You’re standing in front of a wall of razors at the supermarket. To one side, the cartridges for that razor you bought a few months ago. To the other, packets of disposable razors. The cartridges seem like a half decent choice, but $20 for a pack of four?! You turn to the disposables, with the distinct feeling that there is something wrong with buying something that needs to be thrown away after a few uses, but completely turned off by that astronomical price of the cartridges.
Who hasn’t been there? The price of cartridges for razors is ridiculous, with an estimated 5000% mark up from the cost of production. This is called a ‘Bait and Hook’ or ‘Razor and Blades’ business model, where the initial item (the razor) is sold very cheaply, but the follow up goods required (the blades) are sold at a much, much higher price. Then there’s the disposables – a cheaper option, but throwing away that much plastic every time the blade gets blunt is obviously not the most environmentally friendly way to go.
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Can we talk silk today, and judgment, and creating change? Yes, all that, wrapped up into one. We haven’t done a Let’s Talk Fibres post since cotton, and today I want to look at silk, but also at what it’s teaching me way beyond where fibres come from.
First of all, the basics of silk. It’s an amazing fibre to wear and work with – it reflects light, dyes well, is breathable, warm yet weightless and feels great on your skin. It’s the kind of fabric that requires you to suppress strange moaning noises when you feel it in fabric stores (just fashion students? Maybe just fashion students). Okay, lots of reasons why we love the finished fabric, but what about the rest of the silk story? Continue reading
On Sunday I shared a few ideas for working towards a better underwear drawer, whether you’re strapped for cash, time, or both, and today I wanted to show you guys how to make your own underwear. It’s a cheap way of getting underwear that you love the look of as well as how it was made, and it’s not that hard. Promise. Continue reading
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I am very excited to be doing a guest post over at ‘Recovering Shopaholic’ today! We’re looking at whether ethical clothing can be a useful tool in helping you change your relationship with buying, and I encourage you to head on over and check it out.
One of my favourite things about blogging is the connections you’re able to form with like minded people all over the world, and all the different perspectives this community brings to each topic. Debbie, the writer behind Recovering Shopaholic, creates a wonderfully warm space for some very interesting discussion with her blog, and I’m honored to be a part of that. Thank you, Debbie!
Time and money are two big factors that are often seen as holding us back from making clothing choices we really believe in, ones we feel good about. But does that have to be the case? Your underwear drawer might not be the first place you think of when moving towards a more ethical and environmentally friendly wardrobe, but let’s use it to check this theory out. Today I want to find some strategies for more eco/ethical underwear that work whether you’ve got money, time, or not so much of either.
- I’ve got some money but less time = buy better brands
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Here we have the final outfit of this challenge, where I’ve made 18 looks from 12 pieces of clothing. You can check out the beginning here, or find all the entries under Work Your Wardrobe. I must say, this is one of my favourite outfits that I’ve made over the entire time, mainly because it’s something I’ve never even considered before experimenting with what I already owned. After having so much fun wearing the black top backwards in Outfit 15, I decided to give it a go with the white cape. The cut out back of the black dress is showed off perfectly, and I love the draping at the front. It was one of those ‘do a happy dance of success’ moments. Yup.
In this final update I wanted to look back at the WHAT IF’S of capsule dressing. I think many of us have have worries or fears when we think about having a smaller wardrobe, and here I’ll be recapping what we looked at over these past 17 days about overcoming those and finding ways it can work for us. Continue reading
Hey! This is Outfit 17 of this experiment, where we’re making the most of what we already own, and learning quite a bit along the way. Today we’ve got the bronze knit, patterned pants, black and orange brogues and a belt. Fun, comfortable, and delivering 50% of my RDI of crazy pattern. Yes please.
Yesterday I recapped some of the reasons your existing pieces of clothing can be a great starting point to create a more satisfying and sustainable wardrobe, and today I wanted to look at what we’ve learnt about how to get there over these past sixteen outfits. Continue reading
Here we have Outfit 16 from this wardrobe stretching exercise - the purple shorts and lilac sweater are offset with the terracotta accents of the shoes and necklace. This is pretty much my favourite colour combination, has anyone noticed ?
I’ve decided to do 18 outfits in total from these 12 pieces of clothing, and wanted to begin casting an eye back at what this whole experience has shown us. Today I wanted recap WHY using what we already own to create a sustainable, select wardrobe is such a worthwhile thing to do. Tomorrow we’ll look at what we’ve learnt in terms of HOW to get there and make it work, and then the 18th outfit will revisit the WHAT IF’s. Continue reading
Hi! I missed out on posting yesterday, but here with go with Outfit 15 from this experiment on working your existing wardrobe. We’ve got the printed pants (now with belt loops, like I promised!), the black shell top, the orange heeled shoes and a belt. I thought I would try wearing the black top reversed to show off the beautiful embroidery (by that I mean so I could look at it all day, rather than only other people being able to see it ) and it worked so well! Lesson learned: try your clothes on backwards and be amazed!
In Outfit 4 I touched on what the process of creating a small selection of clothing can teach you, and it’s something I wanted to look at again today from a slightly different angle. For a long time, I had the impression that crafting a defined personal style would mean missing out on all the other options out there – classic fear of missing out. If I am here now, where am I not? And would that be better? If I chose orange, purple and blue as the main colours of my wardrobe, would I be deprived by including less yellow, red and green? Continue reading
Hi guys! This is Outfit 14 from this wardrobe stretching exercise, where we’re enjoying what we’ve already got and avoiding the need to buy more. Here we’ve got the denim shirt and the black dress – exactly the same pieces as Outfit 10, but quite a different look. Ahhh, it’s magic! No it’s not Emma, it’s layering.
Yesterday I looked briefly at reasons why I’m seeking simplicity in my wardrobe (and other areas of my life), and it got me thinking, why sustainability? In this case I’m going to use this term as a bit of a blanket for environmental and ethically produced clothing, despite the fact that it usually only refers to the environmental impacts. Can we go with that to get a bit of a better flow going on? Thanks muchly. There are of course many, many reasons why someone would want to make sustainable clothing choices, and this is kinda the whole point of this blog, so here we’ll only be covering a tiny snippet.
Most of us are aware, to some degree, that many of our daily consumption habits (of clothing or other things) have negative impacts on the people producing the clothes and the environment. So it’s clear that there are a plethora of external factors that could and hopefully do drive us to make better clothing choices. But external reasons can be hard. Continue reading