Sustainability in Fashion

Fashion’s Newest Pivot – Fashion as an industry as seemed to be becoming more increasingly sustainable in recent years. I think that is partly due to the COVID crisis, more fashion houses and brands, in general, are taking more steps to pivot and develop new ways of doing things. They are considering what is new and now in fashion and I think that sustainability is one of them.

 

It is something that we hear over and over, a new brand is eco-friendly, and while it is not exactly a breaking news story, what is a bit more newsworthy is that the fashion world as a whole is making moves in the right direction. At last year’s SXSW, I attended a panel with representatives from Levis on how they make efforts to being ecofriendly and how it is a huge part of their mission.

Higher-end brands such as Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Nanushka all have their feet dipped in the sustainability pool and have several notches under their belt when it comes to eco-friendly.

The Fashion industry is the second-largest consumer of water and is responsible for 8-10% of the world’s carbon emissions.

“Sustainability is not just about wearing an organic t-shirt, it has to be a way of life.” – Bandana Tewari

While I am all for this I still find it a bit tough to be completely sustainable but I think as long as you are being conscious and making a real effort that is what counts.

Links to resources :

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/opinion/could-coronavirus-spark-a-sustainable-fashion-awakening

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/correction-eu-fashion-sustainability-issues-story-68119669

Top 13 Sustainable Fashion Designers Making a Change in 2020

 

*IMPORTANT* While I always want to provide outfit details, I was alerted by a reader that Nastygal does not release sufficient information on how they are sustainable. I have looked into this and discovered they are in fact correct. While it goes against the post above, I opted to keep up my outfit details from Nastygal ONLY because I personally buy clothes that have longevity and will be used multiple times. I also plan to pass down my clothing collection to my children one day. This does not mean that I will not be shopping at Nastygal, but it does mean I will be more careful in choosing what I buy and how often I buy. I also think that if others did the same and prompted the site to move toward more sustainable standards that we could accomplish something even greater.

White Turtleneck Suit : NastyGal // Waist Belt Harness : NastyGal

 

Where I Get My Trendy Pieces

This was actually a requested blog post which surprised me so I have to give the people what they want! I talk a lot about trends I feel. I have gone on and on in blog posts about trends so I will try not to bore you with those details! (If you do want some of the gushy details, go to this blog post). I have touched on this subject a bit in this blog post in case you want to check out more in-depth on the types of places I have shopped!

One thing that usually goes hand in hand with trends tends to be fast fashion. I actually am not really a fan of fast fashion for several reasons. 1. It is usually not sustainable or good for our environment which is a huge no! 2. What comes in fast tends to leave fast and 3. The trendy pieces can tend to be cheaply made if it is not a designer brand. I do think though that if you like that piece and believe you will like it, especially if the trend dies out, then go for it! Style is about what you like and what you feel comfortable in! You do you, boo boo!

So usually when I get pieces that are more in style, I usually opt for a cheaper price unless I know it is something I will be wearing long term. For this, I usually go to Forever 21 or search Asos and skim over Pretty Little Thing. I also do a lot of outfit searching on Instagram! I know influencers can get annoying and tag all of the places they shop from, but really it is cool to know! I genuinely like to see what else a store has to offer if they tagged a piece that I liked! I usually will go to that store’s page and search for the item as well as similar pieces they may have!

Also, online shopping is a huge blessing! I tend to just google the piece that I am looking for and not only does it usually give you the piece you are looking for, the shopping section usually gives alternatives that are cheaper and pricier so you can pick your poison. For this outfit, I actually copied an influencer I found on Instagram. I fell in love with it and it’s definitely a super trendy outfit!

Dress : (similar) // Belt : Revolve