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Fashion vs. The Environment

A Closet Full Of Nothing To Wear: How this fashion faux pas is damaging the planet.

As a self declared style guru I’ve seen and had my qualms with the fashion industries wasteful practices; specifically fast fashion. Sites like Missguided, Boohoo, and Fashion Nova pump out trendy, extremely affordable pieces everyday by the hundreds with discounts and free shipping daily. This fuels the existing negative preconceived notion of outfit repeating, also known as “I can’t wear this outfit again, I’VE ALREADY TAKEN PHOTOS IN IT!” By violating this unspoken rule somehow you’re deemed shameful by your online constituents. Yes you heard that right, the friends you have on Instagram who you’ve known since kindergarten, shared classrooms with and even worked with every day are now going to look at you sideways all because you repeated outfits, even though they’ve seen you wear the same clothes to work since forever. These unrealistic and false standards are why these fast fashion sites heavily advertise on socials like Instagram because they can supply a quick and affordable solution to your fears of committing a fashion faux pas.

Enter here Maxine Bédat, former co-founder and CEO the sustainable fashion brand Zady, aka a women to be reckoned with. Her work and mission of creating a clean environment in the fashion industry has landed her high recognition and honors in the industry; her company Zady was labeled in 2014 as on of the “Most Innovative Companies” in retail by Fast Company. Even Oprah Winfrey mentioned Bédat on an episode of Super Soul 100 as a leader for her environmental and elevating humanity. Bédats TEDx Talks ( which I highly recommend every reader to watch and share) did a great job explaining why fast fashion is an issue, the ramifications of these problems, and how we as a society can start small and practice some steps in creating a healthy fashion diet.

Maxine mentioned that fashion companies rarely use cotton as a material and often stick to polyester, a plastic substance made out of fossil fuel, and as everyone knows, fossil fuel is not bio-degradable. That means every clothing item ever made out of polyester is still sitting in landfill somewhere on the planet. Literally, every piece from the beginning of time until now.

“More than 60 percent of fabric fibers are now synthetics, derived from fossil fuels… ”
“How Fast Fashion Is Destroying the Planet”
-Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times

Recently, the New York Times published an article by Tatiana Schlossberg about How Fast Fashion Is Destroying the Planet. It highlighted some ugly parts of the textile industry including slave and child labor. Schlossberg dives into how fast fashion clothing is purposely made to not last. “More than 60 percent of fabric fibers are now synthetics, derived from fossil fuels, so if and when our clothing ends up in a landfill (about 85 percent of textile waste in the United States goes to landfills or is incinerated), it will not decay.” The article also covered veteran style writer and author Dana Thomas’s book Fashionopolis; a book about how our wardrobes, the climate, and the economy intertwine.

So how can we do better you ask? Bédat shares 5 ways we can try to reduce the damage without sacrificing our style.

  1. Check the tags & understanding where clothing is coming from.
  2. If you’re not sure if an item is a fast fashion piece, check the seams. These pieces aren’t made with longevity in mind so they always lack quality and craftsmanship.
  3. Love what you buy! Don’t fall for the marketing ploys that aim to have you second guess your previous purchases. If you weren’t interested in that dress before there was a sale, you shouldn’t be interested during one.
  4. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask brands about how they source their materials. Any honest brand would disclose their practices – most of the time you’d already find it on their website.
  5. Lastly, think of the cost per wear for each article of clothing. When you break down items this way, it’ll help your buy quality piece you love that’ll last a lifetime (hopefully).

Which one of these steps can you start implementing in your life when shopping? If the access and affordability of fast fashion is the reason you might have a hard time breaking off, think about how much you’ll help the planet. Comment below and let us know what practices you could start today.

Toucan Love

It’s Sunday night and I am WAY distracted. I have a list of things to do however my fingers found their way to the laptop and “a googling” they went. One thing led to another and BOOM!! the most AMAZING earrings appeared in front of my face!!

Let me tell you a little bit about me and fashion. I have NO sense of fashion. When I am getting ready for the day, I have one rule…..”You touch it, you wear it”. Meaning if I pull it off the hanger, it goes on me, not the floor or back on the hanger. Why? Simple, I spent too much time worrying about what to wear and how I looked. Don’t get me wrong, I care about my looks, but I got stuck in a vicious cycle of wearing the same things while new things and old favorites sat on the hanger. I needed to change it up a bit and that one rule has made all the difference!!

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Fashion Staples

On a lazy day (if I ever have the gift of having one of these so-called-days) I love to browse magazines and the worldwide web for the latest fashion trends. When I was younger, I took pride in owning pieces in my wardrobe that rivaled the trends in Hollywood and NY. I always found a deal and certainly didn’t shop in high-end stores, but on my budget, I could find items that spruced up my attire. In the 80’s, it was the pop of neon or oddly-patterned bulky sweaters with patent penny loafers, tightly cuffed stone-washed jeans and a coordinating scrunchi in the hair. The 90’s led to plaid Vans, combat boots, bib overalls, over-sized plaid button down flannels and maybe the “Rachel” as a haircut. The new century brought a mix of the 70’s and 90’s with boot-cut jeans, the cami under a cardigan or shrug, the comeback of the capri, from chunky shoes to flip-flops and hair with chunky low-lights and the occasional “crimped”strand for a surprise. 



Staying up with these trends can really be exhausting!

Lately, I have found respite in the so-called “Staple” wardrobe. This wardrobe contains pieces that experts build on as a foundation to anybody’s style. These are your go-to pieces when you just don’t know what to wear for an occasion, or when you just don’t feel like putting together a trendy ensemble but still look and feel put-together.

According to New York Magazine’s The CUT You can put 50 “simple” items in your closet and you will own a solid wardrobe foundation. If 50 items are too much to manage, Elle Magazine narrows the foundation to 30 Essential Wardrobe Pieces that if you mix and match on any given day, will provide you with a “pulled together” look. Each of these expert lists contain items we would expect: the Little Black Dress, fitted blazer, the Pump, perfectly fitting jeans and a handbag, along with items that are not quite as obvious:  Matching Pajamas, wrap coat and a Bateau shirt.

There's a certain level of luxury that comes with wearing posh pajamas. This silk set by Journelle is the kind you can lounge in all day and still not feel like a slob.  Journelle Garbo PJ Set, $225; journelle.com There's something mature and luxurious about this wrap coat, like you'd rather be swathed in cashmere and tied at the waist than buttoned up in a peacoat. It's low-key glam–a daily aspiration for us all. 	Toteme Chelsea Coat, $760; toteme-nyc.com There's a reason why this classic striped shirt has been worn by every intellectual, actor, and artist of the 20th century. This nautical-inspired top will become a mainstay in your closet. Seriously, you'll have to control yourself from wearing it every day. Saint James Naval II, $139; saintjamesboutique.com  Images from elle.com

And don’t think I forgot about the men that are looking for ways to step up their game! You also can build your wardrobe around staple pieces to ensure you have something for every occasion. Forbes narrows your staples to 10 must have items.Khaki pants, the perfect fitting solid-colored pair of jeans, watch and blue blazer are just a handful of items you may want to have on hand.

Khaki PantsSolid Color JeansBlue Blazer Images from forbes.com

If you are on a budget, try shopping at Nordstrom Rack, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. You can find name brand named or not-so-known brand name items that will help you build your wardrobe foundation that won’t break your bank.

Now that you have the tools to pick staple pieces for your wardrobe, grab a friend and go shopping!