How to Clothes Swap

illustration of girls in red and black dressesClothes swapping is a great way to clean our your closet and get some new clothes in exchange, but without a little organization it can get a little confusing. Here are a few rules to remember.

If you’re hosting, make sure that you use an area that makes it easy for you to display the clothes, either folded on tables or hanging from racks.

Remind your guests that the items they bring should be clean and in good condition—no holes, rips or stains. Pre-arrange for the donation of clothes that don’t get swapped to a local shelter or non-profit—and make sure you know who’s driving them there. As with any party, have food, drinks and fun! With these rules in mind, here are three ways to organize a clothes swap. [Read more…]

America’s Best Thrift Shops

brunette sits on gray wall wearing blue shirt, skirt and bootsThrifters, start your engines! The 2014 Shop Drop Challenge is underway, and we’re second-hand shopping our way through a month-long ban on buying new.

Right now, there are more than 500 of us committed to a mall shopping pause this month, representing a savings of $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of textile waste diverted from the landfill. Incredible! Will you please share this post with your friends, so we can double those numbers? Thank you!

So where are the best places to pop some tags? Here are a few, IMHO. [Read more…]

4 Rules of Thrift Shopping

brunette in black pants and shirt with red necklace on city sidewalkIf you’ve been following Mommy Greenest this month, you know we are in the thick of the 2014 Shop Drop Challenge, in which we’re creating a community of women who have pledged to buy no new clothes or accessories for the 30 days of January and are inspired to thrift and swap their style this month. This group is on the list for an exclusive party in Los Angeles later this month. Want to join us? Sign up!

I’ve been buying second-hand clothes pretty much exclusively for a few years now, and yes there are environmental benefits, but my reasons are mostly selfish: I’ve been able to upgrade my closet for a fraction of what I would pay in a store.

But for those of you who aren’t used to thrift store shopping, here are a few rules to remember. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: lur apparel

blonde model in crop top gray sweatshirt and yoga pantsI love eco fashion. But eco fashion can mean different things to different people: Organic, fair trade, vegan, etc. For me, recycled eco fashion is key—typically, I thrift and swap my wardrobe to avoid supporting fast fashion (and save a bunch of money).

Where do I draw the line at wearing someone else’s clothes? Undergarments, swimsuits or—the sweat factor makes me cringe—yoga gear.

Even though I consider workout gear essential, I still balk at buying new, wearing my ratty old yoga pants until you can literally see through the rear. (And no, they aren’t Lululemon.)

That’s why discovering the new lur apparel line was such a godsend. lur apparel upcycles post-consumer plastic and pre-consumer textile waste into the softest, most luxurious fabric imaginable, perfect for yoga—and life. And it’s even better with this discount code!

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Modavanti

model seated on white chair, her foot up on a pile of books, wearing a long black skirt, striped top and gray shoesYou can do the right thing and look good doing it. That idea was the reason I started writing about eco fashion in the first place. Because back in 2006, nobody was talking about the fact that cotton production eats up more insecticides per year than any other crop, our addiction to fast fashion devastates third-world countries, or that upcycling—through thrifting or swapping—your clothing could actually be fun.

We wanted what we wanted—fast, cheap and delivered to our doorsteps. But something happened over the past seven years: We woke up to the realization that our choices really do have an impact. Simultaneously, we realized that there were eco fashion labels out there that were designing with style and sustainability in mind.

Now those labels come together in one perfect package: Modavanti. [Read more…]

Aysia Reiner Swaps to Shop with MG

Not only is Alysia Reiner an awesome actress; she’s a super greenie with excellent taste. Which is why she’s the perfect partner for a clothes swap to shop at Give + Take in Santa Monica, CA. Why swap? On average, each of us dumps 70 POUNDS of textile waste every year because of fast fashion. Swapping–and upcycling, and thrifting–clothes can keep a lot of that in a closet, rather than a landfill. Plus, it’s SO MUCH FUN. Right?

Fast Fashion Fix

Made in Bangladesh label on white t-shirt.Check your label. Chances are you’re wearing something made somewhere else. That’s because so-called “fast fashion” has outsourced the $3 trillion a year apparel industry to countries like Bangladesh and China, which underpays its workers and allow some of the most dangerous, toxic—and least expensive—means of production in order to provide the American consumer with cheap and disposable goods.

A garment factory building fire that killed more than 900 people in Bangladesh has the industry calling for better regulation of fast fashion. Yet as of today, GAP is still refusing to sign a safety agreement that would require companies to conduct fire and building safety inspections and make the findings public.  [Read more…]

J.Crew is Fashion Porn

j crew model wearing orange top and pink beaded necklaceI want to live in the J. Crew catalogue. Seriously. Either that, or Anthropologie. Urban Outfitters is a close third. But J. Crew does it for me every time. Maybe it’s my nostalgia for an ‘80s childhood, but there’s something about the way they put together those skinny jeans with those cute little blazers that gets me all hot and bothered.

It’s like fashion porn: When the catalogue hits the doorstep, I swoop for it, hiding it under my arm and away from the prying eyes of my kids, and then stash it under the old New Yorkers in the bathroom. [Read more…]