Category: "Eco Fashion"

Duchess Worthy Denim

October 18th, 2018 | no comments
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My Outland Denim jeans teamed with second hand fashion finds

 


Eco Chic

 

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Fashion has the power to be an incredible force for good. It can help, heal and transform the forgotten, downtrodden and the ones who find it hard to speak. As individuals we can vote with our fashion dollar to make a difference and believe me just one purchase can completely change someones situation, when you realise this – ethical and eco chic is a no brainer. So it was incredibly exciting yesterday when the divine Duchess of Sussex decided to sport a pair of outland denim jeans on the Royal Tour stop in Dubbo.

This heartfelt brand stands for women, their rights, their protection and progression, a belief that is also very important to the Royal Mumma to be. Founders James and Erica Bartle and team know all their seamstresses by name, ensure they earn a living wage and are given support to build a brighter future for themselves. These Cambodian women are the reason Outland denim does what they do.

To add to their awesome, Outland Denim are committed to sourcing the most environmentally friendly fabrics and raw materials, including elements like organic cotton pocket linings to recycled packaging, the jean team is also extremely transparent with their supply chain and production process.

The ‘Meghan Effect’ was in full swing yesterday with the ‘Harriet’ jeans she wore selling out within just a few hours…which not only puts Outland Denim on the map but it also means more of these Cambodian women are being heard.

I’ve loved these jeans for a while now and I love even more how I feel when I wear them, carrying the story of these women as I walk.

Be part of the global movement towards a fashion industry that promotes human dignity and leaves a positive imprint on the earth, because every girl deserves to feel like a Duchess!

Looking Good Vs Doing Good

September 23rd, 2018 | no comments


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Looking Good V Doing Good…Can we shift the female fashion paradigm!?

Let’s get one thing straight, I’m a girl and I LOVE fashion. Apart from my handsome husband its actually my one true love. Sounds counterproductive for this article I know, but bear with me…

From a very young age I was surrounded by fashion, British Vogues were my unintentional fairytale books. I naturally and instinctively chose them over Cinderella and co, preferring to get lost in the color, texture and wonderful style tales the fashion mags bestowed upon me. Fashion became my second language and to this day it’s my religion of sorts too.

What I grew to not like about the genre however was that it could be segregating – if you didn’t have the money to wear what was in Vogue, were you relevant?

Digital media has played a disturbing part too. Sure it’s a great portal for global communication but it can also be a slippery slope to self loathing and comparison? Australian series The ‘War On Waste’ introduced us to 3 young girls who were fast fashion junkies because they wouldn’t dare be seen twice in the same outfit on Instagram.

I definitely went through a time where I thought I had to keep up and so spent all my savings on the latest and greatest, in a effort to be the cool girl, but for whom? All I ended up achieving was a small bank account, a big headache and an aching back.

When I moved overseas I was forced to cut the BS and be real, boy was it the ultimate blessing! Thrift Shopping was genuinely all I could afford so I began the challenge of travelling light and reinventing Vogue inspired looks I’d spent years studying while I was ‘wasting time’

The more I dived into conscious shopping the more I discovered I could really be of service and so began my serendipitous journey into the world of eco styling – one that didn’t even really exist at the time! I began to see that looking good and doing good didn’t have to be mutually exclusive.

The concept is certainly one I consider on a daily basis, why can’t pre-loved be re-loved and the wearer maintain her chic? I’ve dedicated my working life to doing all I can to break that style stigma. After years of slightly condescending looks and Oh that’s ‘cute’, now finally it seems slow fashion is sexy or #grexy. One thing I have observed though is that it hasn’t stopped the second hand hoarding and over zealous thrift hauls, just because its eco doesn’t mean it always supports our personal well being, especially if we are still feeling the pressure to have all the pretty stuff. Even with what I know now, I can still be guilty of that at times too.

Faye De Lanty

A recent post by @redcarpetgreendress has definitely blown all my fashion chakras and seen me dwell upon it all on a deeper level.

