Can’t Wear The Same Outfit Twice

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The “Fast-Fashion Fast” challenge has officially begun (you can still sign up if you want to take part!).

 

I was inspired by this image on Instagram by Project Stopshop to talk about the disposable nature of fast fashion because unfortunately this idea is too real and can be found all over social media.

The fast fashion business model is about selling a high volume of clothing and quick turnover, to do that they need people to be continuously shopping. Brands entice customers with cheap prices, having new items in store weekly, and marketing to encourage people to always want new things. This is also heavily fueled by media and celebrities wanting to sell more product/ads to the point where clothing is seen as a disposable item and “wearing the same outfit twice” is viewed negatively… I’ve actually seen people apologizing on social media for posting clothes they previously wore :(

With everything that went into making a garment, for example:

It’s devastating to think after all that a garment might be worn once, maybe twice, and then thrown away (the average American throws 70lbs of textile waste into the landfill each year). When people pay very little for an item they’re not as likely to take care of it/repair it or feel bad throwing it away.

 

This “disposable” idea of fashion needs to change.

 

We should be proud to wear (and be photographed in) the same outfit twice! I love getting complimented on a piece and telling someone I’ve had it for years, those pieces are so much more special than anything new :)
I also really like the #30wears campaign created by Livia Firth, which basically encourages you to not buy something you can’t see yourself wearing at least 30 times.

 

Do you want to change your shopping habits? Take the challenge to have a fast-fashion free summer!

 

 

 

Affordable Sustainable Fashion

The big question: How to shop sustainably on a budget?

Ethical and sustainable fashion brands are more expensive but building a conscious wardrobe doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money. Shopping secondhand is not only incredibly sustainable but can also be very affordable. Buying locally from thrift stores or online re-sale sites means you can still buy the brands you like without supporting their unethical practices.

Second-hand sites:
Depop
Ebay (look into the sellers to make sure they’re not just re-selling new clothes)
Poshmark
ThredUp
Tradesy

Vintage stores:
Beyond Retro (UK)
Etsy vintage
Rokit (UK)

Second-hand ethical brands:
Green Eileen – list of stores in the US
Bead & Reel Rescued Collection

You can find discounted ethical fashion brands at Love Justly

People Tree sample sale in London – they also have pretty good sales sometimes online *

Clothing Swapping/Swishing:
Clothing swap Meetups
Swap Style
Rehash
also check local community events or host your own clothing swap party!

 

Minimalism and having a capsule wardrobe has been life-changeing for me, there not only are numerous benefits in how it’s helped me be happier with my wardrobe, get ready faster, and define my personal style, but it also has allowed me to buy less and spend more on the items. I buy a combination of conscious fashion brands and secondhand so I can buy a piece or two from a sustainable brand and anything else I need secondhand and stick within my budget.

 

 

*indicates an affiliate link, thanks for supporting me by supporting these great brands! For more info on the use of affiliate links please see my disclosure policy.

Clothing Love Stories

It’s Fashion Revolution Week and I’m so excited to share this collection of clothing love stories!

A big part of having a more conscious wardrobe is loving the clothes you already have. With so many garments in the world (more than 80 billion new items of clothing bought each year) it’s incredibly wasteful and damaging to always be buying new clothes. The glamourization of shopping hauls and new purchases is everywhere but in reality our favourite pieces are often so much more special than anything new. Loving and appreciating our clothes not only makes us happier with our wardrobes but it means we shop more consciously and buy less things we don’t need.

 

Thank you to these amazing women for sharing their beautiful love stories in the video:
Julia, JennyRachelAlliLynJulsKassiaClaudiaLisa, and Faye

 

I also made a DIY Haulternative video for Fashion Revolution Week.

 

What is your clothing love story??

Spring Capsule Wardrobe

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The sun is bright and the flowers are blooming- I’m so excited it’s spring! Last year we had a pretty cold and rainy spring but this year looks like it’s going to be beautiful. I planned this capsule optimistic about good weather but also have options for the cooler days which will likely happen.

Unfortunately there wasn’t time to film outfits for this video, but I might try to do a lookbook or I’ve been thinking of doing the 10×10 challenge again. If you’re interested in either of those, please comment on the video and let me know! :)

 

The pieces I chose for this capsule:

Tanks

Grey flared tank – DIY
Purple tank – Comazo | earth
Dark Green draped tank – DIY

Tees

Navy tee – Lanius
White linen tee – Lanius
Black sheer sleeve tee – thrifted

Long-Sleeve

Grey knit jumper – People Tree*
Light blue shirt – thrifted
Natural print blouse – Amour Vert/DIY

Layers

Beige cardigan – very old
Gold jacket – thrifted
Grey cardigan – thrifted

Pants & Shorts

Black knit trousers – People Tree*
Light jeans – MUD Jeans
Black shorts – thrifted

Skirts

Beige flared skirt – DIY
Floral pencil skirt – thrifted

  • I’ll also be adding this linen skirt (in charcoal) but it hasn’t arrived yet. I got it to replace my black skirt.
Tunic & Dresses

Navy tunic – People Tree*
Long tee dress – Kowtow
Draped fitted dress – thrifted
Grey/black dress – very old

