In a world full of change, it seems like nowadays everyone is finally doing their part to help one another. Among the trends, restoring Mother Nature to her former glory is one of the biggest sought after changes. I think Al Gore’s Global Warming speech scared us just a tad bit. Now we have canvas shopping bags, electronic cars and organic foods. Among the many influences, the fashion industry is one of the most influential in pushing eco-consciousness into the mainstream; it’s even created the subcategory of Eco-Fashion. (Check out the Eco Fashion Week video at the end of the post.) Eco-Fashion, in short, means earth-conscious fashion labels that use sustainable, recycled and organic materials. Many of these fashion labels not only create eco-friendly garments and shoes, but they also donate proceeds to various non-profit organizations.
A humanitarian with style, the Eco-Fashionista takes care of how she looks while taking care of the Earth and giving back to the community. It takes a lot of heart and humility to fully embrace this side of fashion. It may be hard at first, but once you know where to shop and what to look for, it’ll be a piece of cake! To start you off on one of the greatest experiences of your fashion life, here are a few tips and tricks on where you can shop.
I consider this the number one stop that every girl should go to first. There are so many unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. Fashion trends always recycle, so you can always find something similar to the prevailing trends at a thrift store. If you do find a piece similar to a current trend, tweak it a little bit by adding new pieces to your wardrobe. With the mix/match of old and new, many will find your look to be modernized and unique!
If you’re lucky and find a designer treasure at a thrift store, don’t even think twice about buying it. Most likely, you are paying a really good price for the designer piece. In the past, I’ve gotten Diane Von Furstenberg silk tanks, Emanuel Ungaro skirts, and Salvatore Ferragamo pumps.
When looking for a classic piece, it’s always cute to create a blast from the past look. My favorite fashionistas to copy are Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. When creating an entire look from the past, make sure to make it all about classics and not fads.
If you don’t know where to look, shopping online is a great place to start. Here are a few of my favorite sites that I like to reference when finding eco-conscious fashion.
These tips will help you to begin your Eco-Fashionista journey. Study and practice shopping by checking these two reference sites! Then, you are ready to explore your local thrift store with a couple of girlfriends and find some one-of-a-kind pieces!