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  • GUEST BLOGGER: City Girl At Heart

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    What is your blog about?

    My blog is essentially a lifestyle blog. I write about anything that takes my fancy. Music features heavily and I have a weekly feature where I showcase an ethical issue or brand called Ethical Tuesday.

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    Why is sustainable fashion important to you?

    I was appalled by the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 and it made me completely rethink how and why I spend my money. The more I researched, the more I realised how much the environment and peoples live are connected to our buying decisions. I am now on a mission to make as many other people as possible aware too!

    Do you have a personal style?

    As I now buy less but better I'm trying to create the perfect capsule wardrobe where everything goes with everything. Classic pieces with the odd piece of crazy colour thrown in!

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    Can you give our readers any advice for buying ethically and sustainably?

    I love charity shops and clothes continuing to have a life. Clothes swap parties are a great idea too. There are some really lovely ethical fashion brands around now. Most of them are expensive but have brilliant sales so keep an eye out for them by signing up to their mailing lists. Beamont Organic and Noa Noa are two of my favourites.

    Why are platforms like Fashion ComPassion and your own blog important?

    To give ethical designers and brands a platform to showcase their work, tell their stories, touch people's hearts and minds and ultimately change the world!

    What are your top 3 Fashion ComPassion favourite items?

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  • Guest Blogger: Greta Eagan of Fashion Me Green

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    My blog is:

    Called Fashion Me Green (www.fashionmegreen.com)

    Sustainable fashion is important to me because:

    Combining sustainability (ethics, the environment and social impact) with fashion made it possible for me to have a career in fashion that appeased both my creativity and my morals.

    My personal style is:

    sporty chic with minimalist/ menswear inspired touches, and a splash of glamour when appropriate

    Some of my favourite sustainable brands are:

    SVILU, Daniel Silverstein, Thu Thu, Chinti & Parker, Suzanne Rae, and The Sway

    My advice for buying ethical and sustainable products:

    Start by supporting one eco initiative (example: organic, local, linked to a cause, etc) instead of trying to satisfy every possible way of going green in one product all at once.

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    In the future I would like to:

    Keep spreading the word and methodology of Wear No Evil (my book) and host a TV show to bring greater awareness to sustainable fashion and how we can seamlessly incorporate it into our stylish lives.

    Platforms like Fashion ComPassion are important because:

    They provide a resource for consumers to shop and learn about fashion with ethics. They become trusted sources that vet the options out there and curate the best ones into a single online location.

    My top 3 Fashion ComPassion picks:

    1) KRZE Studio Naomi Black Bucket Bucket
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    2) Angela & Roi Caramel Sunday Tote
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    3) Kyu Melange Blue Makeda
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  • Guest Blogger: Christine De Leon of Very Nice Threads

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    My blog is:

    I was in need of a creative outlet and Very Nice Threads began in 2008 as a street style blog. If an individual caught my eye by the way they were expressing themselves through dress, I would ask to take their photograph. I'd ask them about the clothes they wore and invariably the most interesting looks came from a combination of vintage, charity shops and high street brands. The blog evolved over time as a place to look for alternatives to high street fashion. I write about independent designers who have sustainable or ethical credentials and I also write about social and environmental issues in the fashion industry as they relate to fair labour practices and carbon footprint.

    Sustainable fashion is important to me because:

    Clothes use up a lot of valuable resources - many of which aren't renewable. The industry operates in a way that puts pressure on these resources and contributes to their increased scarcity. Fashion is an accessible way to talk about transparency, clean supply chains and creative alternatives to the supply and demand model of doing business. Fashion has the potential to show the other industries how to do business in a way promotes mindful consumerism, that takes less out of the environment and contributes more to the communities they operate in.

    My personal style is:

    A culmination of all the places I've lived: Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London. I look for natural fabrics, a good fit, a classic line and a quirky, individualistic twist. I've recently decided to stop wearing so much black and to pluck up the courage to wear bold patterns.

