“The basic message is the same: the way to solve problems in your life is through consumption.” Tim Kasser, psychology professor at Knox College (featured in The True Cost) When I first watched The True Cost trailer on YouTube, I reckoned I was in for a grim, no-holds-barred account of the fast fashion industry. Boy, was I wrong. What I thought would be a severely skewed rant against the fashion industry turned out to be a more subtle (though no less grim) tale of the ills committed by the fast fashion industry and by consumers themselves. The True Cost is essentially an hour-and-a-half long documentary clearly targeted at consumers of fast fashion and the stalwarts of the fast fashion industry. Its key aim is to is to inform and educate people worldwide, particularly those who purchase fast fashion items. That much is clear from the first 20 minutes of the movie.
Buying sustainable lingerie is easier than you think On Saturday evening, I indulged in a bit of window shopping at Midvalley mall while waiting for my husband Daniel to finish watching a movie. I walked past ‘sale’ signs at La Senza, Forever 21 and Mango without much emotion. This was a good sign, considering how much I was addicted to them before embarking on my sustainable fashion journey. I even walked past Victoria’s Secret without so much as a glance at it, cognizant of the fact that it, along with La Senza, make pretty lingerie that are nowhere close to my definition of sustainable. However, I also realised that while I had the other aspects of my wardrobe covered, I need to address lingerie and sleepwear as well. So what else is a woman to do but turn to that God of Search Engines known to many of us as Google? Which is exactly what I did and I was amazed at the number of ethical lingerie brands there are out there.
Where to shop online for eco fashion One thing I’ve observed about eco fashion brands out there is that there are a LOT of them. It makes me happy that they are abundant. However, I’m also a little sad that there aren’t as many of them in Asia as there should be. Having said that, several online marketplaces carry a variety of eco fashion brands that ship internationally. So if you live in Asia, access to them is no problem at all. I narrowed down my marketplace finds to four that ship internationally and carry a good variety of products. I’d like to state here that I found them via online research and I have no affiliation with or earnings from them. My reviews of these marketplaces are therefore entirely independent.
How to wear the basics With two new basics in my wardrobe (a black skirt and simple black dress), I realised it was time to figure out how to actually creatively wear them. So I did a bit of ‘homework’ by Googling articles on how to wear a black dress and skirt respectively. After a bit of searching, I found two videos on YouTube instead of online articles, both which I feel suit my style, as well as will help add a bit of pizazz to my outfits. Here they are: 7 New Ways To Wear Your Black Pencil Skirt 10 Ways To Wear A Little Black Dress
My first experience with op shops Previously, I posted some wardrobe basics guides on this blog. I also mentioned I would spend this weekend armed with RM200 for thrift-shop shopping at Amcorp Mall. I thought I’d challenge myself a little more. And so I reduced my budget by RM100 and decided I’d get no more than three items of second-hand clothing. I arrived at the mall just after 11am, determined that I would find a black skirt and another basic piece. I first went to As:Is Vintage, which is on the first floor of the mall, near Watson’s. The two female staff there were friendly and helpful. I came away with nothing, feeling a little disappointed that most of the clothes were ‘trendy’ and not really meant for layering. Chia’s Cotton Chic My next stop was Chia’s Cotton Chic, another second-hand clothing store that has been featured prominently in local fashion websites and blogs. I was delighted to find a flattering, good quality zip-up black skirt for RM55 and a black dress for RM20. Here’s what they look like: