Ethical Outfit: Roman Holiday

I’m not in Italy right now, but this is what I’d wear if I were (hopefully I’ll go back soon!). I’ve always loved Audrey Hepburn’s outfit in Roman Holiday, which this look is inspired by. 1950s fashion is so feminine and flattering—I don’t know why we don’t dress like this anymore.

My outfit is modernized by the structured top, which reminds me of Japanese origami. The Cross Lapel Top is by Door of Maai, an ethical label in India. They were nice enough to let me choose and gift me a couple of pieces from their collection. DOM uses GOTS certified organic cotton, and tailors in Kolkata are paid a fair wage. Since design, production, and sales are all based in India, the prices are really reasonable for what they are. I believe the USD equivalent for this top is around $72.

I associate polka dots with Italian fashion because they’re always in Dolce & Gabbana’s collections. The “Perry” skirt is by Reformation, made ethically in LA.

Are you sick of seeing these espadrilles by now? Hey, the slow fashion movement is all about wearing what you love all the time. Castañer is my go-to espadrille brand. The Spanish label was established in 1927, so they know what they’re doing.

The straw bag, monogrammed with my initials, is from Kayu. I’ve been carrying this around all summer. The bag is handcrafted by women in the Philippines, and Kayu works with new immigrant women in San Francisco through their custom monogram program. Now I just need to find the winter equivalent of this bag so I can tote around my books/notebooks without having to carry a backpack. Any ethical suggestions?

TOPDOOR OF MAAI CROSS LAPEL TOP

SKIRT REFORMATION PERRY SKIRT VERANO PRINT (see it with other outfits)

ESPADRILLESCASTANER PINK CAMPINAS (see them with other outfits)

BAG — KAYU SAINT TROPEZ MONOGRAMMED (see it with other outfits)

Photos by Tiantian Zou

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