    Some of my favourite sustainable brands are:

    Michelle Lowe-Holder for accessories, TAMMAM for special occasions, THTC and Monkee Genes for street wear and People Tree for the office.

    My advice for buying ethical and sustainable products:

    Do your research.

    In the future I would like to:

    Think globally, act locally. I'm running as a Green Party candidate in the upcoming local elections and regardless of the outcome, I want to continue to take what I've learned over the years through the blog to campaign for wider environmental issues and social justice.

    Platforms like Fashion ComPassion are important because:

    It disrupts the unskilled, cookie-cutter, fast fashion conveyor belt of consumption by promoting the work of skilled artisans and encourages us to buy a special something that we value and will be for keeps, not just a throw-away item.

    Christine's top 3 Fashion ComPassion items:

    1) Cambodia Srey Tote by Catrinka Project

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    2) Bhadra Clutch by 1701

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    3) Elliana Clutch by Habi

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  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Recycled Fashion

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    What is the name of your blog?

    Recycled Fashion

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I write a blog about fashion, but fashion not in the traditional sense. I write about sustainable fashion, which encompasses shopping expeditions in opportunity shops, charity shops, thrift stores, vintage stores, markets, garage sales, car boot sales, online stores and auctions to find recycled fashion wardrobe pieces.

    After the birth of my first son, I enjoyed the change in my life, but do admit to finding the adjustment from full time work to stay at home mother really difficult. I always remember my husband saying to me at this point “you need a hobby” and laughed at him! But, he was right, I did need a creative outlet to focus on. I’d always enjoyed writing, and sourcing second hand fashion, so combined the two together which became my blog; Recycled Fashion.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    Fashion can be damaging to the environment, from the dyes and chemicals used in the process, through to the waste generated by our throwaway nature of cheaply produced ‘on trend’ clothes.

    By choosing sustainable fashion, we are kinder to our planet, and to the people that make our clothes.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    Eclectic, I wouldn’t really say I have a style, anything goes, but I don’t like to follow trends.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    I think Vivienne Westwood is doing well to fly the sustainable fashion flag.

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    Because I favour recycled fashion, I tend to prefer brands that repurpose existing fabric, such as Junky Styling and Queenie & Ted.

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    I always say to choose recycled before buying new as a priority, otherwise to I’d say when choosing a new garment to buy, do a little bit of research behind the brand first, and make sure you are happy with their ethics before parting with your hard earned cash.

    What are your plans for the future?

    Part of my blog writing involves refashioning op shop clothes into new styled pieces. However, I've got to the stage now where I don't really need that many clothes for my own wardrobe. I am in the process of linking up to op shops (charity shops) close to my home, take damaged or un-wearable clothes and refashion them into new stylish pieces. I plan to document how I did so on my blog, then donate back to the op shop for resale.

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Erica’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Bhalo’s Scarecrow Trousers (£90), Sarah's Bag Classic Posters Clutch (£92) and Bhalo's Pocket Skirt (£80). Erica’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Bhalo’s Scarecrow Trousers (£90), Sarah's Bag Classic Posters Clutch (£92) and Bhalo's Pocket Skirt (£80).

    Check out Erica's Recycled Fashion blog here.

    Erica is also on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Laurenella

    Guest Blogger of the Month - Laurenella.

    What is the name of your blog?

    Laurenella

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I started blogging at the beginning of my last year of my undergraduate degree. I'd been reading various fashion blogs for about a year before then and finally decided to just start my own! My first few posts were dire - badly lit outfit photos against my bedroom wall taken on a half broken camera, but the only way from there was up!

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    I have to admit, as a student I haven't really paid much attention to whether my fashion is sustainable or not, throughout university I have very much been one for disposable fashion bought as cheaply as possible. Now that I'm a bit more grown-up(?) though I'm starting to realise that supporting sustainable fashion brands and designers is a really easy way to make your own personal bit of difference to the world around us. I'm hoping that as sustainable fashion stays in the public eye more companies will start to think more about where and how their products are created.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    A lot of people I know have described my fashion sense as 'quirky'. I like a lot of bold prints, loud colours and statement jewellery. I'm never quite sure if its an insult or a compliment when someone says to me "Ooh I could never wear that!". I'd say I follow fashion trends but not blindly. If I look absolutely horrific in something *coughdiscopantscough* then nothing will persuade me to buy it!

