It's been an exciting start to 2021 for me and ReFashioned Art. I kicked off the new year with two media features and three paintings on exhibit in Phoenix Galleries. Thankful for these opportunities and staying fully open to the blessings to come for all of us. Though in other news, our country and much of the world is not off to the best start (to put it lightly), I refuse to let it pollute my inner garden- the space I hold in my heart and mind.
We create our own world- our own reality. I first read about this when I was about 10 years old, when I started diving into 'self help'. "You are the captain of your own ship"... fully responsible and accountable for what lies ahead... but that's a whole other topic for another day! Anyhow- today, I'm still on the path. Manifesting great things for the year ahead and praying that you experience the same. Thank you to Green Living for this feature and including me in your mission to change the world, yet again!
Here's a sneak peak of my feature in the the January 2021 issue. Read the whole story [HERE]; p. 28.
Like most, the fashion industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, provoking brands to pivot and pirouette just to stay afloat, and consumer habits changed forever. With all the uncertainty in our world today, one thing’s for sure- we still need fashion, and fashion needs us!
What’s an eco-conscious fashion-lover to wear? Whether you are just starting out on your sustainability journey or you’re a seasoned environmentalist, here are two tips that any fashion lover can employ to stay fabulous while taking care of the planet.
Pro tip: Shop secondhand to decrease your environmental impact.
Nothing is out of style unless it’s not your style. Wear what you love and what makes you feel good. Fashion is your ‘feel good’ tool, and we all can use as many feel-good tools as we can get these days! What you wear should make you feel like your best self, whether you’re in cocktail attire or comfy cozies!
With so much of our day to day lives moving online, it helps to prioritize ‘above the desk’ dressing. Think of a beautiful sleeve or an exaggerated cuff, a structured shoulder, a bold statement necklace to brighten your face- or maybe even a sassy tie (depending on how fashion forward you lean, maybe a bowtie).
Pro tip: Accessorize to maximize
One of my favorite sustainable styling tips is to maximize the wardrobe you already have by curating a collection of accessories. Accessorizing is the fastest way to reinvent even the simplest of looks. I like to focus on timeless investment pieces that can easily be restyled and reworn by simply swapping out accessories.
Take a little black dress- this one garment can be restyled a multitude of ways with accessorizing. Accessories are your wardrobe’s transformational tools- hats, hair accessories, statement jewelry, belts, scarves, pins, shoes, etc.
Buy what you’ll wear, love and take good care of for a long time. Shop for items you’ll actually wear, that work for your lifestyle, personality and body type. It is very helpful to know your style, to avoid curating a closet full of clothes, but nothing to actually wear. Consulting a professional stylist is a worthy investment to achieving this.
One of my favorite ways to do what I call functional shopping, also sustainable, is to invest in pieces that could last a lifetime, that pair with multiple pieces in my wardrobe, can be worn a number of different ways, and worn for a number of different occasions. These are very functional pieces and will stand the test of time!
Pro tip: If in doubt, restyle and rewear what you already own.
Focusing on basics may seem a bit boring at first but these are wardrobe workhorses that can be worn and reworn many times over. These items are the easiest to accessorize, and restyle and rewear, which greatly decreases your impact on the environment.
Pro tip: Shop timeless styles
Focus on solids and classic patterns, such as stripes, herringbone, houndstooth, polka dots. ‘Timeless’ may look different for everyone, but for me, I focus on a solid black dress, a structured blazer, jeans that could be dressed up or down, a black motorcycle jacket, a black T, and white button up. These are items I keep coming back to- easy to restyle and rewear over and over just by mixing and matching, and swapping out accessories.
No, fashion won’t change the world, but if you need a pick-me-up it just might change you, even if for one day (or Zoom call). I hope you’ll consider pursuing your journey to a more sustainable relationship with fashion. The future of fashion is undoubtedly more earth-friendly and responsible, and it will be just as beautiful and glamorous as ever.