As spring turns to summer, I have started to wear my summer dresses. Dresses are great for this time of the year, they require no mix & match thinking in the morning and the are fresh and cool! Two summers ago this outfit was my Saturday staple, I used to wear it every week to go grocery shopping in the morning and then later go to the beach and more often finishing my day with drinks at the beach bar. The best part is that this outfit could adapt for any of these occasions.
The fashion industry, like any other, is in constant evolution. For the outsiders, the evolution might be just in the colours or the silhouettes. But there is an evolution that might not be that obvious and it is technical and fascinating. This evolution, and sometimes revolution, comes from the textiles development. Until the 20th century, all the fabrics that were available in the market came from natural fibres that humans have been using for centuries, such as cotton, linen or wool. In 1934 Wallace Hume Carothers y J. Hill developed the Nylon, it took a further 4 years before the DuPont Corporation (a chemical company) was able to commercialise the product. After this development, the fashion industry went through a revolution in which new synthetic materials were added into the equation. Almost one century later this synthetic fibres have invaded our wardrobes, like weeds invade your garden. Leaving behind a wake of mass produced, not biodegradable materials.
How would you feel, if I tell you that there is a beautiful island in the Pacific Ocean that still remains fully virgin. This island is more than 5.000km away from any populated land and its beauty is so, that in 1988 was added to Unesco’s list of World Heritage Site. The ecosystem is so rich, there are 10 plants and 4 land birds that are local to the island, the sand is white and the sea water is turquoise.
Starting this blog has helped me to realised two things. First, and quite surprising, it is how present pink is in my life! I knew I liked pink, but not that much… Second, and more important, this blog is encouraging me to research and read a lot about sustainability, not just in fashion, but in every aspect of our life. And today’s look has a lot to do with these two facts.
In today’s post, I am mixing two trends that are super hot this summer. Gingham and patches patterns! The gingham is everywhere and for this season designers have reinvented this pattern by mixing pieces made out of different colours or playing with the scale to different sizes. All these options including it classic version are perfect for the season. How about patches??? They are so 90’s and cool! You can add them to any garment, jeans, jackets, shirts, backpack. It simply looks amazing.
Throughout the years I have lived in different locations and I am a frequent traveller, so I have been finding great spots where you can purchase beautiful vintage and second-hand pieces. Here is a list of my favourite thrift stores!
There isn’t a clear definition of what ethical is and there is no regulation on who can make a claim. So when it comes to buying ethically, there is no clear black or white, instead it is a matter of applying common sense. There are many different factors that you can consider but ultimately it is up to you to decide what works for you.
I couldn’t agree more with Vivienne Westwood when she said that we should “buy less, choose well, make it last”. And today’s outfit couldn’t be a better example of it. A classic and timeless piece that every woman should have in her wardrobe, a Little Black Dress. The LBD was invented by Coco Chanel in the 1920’s and has left us iconic moments in most decades. Such as Audrey Hepburn rocking her “go to prison” outfit at Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Lady Di taking her revenge or the Sex & the City girls with a pre-taste of what the 2000’s was about.
I think this outfit is the perfect example of how to be ethical and look great at the same time! I really like all the pieces I am wearing today, but when I mix them together – I just love it! Let me tell you a little bit about every one of them.
Last week was the Fashion Revolution’s week and I could not find any event happening in Atlanta, so I thought “if the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain”, I decided to plan a clothes swapping party at home! Here how it went and what I learnt.