Outerwear

Denim jacket – thrifted
Green oversized jacket – DIY
Jacquard cape – vintage

Bags

Blue backpack – Matt & Nat – I used to support them but recently was very disappointed to learn of their extensive use of PVC (a very unsustainable vegan material) instead of PU which I thought they used. I’ve also emailed them and reached out through social media to learn more about their manufacturing and never got a proper response. I’ve removed them from my brand directory and in the future will try to find other options. I hope they will improve this though and become more transparent because they do make some lovely, high-quality bags and I would like to support them. :(

Beige cross-body bag – Angela Roi

Hat

Black wide-brim hat – thrifted

Shoes

Brown ankle boots – By Blanch
Light pink sneakers – Ethletic
Grey lace-up sandals – Bhava
Nude heels – Veerah

In total there are 31 pieces, plus I will be adding the skirt when it arrives. I also might add my second pair of jeans if the weather happens to cool down, but trying to be optimistic! The transitional seasons (fall & spring) I find can be tricky because in Cologne it’s difficult to predict what the weather will be like so I aim to have lots of layering options.

the one outfit photo I have

 

If you don’t know I generally follow Project 333 guidelines, but I don’t include jewellery or belts. Also as per the guidelines underwear, sleep and lounge clothes, and athletic clothing are not counted.

Hope you have a lovely spring! xx

 

 

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Current Go-To Outfit

Current Go-To Outfit

Spring is here! I’m still using my winter capsule wardrobe and I’ve been repeating this outfit so much. It not only is super comfortable but still looks put together and is perfect for the current weather.

 

This Kowtow tee dress is my favourite piece. Made from fair trade organic cotton, it’s so soft and comfortable – like wearing pajamas :)

I’m also wearing:

  • a thrifted hat
  • the reclaimed silver Pyrrha necklace I always wear
  • jacket I made
  • a belt I’ve had for years
  • tights from a Lanius x Kunert collaboration using recycled fishnets
  • cruelty-free shoes from By Blanch

 

Share Your Clothing Love Story – Call for submissions!

Share Your Clothing Love Story – Call for submissions!

Fashion Revolution week is coming up (April 24th-30th) and each year to spread awareness of ethical fashion and thinking more about our clothing purchases I like to participate in their Haulternative campaign. This year I want to feature clothing “love stories”, from you!!

The Love Story Challenge encourages people to love the clothing they have. We don’t always need new things and the clothes we already own are often more special than anything new!
I’d love for you to join this collaborative project of clothing stories from around the world- videos will be compiled together in a collection of stories and featured on My Green Closet during Fashion Revolution Week.

 

How to participate:
  • Film a video showing and talking about an item of clothing that is special to you- What is it? What do you love about it? Any special stories/experiences you’ve had wearing it?
    The video can be filmed any way you like: on your phone, camera, take photos and do a voice-over, stop motion, illustration, etc. Feel free to get creative with it! Videos should be around 1 min (no longer than 2 mins please) and start with introducing yourself (first name and where you’re from).
  • Send in your video by April 10th. Preferably by uploading an unlisted video to YouTube and sending me the link through the form below.
    You can also add your video to the My Green Closet Facebook Group or post your video to Twitter or Instagram using #MyGreenCloset and send the link to your post (this way is least preferred though due to video quality).
Name:*
Country/Location:
E-mail:
Link to video:*

 

I will try to include as many videos as possible but it will depend on the number of submissions, so I can’t guarantee your video will make it in.
Also have to say that any content which is not “family friendly” (swearing, nudity, etc.) will not be included, and by submitting your video you are agreeing to participate in this collaborative video project and cannot retract your video or claim ownership/copyright of the final product.

If you have any questions about this project feel free to contact me.

 

Can’t wait to see and share your stories!!

 

 

5 Clothing Brands Who Empower & Support Women

Today is International Women’s Day and to go along with my video about women working in the fashion industry, here are 5 brands who respect, support, and pay fairly the women who work for them:

Raven + Lily

A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Raven + Lily employs women artisans around the world to make their clothes, jewellery, bags, and home goods.

“We currently help employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages in safe environments with sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.”

 

 

Mata Traders

Working with artisan cooperatives Mata Traders produces a clothing collection made from handmade textiles (including a few plus size options) as well as jewellery.

“Mata Traders partners with several fair trade organizations in India and Nepal that train and employ hundreds of artisans in marginalized communities, with a focus on gender equity and empowering women. This is what we love about working with them.”

 

Indigenous 

A fair trade fashion brand who also prioritizes sustainable materials, Indigenous works with artisans in South America.

“Our Fair Trade strategy is to alleviate poverty and support sustainable development. We create social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers.”

 

Passion Lilie

Fair trade brand Passion Lilie works with artisans in India using traditional dyeing (including some natural dyes!) and weaving techniques

“We are committed to providing fair wages and working with organizations that provide safe and healthy working conditions, low cost or free on the job training, time off for education, loans and financial advising, opportunities for health care and most importantly a positive and uplifting working environment.”

 

Sudara

Sudara is the creator of “Punjammies”- loungewear made by women who have left or are looking for alternative employment to the sex trade.

“We are passionate about India- where some of the highest estimates of slavery and sex-trafficking anywhere in the world are reported. And while it may seem overwhelming, we are hopeful because we are seeing how safe, sustainable jobs are making a way for women to make their way out of the sex trade- or altogether avoid it.”

 

Happy women’s day!

 

Looking for more brands? Check out my sustainable/ethical shopping guide!

 

 

*all images are from brand’s websites

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