So here’s

3 ways to stick it to the style system and be the sartorial change… 

  1. THE GIFT OF THRIFT – vote with your fashion dollar and do something that’s not only great for the planet but people too. OP SHOP! Whilst you will absolutely find great fashion you’ll also become part of the slow fashion movement. This means diverting textile waste from landfill, decluttering and donating what you no longer wear, supporting the mission of a charity like Salvos Stores and empowering your local community. While you’re at it, try reducing your conscious closet to a capsule wardrobe – a small and simple collection of chic pieces you can mix and match and wear time and time again. A capsule wardrobe will reduce the overwhelm and the dreaded ‘I have nothing to wears’. On top of that when people ask you where you get your great looks from you have a wonderful style story to tell. Your wardrobe has the power to be a walking talking change maker!
  2. SHOP YOUR STASH – Instead of falling prey to the fast fashion herd why not explore new ways to wear what you already have? It’s a scary fact that most of us have things in our wardrobe we’ve never worn, some of which still have the tags on. Australia is also just behind the US in terms of how much we discard of – would you believe a whopping 6000kg’s every ten minutes. So park the perfectionism and immerse yourself in your wardrobe, consider how you could reinvent what you see. Jump online, look at fashion websites – my favourite is VOGUE RUNWAY, it’s filled with past and current catwalk shows, street style and designer reviews. Also spend some time on Instagram searching relevant hashtags like #sustainablefashion #opshop #thrifted and more mainstream fashion driven tags like #stylist #ootd or #currenttrends. Another approach that never fails to inspire me is googling a particular item to see how others style it, for example ‘Beige jacket street style’, without a doubt I always find a new take that fires me up. I love these words from @elleuk’Don’t buy something unless you can commit to wearing it at least 30 times. We’re all guilty of an impulse buy, often knowing full well we probably won’t wear it that many times. So next time you feel the urge, ask yourself these 4 questions.

    Do I really need this?

    How often will I wear it?

    Do I already own something similar?

    Does it go with things I already own?

  3. CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO – There are some incredible change makers out there really disrupting fashion materialism. Julia Mooney from @oneoutfit100days has made my head explode recently and it was Julia who inspired me to draft this article. A teacher in the US, Julia is making a stand by wearing one dress for 100 days! A self imposed challenge to be mindful of what, why and how we consume. She says ‘let’s use our energy to do good instead of looking good’. Don’t worry she will wash it (She has 3 of them and takes a break on the weekends) nonetheless that’s a huge test for anyone, especially us chicks. I instantly went into my head with thoughts like, wow how would I cope!? I mean I’m proud to say I’m a conscious shopper but I’m also an eco stylist, so could I really do that? Would others judge me, think I was doing it tough or horror of all horror’s think I’m crap at my job!? How would I make it look different (Why am I trying to do that though!? Again – worrying what others think!) It didn’t take long to see first hand how much we base our beauty and self worth on image.

100 Days

What if we took the wardrobe away and just wore one thing, like a uniform, giving us the opportunity to be more than a color, a cut or this seasons current look. We would have so much more time to be of service, speak up for something important and teach others to see us for our hearts and not our haute couture. Could we shift the fashion paradigm and programming? I predict that it would have a pretty profound effect on our own paradigms too. Imagine what might manifest if we spent more time filling up our souls with the slow and meaningful instead of our wardrobes with the fast and meaningless.

Kids have uniforms so they can focus on learning, Karl Lagerfeld wears a uniform of sorts too, sure its Chanel and cost more than a car – however wearing the same thing over and over has made him iconic and instantly identifiable no!?

Cast your eye also towards a world famous editor who hasn’t changed her signature bob and black sunglasses combo for decades. Whether the goal is to make sure they don’t distract from the message of the clothes or to cut out decision fatigue, one things for certain; in a business built on looks, having one that rarely changes is perhaps the ultimate power play.

Is outfit repeating the new black!?

We don’t consider Karl and Anna daggy and outdated, or judge them for being boring, they’ve become global style icons.

So it begs the question, who could you become if you chose doing over looking good!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reverse Shop-ology

September 9th, 2018 | no comments

 

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Could our words be a weapon of mass reconstruction!?

‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me!’ Or can they? Our thoughts absolutely have the ability to become things, so imagine what the words we speak have the power to do.

Transform or tarnish!?

When we think of the word donation from an op shop perspective…what does it conjure up? And what about when we add the word bin to it?

Do these words paint the positive picture we want to portray, or do they convey a more pessimistic outlook with perhaps a sense of pity for the receiver, rather than the dignity they deserve?

Does the current connotation around these words – charity bin – also make it easier for people to feel OK about dumping?

As if the most disadvantaged in our society don’t deserve quality? We all know what kind of stuff can be dumped in the form of a donation!

I wonder what would happen if we changed the word from donation to gift and encouraged people to look the recipient in the eye when they bestowed it? Or at least imagine it as a gift.

Delivering their goods by hand to staff in store or meeting the many people those donations has the potential to heal.

Now that’s a real gift.

