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Real talk: when it comes to being home all day, every day, how many of us are actually getting dressed? By that I mean, how many of us are changing out of pajamas into real clothes? It wouldn’t surprise me if you said you weren’t.
Let’s face it. Getting dressed these days when we’ve got nowhere to go seems, well, pretty pointless, right? And yet, there’s still that voice inside that annoyingly whispers, “Pssst! Put something else on. It’ll make you feel better. Trust me.”
So we open our drawers or stare into the abyss that is our closet and we draw a blank because, at this stage in the game, what are we supposed to be wearing?
When the people we see from the minute we wake up until the time we close our eyes have been the same people within the same four walls for the last two months, the desire and motivation to “impress” them with a cute outfit seems pretty futile. But hear me out!
There IS a benefit in getting dressed
A recent Refinery 29 article called “A Case For Getting Dressed” claims that “Even the act of getting dressed is directly tied to your mental health.”
To this point, Philip Eil, a writer for Vice wrote that getting dressed actually helped him during a low time in his life and that he “saw clothing as a kind of magic, whereby simply from wearing a certain combination of garments, [he] could get a tangible boost of confidence or energy.”
Suffice it to say, we are indeed living in a weird time where all of us are trying to hold it together.
I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that adhering to the shelter-in-place order wasn’t a struggle for me. I have spent more days wearing pajama pants or workout leggings than I care to admit and I could tell that despite my best efforts in checking off all of my tasks for the day, I was still feeling very low.
Could it actually have something to do with the fact that I kind of threw in the towel when it came to getting properly dressed?
I reached out to my own therapist, Maya Lemberg, an Atlanta-based LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) for perspective and she agrees that getting dressed definitely plays a role in how we feel.
“I think for me, personally, the biggest benefit is feeling like I am going to work and that I still have the comfort and the stability of that routine and that there is also a differentiation between my home life and work life. It feels good to have that kind of division and it makes me feel uplifted to look in the mirror and see myself looking put together.”Maya Lemberg, LPC
Huh. It’s as simple as looking in the mirror. Why didn’t that occur to me right away? This set off a lightbulb in my mind. I made the decision for my own mental well-being to get dressed in clothing that not only made me feel good, but were also ethically and sustainably produced.
The argument for sustainable clothing
If ever there was a time to rethink how we impact our earth, now would be it. Shopping for clothes that benefit the mind, body and earth seem like a good place to start.
So let’s talk about clothes. I don’t know about you, but not only does an item of clothing have to look good for me to want to buy it, it also has to be classic, easily adaptable, and sustainable.
The older I get, the less interested I am in fast fashion despite the low price tag. I mean, unethical, flimsy and short lived just aren’t what I’m considering a good investment at this time in my life.
What exactly is “fast fashion?”
Merriam-Webster defines it as “an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers.”
It isn’t surprising that fast fashion became de rigueur when it comes to our clothing purchases. While many of us don’t want to support environmentally unsound industries, oftentimes price and convenience play a major role in determining where our wardrobe comes from.
It got me thinking: is it possible to wear clothes that are environmentally and ethically produced and, on top of that, affordable?
I was surprised to discover that the answer was a resounding: YES!
PACT Organic Clothing Review
Enter: Pact, the leading brand in sustainable and ethical fashion. They describe themselves as being “practical, comfortable, and easy because life isn’t always so.” I mean, talk about a tagline for our current situation.
Pact is 100% organic which means they don’t use any toxic dyes or chemicals and use less water than other clothing manufacturers.
On top of that, they are “factory certified fairly traded” and guaranteed sustainable. This means that their cut and sew factories are “top tier in both social and environmental standards” and they are respectful to their employees and pay them what they deserve.
To be honest, this sounded a little too good to be true. Could I actually find some organic basics that looked awesome and casual, yet still put-together? Did such a wardrobe exist? Naturally, I had to order a few pieces to try for myself.
I window shopped their website for a couple of days before deciding on the Drawstring Jumpsuit, Market Maxi Dress, Lightweight Lounge Tee, and Cinch Jogger (no longer available). All of these items are their best-sellers with stellar reviews.
When my package arrived a few days later, I could hardly contain my excitement. Pajama pants begone! I was determined to look and feel better than I’d been feeling and looking for the last few days. And so I got to it.
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For all intents and purposes, I’m 5’7” and typically wear a small or medium depending on the brand. I got the Lightweight Lounge Tee in cinnamon and the Cinch Joggers in black. I paired the two together in the same style that the model on their website did.
And let me tell you something.
The whole ensemble, while incredibly simple and unassuming, changed my entire mood. The 100% organic cotton fabric on both the top and bottoms felt like I was being wrapped in a cloud.
