What I Wore With Giulia: Consciously Cute

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Hi! I’m Giulia Rozzi, a very stylish fauxshionista. I came up with this great original never-been-done-before idea: post pics of me in my favorite outfit of the week! I hope my wardrobe inspires you as much as I have inspired me and myself.

This week’s favorite outfit was sun-friendly, stylish and socially aware. Since it was so nice out in New York this past week I decided to take my pics outdoors, but my Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood isn’t the ideal place to shoot. My hood is full of  people that hate my exposed shoulders and love to discard Challah on the sidewalk (seriously, there is an epidemic of abandoned breads all over my street, I have no idea why). So  I hopped on a plane and decided to take photos in Maui!

Alohahaha, in case you couldn’t tell from the shitty photo-job, I didn’t really go to Maui. Instead I took pics on my porch which offers gorgeous views of my 85-year-old neighbor “sunbathing” in her black wool dress.

But enough about my own personal paradise, I want to get serious for a moment and discuss the factory collapse in Bangladesh. Basically more than 500 garment workers died because the rest of the world cares more about cheap $6 t-shirts than the welfare of fellow human-beings. I was so upset I got off my sofa, walked over to my computer to sign an online petition demanding basic safety and human rights for factory workers in Bangladesh, then went back to laying on my sofa. (You can be a lazy activist too by signing the petition here.) I’m sure I’m guilty of owning stuff that comes from terrible places (here’s a great guide that tells you what stuff is made where), but I’m going to really try to be better about being a more conscious consumer as you’ll see in this post .

Why yes, I am a wonderful, compassionate, and altruistic person, thanks for noticing.

Top: American Apparel

This is actually a swimsuit and I got it for just $20 at the American Apparel outlet in Soho. One-piece suits from American Apparel make great tank tops when paired with a flowy skirt. It’s the perfect choice if you want to multi-task your outfit from the pool to an evening party. And American Apparel is made sweat-shop free in the USA, and they pay their workers fair wages and offer benefits. Granted American Apparel is notoriously creepy with pornographic advertising and a sleazy founder and CEO, but I guess that’s the price you pay for not killing the person who sewed your clothes?

Skirt & Belt: Vintage

Another great way to shop ethically is to shop vintage. Rather than buying something new that was made in harmful way, buying something old is a way to recycle. The belt I got at a thrift shop for $3 and the skirt belonged to my boyfriend’s mom. The skirt came with a hideous large matching blouse that she kept insisting would be great for me to wear to one of my stand-up shows.

Hat: Unknown

Bracelets: From India

My boyfriend’s mom got me these gold bangles in India. Gold is a nice perk of dating an Indian guy, plus they throw awesome parties. The last time we attended one of his Indian family parties a guy passed out and someone yelled “is there a doctor in the house” and like 40 dudes stood up.

Okay all jokes aside, don’t I look amazing in a hat? I can’t recall where this hat is from and it’s covered in dust and yet I still put it on my head. I can be careless about stuff like that which is probably why in 2006 I got head lice. Yes, I got head lice as a grown up and I don’t work in a daycare or have a kid. I was so freaked out when I had lice that I made my sister check my pubes to make sure none of the louse from head somehow got to my crotch. If combing through your disgusting sister’s vagina looking for bugs isn’t love, then I don’t know what is. (You can hear the full lice story on this podcast).

Bag: Vintage

My mom got this bag on her honeymoon and because one of her favorite hobbies is compulsively wrapping things in plastic bags to keep them “protected” all of her old stuff is in great condition. She super appreciates it when I scream and shame her for being a hoarder and I take 10 perfectly perserved vintage dresses and accessories from her closet. I feel so blessed that between my Italian mom and my boyfriend’s Indian mom I now have two hoarding immigrant moms to steal from. (And yes, that is a bottle of wine peeking out of the bag, what did you think, that I write this blog sober?)

Shoes: Kimchi Blue

Okay these may not ethical shoes as I have no idea where the company Kimchi Blue makes their stuff. Also they are so tall that they make me walk like a horse. Dudes dig whorses right? Zing! Yowza! Hey-oh!

Hat. Oh what? Oh I already discussed my hat? Sorry just wanted to share one more pic of how ahhhhhhhh-mazzzzzzing I look in hats. Right? Hello? Hi? Is anyone there?  I feel so alone sometimes.

Anyhoo, have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week! Byeeeeeee!

-Giulia

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