Eco Fashion Using Vintage Fabric

Eco fashion uses eco textiles such as organic cotton or bamboo or vintage items. Those fabrics are kinder to the environment as they are grown without pesticides and insecticides. The vintage items reused help save the earth and our water by keeping these vintage items out of the waste sites.

Organic cotton is often known as the natural fiber, conventional cotton uses around 9% of the world’s agrochemical pesticides, about 20% of the world’s insecticides and 8% of the world’s chemical fertilizers. This is because cotton flowers are very prone to attacks from insects forcing conventional cotton growers to use high levels of chemicals and genetically modified seeds. A typical conventional cotton t-shirt uses about 150 grams of very toxic pesticides and insecticides. Keeping these fabrics out of the landfills is a must.

A love of fashion and vintage is used to tackle domestic abuse and to empower women. In Port Talbot, South Wales a company called Material Girls. It uses volunteers from the charity to run this shop and all proceeds are reinvested into the charity.

This charity is Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid to provide support for women and children who have been involved with domestic abuse. It was founded in 1979. One thing supported is emergency housing so the women and children can rebuild their lives and move forward. PTAWA offers support services that prevent the cycle of domestic abuse

This charity has used the proceeds from their fashions to operate a safe house and accommodated nearly a thousand women and 1200 of their children. They have a 24 hour service for the community. They also offer services exclusively to aid children impacted by domestic abuse and early intervention for fathers and couples.

PTAWA has created its own social enterprise in order to help them become more sustainable and generate funds to help them provide full support for those affected by domestic abuse. Material Girls was created as a business that takes vintage clothing that they repair and donate.

At Material Girls, they work to generate donations of clothing and accessories that they repair and sell online in their online boutique or on eBay. They also sell at other events. All profits are used to keep running the charity.

Eco fashion also uses upcycled materials such as wood, plastics or leftover fabrics to transform waste into clothes. By using upcycled fabrics has a lesser impact on the environment.

But eco fashion does not only benefit the environment and our health, it also benefits the community. With fair trading practices it enables disadvantaged communities to earn a decent living far away from sweatshops that plague conventional fast fashion. Different schemes/certifications exist around the world to ensure a fairer deal and that no child labor is used.

Eco fashion takes vintage items and material to make runway-ready fashion. It is not plain, earthy and unattractive as eco fashion was once thought to be. Eco fashion follows some runway trends with innovate ways. Eco fashion researches the top trends of the current year and designs fashion items from that.

What makes eco fashion different from conventional clothes is not their style but the fabrics and vintage material used and the way it is manufactured. Eco fashion is handmade, making it one-of-kind, art-to-wear at reasonable prices. In a world of fast, cheap and disposable clothes that may or may not be made in “sweat shops” by under privileged children, eco fashion brings us clothing made from eco textiles under fair trading practices from vintage shops that contribute to good causes and the community.


Twinning Fashion: The New “Hot Thing”

We all know this horror very well: you walk into a dinner party with all your glamorous vibe and confidence, strutting the latest trendy designer pair you got and then all of a sudden, you make an eye contact with a stranger, or worse, your enemy sporting the same exact outfit.

“Oh! You have a twin!”

Yes, my dear friends, that can make you feel like you want to strangle her or yourself.

But here’s the thing. Wearing identical wardrobe is no longer a “what’s not hot” this year. In fact, the New York Fashion Week for 2017 Spring Collection at Monse a week ago proved that matching looks are even better than what we can imagine. Two hot twin models took over the spotlight as they walked side by side wearing off-the-shoulder shirtdresses and pinstriped skirts with only a slight difference in the style (basically, the other model wore an extra wide belt).

Matching looks had been around for quite some time. They are not only limited to twins having to wear the same outfit all the time. If you recall boy bands and girl pop groups in the 90s, they are often seen performing wearing matching looks, so this is not a surprise for millennials. The Olsen sisters had been famous fashionistas that manage to sport matching street style look without being too literally identical. Moreover, it is the same as Veronique Branquinho’s 2015 Spring collection that presented the “how to’s” twin-match outfits in similar tones, but it didn’t get as hype as this year.

Clearly, this year runways are hiring more and more twin models since it appears to play into this modern flux in what is perceived “beautiful.” Each year is a period of experimentation bringing people to the greater and striking world of fashion, seeing new ideas of beauty on the runways which will eventually rev up to the everyday fashionistas as a street style. Soon, twinning fashion may not be seen infrequently anymore.

I am very curious as to why it is only this year that the fashion industry got infatuated with the concept of twinning. Its domination stoked Mulberry’s creative director, Johnny Coca that led him to play with the “twinness,” on an autumn 2016 advertising campaign with only a few tweaks to slightly differentiate the looks. But on the other hand, it is just in time that it gets recognition. The streets should be the next big thing to reveal the results of twinning fashion.

I get it. You are not marching the runway. So, let’s set the New York Fashion Week aside for a bit and get into how you can rock this new trend on the loose. Don’t shy away partaking on this latest trend because there are tons of complementary additions you can add to matching ensembles that can still highlight a distinct look. You can even keep your signature style if you want. A Détacher, Rebecca Minkoff, and Oscar de la Renta are only among those who presented designs that are hinting more ideas to play with your wardrobe. Not bad right?

How Can We Pull Off This Fashion Trend?

I am not writing this entirely to just simply shout out that there’s a new fashion hype going on; big names in the fashion world shared a number of hints about the made or making-over idealism. Here are some of the best tips coming from the gurus in the fashion world. Matching outfits shouldn’t be a conundrum. It should be fun! Greater ideas revealed the styles that stay on the boat. These are the pleated skirts, poplin shirts, and all sorts of unfuzzy pieces like pajama-inspired pants. Stripes stick to the trending spot as well. Let’s get down to the highlights.

Keep It In The Family
That’s a straight out tip and way fun to play around. If your best friend is wearing a pair of blue skinny jeans matched with a sexy off-shoulder top, then wear any of the two. Perhaps, a blue flared belted jeans matched with a tank top. You can also be in the same kind of shoes but just wearing it differently. Wearing similar tones and texture in alterations can be entirely fully styled.

Add Something Extra
What do I mean by this? Each of us has our favorite accessories, whether it’s a hairpiece, a headband, a very eye-catchy bun holder or those really cute and fancy hair draping hair harness and chains. Hats like Fedora and Floppies do work well with twinning fashion. Even as simple as adding a belt if the other person isn’t wearing one, or whatever she isn’t adding to her ensemble, add it to yours! Just like how Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid strut their matching outfits, They can all spice up your ensemble despite resembling another person’s outfit. They are great in drawing attention away from having an almost identical style. Remember, parallel lines don’t meet; it is the same concept you should apply to pull off twinning style.

Let The Print Take Part But Not Take Over!

We don’t necessarily have to be compelled with what should look “alike” because it is more of what is “complementary,” or as simple as they look great together. Simply rank the shades of whatever printed outfit or accessories you have. I am sure the way you break down the colors won’t be too exactly the same as the other person. Use your taste when you do this since matching outfits would always be based on your personality and mood. These are essential keys in using prints even if we aren’t talking about twinning.

Should we be expecting more about this not-so-new but totally on the hype trend? Yes. Since the collaboration of Oscar de la Renta with Monse’s unusual fabrications of everyday styles and reincarnating it in a “mirroring” manner, you don’t even need to be always on the lookout. The streets will be invaded by people wearing twin-inspired fashion and it is a crystal-clear accepted challenge that everyone is pretty much excited to get on.