    Who do you admire in the world of fashion?

    At the moment I really admire Victoria Beckham. I think its really inspiring how she's gone from being a bit of a joke singer to being a really well established fashion designer. I also desperately want a work wardrobe filled to the brim with some of her dresses.

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    People Tree came to my attention back when they had Emma Watson model and design for them in 2011 and since then I've found a number of pieces on their website that I've fallen in love with. They aren't cheap, but I'm looking forward to buying some office friendly dresses from there with my first paycheque!

    Also from what I've seen and read New Look is one of the better high street stores when it comes to their sustainability, something that makes me even happier about the money that I've spent in there over the years! I've always found New Look to be on trend and much more reasonably priced than some other high street brands and I've amassed quite a collection of dresses from there over time!

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable fashion products?

    I'm not sure I can pass this off as a top tip because I don't actually follow this advice myself at the moment, but as soon as I have a proper full time job and a salary I'm going to start building up the ultimate capsule wardrobe filled with well made and classics items like the perfect jeans and a timeless trench coat. I will have a Pinterest-able wardrobe one day!

    What are your plans for the future?

    Right now my only plan is to finish my MA dissertation. I have a week to go and its slowly draining the life out of me! After that I'm looking forward to getting a job, moving in with my boyfriend and of course keeping blogging going on the side!

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Lauren’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Beshtar Tribal Silk Dress (£200), GUNAS Admiral Baguette Clutch (£260) and Kasturjewels White Sapphire Studs (£110). Lauren’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Beshtar Tribal Silk Dress (£200), GUNAS Admiral Baguette Clutch (£260) and Kasturjewels White Sapphire Studs (£110).

    I'm completely in love with the Admiral Baguette Clutch and I think the Tribal Silk Dress would be perfect for a holiday in the sun. The jewellery is my favourite though and these White Sapphire Studs are perfect!

    Check out Lauren's Laurenella blog here.

    Lauren is also on Twitter and YouTube.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: StyleMeHester

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    What is the name of your blog?

    StyleMeHester

    Tell us about your blog and why you started it?

    I started my blog about 3 months ago with the intention of helping to revive the wardrobes of young people and give a little inspiration. My aim, to put together a different outfit each day using my own things, model the look, and give a description on where one can buy these items, the price range and how to work the look to it's fullest, simple!

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    We live in a world that relies upon us the human race to help cut the carbon footprint, Every industry has taken part from car manufacturers to the housing market, why shouldn't we the fashion industry take part too? Fashion is a big influence to young people, therefore a strong message can be given through this.

    How do you describe your style/fashion sense?

    Honestly my style changes on a daily basis, it all depends on my mood! But If I had to put me in a category, I'd say Im a bit of a bohemian girl, I love sporting those fab floaty dresses and tussled golden locks.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    I adore Eviana Hartman from the US she founded her collection called Bodkin in 2008, her pieces are beautifully simplistic, using organic cottons, innovative new fibres and effluent dye processes from the US she has become very well know within sustainable fashion.

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    I'm a massive fan of retrofitting, what I do is scour the rails of second hand shops to find basic items (you can find some amazing pieces if you look hard enough) then I customise using my own designs and embellishments. Key word here is haberdashery!

    What are your plans for the future?

    I'd like to continue giving inspiration to others, Ideally work towards being a professional blogger for a designer or label and do my bit in supporting sustainable living.

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion ComPassion website?

    Hester’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Burqa Silk Ikat Cocktail Dress (£165), Sarah's Bag Classic Calligraphy Gold On Black Clutch (£128) and Inaaya Ra'ani Durri Necklace (£48). Hester’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Burqa Silk Ikat Cocktail Dress (£165), Sarah's Bag Classic Calligraphy Gold On Black Clutch (£128) and Inaaya Ra'ani Durri Necklace (£48).