Now I’m not a gambling gal but I could pretty much bet my thrifted Manolo Blahniks that it would be a very different story if we changed the language, to change the behaviour. Reverse psychology or shop-ology if you will.

Giving the gift of thrift from a space of kindness and thought, as if for a friend would generate a much more meaningful exchange. Education and encouragement for donors is key too, raising awareness and the vibration around what they deem acceptable to donate to a charity. ‘Does your donation count or cost’ is a powerful coin of phrase to consider. Connecting with community, supporting the mission of a worthy cause, creating new possibilities for the ones society forgot. When all done with love, can propel the collective forward enormously.

So perhaps we should gather up our ‘sticks and stones’ and use them to reconstruct a new donation style!? Donations as real gifts.

Winston Churchill knew where it was at when he stated. ‘We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.’

Yep this is an op shop! Our first Salvos Street Boutique in Sydney, filled entirely with beautiful public donations and eco styled by me.

 

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Two of my favorite thrift store looks I’ve ever created. When you donate with thought and love this is what can happen, fashion that not only has the opportunity to be pretty but it can heal and empower local community too.

 

One shirt Two Ways

August 21st, 2018 | no comments

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It’s no wonder that the classic white shirt is such a well, wonder!

There’s just so many great ways you can style this iconic item

1. Give it monochromatic edge by adding a cropped sweater, biker jacket and serious bling

(I made this piece myself by joining 4 preloved necklaces into one hell of a statement)

2. Go timeless with simple beige tones straight from a Barney’s catalogue, however in my case it’s all thrifted

(minus my LV mais oui!)

How would you style your white shirt?

PS I’m holing onto winter as long as I can…does anyone else morn the loss of layering season!?

 

Swop-ping

June 4th, 2018 | no comments

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SWOP-PING : (adj.) The art of shopping your bestie’s closet to create a cool new look.

Also See: A wonderfully eco friendly way to get them new clothing feels without having to spend a cent!

During April/May this year, Lee and I went on our 1month honeymoon and I challenged myself to take 1 small carry on suitcase for the entire trip.

It was a challenge to say the least – 4 different countries, totally different climates, conditions and pressing engagements with family and friends where fashion had to be a consideration…I mean a girl still wants to look cute right!?

I packed hard working essentials and was ecstatic to see just how much they went the distance…I’ll post more on that very soon.

As a start

One of my biggest tips is to go SWOP-PING – raid your friends, family or whoever you may know in each port and see what you can put together by way of exchange.

My precious Polish soul sister Karolina lives in NYC and she was totally up for the challenge. She grabbed my beloved Lois Hazel LBD and thrifted belt, styling it in a way I hadn’t thought of, gorgeous!

I dove on her divine tassle corset belt and reworked it over my op shop mens tux shirt and jeans…adding in my beloved wedding shoe.

The result, a sartorial match made in heaven!

Thank you so much to the delightful Diana for capturing the cool vibes between K and I, I really do adore her and not just for her incredible wardrobe!

Check both girls out on instagram and give them some love

@collectiveelementsbydb

@Karolinaborcherhunter

 

Eco Wardrobe Makeover

May 21st, 2018 | no comments

 

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A few months ago the lovely Jess from Wanderess Beauty contacted me and asked if I could help her overhaul her wardrobe into an eco friendly fashion haven. She also wanted to update her look to be more fitting for a strong, sassy business woman.

Spreading the good word of sustainable style is something I’m super passionate about so I was super excited at the prospect!

Jess was keen to collaborate with my buddies at Salvos Stores and I to donate, DIY and shop from a more sustainable stand point.

I spent a day thrifting to find the pieces to fit her brief of ‘modern mystic’ and then Jess came to play dress ups

I found her 33 incredible items for around $330 at the Salvos, I mean that’s one jacket from most stores!

Thrifting her must haves was our first priority, then what we couldn’t find with this method we then explored via vintage and ethical brands.

We documented the process so check out the video to see how it all unfolded…so much fun and for a very good cause

That’s the best kind of fashion right!!

xx

Curvy Girl Style

April 11th, 2018 | no comments

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The Fashion Trends can be hard to translate right!?

So In my latest Today Show segment I show you how to take it from  the runway to the real way, on some real women with wonderful curves!

The best bit, their looks are under $100 and I found them all at my local Salvos Store …Click through to watch!

Big Bling Little Ching

April 1st, 2018 | no comments

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You don’t have to be a trust fund baby to be super chic!

Check out my latest Today Show segment to see how you can get a high end designer vibe for very little spend and I found it all at second hand at the Salvos.

 

The 90’s Called….

