Sustainable, renewable fashion: join the movement
The fashion industry, as a whole, is the second largest source of environmental pollution and landfill clog. Sustainable fashion is not just about producing fashion made from sustainable materials. Sustainability in fashion does not, and should not just stop in the manufacturing process. The burden does not fall on manufactures alone, it should, and does extend to us, the consumers.
Of particular importance, is that it encompasses the sourcing of materials, manufacturing, use, reuse, repair, and recycling of items of clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. I have always been a proponent of slow fashion…perhaps not to the extent that I’m proud of. As much as I love ‘new and shiny’ items, the more matured I have become, I have had no trouble shopping consignment stores. See here and here. P. S. You can also find new and shiny items at consignment stores.
Most importantly, our environment today calls for sustainability in more ways than one, to help minimize and mitigate the undesirable effects these by products have on our environment and the ecosystem. Of note, recently, Stella McCartney has joined forces with the consignment retail giant theRealReal to form a sustainability partnership. This partnership encourages buyers to consign their used Stella McCartney clothing and accessories for a discount towards the purchase of newer items.
On another front, H & M is also leading the change in the sustainable fashion front. I have to say, that speaks volumes and sends a strong message, since they are one of the first pioneers of the fast-fashion industry. They have a conscious exclusive collection, which uses 100% of regenerated nylon and recycled silver, they use organic and recycled cotton in the products and have projected pepper products will come from more sustainable recycled sources by the year 2030.
Shop My Look.
Sustainable, renewable fashion: join the movement (OOTD)
In line with that, today, I dug in my closet, not that I hadn’t been doing that, but just wanted to highlight this post for that purpose. Although we all like shiny new objects, I mean, who doesn’t, but if we can combine new and old, it’ll make for a great partnership in sustainability, in addition to keeping Our environment and ecosystem healthy for each and everyone of us, and for generations to come.
Anyways, this beautiful watercolor skirt was from H & M, which I paired with a Vince Camuto dress, styled as a top…gotta do what you gotta do, right?! As usual, I cinched in my waistline with this belt, added this lace-up sandals, previously styled here.
Finally, this olive colored Lady lock handbag seals the look, I think. The only item relatively new is my handbag, I have owned all the other items for over two years, much like this look here, which I’d owned for over a decade 😳😜 What are your thoughts?
Tips on how to join the movement
- Shop your closet: As I mentioned above, and on IG if you follow me, it’s ok to not purchase all new items every time. Shop your closet and combine new and old to make for a new and interesting look, like I did here. Have fun rummaging through your closet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what amazing new looks emerge. I’m seriously having fun with this option.
- Shop consignment and thrift stores, you”ll be amazed at the bargains you’ll haul, even brand new items, like I did here. I will also be styling a gorgeous maxi dress I recently purchased from therealreal at a bargain, so look out for it.
- Donate, or sell your gently used items to thrift stores like the Salvation Army, and the likes, or consign/sell on eBay, therealreal, poshmark, or threadUp, just to mention a few.
- Better yet, participate in swap parties with friends for items you need or want, in exchange for those you no longer want or need.
- Invest in well made clothing, those made of natural fibers like cotton and bamboo. Although they are a bit more expensive, they serve you and the environment well. Besides lasting longer, the fibers are less irritating to the skin. In essence, make thoughtful purchases by choosing quality instead of quantity. Support more slow-fashion, and less fast-fashion.
- Educate yourself. The more you know, the easier and better you’ll feel about making sensible choices in your purchase. Be empowered, check out sites like ecofashionworld, ecouterre, fairtradeUSA, and magnifeco for more information.
Finally, what ever you choose to wear, the most important thing is to be comfortable in it, and carry yourself with poise and confidence!
Thank you so much for reading. See you next week….Ciao!!!