    Check out Hester’s ‘StyleMeHester' blog here.

    Hester is also on Facebook.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Pink 2.55

    Amara Javed - Editor & Founder of Pink 2.55

    What is the name of your blog?

    Pink 2.55

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I started my blog after a few years of writing for fashion publications. I wanted to get away from editorial restrictions and be able to put my personal spin on things. There is something so liberating and satisfying to be able to write about things you want to as you want to. Also, I learnt there was a huge niche in the subcontinent for a blog that covered local and international fashion with the same panache.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    Sustainable fashion is very important because we are living in a world with limited resources and it is up to us to protect and utilise those resources in the best way possible. Also I would like to mention that cruelty towards animals for the sake of fashion seems so unnecessary. I am not a PETA-type fanatic but having recently watched some gruesome videos of how your favourite furs are created has put things into perspective for me.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    Despite being a fashion fanatic and blogger, comfort is the most important aspect for me. I think I have done a good job in putting together a stylish and comfortable wardrobe - but I do have a bit of a quirky steak and like statement making pieces. I'm obsessed with accessories and shoes. You will probably see me wearing all black with a huge necklace, tons of rings and a bright lip.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    Stella McCartney is a superstar. She has managed to create a super successful, high-end luxury brand without using leather or fur. I also love Livia Firth for bringing attention to sustainable fashion/designers.

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    I love Palestyle because they are constantly creating fun, ultra chic items which are hand made by female Palestinian refugees. I also applaud Fashion Compassion for bringing various ethical brands under one umbrella and creating awareness in all corners of the world.

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    It is important to research in order to identify a brand which works for a cause which is close to your heart.

    What are your plans for the future?

    I am always going to be blogging and I want to see Pink 2.55 grow in the future. I am stepping into my first corporate job (in fashion!) soon which is an adventure I am looking forward to. Other than that, I have a very Epicurean philosophy about life - live, drink and be merry!

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Amara's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website - Palestyle Glam Letter Necklace (£110), Beshtar Tribal Silk Dress (£200) and Palestyle Blue Caviar Shoulder Bag (£485). Amara's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website - Palestyle Glam Letter Necklace (£110), Beshtar Tribal Silk Dress (£200) and Palestyle Blue Caviar Shoulder Bag (£485).

     

    Check out Amara’s ‘Pink 2.55’ blog here.

    Amara is also on Twitter - @Amara807, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Just Rach

    Rachael Cocking from JustRach

    What is the name of your blog?

    Just Rach

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    My blog has gone through quite a few names and styles over the years, and it has transitioned slowly into what it is today; Just Rach. I think it began in my second year of university, as a sort of online diary and over the last four years it morphed into a fashion, beauty, lifestyle and occasional geekery blog. I've always been passionate about reading and writing, but uni work put a dent in the number of books I could devour without feeling guilty that I should be reading academic pieces instead. It's always been a dream of mine to become an author one day, but I don't know if I'd have the time, commitment or imagination to accomplish this - in a way my blog is like the book I'll never write; a long and intricate autobiography of my own life. That's why I've finally settled on the name Just Rach, because everything you get on my blog is simply just me :)

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    While I don't really ever write about sustainable fashion, I do love to promote sustainable brands that I sometimes come across. I am relatively passionate about sustainable living and my ultimate aim is to live a life that is 100% green. To me this would mean sustainable fashion, eco-friendly beauty products and sensible eating habits. I often have day dreams about living in a sustainable wood home, powered entirely by ground source heating, wind and solar generators! I'm all about planning for the future, I love to think about and imagine what life will be like for the generations ahead of mine. I don't want to leave this world knowing that I didn't do everything within my power to ensure that those surviving me live on a planet that they're proud to call home.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    I think I'd have to say I'm a relatively classic dresser. I don't particularly follow the main fashion trends, I'm more likely to stick with what I know, love and what catches my eye. (Although, my favourite tee is a blue superman one - so I do occasionally give in to the little kid inside of me!) I gravitate towards pieces that I know will form staples in my wardrobe and will last me years - I'm not a huge fan of the season-to-season throw away fashion that seems to be the favour of the high street stores over the last couple of years. I love flattering cuts, sweetheart necklines, classy dresses, shirts, skinny jeans and any cute pair of flat shoes. I seem to have a never ending collection of coats, I think a good coat is so important - I've had most of my coats for a few years now and I can't imagine passing them on any time soon. I also have a bit of a shoe obsession - a girl never can have enough shoes, there's always the perfect pair for any outfit. I'm happy to spend more on a quality piece if I know it will last me a long time.

