It’s been a little while since our last Ethical Style post. However, I’m bringing it back right now with this brilliant Your Ethical Style feature from Dusseldorf-based sustainability blogger, Hanna. Hanna blogs at Hanna’s Places. If you haven’t stopped by there before then you’re in for a treat. Thought-provoking and interesting articles and gorgeous photography – it’s a treat for both mind and eye!
Over to Hanna!
Hanna wears: Jacket – Kleiderkreisel; Top – People Tree; Jeans- Really old H&M: Necklace: People Tree
Hi Hanna, can you share with us three facts about you?
1) I am a Social Sciences student from Germany and I would love to work in development aid or sustainability one day.
2) I love to travel and the list of places I want to go is never-ending. The highest up are Iceland, Chile, and Canada.
3) I’ve committed to only shop for clothing sustainably and ethically in 2015. So far it’s going great (and I’ve started buying way less of these ‘I’m in the mood to shop but don’t actually need anything’ pieces).
2. Where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?
Where I’m from, it’s still pretty hard to find actual stores that sell ethical clothing, so I’m mostly shopping online. My favourite places are a great German online boutique of only ethical brands called glore, and People Tree*. There’s also a great platform here in Germany called Kleiderkreisel where girls sell their unwanted clothing – I’ve found quite a few gems there!
3. What’s the last ethical item that you bought?
I recently bought my first pair of Nudie Jeans* after looking at them online for ages! I got one of the dry ones – you are not supposed to wash them for six months so they get your personal shape. I’m not sure I’m going to do that though, still sounds a bit gross! I love Nudie’s commitment to sustainability and great style and that you can get your jeans repaired for free.
4. Is there anything secondhand or ethical that you are lusting over at the moment?
I’m really really lusting after a Matt+Nat backpack, they are so pretty and still vegan (though you don’t even notice!). Well, I’m basically after about every bag in their collection. Soon!
5. Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?
Really think about your style and what you need and like before buying anything. Ethical clothing tends to be a bit more expensive, so you should buy something that really fits your style. Put together a Pinterest board of your favourite looks – after a few weeks you can see what kind of pieces you are pinning again and again and you can start hunting those down. After you’ve established a ‘basic wardrobe’ like that, have fun at thrift shops and vintage boutiques
6. Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?
Apart from the price point (which I think you can deal with if you just buy less), I believe the biggest difficulty is that there are just fewer styles available. If you want a specific piece you’ve seen somewhere, it can get really difficult to hunt down something similar that is produced ethically. Thrifting platforms like Kleiderkreisel help, because you are ‘allowed’ to shop at a non-sustainable brand (since it’s a secondhand item)
7. Where do you get your style inspiration from?
I’ve mentioned it before, one of my biggest style inspiration is probably Pinterest. I now rarely buy magazines, but I have a board for summer fashion, winter fashion, little details, and everything else you can wear every day. Instagram and fashion blogs are a great inspiration, too.
8. What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever?
I bought some Veja sneakers a few weeks ago and I’m wearing them non-stop at the moment. They are produced with Fair Trade standards and use sustainable materials from the Brazilian rainforest. Pretty cool and still the comfiest shoes ever!
9. What would be your ultimate thrifted find?
That would actually be the jacket I’m wearing right now! I have no idea what the brand is because the tag is missing, but it’s so soft and comfy (people are actually commenting on the softness of my jacket on a regular basis) and I still feel put together and stylish every time I wear it. Double-win! PS: It’s also from Kleiderkreisel.
Hanna wears: Jacket – H&M really old; Jeans – H&M really old; Scarf – Handmade
10. Finally Hanna, can you share with us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
I don’t think I’m stylish enough to give any tips or tricks, but I’ll try!
First, raiding your dad’s, grandpa’s, or boyfriend’s closet works wonders (over-sized shirts and sweaters, old jeans that can be worked into shorts, the possibilities are endless!).
Second, never throw anything away, just put it away neatly. No matter what everyone says about cleaning out your closet – put everything in clean boxes, you will find something in there after a few years, trust me!
And thirdly, one that I still want to work on this year: learn to sew! There are so many items that could be great with a little work, so it’s really high on my list of useful things to try!
Do you want to share your ethical style with Moral Fibres readers? Whatever your age, sex, size, style, budget, or location I’d love to feature you to show that ethical fashion is for everyone! Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to take part in Your Ethical Style! There are no barriers to taking part – you don’t have to be a blogger to be featured!