OOTD: Green Hawaiian Shirt & Bumper Bangs

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Hawaiian and Polynesian inspired prints became very popular during the mid century in the United States. Men and women both indulged in the trend and it has come back in style almost every decade since. This summer Hawaiian shirts were super on trend and I really enjoyed observing how different people styled them.

I have been wearing Hawaiian Shirts a lot in the past three years or so and all of them were found at thrift stores for under $8.00 each.  I normally wear them with high waisted jeans, shorts or with a mono-color dress in place of a shawl or light cardigan. In these photos I am wearing my favorite green Hawaiian shirt. I have some other green ones but this one is my favorite. Green is one of my favorite colors and can be matched with almost anything and the simple white flower print on this one makes it VERY versatile. If you are in to sustainable fashion like I am then you know that VERSATILITY IS QUEEN.  I styled my hair using the  bumper bang technique because I wanted to give the look a feminine 1940’s/1950’s vibe. That’s why I also added the flower and accessorized with cat eye sunglasses and wing tips.

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Green Hawaiian Shirt: Goodwill

High Waisted Jeans: Goodwill

Hair Flower: Can’t Remember

Cat eye Sunglasses: Goodwill

Wingtip Vans: Goodwill

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5 Sustainable Fashion Brands With A Vintage Twist

 

Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility.

(Definition taken from Wikipedia)


I used to think that the term sustainable fashion was merely a buzz phrase that brands used to lure in ethically minded consumers  who wanted to shop guilt free. Many  corporations have been *greenwashing their brands for years so I had a right to be cynical.  Eventually I started to do some research on the subject and I was happy to find out that there were in fact, some brands out there that truly believed in sustainability and practiced what they preached.

One thing I noticed was that some of these brands focused solely  on the environmental aspect of sustainability. I wanted to find companies that were not only using business practices that were kind to the environment but to garment workers as well. Those were difficult to find and few and far in between  until about   three years ago. Nowadays it seems that more and more  environmentally conscious brands are popping up all the time (In both online and brick an mortar form) that are also striving to and succeeding at treating workers kindly and paying them a living wage.

This development may be partially due to the headline making tragedy that occurred in India on April 24th, 2013. On that date in Bangladesh, Rana Plaza collapsed (a building that housed various garment factories and other businesses) and more than 1100 garment workers were murdered, thousands of others were injured. I use the word murder, rather than killed because murder charges were brought against the people connected with the building collapse due to their negligence and abuse of human rights.

I  cannot say for certain that the Rana Plaza Collapse is the only reason sustainable brands are being more conscious about garment workers’ rights but it was definitely a watershed moment in the collective consciousness of the fashion industry.

Below is a list of five brands that I feel are doing sustainable  fashion the right way and not just cherry picking aspects of sustainability that are convenient for them. If you have read this blog before then you know I am a huge fan of vintage clothing that takes inspiration from the styles of the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. For this reason I picked out  items from each brand that have that specific vibe and added vintage photos of similar looks. All of the corresponding websites will be linked at the end of the post.

VETTA

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PHOTO VIA VETTA’S INSTAGRAM I LOVE THE DIVERSITY IN MODELS THEY USED HERE

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TEENAGE GIRLS IN A 1947 CATALOG MODELING SIMILAR JUMPSUITS

Vetta not only takes great pains to be eco-friendly AND socially responsible but they sell 5 piece mini capsule collections that can be mixed and matched to create a month’s worth of outfits! This is perfect for people that are on a budget but do not want to sacrifice quality or style. Another awesome fact about Vetta is that one of the factories that they use gets 70% of it’s energy from solar power.

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AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE CLASSIC MIDCENTURY PLAYSUIT – PHOTO VIA VETTA’S INSTAGRAM

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MCCALL PATTERN OF VINTAGE PLAYSUITS

 

LIFE AFTER DEATH DENIM

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PHOTO VIA LIFE AFTER DEATH DENIM

Mary Bruno is a veteran of the garment industry who specialized in the design, production and marketing of denim for many years. She started Life After Death Denim after being fed up with the lip service many brands would give regarding sustainability. She felt that sustainability has to be the driving force of the brand not just a small part of it. Life after death denim is committed to using recycled fabrics and trim as well as chemical free washing and reduced water waste. In February of 2016,twenty garment workers in Cambodia fainted all within minutes of each other due to the chemicals being used in the production process. The fact that Life After Death Denim is vigilant about omitting harmful chemicals from the production process is a hallmark of their sustainable practices.

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ACTRESS ALI MCGRAW IN A SIMILAR LOOK

 

ETHNIKKA MX

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Pictured above are Martina Zeta and Martha Hernández, they are artisans from a group of indigenous people called the Triqui that reside in Oaxaca, Mexico and some surrounding areas. The sign reads “I made your clothes”. The photo is from Ethnikka Mexico’s Instagram account.

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PHOTO VIA ETHNIKKA MX’S INSTAGRAM

Ethnikka Mx sells traditional indigenous garb made by artisans of various indigenous communities in Mexico. All of the embroidery and the fabrics are handmade using ancestral techniques. They ship worldwide and offer free shipping within Mexico. A quick browse through their Instagram account will reveal that they really pride themselves on being purveyors of slow fashion. I was unable to find a website for them (I found one with a similar name but I did not see the same products) so I assume they do all of their transactions via Instagram Direct Messaging.

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DOLORES DEL RIO, ACTRESS  FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN CINEMA, WEARS A TRADITIONAL EMBROIDERED BLOUSE.