They were so airy and light and made me feel like I could hang out and homeschool the kids, do some arts and crafts, and run out to the market for some much-needed toilet paper if I needed to.
The Lightweight Lounge Tee was so cool because of the way it draped on my body. A good t-shirt is surprisingly hard to find, but this particular top essentially ended my search for the perfect tee. It could also be dressed up with jeans and some simple jewelry to wear to brunch with the girls once this whole pandemic passes.
Although I love this shirt a lot, I will say that the color kind of faded after the first wash. The cinnamon color was like a cross between a vibrant coral and a burnt sienna but after one cycle in the wash, the color kind of got muted. It’s not such a bad thing–in fact, the shirt just looks more worn in that vintage cool way.
Cinch Jogger (currently unavailable)
Now, the Cinch Joggers. I have had many a jogger in my life. Some have been great. Some, not so much. These were on the great end of the spectrum. While they’re called joggers and have a similar style with the drawstring waist and tapered ankle, what sets this apart is that the calf area of the pant is ruched which is a small but mighty detail in the appearance of the pant.
While I don’t think joggers can necessarily be “dressed up,” these never looked too dressed down. They always felt put together. My only complaint about them is that they run slightly large and do stretch out with each wear. They shrink slightly after the first wash and don’t completely lose their shape, but I would size down to get a more polished fit out of them.
The next thing I tried on was the Market Maxi Dress. To be honest, maxi dresses that run straight up and down don’t really do it for me. I’m not a large person by any means but depending on what I’m wearing, I can look more hip-y than I am and these types of dresses tend to accentuate that part of my body.
Also, I’m not terribly fond of v-shaped necklines on my t-shirts or tops. Having said all of that, I was so pleasantly surprised that I actually loved the way this dress looked and felt on me.
Based on the reviews, I sized down to an XS for a more fitted look and I’m glad I did. This dress felt…dare I say it…sexy. There are two slits on each side that aren’t too high but show enough of the leg to be provocative. The v-neck isn’t super low so there’s still a little bit of modesty without feeling too covered up.
But my favorite part about the Market Maxi Dress is actually the hip area! I took a closer look at what made this dress fit better than most maxi dresses I’ve tried. What I found was that they took careful consideration of how the dress was constructed. The hip area actually slightly comes out to account for the natural curves of a woman’s body so when the dress is on, it falls exactly how it’s supposed to instead of feeling taut in that area.
I feel like it was thoughtfully designed and that makes the dress a new favorite in my rotation. It would look cute with slip-on sneakers and a baseball cap for a farmers market run or picnic. It would even look great with flat sandals and oversized sunglasses for a casual daytime date with the hubs.
Again, though, after one wash cycle, I was disappointed to see the color fade slightly. Thankfully, there wasn’t much shrinkage but in the case of color loss, it made the black less black, but not quite charcoal so the dress just suddenly looked much older than it actually was.
Finally, we’ve come to the Drawstring Jumpsuit. Allow me to start by saying I never met a jumpsuit I didn’t like. It’s a one-and-done outfit that can be dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories. Which is why it breaks my heart to say that this was my least favorite of the pieces I ordered.
For starters, I ordered it in Sugar which looked to be an ivory color on the website but unfortunately, in real life, it looked more like a yellowed cream color which sadly did not go well with my skin tone.
Again, the 100% organic cotton fabric was certainly a textural dream, but nothing about the way it fit flattered any part of my body. That said, it could still definitely pass as loungewear at home, as long as the mailbox was the farthest distance I’d go while wearing it.
Even though it has a drawstring, the waistline felt awkward and uncomfortable and the length of the leg was in-between too long to be capris and too short to be pants. Such a shame! I wanted to love this one but maybe it will be a better fit for you!
Check out Pact’s Drawstring Jumpsuit here!
Final Verdict on PACT Clothing
Overall, I was pretty happy with my Pact experience. As far as daily basics go, they are ahead of the game when it comes to sustainability and affordability.
However, there’s always room for improvement. Let’s talk overall pros and cons. I wasn’t happy that the colors faded so quickly and that the fit of the jumpsuit was just completely off. But I did love that they had a lot of options to choose from, including bundles of socks and undies along with men’s and kids’ apparel.
I am hopeful, though, that as they bring more awareness into the fashion industry, their quality will certainly improve. I feel that as the world continues to evolve and shoppers pay closer attention to what they wear and how their clothing purchases impact the world around them, retailers will be keener on making more conscientious and ethical decisions surrounding their products.
Reassessing what we have in our closet and choosing companies that value the importance of sustainability takes a little bit of legwork but shopping at Pact is a great place to start!
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