    Who do you admire in the world of fashion?

    This is a tough question, because I don't really admire anyone specifically. I think I'm always quite in awe of those who really push the boundaries of fashion. Those who aren't afraid to try something really out-there. I'd never have the confidence or fashion-savvy to try something that I'm not 100% comfortable about wearing.

    What are your favourite brands and why?

    Although the majority of my favourite clothes come from shops like Zara, Mango, H&M, Jack Wills, Hollister and Henry Hunt - my ultimate favourite places to browse and shop are online boutiques, etsy shops and bloggers wardrobe clear-out sales. I love the idea of finding one-off quirky pieces from indie sellers and blog sales are so great for recreating the style of your favourite fashion bloggers.

    What are your top tips for buying fashion products?

    For me, the most important advice I could give would be to avoid throw away fashion trends and to pick classic, timeless pieces that you know you'll be wearing for years. Think about your choices more carefully - do you really love that neon pink and yellow zebra striped cat-suit? Or is it something you'll wear once because you saw your favourite celebrity in it, and then it'll be confined the the depths of your wardrobe for years to come?

    What are your plans for the future?

    Akin to my opinion on the importance of being sustainable, I'm driven by what the world will be like for future generations in other ways too. My ultimate passion and dream job (aside from astronaut, video-gamer designer (or beta-tester) and professional blogger) is to become a teacher. Specifically a primary school teacher. I think it's so important that, as well as academics, kids learn good morals, the difference between right and wrong, and a fiery passion for learning and reading - this is what I hope to achieve as a teacher. Perhaps I'm expecting too much? But, as long as just one student looks back and can say that I was inspiring to them, I'll be happy in the knowledge that I've accomplished my ultimate life goal. As far as Just Rach goes - I hope I'll be blogging away until I'm old and grey, documenting every little twist and turn that comes my way.

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    I think this is my favourite question of them all! I took such a long time choosing just 3 picks, there are so many beautiful pieces! In the end I settled on the Bhalo Pineapple Dress, the Bhalo Streamer Skirt  and the Sougha Moon Clutch!

    Rachael's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website - Bhalo Pineapple Dress (£80), Bhalo Streamer Skirt (£110) and Sougha Moon Clutch ( £155) . Rachael's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website - Bhalo Pineapple Dress (£80), Bhalo Streamer Skirt (£110) and Sougha Moon Clutch (£155).

    Check out Rachael’s ‘Just Rach’ blog here.

    Rachael is also on Twitter - @JustRachBlog and on Facebook

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: One Green Dress

    Amelia Glynn from One Green Dress

    What is the name of your blog?

    One Green Dress

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I started my blog One Green Dress over a year ago when I was becoming increasingly interested in ethical fashion. I had been researching the different brands and the various debates within the ethical fashion industry and learning about how fashion could be ethical and sustainable. I was beginning to compile a huge amount of information and decided that I wanted somewhere to store and display it both for my personal use and to show others what I was finding out.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    I really feel that fashion has become hugely consumption driven- people have stopped caring about what they are buying and are more concerned about buying as much as possible, as frequently as possible. For me, it’s really important to think about the journey that the clothes have taken from crop to shop; how many processes it gone through, countries it has traveled through and hands it has passed through.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    Well I try to aim for an elegant, well groomed look; quite formal in general and then I tend to funk up outfits with bold jewellery. When I buy new clothes I buy them to last so I try to stick to classic, flattering cuts that won’t age too quickly. A lot of my wardrobe wouldn’t look out of place in the office; it’s quite smart and easy to dress up or down.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    I admire those people that aren’t willing to settle for just one aspect of sustainability. I really admire companies that aren’t picking between being environmentally friendly or using fair labour but are striving for both and looking at improving all aspects of their global production chain. I think we should always strive to be better than we are in ethical fashion.

