Thursday 2 January 2014

sustainable style : NYE

Happy New Year!

I have been thrilled hearing from so many of you supporting 2014 as the Year of Sustainable Fashion - I can't wait to see the changes we make this year.

I don't always go big for NYE, but after a rough 2013, and so many things to look forward to in 2014, my hubby and I decided to go all out and celebrate in style at the Sydney Opera House. AMAZING.

I felt like I was inside a firework! They were going off all around us!

To create my NYE sustainable style, I decided to go for a fabulous little black dress of mine. Reuse is an extremely 'eco' way to ring in the new year of sustainable fashion, don't you agree?

Not the best quality pics, but you get the idea!

I bought this dress for my hen's night (that's bachelorette party for you Americans) over 5 years ago, and it is still one of my favourite things in my wardrobe. It's a little silk Sass & Bide number featuring playful rouching and gorgeous, floating cap sleeves.

My friends have definitely seen this little beauty pulled out time and again over the years - here are just a couple pics from 2008 and 2009.

Hen's night picture on the left, and the dress and bolero again
from a friend's birthday party over a year later.

I love this LBD. It has enough personality to keep me interested, but not so trendy as to go out of style too quickly. While the $400+ price tag seemed high at the time, it has definitely proven to be an excellent fashion investment. (I bought the sequin bolero around the same time, actually, another classic piece.)

Sass & Bide have recently teamed up with the International Trade Centre's Ethical Fashion Initiative on their Made in Africa collection, helping empower African women through trade. I have a special place in my heart for the people of Africa after my time spent there in 2012, and fully support any initiatives that provide much-needed work to the people of the region. (I think I may need to invest in the black bag in the collection.) Seems like Sass & Bide got the memo early that 2014 is the Year of Sustainable Fashion - I can't wait to see what else they add to their Made in Africa collection this year!

Until next time, enjoy 2014.

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