Continuing our Fav Five series, we have asked some blogger friends and “in real life” friends to share their five favorite ethical items in their closet. We hope that you enjoy seeing how different ethical items look on real bodies, learn about new brands as well as follow along with a few new ethical bloggers!
Today, we have a guest post from Aimee, the blogger behind tomorrowliving.me sharing her Fav Five ethical pieces in her closet. She also featured us in an Ethical Fashion Profile over at her blog – so be sure to check that out as well! Thanks for joining us Aimee!
I’m Aimee, a twenty-something student in London who blogs at tomorrowliving.me, a green beauty and sustainable fashion blog which documents her journey towards a more ethical personal style. TomorrowLiving was born after I spent two months in India at the start of 2015, seeing the realities of climate change and meeting the people whose lives were effected daily by the changing weather. Upon returning home, changing the way I shopped, and becoming more conscious about the way I was living seemed a practical personal step I could take in response to what I had seen, especially given that fashion is the second most dirty industry in the world after oil.
1. Matt & Nat Bag
This is probably my favourite ethically made item that I own. I had been hankering after a Matt & Nat bag ever since I came across the brand – I love their clean, minimalist style and muted tones. This particular little gem is a perfect size for every day use, and small enough not to weigh you down. I love Matt & Nat’s commitment to making the bag linings out of recycled plastic bottles as well as their main selling point, the use of vegan leather & other sustainable materials in the product design.
2. Thrifted Striped Cardigan
I picked this versatile cardigan up in an Op Shop in Australia last year. It took me a few months to work out the best way to wear, but for the warmer months it is pretty great thrown on over a plain black t-shirt. It’s one of my best thrifted items simply because of its simplicity, although it hasn’t got as many outings as I would have liked this year simply because of the chilly weather!
3. 16Seven Print T-Shirt
I am super excited about the amazing work of London based brand 16Seven, whose name is reference to the amount of time indentured garment workers in India can spend working – 16 hours a day, seven days a week. They produce high quality, super soft tshirts that are a joy to wear and easy to style. The brand’s commitment to making every aspect of their clothing ethical and sustainable is applaudable, and 10% of the company’s profits go toward charities which focus on putting a stop to trafficking.
4.Aztec Print Scarf
This eye catching scarf has now passed through three generations of my family – it first belonged to my grandmother, my mum wore in during the 80s and I’ve been wearing it on a regular basis since I was about 17. Although I’m not quite sure how, or by whom it was first made, this item has been incredibly well loved and worn for many many years, making it one of my favourite second hand treasures. Despite its crazy print, I find this scarf sits nicely on top of well, pretty much any outfit!
5. Thrifted Printed Shirt (worn as collar)
I picked this up in a Save The Children Charity Shop back home in London – I was drawn to the jungle/ leopard print design, which is pretty out there for me. It doesn’t fit me all that well – it’s quite baggy and looks a tad masculine, even after I altered it slightly (second picture). However, the print was too good to ignore, so I usually wear it underneath a plain jumper as pictured, so it just peeks out. This is my favourite way to wear crazy printed shirts – it makes the entire outfit heaps more fun, and means I get a lot of wear out of an item that would otherwise be relegated to the back of my wardrobe.