Thursday 14 March 2013

I can create that style sustainably : ellen degeneres

Dear Ellen,

We Australians are super excited to welcome your funny, kind fabulous self to our shores. I thought I'd help you prepare for your trip by giving you tips on sustainable fashion so you can pack accordingly. We Aussies are green and proud, and I know you'll want to fit in.


I think this look you were rocking at the Teen Choice 2012 awards is just perfect for a holiday Down Under - here's how you can recreate it sustainably.

White V Neck Tee

This important wardrobe staple from Melbourne-based Sosume is made of 100% certified organic fair trade cotton; grown in India, manufactured in Australia. It comes in a range of colours and varying necklines. Why not buy a three-pack?


Did you know that Nudie jeans achieved 100% organic cotton for their entire denim range in 2012?! Nudie are also committed to fair wages, slow denim, and saving water by encouraging less washing. I reckon the Thin Finn and Grim Tim styles would be perfect for you.  I'm sure if you stop by one of the Nudie concept stores in Melbourne or Sydney they'd be happy to sort you out.


Sosume is your brand again for this blazer. 100% certified organic wool with a Cupro lining (cupro is a silky fibre made of recovered cotton waste). They do a fantastic tuxedo jacket, too. Love them!


Try K-gravel by Australian haircare range Original & Mineral to style your hair with a bit of texture using all natural ingredients.


Surely Portia has told you sunnies = sunglasses in Oz? These aviators are made of 95% recycled material. They are by an American brand, Modo, so you'll have to buy these Stateside before hopping your flight.


This fab belt you're sporting can easily be replicated with a secondhand tie. This one is vintage Hugo Boss from eBay Australia (hurry! expires today!).  I'm sure any of the local Salvos Stores, Vinnies or Lifeline shops would have an interesting array of ties as well. 


These shoes are by Italian brand Noah, specialising in vegan shoes (you know you want these, Ellen!). What a great way to be sustainably dapper. Since you'll be on holiday you may also want to consider these more casual shoes by Tom's, famous for their One for One policy of providing a new pair of shoes to a child in need with each pair purchased.

There you have it!

Happy packing, have a great flight, and if you need any light reading for the journey, can I recommend Sustainability with Style by yours truly? (After all that research I figured I was allowed one shameless plug . . .). And if you need an eco-shopping buddy, give me a ring.

Enjoy Australia!

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