On her blog My Fair Vanity, D.C.-based sustainable-style maven Rachel Mlinarchik focuses on fashions that adhere to one or more of her “Fair Elements of Style”. That means goods that are fair trade, organic, locally made, vegan or vintage. Earlier this month, she shared her favorite ethical-yet-trendy fashions for late summer in her Guest Scouter Post. Now get to know the eclectic (and sometimes geeky) fashionista.
What does your blog bring to the D.C. style scene?
I want to show that making eco-friendly style choices does not have to translate to hemp sandals or ill-fitting yoga pants. More and more labels are manufacturing locally, empowering vulnerable communities, and using innovative materials to create beautiful, wearable pieces. I love showcasing those efforts.
Describe your style in three words.
Ethical, eclectic and accessible.
What influences your style?
My friends, style blogs, “Battlestar Galactica,” J Crew lookbooks and Chloe from ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—in Apartment 23 (love and miss that show).
Who’s your style muse?
Alexander McQueen forever. I also channel inspiration from my fellow bloggers E from District of Chic, Jane from Sea of Shoes and Kelly from The Glamourai.
Wearing all black or all white. It’s effortlessly chic.
Fashion pet peeve?
None! If it makes you happy to wear it, then you should wear it.
Favorite shops around town?
Dupont Circle consignment boutique Secondi is my go-to neighborhood spot. I also frequent Proper Topper, South Moon Under, CUSP and Hu’s Shoes. There are eco-friendly treasures to be found in each one of these stores.
Fill in the blank: I can’t live without my _______.
Stella McCartney ankle boots! I love the futuristic style of her heels and boots. Plus she never uses leather or animal products, and strives to find sustainable materials and manufacturing methods.
Do you have any style aspirations?
I’d love to one day co-style a photo-shoot or look-book for one of my favorite ethical brands or provide eco-friendly style selections for a department store.
Any style advice for our readers?
Always be true to your taste over trends. Pay more for quality craftsmanship and the knowledge of how and where your clothing or shoes were made. That’s the best way to avoid fast fashion that ends up in the donate pile after one season. When in doubt, wear all black and add a statement necklace.