This post is not sponsored, I just like to keep my readers updated on what I buy and where. If I do a sponsored post, you'll know it.
This is what you look like for me now. Glasses, because my eyeballs can't adjust anymore to anything but a book in my face. A book, because I'm an English major and this is my life (not complaining).
And basics. Because decisions are way too hard with a brain this flooded with new information.
I'm particular about my basics. I'm pretty much on a year-long capsule system (I'll explain in a later post) and a lot of it is made up of basics. So when something wears out and needs replacing, I take my time to find the perfect pieces to fill the gap. This season, I found myself in need of some leggings in a few neutral colors, a replacement striped tee, and maybe a long-sleeved top or two.
While I usually turn to Everlane for all things basics, I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for and waffled for a moment on where to turn. Then I remembered the Good On You App and started searching. After a minute of sifting through brands at various degrees of ethical commitment, I landed on Alternative Apparel, and it turned out they had exactly what I was looking for.
So here's what I ordered:
Three pairs of leggings - black and light grey everyday leggings + a pair of mottled thermals
Two long sleeved tops - one black, one light grey
The perfect striped tee
A white tunic-length henley (now unavailable, very similar here)
I ordered my sizes according to their size guide, and everything fit like an absolute glove when it arrived. I've been wearing these pieces non-stop since they came in.
Each of these styles is slightly different, but they all fit very well. The thermals and the grey pair both have broad, high-waisted bands which do a great job of holding everything in a nice shape, but, like most high-waisted pieces, they can be a little tricky when sitting at work for hours on end. The broad band bends in the middle, cinching just a bit. The thermals are much stiffer on this band, but the grey ones have softened after a couple washes. I'm still very pleased. The black pair is also high-waisted, but the band is narrower at the top and gives a bit more breathing room. They are super soft and comfy, and they're perfect for wearing underneath tunics and dresses.
Oh, this tee! My last striped tee was an old one from Old Navy, and this ethical replacement is SO MUCH BETTER. It's immensely soft and comfy, with the balance of stripe-to-solid pattern that I love the most. It is a little bit see-through, so you do need undergarments that lend themselves to white tees, but otherwise this tee is - dare I say it - perfect.
The two long sleeved tops I bought are soft, simple, and have flattering stitching that complements my shape. They are a bit lower in the back than in the front, and have a great neckline. One thing that was a surprise when they came in was that the sleeves switch at the elbow from the jersey knit on the top to a ribbed knit of the same color. I was a little confused at first until I realized that it makes it way easier to push your sleeves up! I ended up loving this feature, but I didn't quite know about it when I ordered them.
The henley is lovely! I like the length a lot, mostly because I feel like it's long enough to wear with leggings or jeans. The feel is, again, soft and cozy. I can't wait to play with it in different outfits.
If I get the chance, I'll take some try-on photos to add to this post! This is life, y'all.
If you're looking for some great, ethically-made basics, check out Alternative Apparel. And if you know of any go-to spots for those pieces that wear out so quickly, feel free to leave a comment below! I always love discovering new ethical brands. 'Til next time, friends.
EDIT: Update, four months later...
So far, the best purchase has been the grey leggings. They have kept their stretch and shape, are pilling in the thighs but that’s expected from any legging, and haven’t frayed or ravelled anywhere after quite a bit of harsh treatment. The thermal leggings are the same. The black leggings, however, have faded (my mom thought they were blue when she saw them last month.) Otherwise, they are doing well. They Henley ended up not really fitting into my wardrobe as well as I’d hoped, so it has been passed along. The striped tee is as soft as ever, but it sadly started raveling and pilling immediately after the first wash. I won’t be returning for their t-shirts, but their leggings are still pretty great if you get the right color and style.