but style endures."

And:

"Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance."

It now takes me days, sometimes weeks before I make a purchase - unless my favorite local store hosts its bi-annual sale.

I am aware that shopping consciously is not the easiest and not always the cheapest solution. Trust me, I've got an Excel table containing and comparing all sorts of data!

Undoubtedly, the best way to make a conscious purchase is still to buy vintage and second hand. But if you also want to support ethical makers, retailers and designers, you'll find my current favorites below.

Apparel

Their tees are a staple in my wardrobe and might be the only same items I allow in 2 different colors.

American manufacturing, non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, a zero-waste philosophy, and above all, enduring style.

The whole collection is on my wishlist. Do follow Liz on Instagram, you'll only grow fonder of her brand and team!

Jumpsuit. Period.

The softest striped dress I own. I can't remember how many times I've washed it and it's still my favorite lounge/beach/night dress.

I've worn my sexy-back dress to every. single. wedding I've attended for the past 2 years and it's still pretty magical.

Focusing on a silhouette that complements supple lines and comfort, the collection is characterized as minimal and edgy.

The best way to shop from indie boutiques and emerging designers from their racks to your closet.

Shoes

  • Veja - Made consciously in Brazil.

If I ever need to replace my current pair of sneakers, this is where I'll get them.

  • Nisolo - Made consciously in Peru.

I love a classic pair of oxfords.

  • Bryr - Made in San Francisco, CA.

Clogs are my latest obsession, whatever the season, with or without socks!

Hailey Boyd is my style icon, and makes the most colorful and beautiful mules.

Accessories

  • Boswell (hats) - Made in Portland, OR.

Some day, one of these hats will me mine!

Local. Stylish. Affordable.

  • Seaworthy (jewelry) - Made in Portland, OR.

Statement earrings, come to mama!

Cosmetics

Their mascara and foundation is the best I've tried so far.

If you haven't read Skin Cleanse yet, do it now!

  • RMS (make up) - Made in the USA.

Their versatile LIP2CHEEK is a classic.

  • OLO (fragrance) - Made in Portland, OR.

I hear the Lightning Paw fragrance is a must!

More

Also, Project JUST is a great resources to align your purchases with your values. It empowers you to make informed and thoughtful decisions about the clothes you buy.


Do you have any recommendations for second hand resources and/or ethical makers? I'd love to check them out! Please share them in the comments section below!

Worn #5 / The Future is Female

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

Last Sunday, I attended a late brunch with the one and only Sara Britton of My New Roots. The first time I saw her was actually half and hour before the brunch, when I saw her at one of my favorite Portland shops, asking about a boob print shirt.

This may not seem relevant at this point of the article, but the title might have already given you a hint.

As soon as I got in for brunch, a guest walked up to me to compliment me on my t-shirt (I get that a lot, thanks!), inquire about where I got it (Field Trip) and ask me whether I had seen the SNL skit about it the night before (I had not).

Long story short, feminine and feminist t-shirts are all the rage now and a fantastic conversation starter. Discussions spark with a little anecdote and can then lead to more profound exchanges about the current social and political climate and the uncertain future of female reproductive rights.

I am happy to report that I have now watched the show and decided that, in celebration of International Women's Day tomorrow, I would post this outfit which includes my beloved "The Future is Female" t-shirt.

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

For those of you who are curious about the meaning of this historic t-shirt, here is a reminder. And don't forget to take action!


Worn #5 / Raincoat: Similar available via Everlane (made responsibly in VietNam), Bandana: Kiriko (made in the USA, printed in Portland, OR), T-shirt: Otherwild (made in the USA + 25% of sweatshirt sale proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood), Pants: American Apparel (made in the USA), Sneakers: Similar available via NeedSupply (made responsibly in the Brazil).


Unless provided, the origin of the items showcased in my looks will not be disclosed as I may no longer share the values of the brands from which I purchased them. I highly recommend you to look for an alternative in my shop, look for similar items in second hand shops or, if you're talented and/or motivated, make your own!

Photographs by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Worn #4 / Pompom

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

Weather alert. It snowed in Portland!

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

The mountain kid in me laughs a little at how the whole city comes to a stop at the first sign of white flakes. Snow day, closed schools, stranded cars in the middle of the road.

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

But I get it. It does not happen often, all cars are not equipped with the proper tires, and, mostly, drivers are not trained to deal with icy and slippery roads.

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

We, freelancers, are lucky enough to work from home and not care about being stuck at home, since it's all we ever do. So Octave and I put on our hats and gloves and took a walk in our silent neighborhood on a snowy morning.

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

My goal for this season was to find a pompom beanie. It was the one purchase I wanted to make for this winter, not a pair of snow boots, nor a rain jacket, a pompom hat. I found it, I'm now never not wearing it.

Now, about my pin collection. I've had a couple for quite a while, but never found the right jacket to put them on. So when I was gifted this sample piece, I knew it would be the perfect item to display the awesome pins from my friends Amy & Jen (PS: I may have also gotten an iron-on patch and added many more in the back of this jacket, Insta Stories followers, you know what I'm talking about).

Worn #4 / Hat: Similar available via Lord & Taylor (made in the USA), Jacket: Similar available at Neiman Marcus (made in the USA), Sweater: Everlane (made responsibly in China), Leggings: American Apparel (made in the USA), Socks: Similar available via Need Supply Co., Shoes: Danner (made in the USA), Pins: Odds and Sods (made responsibly in China).


Unless provided, the origin of the items showcased in my looks will not be disclosed as I may no longer share the values of the brands from which I purchased them. I highly recommend you to look for an alternative in my shop, look for similar items in second hand shops or, if you're talented and/or motivated, make your own! Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.