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EUFROSINA CRUZ, TRAILBLAZING WOMAN”S RIGHTS ACTIVIST FROM OAXACA WEARING BEAUTIFUL TRADITIONAL EMBROIDERED GARB

 

AMOUR VERT

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This Amour Vert jumpsuit is made of Tencel (fabric made from wood pulp using recyclable solvents) which is sustainable,  shrinks less, wrinkles less and collects less odor and bacteria so you don’t have to wash it as much. Amour Vert partners with American Forest in a program where they plant a tree for every t-shirt they sell. They have also supported 21 reforestation projects thus far, 97% of their product is made within  a few miles of their San Francisco office and they use non-toxic dyes in the production process. They also make a point of visiting the factories often to ensure the workers are being treated well and being paid fair wages.

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FACTORY WORKER DURING WORLD WAR II IN A SIMILAR LOOK

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VINTAGE PATTERN OF 1940’s OVERALLS

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THIS SPIN ON THE SAME LOOK PAIRS THE JUMPSUIT WITH A GORGEOUS RED GINGHAM BLOUSE, RED EARRINGS, BUMPER BANGS AND WINGTIPS

 

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CLASSIC WRAP DRESS FROM THE ELEGANTEES COLLECTION

Elegantees was was founded in New York and used to give a portion of their profits to organizations that were helping victims of human trafficking. Now they have moved beyond this model and have a sewing center in Nepal that employs women who have been rescued from human trafficking. These women are paid a fair wage (more than 2-3x the local minimum wage which is enough to live on) and work in fair living conditions. They do not live at the sewing center as indentured servants but rather commute from their own homes. As far as the environmental impact of the production process is concerned, I did not find enough information on that. I read that they use organic cotton but this is a bit controversial in my eyes. Organic cotton is grown without harmful chemicals but it needs quite a bit of water to be grown, same as non-organic cotton. Cotton in general is jut too water intensive in my eyes but I decided to include Elegantees on the list because human trafficking is such a huge problem that so few people are aware of or apathetic to that I really felt that their efforts to rescue (they partner with a non-profit that takes women out of the hands of human traffickers) and employ women who have been through this horrifying reality really needed to be praised and news of their existence is worthy of being disseminated.

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BETTIE PAGE THE QUEEN OF PINUP IN A SIMILAR DRESS

 

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VETTA

LIFE AFTER DEATH DENIM

ETHNIKKA MX

AMOUR VERT

ELEGANTEES

 

*Greenwashing: disinformation spread by an organization or corporation with the intent of presenting an environmentally responsible public image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information on Ocean Pollution, Clothing from Recycled Plastic and Recycled Fishing Nets

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Have you ever heard of the The Great Pacific Garbage Patch?  If not, well it sounds very much like what it is; a gigantic patch of garbage floating in the pacific ocean. It happens to be the most massive accumulation of ocean plastic in the world….floating  between California and Hawaii.

A National Geographic article from March of this year stated that The Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains 79,000 METRIC TONS of plastic! Much of this ocean pollution is made up of micro-plastics. Micro-plastics come from many different sources. One of these being larger plastic debris that erode in to tiny pieces. Another source of micro-plastics are micro-beads. Micro-beads are tiny pieces of polyethylene plastic that are added to facial/body cleansers, toothpaste and other similar beauty and hygiene products. They were first added to these types of products about 50 years ago or so.

Micro-plastics however are not the only culprit in this disgusting man made tragedy. In fact micro-plastics are not even the largest source of plastic found in The Pacific Garbage Patch. That particular dishonor goes to fishing nets and other fishing gear.

A study published in Scientific Reports last March reported that 46% of the 79,000 metric tons of trash are from just the fishing nets alone!!!

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Photo via Francis Perez

Now that I have dispensed some stomach churning information it is only fair to present some ways in which you and I as consumers can be a part of a solution to this problem.

  1. Reduce your consumption of fish or even better  go vegan completely. I stopped eating fish for many years before I became a vegan. If you feel being vegan is too challenging then reduce one animal product at a time until you are ready to take the plunge.
  2. Buy clothing and accessories from companies that make them from recycled plastic.  (I linked to a couple of them at the end of the post.)
  3. Switch from Tupperware to metal food storage containers and from Ziploc bags to reusable snack and sandwich bags. Carrying a reusable straw around is also very helpful. I started using one earlier this year. (Links to purchase these items will be at the end of the post).
  4. Spread the word about ethical and sustainable companies. KOA clothing, a company that  makes bikinis out of recycled plastic, is currently having a giveaway on Instagram.  By entering the contest you are ot only spreading the word about on social media but you also get a chance to sample the goods yourself at no cost to yourself! The prize is a bikini and a T-Shirt made out of recycled cotton. This is a clear cut case of a win/win scenario. Click here to see their IG post explaining the contest rules.
  5. Lastly, get educated and help educate others. Share this post with others and educate yourself a little more on the subject whether you read a book on sustainable living or read about it online. Knowledge is power. The more you learn the stronger your will to contribute to the solution will be. At least that has been my experience.

COMPANIES THAT SELL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC AND RECYCLED FISHING NETS:

TOGETHER CALIFORNIA

https://togethercalifornia.com/

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KOA CLOTHING (New items will be added to website soon)

http://www.koa-clothing.com/

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BUREO

https://bureo.co/

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METAL TUPPERWARE CONTAINERS

https://www.amazon.com/Imports-OC692-Nesting-Storage-Container/dp/B00LU4DRB4/ref=asc_df_B00LU4DRB4/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167135973835&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7795822070308590050&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031203&hvtargid=pla-307168905828&psc=1

 

REUSABLE SNACK BAGS AND REUSABLE SANDWICH BAGS

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/tools-products/reusable-sandwich-bags

REUSABLE STRAW

5 Piece Straw Set – Black

 

 

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