March 16th, 2018 | no comments

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The 90’s called…and they want their accessory back…but you know what I’m hands free and really feeling it!

I’m the first to admit the resurgence of the fanny pack definitely freaked me out, I mean I think my eyes are still burning from some of the bad looks from back then, now though it has a chic new edge.

Thanks to designer offerings from Gucci, Dolce, Chanel and co the humble bum bag has been blinged up and bought into a bold new fashion world.

Far from affordable however, I’ve dreamt up some eco and inexpensive ways to get the look without breaking the bank…one word THRIFT, oh and DIY, ok that’s two but hear me out.

I thought about shooting the steps for you, but really its so easy I don’t want to insult you because all you need is a glue gun and a keen eye. Here are some simple pointers in the right direction…

  1. Hunt around your local thrift store for wallets, small clutches, even plain cosmetic pouches that have a nice look to them – leather, patent or transparent is another big trend. I found this faux D&G wallet for a fiver.
  2. Next hit the belt rack and look for one which matches your wallet/pouch find – I used a stretchy belt for this bum bag but you could also select a nice leather belt or even a belt with a luxe stripe or pattern. Just keep it chic
  3. Embellishment is the key to making your piece look designer – gold hardware in particular will give it that high end feel. Look for earrings, necklaces, charms and trinkets that could be deconstructed then reconstructed on your DIY piece.
  4. Grab your craft weapon (also see glue gun) and craft it together. Put a strip of hot glue on the belt and attach the bag part – remember you will be wearing the buckle at the back now!
  5. Then it’s time to be creative – work out how the bling you’ve found can be placed to embellish and add that extra expensive feel. My Tip: The right earring could be used on the front of your bum bag to replicate a logo feel, you will just need to snip off the clasp with some pliers. Check out one of my recent posts designer DIY linked above for inspo.  Have fun being hands free!!

Borrow From The Boys

February 19th, 2018 | no comments

 

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Menswear worn a woman’s way…oh boy is it wonderful. I for one, am a repeat offender…it’s just such a cool look and super easy to achieve.

It’s a fashion trick that I return to, time and time again because it’s relaxed but with the right amount of raunch, am I right ladies!?

The white jacket I’m wearing in these photos is actually my husbands wedding tux reinvented. A quick push up of the sleeve and cinch of the waist with the seasons extra long belt trend and you’ve got that ‘one of the boys’ edge. In a time when women are taking back their power, it’s even more fitting (pun intended). I love how fashion can be a talisman for political and global relevance – we want how we feel to speak volumes in our style. Hells yeah!

If you don’t have a male’s closet to raid, hit your local thrift store instead – they are absolute haven’s and the men’s section is where it’s at. You can absolutely shop all the trends and do your bit for a sustainable planet to sister. Here’s a few ideas to get amongst it man…

Top 5 Tips to Borrow From The Boys 

  1. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED – Just because it’s a jacket or a collared shirt doesn’t mean it has to be worn that way. Try it off the shoulder, backwards, as a corset top over a tee or fitted blouse – Reuse, Reinvent, Remaster!
  2.  THE BIGGER THE BETTER – Throw the sizing label out the window and wonder at the cool style to be found in your local thrift store.Vintage tux jackets, on trend tweed, rock tee’s to die for and of course the classic white collared shirt (Check out my collage above for just a few of the way’s I’ve worn mine to date)
  3. CUSTOMISE – Slice, dice and decorate. Embellishment and eccentric deconstruction isn’t a trend that’s going anywhere soon. Patches are a simple place to start, check out your local craft store or online portals like ETSY and see what you can find. Rather than the usual bright, kitchy offerings I look for black, white, yellow or tonal sequins and beading to elevate my pieces – for me it just looks more expensive and fabulous, but totally go bright if it’s more your vibe. Most of the patches I’ve bought are a minimal spend and all you have to do is iron them on. 
  4. TAKE IT TO THE STREET – Is anyone else addicted to street style, like I am? Oh the hours I’ve lost…but also the money and clothes from landfill I’ve saved. I study the trends and then I think about what I already have or could thrift to replicate what I see. A simple search of ‘2018 street style’ or ‘NYFW’ will deliver you a serious dose of inspiration. 
  5. TEXTURE – Luscious layers, contrasting fabrics, cinched in waists with belts or bows, mixing and matching prints, a preloved brooch cluster on the collar – all incredibly easy ways to take menswear next level. It adds so much interest and one of a kind cool plus it’s the simplest trick in the book to look expensive without having to break the bank!

 

‘Dude looks like a lady’ yo!

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