Imagine this: You have a full day of activities planned, the weather is 95 degrees and humid, you decided to wear a pair of DENIM jeans…
How will your legs and thighs begin to feel? Does the fabric of the jeans start to feel heavy and constricting? Do you breathe a sigh of relief when you’re finally able to take your jeans off at the end of the day?
Let’s be honest, wearing denim jeans in the summertime (although they are made of cotton) is not fun at all. I recently came across a YouTube video by DadouChic where she listed her summer wardrobe staples like linen pants, floral dresses, etc., and how she prefers to wear linen pants instead of jeans which got me to thinking about all the other clothing fabrics that I wear and –
Some of the synthetic fabrics I found were Polyester, Nylon, Satin, Spandex, Microfiber, Rayon, and Acrylic. And I wondered why I always end up sweating after I get dressed or as soon as I stepped foot outside.
Be sitting up there hot as hell in a polyester shirt like
First of all, synthetic fabrics do not absorb moisture well. Synthetics can be uncomfortable, scratchy, flammable as f**k, too clingy to the body, and the way they are manufactured, used, and disposed of are super harmful to the environment- causing air and water pollution. For example, Viscose (a semi-synthetic type of Rayon) is literally made from wood pulps!!
One of my favorite clothing items in my closet right now is a coral/peachy colored linen wrap dress that I’ve had for almost two years now and still in good condition.
It’s cute, comfortable, and BREATHABLE. I decided I want more clothing that makes me feel exactly like this linen dress does. So, I began to do some research..
“Sustainability is so important to me. One of the most impactful ways to live a sustainable lifestyle besides going vegan is thrifting and supporting sustainable and ethical brands. The fashion industry is one of the most wasteful industries of all. Do good by shopping secondhand and/or donating the things you no longer need to thrift shops..” – The Plant Based Princess via YouTube, 8/14/2020.
One thing about me is that I don’t care for designer things. You will never see me out here rocking real fur coats, expensive diamond watches, snakeskin boots, etc. That’s never been my style and never will be.
Cruelty-free me please!
The earth is our home and we must take better care of it.
So, what is fast fashion?. In basic truthful terms, “Fast fashion utilizes trend replication, rapid production, and low quality materials in order to bring inexpensive styles to the public.” – The Good Trade. This includes brands like Forever21, Zara, and H&M. And I will admit- I’m currently still a slave to fast fashion because of it’s inexpensiveness. Have you ever noticed how these fast fashion websites happen to have new styles in stock almost daily?. That’s because there is someone being worked to death for long hours, underpaid, and probably starved in order to get those new clothing items to the stores.
Now, what is sustainable fashion?. Sustainable fashion mostly applies to things that are environment related. Clothing, shoes and accessories that are manufactured, designed, and used in the most sustainable ways possible. It asks the #HowAreMyClothesMade? questions.
Finally, what is ethical fashion? “Ethical fashion deals with the moral side of the industry, namely animal rights, human rights, and supply chain transparency. It asks the #WhoMadeMyClothes? questions.” – Sustainable Jungle
Reasons why you should consider sustainable and ethical fashion
- Sustainable clothing may be on the expensive side, but they last longer. Think of it as an investment. Would you rather continue buying cheap fast fashions that you have to replace every couple of months or weeks because they got stained, ripped, or stretched outta shape?. I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten rid of a certain shirt or bottom just because I didn’t like the look of it anymore after a couple of wears. Sustainable fashion forces you to actually think before you buy.
- You are protecting the environment/planet and saving the animals simultaneously.
- Ability to create your own unique personal style. I don’t care what anyone says, you can look fly in some organic threads. And it’s very unlikely that you will show up to a party with the same outfit on as someone else. With fast fashion everybody is wearing the same thing. Boooring.
- You are contributing to safer humane working conditions for factory workers and not supporting child labor.
- You reduce your carbon footprint. Little to no chemicals, less energy and less water usage is used to make sustainable clothing. Also, there’s no greenhouse gases (which contributes significantly to global warming) and no fertilizers. Say goodbye to synthetic fabrics, and hello to linen, silk, hemp, and organic cotton.
Since sustainable clothing is more expensive, I am pledging to start incorporating pieces little by little into my wardrobe unless I can find a couple hundreds of dollars between the seat cushions somewhere. This won’t be an easy process but I’m ready for a change. Also, I plan to do a big closet declutter and donate some unwanted items before the winter rolls in. It would be great to just start over with a minimalistic wardrobe.
Here are two new organic cotton tote bags that I got recently, and I’m obsessed. I don’t even bother with my other handbags much anymore.
Tote bags can be personalized with your own custom art or logo, or you can support another companies brand that has witty, or positive messages on them. They can be a political statement all on their own.
I will always highly advocate for black-owned and women of color businesses first. These businesses simply don’t get half as much recognition as other brands do.
Here’s a list of 8 Sustainable Brands Owned By Women Of Color to support. And, more black-owned/WOC sustainable brands (personal favorites):
- Washington Ave – recycled vintage, sells out soo fast!
- Orchid Boheme – modern & vintage.
- Dusted Wonders – vintage.
- Elia Vintage – vintage.
- Almu Store – basics, threads & accents.
- Back Beat Co – laidback basics.
- Aliya Wanek – Japanese aesthetic.
- RetroRhapsody – vintage.
- Elexiay – great crocheted vacation pieces.
- SVBN Thrifted – earth toned apparel & home goods.
- Grant Blvd – reclaimed and remixed designs.
- Neutral Ground – timeless, classic, neutral.
- Two Days Off – climate neutral, every day basics.
- Sancho’s – men & women’s, large selections of brands/collections.
- Galerie LA – men & women’s, socially conscious fashions.
- Maw Supply – men & women’s, day to day pieces, reclaimed apparrel.
There’s something so timelessly beautiful about vintage clothing that makes me feel like I’m in a time machine when I put them on. I’m a sucker for vintage lingerie and corsets. It’s 2020 but I want my outfit to say I’m back in 1988, Prince just finished a set and now we’re off to the after-party type of vibes.
So, will you be considering sustainable fashion? Or are you already shopping sustainably? And if you have any more sustainable brand suggestions, I would love to know.
“Get in loser, we’re shopping consciously!”
Till next time,