I promise this is the last Fashion Revolution post this year. I found Fashion Revolution Week (last week) so inspiring, I loved seeing so many people getting involved. The whole week has reaffirmed that I want my wardrobe to be as ethical and sustainable as I can.
For me, the highlight of the week was taking part in the Fashion Revolution event here in Edinburgh. It was an amazing experience talking to so many like-minded people about one of my favourite subjects. I ran a workshop on how everyone can create a more sustainable wardrobe and was a member of the panel for a discussion on slowing down fast fashion. As I’m sure you can imagine I had a lot to say on both topics.
Obviously, I had to create an outfit for this event using pieces from responsible brands. You can’t preach about ethical and sustainable fashion wearing H&M. An ethical outfit is a must have for these kinds of events. It was also I bit of an excuse to get a wee bit dressed up. I decided on this gorgeous green dress from People Tree. Yes, I’m wearing colour and pattern! I teamed the dress with this tuxedo-style blazer from Outsider as it’s still not quite warm enough for no jacket yet. It always feels great wearing ethical so knew I’d be proud to talk about this ethical outfit.
I love knowing my outfit not only looks good but does good too.
Colour: I can’t share this outfit without mentioning the colour. It’s not something you see me in very often but I actually love the bright colour of this dress. I spotted it on the People Tree website and the green just spoke to me. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever owned any green clothes (other than khaki) before but I like it. This could be the start of a new more colourful me.
Length: The dress falls just above my knees which is a length I’m comfortable wearing. Being petite I like dresses to sit above the knee but not too high. I’m too old for mini skirts now. I also wanted to wear this dress for work so it needed to be appropriate.
Styling: I didn’t do much styling other than pushing the sleeves of the blazer up a little. I prefer wearing blazers this way. It helps stop them looking too corporate and adds to the borrowed from your boyfriend look.
Think this is an obvious but of course the standout piece is this beautiful People Tree dress. As I said earlier the colour and print jumped out at me when I was looking on the website. I normally play it safe going for black dresses but I’m so glad I took a leap of faith and went for this bold number. It has an adjustable fit with a couple of D-ring belt details which you can tighten for a more fitted look (or loosen after lunch). Dresses are such an easy outfit just throw one on and you’re good to go. They are also an easy way to start introducing more responsible brands into your wardrobe. You can create an ethical outfit from only one piece.
One of my favourite parts of buying from People Tree is that they explain who makes your clothes right there on the tag. There is something special about knowing the story behind your clothes and how you are supporting a community. This dress was made by Creative handicrafts a fair trade organisations which help women achieve economic independence by providing training and jobs. They have supported over 750 families in the slums of Mumbai with a livelihood programme, sponsorship for children’s education and a micro-credit scheme. The dress is made from 100% organic cotton so is environmentally friendly as well.
Dress – People Tree (exact)
Blazer – Outsider (exact)
Boots – Ash Footwear (similar)