And last but not least, three things (not fashion-related) that are just good to know:
One of the feel-good benefits of buying fair trade (whether it’s clothes or food or whatever) is that the people who make the goods are fairly compensated for work done in a safe, humane environment. And fair trade is such a huge part of sustainability because overburdened workers in dangerous/unhealthy environments generally produce poor-quality goods that need to be replaced more often. There’s a reason so many luxury brands have their pieces hand-sewn by skilled craftsmen- it makes a better quality product that lasts! But let’s be real- not everyone can drop thousands of dollars on handmade anything.
In my experience, it’s also tough to find fair-trade clothes that are cute and don’t have that dirty-hippie vibe. This is why I look to brands that manufacture their stuff domestically, since the US has stricter labor laws that mandate fair compensation and eliminate the possibly for sweatshop-esque working conditions (as an eco-friendly, wallet-friendly bonus: no international shipping). So for this post, I took an average dress (where production was outsourced overseas to who-knows-where) and found a domestically-produced version at a similar price point.
So, in a fair trade for this H&M dress, you can get a better-quality, made in the USA version for $10 more. Thank you, American Apparel!
Dresses here and here.
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Tagged eco-friendly fashion, environmentally friendly clothing, environmentally friendly products, fair trade, fair trade clothing, green fashion, LBD, little black dress, organic clothing for women, organic clothing women, sustainable fashion
And now for some not-really-fashion-related funsies, but still really cool stuff. A couple of how-to’s to get your weekend started right!
So, denim cutoffs are pretty self-explanatory. You take a pair of jeans, cut off the legs, and you’re left with perfect shorts, right? But if you’ve ever actually done this, you’ve probably been left with a ruined pair of jeans and shorts that are so terribly unflattering you just throw them away. Thing is, jeans weren’t meant to be worn as shorts so when you just cut off the legs, the fabric’s proportions are all messed up!
So here’s what you’ll need to make it work:
To cut them, use a pair of shorts you already have to gauge how short you want them to be. Use the fabric marker to trace them (front and back separately since the back is usually longer than the front) and then cut over the lines so you’re left with the shorts. Don’t worry if they’re uneven, they’ll fray when you wash them and it won’t show.
Now to make them look like REAL cutoffs! Using a seam ripper or a pair of tiny scissors (like nail scissors) cut the side seam. I cut mine about 1.5″ but it depends on how short and loose you want them. Then using a needle and thread (or fabric glue if you’re lazy like me) fold and glue the seams back on themselves, leaving a little triangle gap on the side, like so. This will make the legs wider like real denim shorts, rather than tighter like your jeans would normally fit.
If you’re feeling extra crafty, you could cut the side seam even more and sew (or glue) some lace in the triangle space. Super cute for a girly, bohemian vibe. Once the glue dries, throw them in the wash, dry them, and wear them!
I cuff everything. Jeans, tops, jackets. Why not jorts?!
Ahhhh summer! This warm sunny weather would go on forever if I had my way! It also makes Mondays significantly less terrible when the sun is shining! I found this article on the best “hidden” beaches in Florida- my personal favorite is on here but I won’t say which! Here’s another good countdown for best beaches in the U.S. for avoiding ocean pollution (New Jersey did surprisingly well in the countdown!). And while you’re enjoying the slow pace of summer, check out all the fun happenings in sustainable and ethical fashion below! ;)
- Everything this girl does is DIY-tastic. Erica Domesek (P.S. I Made This) partnered with Indego Africa to design these super unique patches that are made by (and benefit!) women-only artisans. (via Who What Wear)
- Peacebomb: the new jewelry collection from Article 22 that uses pieces of recycled bombs from Laos. Each piece sold benefits the Laotian artisans who make them. AKA: how to turn a negative into a positive. (via Article 22)
- Sustainable fashion + empowering women = two of my most favorite things! More about how fashion (when used for good) creates positive change. (via the Guardian)
- More toxin-free makeup is out on the market today, but will it stick around? I think so, but with our lax health regulations it might be hard to tell exactly how eco-friendly those products are. (via Business of Fashion)
- Meet the Ekocycle Cube 3D printer. It uses recycled plastic bottles and makes whatever you want… almost. Yours for only $1,199 when it comes out later this year. (via Nation Swell)
- Things that make me overjoyed: Nike launched an eco-friendly line of workout wear! (via 24/7 Wall Street)
- The most stylish vegan shoe collab: Cri de Coeur + Arden Wohl. (via Vegan Fashion Blog)
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Tagged 3d printer, Arden Wohl, Article 22, best beaches, Cri de Coeur, DIY, eco friendly beauty products, eco friendly workout, eco-friendly clothes, eco-friendly fashion, eco-friendly makeup, ethical fashion, Indego Africa, Nike, sustainable fashion, vegan, vegan shoes
Olivia Palermo is probably the most inspiring style icon I’ve ever seen. Whether she’s walking her dog or going to some uber fabulous black-tie event, girl is always perfectly dressed perfectly. I’ve loved her style ever since her days on The City when she was working and just being generally fabulous at Elle HQ. Well, things haven’t changed much and I still look to Olivia for style inspo. See below: denim on denim, oversized blazer, and casual look with jeans.
And now for some eco-friendly awesomeness from around the web:
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Tagged Amour Vert, animal friendly fashion, Bloomingdale's, chambray, eco friendly homes, eco-friendly fashion, eco-friendly gifts, environmentally friendly products, espadrilles, fair trade clothing, Olivia Palermo, organic, street style, sustainable fashion, vegan fashion
There are few things I love more than a quality pair of sustainable sunglasses (ahem.. see here and here). So when I heard about this new collection from Warby Parker I was prettyyyy excited about it!
But first off, Warby Parker is one of the few carbon neutral fashion companies, just meaning they purchase carbon offsets according to their greenhouse emissions. So, bad news that it’s still pollution, but good news that they’re actually doing something about it! They also have a really rad charity- it’s their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program where they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for each pair purchased. Too sweet!
Anyways, they just released three new sunglasses in a collaboration with none other than Karlie Kloss, so you know they’re going to be fab! AND in keeping with their philanthropy, they’re donating to Edible Schoolyard NYC, which provides gardens and kitchens to low-income public schools in the city to help kids develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Awesome on so many levels! Check out my faves from the collection below!
I love the sepia/gold color combo in #3, and they’re my total favorite from the collection. The subtle cat eye is just too perfect! I’m also totally digging the #2 style for those indigo lenses! They’re so laid back and perfect for summer, I’d always have these on-hand at the beach. Find them all right here on their website!
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Tagged carbon neutral, charity, eco-fashion, eco-friendly fashion, Edible Schoolyard NYC, Karlie Kloss, pilanthropy, sunglasses, sunnies, sustainable fashion, sustainable sunglasses, Warby Parker