It’s no secret that my generation is putting off the whole house and kids stage of life. Supposedly, we’re less than half as likely to be married by age 25 than our parents, and I am definitely no exception. Internet memes comparing the drastic difference between a modern day twenty-something year old to that of our parent’s hits way too close to home. As a child, I planned to be married with children and paying off my first condo by my mid-twenties. On the contrary, having recently celebrated my 29th birthday, I spend much of my free time on activities like researching the best organic facial exfoliators and photographing my latest eco-friendly outfit (see above photo).
So am I where I’m supposed to be?
Of course, there’s no true answer to that question, as the life stage that a person should have achieved is completely relative to her or his own goals and situation. The real questions is: am I where I want to be?
Perhaps it’s due to entering the workforce during the Great Recession, or being exposed to the rising feminist movement, or simply growing up in an age with more access to information than ever before, but the simplistic goals of my youth are dwarfed in comparison to the ones I have now. I’m immensely grateful that I stopped to question the status quo before jumping in head first to life’s personal and financial commitments. It’s afforded me the time and focus to actively research global issues, develop my own points of view and personal code of ethics, and now articulate and share them on this very platform. I have no excuse not to.
Don’t get me wrong, owning a home and having a family is a wonderful thing that I hope to have one day, and I definitely can’t speak for everyone. I fully support a young person’s independence and fiscal responsibility, but the optimist in me hopes that this lifestyle charmingly labeled as “delayed adulthood” means that this generation may be thinking more deeply about the affect that their decisions – especially the purchasing kind – has on the rest of the world than past generations did. Perhaps our FOMO has lead us to see more of the world and step out of our sheltered, American bubbles. I know it has for me.
Anyway, #endrant and now let’s talk about what I wore (nice segway) on my recent birthday trip to Palm Springs, and what makes it sustainable fashion. This post is extra special because I’m not featuring just one eco item, but three!
The dress, worn as a cover-up, is from the National Council of Jewish Women’s Thrift Shop on Venice Blvd. I stopped in one Saturday pre-trip on a whim (that’s always when you find the best stuff btw) and was instantly drawn to the pastel stripes and slinky silhouette of this 90’s-esque slip dress. Absolute elation occurred when I realized how perfectly it matched the rainbow hotel we were staying at!
The swimsuit is from Australian label In Your Arms, and is made from their signature sustainable knit. I had been stalking their company on Instagram for a while before I made the birthday splurge, rationalizing that I could wear it as a bodysuit as well. I’ve never felt so glamorously sexy in anything before, so I would say it was well worth it.
Lastly, for the most special piece of the outfit, the Cuyana bag was a birthday gift from my thoughtful boyfriend. I had been using the same leather tote bag for work since I graduated college – it was falling apart and I was in desperate need of something new. With the huge impact that cows have on climate change, I really prefer not to buy any new piece of leather unless it’s something that I plan to use for years to come, and this blush pink tote definitely fits into that category.
Photos by @sdrpick.