#WhoMadeYourClothes

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Today marked the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in which 1,134 garment workers lost their lives when the building they were working in collapsed. Fashion Revoultion Day was set up to mark the anniversary and demand changes to the fashion industry.

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#slowstreetstyle

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Consciously Sartorial has teamed up with sogoodsocute.com to challenge people to create street style looks made entirely from ethical and sustainable fashion brands.

I decided to take them up on the challenge and chose this gorgeous picture from chocolatecookiesandcandies.com as my street style inspiration. Breton stripes take up a good 65% of my wardrobe so this was a no brainer.

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Street Style Image |chocolatecookiesandcandies.com; Coat | Seasalt Moorhen Coat; Shirt | Seasalt Sailor Shirt; Bag | Chloe Stanyon Roll Top Leather Bag; Jeans | Monkee Genes; Shoes | Toms Shoes; Hat | Pachacuti

Christopher Raeburn’s High Flying SS15 Collection

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Christopher Raeburn SS15 | Photo: catwalking.com

Upcycling is one of the easiest ways to add to a sustainable wardrobe. Not only can you update a sad looking outfit and but you can also stop unwanted fabric from ending up in landfills.

The Brigitte Dress and the Charity Shop Fabric

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Brigitte Pattern Dress, Fabric TRAID, People Tree necklace

Dress: Handmade (fabric from TRAID)
Bag: {Think} Boutique
Bracelet: People Tree
Necklace: People Tree

I’ve only gone and made myself a dress which is actually 100%, totally wearable! HOORAH! Everything I’ve made up until now has always had something just not quite right about the fit, but this time, THIS TIME, it fits perfectly and I am beyond excited – hence the weird pose below!

Oaddap – a street wear collection from Elin Andersson

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“You sometimes need to stop and really look at what you’re doing, especially in this business where so much is superficial and all about money.” – Elin Andersson on being a fashion designer.

Three Outfits from Oaddap Somenid Elin Anderson

Birthdays at Bedruthan Steps

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Dress: Enjoy
Bag: {Think} Boutique

It was my dad’s birthday at the weekend and to celebrate we jumped in the car and went wherever the mood took him. The birthday mood took us to Bedruthan Steps – which is quite literally one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall, the world.

The I’m Up Here Collection – Reformation

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I would apologise for yet another Reformation post, but the truth is, I’m not sorry! And until they stop producing the most beautiful range of sustainable fashion these posts will keep on coming!

I know I’ve mentioned how much I love the skinny straps and low scooped backs of many a Ref dress but if you have any hint of a boob a backless dress always raises the age old question, “What do you do about a bra?” This is where Reformation have stepped up to the mark and produced “The I’m Up Here Collection”, a range designed to conceal your bra but without compromising on true Ref style. Or as they put it “The best of Ref, recomboobulated to fit ladies with a bigger bust” – beauty with a boob pun, what could be better!

All the clothes are made from either deadstock materials (fabric that’s going to waste due to fashion houses over-ordering) or from viscose, a natural and biodegradable fabric woven in a mill free of harmful substances and dyes.

I think the reason I love Reformation so much is that they’re the perfect antidote to the tiresome assumption that ethical fashion can only be frumpy or fleecey. They continue to create ranges of the highest quality and with an undeniable sense of style.

Here’s just a few of my favourite items from their latest collection.

Azalea Two Piece| Photo: The Reformation

Azalea Two Piece| Photo: The Reformation

Begonia| Photo: The Reformation

Begonia| Photo: The Reformation

My Top Sustainable Sale Picks

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Something that often comes up when discussing ethical fashion is the price point. Yes, often ethical fashion will cost a little more than your average highstreet store – but those extra pounds mean a huge difference to the people who are making the garments. However, being savvy about your shopping habits means you can shop ethically without breaking the bank.

People Tree’s Perfect Breton Top

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Breton Striped Inspiration

We all know I love a good Breton stripe. They somehow manage to make even the most lazy of outfit choices seem impecibley polished. They’re also wonderfully versatile (insert noughties Potato Waffle advert here! Sorry) Not only do they look perfect with jeans or tucked into a skirt, they also look pretty great with a clashing pattern; I favour a polka dot or floral and stripe combo myself.

One of the first pieces of clothing I bought when I pledged to create an entirely ethical wardrobe was the Libby Breton Top from People Tree. It’s beautifully soft, and it’s got beautiful contrast piping on the inside of the neck and front pocket.

People Tree's Libby Breton Top | Photo: Laura Peta

People Tree’s Liberty Breton Top | Photo: Laura Peta

The Libby Top is made by Assisi Garments a business based in South India. They provide training and employment for deaf, mute and economically disadvantaged women who are provided with a safe and supportive environment and a fair wage. After a few years of saving the women receive a bonus that, along with their savings, they are able to start a home and often their own tailoring businesses. Assisi Garments also use their profits to support a cancer hospital and an old people’s home in South India.

So not only are you buying the softest, cutest, 100% organic Breton striped tee around, you’re also helping a lot of people who otherwise might not be getting the same opportunities. Pretty great huh?

PS: I’ve just ordered the Libby Breton Top in red, I can’t wait for it to arrive – more on that at a later date!