One Rule to be an Ethical Fashionista

When friends and family ask me about being ethical or sustainable with my fashion choices, I’m usually met with curiosity and the assumption that everything I own has to be organic cotton. While shopping with my mom and sister during the holiday season, they found a coat they thought I would like and remarked, “It’s made from vegan materials.” I replied that vegan materials are not the sole reason I purchase something and that they aren’t always the best choice. “You would know that,” my sister said. As someone who supports more sustainable and ethical practices in fashion and consumption, I do my best to stay informed. But if there is one priority I have for being an ethical fashionista, it’s not having a closet full of recycled polyester. What exactly do I think is important for someone who supports sustainable and ethical fashion? It’s not having a closet full of organic and recycled materials.

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Fashion and Pantone 2018

One of my favorite things in fashion and design has arrived: Pantone’s Color of the Year. For 2018, the company selected Ultra Violet because of its attachment to mystical and spiritual qualities as well as for its unconventional tone and artistic characteristics. This color is known for being a forward-thinking one. Pantone selected Ultra Violet for its sense of mindfulness and inspiration for communities. Sounds like something we could use a little more of in today’s world, doesn’t it? In Marketplace‘s recent podcast, design journalist Kassia St. Clair brought to light, even more reasons for me to admire this color. For one, it has been linked to many civil rights movements, and St. Clair sees it as a blend of red and blue. This combination emphasizes the need for more unified messaging and viewpoints in a world where we are politically divided. I’m already in admiration of this powerful and deeply moving shade of violet, and as it turns out, some of my favorite fashion brands are as well. Ten Thousand Villages, Studio 189, and We Are Thought also happen to be fans of this Pantone Color of the Year–not too shabby Ultra Violet! Continue Reading ›

My Top 5 Sustainability Documentaries

Sustainability sounds like a huge endeavor. It sounds as though it could be unmanageable or too much to take on. Even though I’m working towards more a more sustainable lifestyle, even I feel overwhelmed at times. When people ask me, “Why do you do it?” I find that sometimes I can’t explain it other than a feeling of purpose. But that doesn’t fully express my reasoning. While looking through my DVD queue on Netflix, I found some answers that give my thoughts more clarity. Looking up documentaries on sustainable-related topics brought up more results than I expected. If there’s a few that really illustrate my thoughts, it’s these five films: Continue Reading ›

Native American Fashion in the Modern World

Without a doubt, November is a time of the year I enjoy the most. December is too overwhelming and stressful, summer is nice but goes too quickly, and although spring is one of my favorite seasons, after living in the Rocky Mountains most of my life, it can be full of unpredictable weather. That’s why I tend to like November, even if it marks my impending due date for finals. While my main reason for admiring November is Thanksgiving, in recent years it has shifted. This time of year, I admire this month’s recognition of Native Americans. Currently, one of my interests includes indigenous cultures and how they exist in the modern world. Now, it seems, is a trying time for cultures amongst tense race relations, which is why I have become interested in not only respecting other cultures but seeing how fashion has empowered ethnic groups. Because of this month’s theme, I decided to do some quick research if fashion has had an impact on Native Americans. As I found, my research was anything but “quick.” Here are a few of my favorites: Continue Reading ›

No Sew Accessories

Even though I’m encouraging everyone to learn how to sew during this month’s affirmation, I also understand that not everyone likes to sew or wants to sew. Not being able to sew doesn’t mean you can’t make your own accessories or take on projects from time to time. If you don’t sew, there are plenty of ways to make items for your wardrobe! As I found in my Pinterest searches for upcycling clothing, there are also many tutorials for how to make your own accessories without using a sewing needle. If you’re looking for a few ways to refresh your accessories, consider a few of my projects below. Continue Reading ›