Monday 19 November 2012

I can create that style sustainably : summer 2012/13

Despite a few cloudy days, spring has sprung for my Aussie friends, summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means - time to get busy building your summer wardrobe.

As a gal who loves colour, I'm thrilled to report that 2012/13 is set to continue the trend of all things bright and bold. The Spring/Summer runways featured colour-blocking, neon highlights, crisp whites, layered patterns and asymmetric hemlines. It also seems our passion for peplum is as strong as ever.

As a fashion- (and summer-) lover, I can't wait to pull together some fabulous, on-trend summer looks; as an environmentalist, I'll make sure I do it sustainably. Here are some amazing pieces I've discovered to create a fabulous, sustainable summer wardrobe.

Bright colours
Reuse jeans, made of 80% recycled materials, available in a range of neon and pastel hues and varying styles.

available at FashioningChange

Montree Designs neon top made of upcycled lace, bamboo and organic cotton.

available at FashioningChange

Bold patterns
Afia shorts, made by local artisans in Ghana who are paid a fair wage for their efforts. As Afia eloquently puts it: Sustainability means creating prosperity for all people involved in the process. Well said.

Nearfar jacket, a West African ethical fashion label.

Available at Indigo Bazaar

Asymetric hemlines
Auralis dress made of silk, hemp and organic cotton, hand-dyed with tumeric.

Another trendy number by Afia.

Exquisite reuse with this beaded vintage top from Dear Gladys, the fundraising arm of Fitted for Work, helping disadvantaged women get into the workforce.

This top may no longer be available, but
remember to check vintage shops in your
summer wardrobe quest!

Minna dress made of recycled lace, manufactured in the UK using zero-waste pattern cutting techniques.

I love just about everything from Raven & Lilly; the below pieces feature melted bullet casings and recycled metals handcrafted by HIV-positive women in Ethiopia.

Love is Mighty shoes, 100% handmade, 100% vegan and helping to preserve indigenous Indian craftwork. This pair is made of recycled biscuit wrappers, and I can't wait to get them on my feet!

I hope that's helped get your summer wardrobe off to a good start. I'd love to see any great finds you come across. Share with me and I'll share with my readers.

Happy summer-sustainable-wardrobe creating!

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