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    I’m always finding new ethical fashion brands and my favourite new finds are O My Bag, Leila Hafzi and Maiyet. I just bought O My Bag’s Sleazy Jane handbag and I couldn’t be more pleased with it! O My Bag are definitely the most ethically sourced leather bags that I have ever found- they have covered everything from the cows to the labourers and all the processes in between to make sure they are as ethical as possible. What I find to be above and beyond in the realms of ethical fashion with these three brands is their focus on design led fashion. They do not expect people to buy their products just because they are ethical - they expect people to buy their products because they are gorgeous, well made and worth investing in.

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    Do your research and make sure that the brand you choose to buy from are being clear about their ethical credentials as well as striving for greatness. Personally, I think it’s worth spending more and buying less, so choose wisely and pick a product that’s worth investing in and will last you for years to come. This way you will end up with a wardrobe full of items that you can truly treasure.

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Amelia's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website! Amelia's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website - Shipbreaker Dress (£99), Gold Flowers Turquoise Earrings ( £135) & Neon Cross Body Bag (£160).

    Check out Amelia's 'One Green Dress' blog here.

    Amelia is also on Twitter - @onegreendress and on Facebook.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Sadie's Wardrobe

    Sadie from Sadie's WardrobeWhat is the name of your blog?

    Sadie's Wardrobe

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I started my blog way back in April 2009, when I was just starting to get interested in fashion. I had been reading a lot of other blogs at the time and really wanted to make one of my own! It’s a good ‘creative’ outlet, where I often feature little DIYs and sewing projects. I recently ‘rebranded’ it as an ethical blog, although it has always featured lot of vintage & thrifted items.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    Fast fashion is very much the norm, and I really didn’t think twice about it before I read Lucy Siegle’s book ‘To Die For’. For me, the importance of sustainable fashion is definitely something that needed pointing out. Since reading the book, I just don’t think I can go back to buying cheap disposable clothes. The way I see it is that in a world of finite resources and growing population, we really can’t afford to keep producing clothing at the rate we do. At the same time, fashion is such an important cultural symbol. So I think the best solution at the moment is to make it as sustainable as possible.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    I’m not really sure how I’d describe my fashion sense! I tend to wear a lot of bright colours and 70s blouses, and I’d say I’m very influenced by 60s mod style. But since moving to Paris, a lot more grey and 'texture' has been creeping into my wardrobe.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    Anyone who has decided that they want to do something about sustainability issues and managed to achieve it, no matter how big or small!

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    The first ethical brand I really became aware of was People Tree, and they are still one of my favourites. I love that they are able to produce clothes that are ethical but still fashionable (and affordable!). I’m discovering new brands every day, which is really really encouraging. Sites like Fashion Compassion are really useful for discovering new brands!

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    My top tip for buying ethical and sustainable products is to look for companies whose philosophy is based around being ethical, and that way you know it is genuinely important to them. It’s also good to buy second hand, as this has very little environmental impact, but I try to remember to support the ethical companies too, or they can’t continue to exist!

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Sadie's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion's website! Sadie's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion's website - Pineapple dress (£80), Saturday shirt (£65) & Pocket skirt (£80).

    I really love the 50s-style Pineapple summer dress by Bhalo. Wouldn’t mind one for a holiday wardrobe! The pastel coloured panels on the Bhalo Pocket skirt give it a really cool twist. I love the fact that it has hand-made coconut buttons! For lovers of mod fashion such as myself, this Bhalo Saturday shirt is perfect. Again, I’m a big fan of the contrasting pastel-coloured sections!

    Sadie Wardrobe is also on twitter: @sadieswardrobe

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