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Style Is: Sustainable

sustainable-style-blog

sustainable-style-blog

Sustainable fashion website Style Is have put together a sustainable outfit competition, and because I fully support the idea that clothing should be sustainable and timeless rather than disposable, I thought I’d submit an entry.  It’s a particularly timely and important thing to think about in light of the sad news in Bangladesh, where hundreds of people making clothes for the high street lost their lives – devastatingly showing the true cost of fast and cheap fashion.

Second-hand and ethical clothing can be incredibly stylish.  There are heaps of ethical brands out there making some great clothing and accessories. And, with the likes of eBay, Etsy and other online resources, you don’t even have to spend hours going round second-hand/vintage shops to find some second-hand bargains (although I do like a good rummage in a charity shop now and again, and the money raised goes to good causes).  And the best part about buying stylish rather than overtly “fashionable” clothing means you have a wardrobe that lasts a lifetime, rather than pieces that go out of fashion after a few months which will never see the light of day again.  So from a money-saving point of view it’s also good news!

The rules of the Style Is competition are that you have to put together an outfit containing at least one sustainable item of clothing, be it vintage, second hand, upcycled, or an item of clothing from an ethical manufacturer.  I went the whole hog, and went for everything second-hand

As our house is too small to get decent photos and it’s raining outside (oh Scotland!), meaning I can’t get out in the garden to take photos, I thought I’d take some individual photos to show the pieces in detail:

My Sustainable Outfit

vintage dress

This is my forever favourite dress.  It’s vintage from Japan, and is the ultimate in eco-friendly dressing – it’s at least third-hand!  I bought it on eBay from girl in Manchester, who bought it in a vintage shop.  I paid £1.49 for it too, making it a super bargain!

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I love this jacket – it’s my summer jacket.  I bought it second-hand on eBay three years ago.  It’s in need of some TLC – perhaps a dye-job as it’s a bit faded in places, but that should give it life for years to come.

vintage-tan-tooled-leather-bag

This bag is my favourite.  I found it in the vintage section on Etsy five years ago, and it’s rarely left my side since. It didn’t cost me very much money – I think the postage cost more than the bag, as it came from the States.

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This necklace came from a charity shop in Edinburgh (Shelter in Morningside – in my opinion the best charity shop in Edinburgh!).  I don’t wear necklaces very often, being a mum to a small child, so it was a treat to wear it for these photos.

buying-secondhand-shoes

I bought these boots secondhand on eBay last year, and have worn them in all weather.  They’re so comfortable and soft.

And voila, my secondhand sustainable outfit!  What do you think?

EDIT: I’ve put together a post on my top eBay shopping tips that you might find useful!

Fashion, Life & Style

Vegan Friendly Bags

vegan bags uk

vegan bags uk

Recently a reader got in touch via the Moral Fibres Facebook page and asked if I could do a post on vegan friendly bags.

I had a little look on the internet, and came across two great designers making really style-conscious vegan friendly bags: Melie Bianco and Missco Girl.

First up are Melie Bianco, designers of  animal-friendly bags which are completely free of the hippie connotations that so often plague the ethical fashion image:

 

melie bianco vegan friendly bags

 My other find was Missco Girl, a new company who create catwalk inspired animal-friendly vegan bags, that are stylish, functional and of high quality:

missco girl vegan bags

Both have stockists worldwide, and in the UK are available through Fashion Conscience.

I love all of these vegan friendly bags – I’d have a hard time narrowing down my choice to just one!

If you’d like me to suggest some eco-friendly items for you, get in touch by leaving a comment below or via Twitter or on the Facebook page, or drop me an e-mail to moralfibres@gmail.com.

2014 EDIT: Readers have let me know they’ve had difficulties with Fashion Conscience so I’ve updated this post with some new non Fashion Conscience vegan bags, here.

* Main image from here