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Slayin' Sustainability: How to Look Good and Save the Planet with Your Fashion Choices

Updated: Apr 14, 2023



As fashion enthusiasts, we all want to look our best, but not at the cost of the planet. As a parent, I am deeply concerned about the impact that our choices today will have on the future of the planet, especially for my kids. With the growing awareness of the impact of our actions on the environment, it has become increasingly clear that every one of us has a role to play in creating a more sustainable world. As a fashion enthusiast, I have come to understand the significance of sustainable fashion and how it can contribute to a more ethical and eco-friendly fashion industry.

Sustainable fashion is all about being mindful of the environmental and social impact of our clothing choices. Today, we'll be diving deep into sustainable fashion for women and sharing some fun and trendy ways to embrace this movement.


Shop second-hand

At first, I was hesitant to buy second-hand clothing or accessories. However, as I've grown older, I've learned to love vintage shopping and appreciate the unique items I can find. I've come to realize that buying pre-loved goods not only allows me to discover hidden treasures that are no longer in production, but it also helps reduce waste and is better for the environment. It's easy to get started with sustainable fashion by shopping at thrift stores, vintage shops, and online consignment stores like eBay and Vinted. By giving pre-loved clothing a new life, we can save money and make a positive impact on the planet. Remember, someone’s trash is always someone else’s treasure!


Choose natural and organic fabrics.

As someone who grew up with a mother who was a seamstress, I learned from a very early age the importance of wearing and buying clothes made from pure materials like 100% cotton or 100% silk. My mother explained how these materials drape better and are much more comfortable to wear. Now, as I make more sustainable fashion choices, I also prioritize clothing made from natural and organic materials. Fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, and linen are all great options as they're grown without the use of harmful chemicals and are biodegradable. These fabrics also tend to be more breathable and comfortable to wear than synthetic materials.

Invest in quality pieces.

As a fashion enthusiast, I've come to understand that quality often means spending more. However, my growing love for fashion has also taught me the value of investing in high-quality pieces, especially staple pieces that are the foundation of my personal style. Sustainable fashion emphasizes quality over quantity, encouraging us to opt for timeless, durable pieces that can last for years to come. By investing in high-quality clothing, we can reduce waste by avoiding fast fashion pieces that fall apart after just a few wears. This not only benefits the environment but also saves us money in the long run. Instead of constantly buying new clothes, we can curate a wardrobe of high-quality, versatile pieces that we can mix and match for any occasion.


Some of the best sustainable fashion brands on the market are known for their high-quality, lasting garments. Brands like ME+EM, Sézane, and COS prioritize sustainability and ethical production methods while also offering timeless, stylish pieces that are made to last. By investing in these brands, we not only support sustainable fashion but also ensure that our clothes will last for years to come.


Sustainable fashion encourages us to prioritize quality over quantity and invest in pieces that will stand the test of time. By doing so, we not only reduce waste and save money but also build a wardrobe of timeless, versatile pieces that reflect our personal style. So, the next time you're shopping for clothes, remember the importance of quality and invest in pieces that you'll love for years to come.


Support ethical fashion brands.

Having lived in Bangladesh, I've seen first-hand what the garment factories are like and the working conditions that the workers endure in the process of creating some of the fashion garments that we love in the West. It's for this reason that I can't just stand by and turn a blind eye to the unethical and unfair treatment of these workers.


That being said, it’s great to see that sustainable and ethical practices are becoming more common in the fashion industry, even among high street brands like H&M. As consumers, it's crucial that we understand where our clothes are coming from and make informed choices. We should look for brands that prioritize transparency, fair labour practices, and environmentally friendly production methods. Some of our favourite ethical fashion brands include Patagonia, Everlane, and Reformation, but we shouldn't be afraid to check out more mainstream brands that are also making efforts towards sustainability.


By supporting these brands, we can encourage the fashion industry to prioritize sustainable and ethical practices, leading to a more responsible and conscious industry. This will ultimately benefit everyone, including the workers in the factories who are often exploited and underpaid. It's important that we do our part to make a positive impact on the fashion industry and make it a more just and equitable space for all.


Embrace upcycling and DIY.

As someone who is mindful of the environmental impact of our clothing choices, I have found a fun and creative way to upcycle old clothes and give them a new lease of life. One of my favourite DIY projects is transforming old jeans into something unique and fun by painting them. By adding a splash of colour or creating intricate designs, I can give my old jeans a fresh and exciting look that is entirely my own.


Another way I like to upcycle clothes is by adding tulle to skirts. This is a great way to add some volume and movement to a plain skirt, turning it into a statement piece. By cutting and sewing tulle fabric onto the skirt, I can create a fun and playful look that is perfect for any occasion.


Not only is upcycling and DIY a great way to express my creativity, but it also helps to reduce waste and extend the life of my clothing. Instead of throwing away clothes that no longer serve their purpose, I can transform them into something new and exciting, giving them a fresh lease on life.

By taking the time to upcycle and DIY our clothes, we can embrace sustainable fashion in a fun and creative way. It's a way to express our individual style while also contributing to a more sustainable future. So why not get inspired and try your hand at upcycling? You never know, you might just create something truly amazing!


So, fashion lovers as you can see, sustainable fashion is not only good for the planet but also for your style game. As someone who loves fashion, I've learned that being sustainable doesn't have to be boring or break the bank. By shopping second-hand, opting for natural fabrics, investing in quality pieces, supporting ethical brands, and getting creative with upcycling, we can all embrace this movement in a fun and trendy way. So, let's start a revolution and make sustainable fashion the new norm! Are you with me?


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Gast
12. Apr. 2023
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Such great tips to show us how we can do our part!

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Gast
31. März 2023
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Great tips, needed when fast fashion is taking over.

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14. März 2023
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Love it!!

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