the anti rainbow tie dye agenda

Because I campaign for the environment, does it mean I must dress in purple velvet bell bottoms and rainbow tie dye stomach revealing crop tops with holes under the arms?


I wish more folk understood this.

I bloody love fashion. I'm pathologically insta-obsessed with #streetstyle, I care about what I wear and I like looking decent and that doesn't mean I'm vacuous and shallow. Dressing well is good manners. Plainly.

How does one harmonise their love of nice attire with their environmental and ethical standards? They completely ignore trends. Trends are about as stable as the lady in the house over our back fence with three kids with ADHD.

Yes, three. Therefore to ensure you don't fall into the trap of continuously buying cheap chain store clothes* in order to keep up to date with the latest trends, you must shun them with your best and most smug nose-in-the-air humph.

Instead trawl vintage stores, op-shops, Etsy and ebay and find designers who have good ethical standards. At these outlets, buy pieces that suit you, that you love and that will last at least the next 10 years. You can find great pieces in op shops - hopefully the shameless photos above convince you.

If you think you need a tip or two before you step foot into an op-shop, check out this previous guest post by Op Shop Queen Leeyong Soo.

Occasionally, save your money and splurge on a quality designer piece. This, you won't ever regret. Craftmanship went into its production. It will last a lifetime. It will never end up in landfill... Maybe I'm just rationalising the astonishingly pricey ba&sh knit jumper I recently put on lay-buy that my husband doesn't know about yet but that is really gorgeous and made in Uruguay by traditional artisans.

*IF you want to know more more more about this topic, check out these links:

Ethical Clothing Australia
Go here (link in title) to find ethical brands for anything from underwear to baby wear to school uniforms to high street fashion. You can also learn how brands are accredited. In short, ECA maps the brand's supply chain and essentially determines if anyone's being f**ked over. Brands like Cue, Carla Zampatti, Manning Cartell, Ginger & Smart and Nobody Denim are accredited.

Ethical Fashion Initiative
These blessed souls are connecting brands all over the world with artisans in developing countries who need an improved income. They ensure everyone gets a fair deal and that environmental standards are followed. Brands like Sass & Bide, Karen Walker, Marni, Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney are all involved.

This Choice report on ethical fashion is a great read if you want to be properly informed and know things like 'just because it's made in Australia doesn't mean it's ethically made'.

Forever 21, H&M, Zara, Uniqlo: Who’s Paying for our Cheap Clothes?
This 3-part article says it all. Really.

Share share share below if you have good ethical fashion tips and favourite designers.


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    1. Yes! And you do make stunning pieces. Anyone who hasn't seen India's work, go to!



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