Let’s go shopping: more made in USA

I’m hoping to make this Made in USA  ‘shop along with me’ a new frequent feature, I’ve created a tag for it to follow those types of posts here. The goal being that you can shop Made in USA all over, be it new, used, or recycled.

I’m going to combine several days of window shopping here, over a range of shops. In hopes to show you that shopping made in USA can be achieved at many different price points and tastes.

Crossroads – trendy resale store, good for basics.

American Apparel skirt
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Splendid shirt dress
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Rag & Bone jacket
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Buffalo Exchange – equally trendy resell chain, I feel like they carry some hard to find items once in a while (I’ve struck gold here).

Corey Lynn Calter dress
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Pink hued JBrand jeans
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Printed Tucker blouse
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Wasteland – my go to place for items that are currently in store but at a fraction of the price. Very gently used.

Steven Alan shirt dress
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Helmut Lang moto jacket
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3×1 waxed denim jacket
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Goodwill – goodwill hunting will bring you down. I almost gave up this time cause I wasn’t finding anything. You’ll always have to dig.

White House Black Market dress (yes, made in USA!!)
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C&C top
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David Meister evening dress
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as a bonus, this vintage petticoat slip
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Nordstrom Rack – a little more traditional retail.

Trina Turk dress
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Sundry tee
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Nanette Lepore skirt
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Made in USA in regular retail

In my previous post, I showed you how you can shop Made in USA with second hand style, but you can also shop Made in USA in retail stores with mixed merchandise! It doesn’t just have to be bought online or through thrift stores! I went window shopping recently, and was pleasantly surprised to find so many things that fit the bill (more than I could take pictures of). So look for more features like this here; hopefully soon and ongoing.

The first store I stopped at was Steven Alan – they carry a lot of the S.A. brand obviously, which a lot of (but not all) is made in the USA, but also some other brands worthy of noting!

This pretty floral top has a nice silky feel to it, from the Steven Alan mainline
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Another Steven Alan mainline, the perfect long blouse for work or days off
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I’ve been on the hunt for a good peacoat, and this one by Fidelity sure caught my eye
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A short bus ride later, I found myself at Anthropologie browsing their racks. Surprise, not everything there is made in China! They do carry some USA manufactured items, you just have to look.

This interesting Nanette Lepore top would look great layered
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This Corey Lynn Calter watercolor/polka dot dress is so beautiful.
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Now I have this Dolan dress on my mind for workdays!
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I wish some American brands would start bringing back some of their production to balance out the other stuff – Levi’s tries to do this, but wouldn’t it be great if a brand likethe Gap had a section in its store with some Made in the USA merchandise too?

Thrift Made in USA

Thrifting operations have changed gears somewhat – I feel very content with this direction my wardrobe has gone in and since I have shifted towards more made in USA items; I thought I would continue this Thrifting made in the USA bit I did a while back to show you that it can be done even on a dime. I approached it in two different ways (and next, I’ll show you how you can shop made in USA in other stores too) – first at an actual thrift store (in this case Goodwill), and second at a re-sale store (at Crossroads trading). I surprisingly had similar results at both stores! The price points being a little different of course.

We’ll start with Goodwill! The only downside is that yes, you’ll have to sort through lots of things. Thrift stores have now become graveyards for cheap mall clothes, so it takes more time to find the hidden gems. But do not lose hope, gems are there to be found, even if you have to dig deeper.

A trendy black blazer by Aqua
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Or how about a vintage (had a made in USA label inside) midi skirt with oversized pockets?
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Surprise, this Betsey Johnson dress was made in the USA!
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A beautiful black party dress by Milly
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Summery and silky dress by Rory Beca
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Or how about a simple cotton dress by LNA?
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And now, moving onto Crossroads – stores like this will be less digging through, and consequently, prices will be much higher.

This well constructed coat was $50 and by St. John, you’d pay that much or more for a coat that was already falling apart the day you bought it new
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My new go-to denim brand, J Brand
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A bright dress by Cynthia Vincent
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Or how about this funky Marc Jacobs mainline skirt that yes, was also made in the USA
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My suggestions to you, is to always try something on before you buy and to resist the temptation to buy things that do not fit you (that goes without saying for any type of shopping!)

I didn’t buy any of these things, although the temptation was high – and I encourage you to ask yourself when shopping if you really NEED those things!

The one that got away

When there is something I like, I remember it forever until it’s mine. So don’t find it odd that I’ve had this one specific dress in my mind since I saw it in 2008 – I usually don’t pine over things I see on the runway. BUT I could not get this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress out of my mind. I waited, and waited, and waited (for a good sale) until it went away and I never found it. I always had hope I’d see it again. And then I did while browsing the racks at Wasteland. I held onto the dress, walked around the store clutching it – like it was too good to be true, like someone would pull it from my hands and tell me it wasn’t for sale (fears that arise when you find something you really want – I think other thrifters can relate!)

But it fit, and it’s mine! Yahoo!

Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (if you search for Marc by Marc Jacobs Alessandra on ebay you can find several for sale). Tights: Kate Spade. Shoes: Rachel Comey. Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Lipstick: Bare Minerals. Watch: vintage Futura.

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True cost of fashion

Im mad, and really upset. I’ve tried so hard the last year to make some big strides in reconstructing my wardrobe, and continuing to learn what really happens when our clothes are made. I stripped my entire wardrobe of anything from Forever 21 (I donated it all), and have kept my promise that when I buy new clothing, it will only be US made. Then I read something like this, Forever 21 will be opening more stores with cheaper clothes, and I think how?? WHY??

These F12 Red stores, as they’re calling them, will focus on selling the cheapest basics already carried at Forever 21 in one separate store. It just seems they’re going the absolute opposite way. A few of the comments on that post were so cringe worthy too -

“Regular F21 shoppers like myself understand that these aren’t items made to last a lifetime–they’re fad items for a reason…Seriously, I love this company. It’s impressively on-trend (like, right there with the designers…) and I’ve gotten some amazing pieces from the store. Long live F21!!!”

to

“I love F21 but some of their stuff is way over priced”

It just proves how unaware people are at the severity of this issue

This video is almost a year old, but still rings so true.

The video is absolutely right in saying there is a complete disconnect between how the item is made and the consumer. It’s an unsustainable business model, and completely irresponsible. I wasn’t going to publish this post at first…for many reasons – I’m not perfect, I don’t have a solution for everyone, and it’s hard to write and read such words on a blog. But you know what, people are dying to make stupid fucking tshirts and we want to pretend like nothing is going on?

I’d love to hear your guys’ opinions on this – good and bad. It’s a conversation we need to start having more.