10.15.2013

SUSTAINABLE WEEKEND WARDROBE ^ HUMAN FRIENDLY OUTFIT POST



Just last week I signed up to become a part of Ms Wanda's 'Human Friendly Fashion Bloggers' - a community of fashion bloggers committed and passionate about promoting ethical and sustainable fashion.

October 16th is 'Blog Action Day', where bloggers from around the world join together in conversation about fashion and human rights. To have a little bit of stylish fun with it Bloggers from around the globe are showing off their ethical style for the 'Human Friendly Outfit' Competition.YAY!! I am personally very excited to take a look at everyone's eco-outfits!

After coming off the back of a hectic week, there is no way I had time to take any photos actually wearing my outfit - pretty much because it takes awhile to take a good photo of me! and I cringe at the thought of myself in a selfie. I'm no good at them, at all! 

So instead I decided to show you what I wore over the weekend, taking a few pics while I was packing and to explain how and why it's sustainable and ethical!

This weekend was a pretty busy, sustainable filled adventure. I headed up to Brisbane for the weekend to check out Undress Brisbane 2013 (A sustainable fashion runway event - a blog post coming soon) and the Green Heart Fair (A local community fair promoting sustainable ideas and organisations.)

Both of my wardrobe looks are a mix of sustainable fashion ethically made from organic cotton, toxic free dyes and vintage, second hand pieces. This is pretty much how my wardrobe works everyday. The second hand pieces are not only a guilt free retail thrill but also help fill in any gaps in my wardrobe and compliment my newer sustainable and ethical styles to ensure I can keep wearing them more often, in different ways, and to create a more versatile wardrobe.

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WARDROBE LOOK 1

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 The Grey/Yellow Herringbone tee - Designed and made locally in Melbourne by Monolog.
 This tee is one of my favourites from Eco Bird atm! I wear it everywhere! 
Here I have it layered over a very fitted vintage/second hand dress which works well with the oversized styled tee and its loud, crazy print. 
 I've worn it over swimmers to the beach, with denim jeans in winter, over shorts, dresses and skirts, it's a super comfy style that is so good to wear through the warmer weather!
- Made from Organic cotton and hand screen printed with eco-friendly dyes. -
- Made locally from socially responsible artisans and manufacturers -
- Uses processes to recycle waste where possible-

The necklace is something I wear every.single.day. I LOVE it. It was a gift handmade from recycled timber and handcarved with personalised words. 
Designed and made by Melbourne sustainable Artist Ben Riddle for -Rat - 
I am a big believer in only buying things you love and have meaning to you or a wonderful story or background. This is one of those handmade things that you know was made with love and care, and it makes you love and care more about it. 




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WARDROBE LOOK 2

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A daytime look with a mix of vintage/second hand and a sustainable/ethical piece.
The top was originally a very daggy tee bought from an op shop - I got the scissors to it and cut off the sleeves and cut out some of the neck. I can tuck this into bottoms and layer over dresses - I have had a lot of fun with this one and it's so easy to wear and match with in my wardrobe. It gets worn a lot!

Altering, redesigning, and remaking is one of my favourite parts of sustainable fashion. I love the creativity and endless possibilities. Even for things you never wear in your wardrobe, before you pass it on have a think about why you don't wear it and see if there is a change you can make to love it again!

For this look I have worn my vintage DIY singlet over a Kowtow Building Block piece that we just got in store at Eco Bird. Made from Premium certified fair trade organic cotton it defiantly has become a building block in my wardrobe. I've worn it on its own and dressed it up and thrown jumpers, tops and cardigans over it.
 





Adopting a sustainable and ethical attitude is actually really easy  and fun when it comes to our wardrobes! There are so many ways that we can enjoy fashion responsibly and look after not only our planet but the people who make our clothing as well.

From purchasing from smaller local designers and labels that hand-make or create their designs from responsible manufacturers locally, to shopping vintage, second hand, mending, redesigning and altering what we already have and/or buying from sustainable and ethical labels who use organic, sustainable fabrics, dyes, and sustainable and ethical manufacturing and production.

It is so important that we start altering the way we consume fashion and wear it. We need to understand that there are people out there suffering because of our obsession with shopping, that there are toxins choking our beautiful waterways, wildlife and eco-systems. 

And when there are sustainable and ethical alternatives that are just as fashion forward and fun there is no reason to choose the path of destruction. 

To me sustainable and ethical fashion is the ONLY kind of fashion that is beautiful.
The idea of committing to sustainable and ethical fashion could seem overwhelming at first (especially for all the shopaholics out there....I've been there too!) but with small steps and a positive, creative attitude you will find it so much more enjoyable and what you end up wearing becomes a truer reflection of yourself and not the latest trends.

Happy BLOG ACTION DAY!

XX Danielle

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