I wouldn’t say I’m the most colorful person when it comes to my wardrobe. But I do like playing in colors. My go-to’s would be maroon, emerald green, and navy blue. When I saw the official Pantone Spring/Summer 2019 color palette I wanted to put together an outfit showing off these spring color favorites.
I am in love with this look! The colorful pleated striped skirt is definitely the winner. I understand if some may shy away from a skirt that has so much color. But I decided to keep my top neutral with the big red heart as my pop color to tie the skirt into the overall outfit.
My accessories I kept it simple. I can’t go any where without my cat eye sunglasses, my shoes, and cross body bag are the same shade of pink matching one of the pink stripes in my skirt. Lastly, I don’t usually wear bracelets but I’ve learned to really like watches. I discovered Capitola and I wouldn’t say they are 100% sustainable, but they do care about the environment and are using recycled stainless steel to make their watches. Using recycled material is definitely a step in the right direction to help reduce waste.
So, did I nail this spring color palette look? Leave a comment let me know your thoughts.
I am bringing you all the drama today in this outfit. The top is Sachin & Babi that I grabbed from Rent the Runway (RTR). If you’ve been following me for a while you know I have a RTR monthly subscription. I love that I’m able to swap out pieces in my wardrobe without buying something new. Another bonus, I love fashion and designer labels. RTR allows me to try different designers, but not commit my wallet to it. Also most of the brands on RTR are not sustainable so I appreciate their rental business model since I am no longer purchasing from fast fashion brands. See below for outfit details.
Personal style is a form of self-expression and I’m all about supporting self-expression through style. Keep in mind, this is strictly my personal opinion and not meant to be harsh or hurt anyone. So what fashion trends need to go away?
All I have to say is “Damn the Kardashians!” haha. I honestly don’t understand how these are fashionable. I feel like all the Kardashians were sporting biker shorts with no intention of actually being active while wearing them. They showed of their “bottom” figure very well. That’s about it. I get that their comfy, but ladies we can do better. Cycling shorts were definitely more prevalent last year, but this trend still seems to be riding into this year. It’s time to let it go
Now don’t get me wrong. I love color and I love neon, but you should not be able to stop traffic in your outfit. If you are head-to-toe in neon and I need sunglasses to look at you it’s a little too much. You can playfully add pops of neon to your outfit if you want the color. Honestly, neon is a great fashion trend when styled responsibly.
Super Distressed Jeans
I love me a good distressed boyfriend jean. I actually have two pairs in my wardrobe right now. But the distressing has gotten really intense and in my opinion it’s a waste of money to buy a denim pant with barely any fabric. You have holes going all the way down the leg in the front, some are all cut up in the back, fabric is hanging everywhere, or a whole panel is missing. For me it’s all about balance and I appreciate the push towards an edgier design. I just prefer a happy medium when it comes to denim distressing.
Leggings as Pants
This is not only one of the worst fashion trends out there, but it’s one of my ultimate style no-no’s when I’m working with clients. This has been an issue debated over and over for many years. Now I’m okay if you wear a legging underneath a long tunic style top. But let’s avoid wear leggings as an actual pant. A lot of regular leggings are just not thick enough and I’ve seen way too many undergarments. Just wear an actual pant or a top long enough to cover the bum.
All Over Logos
The all over logo trend blew up originally in the 90’s, but has come back with a vengeance. Being plastered head to toe with logos was very edgy and cool, but in my opinion it’s one of those fashion fads I didn’t think would ever become popular again. It’s okay to love your logos and designer labels. I mean who doesn’t if you’re a true fashion enthusiast, but is it really necessary to wear the logo all over your body? In my opinion it’s a little ridiculous, but has continued to perform well in street fashion. Only time will tell how long this trend will be around.
Thoughts? Feelings? Anything you want to add to the list? Leave a comment. Let’s chat!
Knowing that by 2030 the fashion industry is expected to produce 102 million tons of clothes and shoes does not make me feel like the fashion industry is working hard at all to improve the way this business is currently being done. So, is sustainable fashion slowing down? Let’s look at the facts.
Fashion Leaders Aren’t Moving Fast Enough
There’s been a lot of statements from major fashion brands in regards to what they are doing to become more sustainable. For example, H&M reported that their goal is to only use recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030. The problem is, that’s 10 years from now! And there’s no slowing down production when the demand for cheap and affordable clothing is still in high demand. I mean they do currently have their conscious collections and a recycling program. I guess it’s a start, but let’s not be fooled. There is nothing sustainable about H&M. Just because they slapped on the word “sustainable” or “conscious” does not mean they have completely revamped their supply chain process.
According to Global Fashion Agenda’s chief sustainability officer “the industry is still improving when it comes to sustainability. The problem is that the pace of improvement is slowing down, while the industry as a whole is growing between 4% and 5% every year.” Bottom line, we need to see greater improvement in sustainability that matches the growing industry.
Competitors Don’t Share Resources
For starters, you cannot be truly sustainable when you have not changed the process within your supply chain. The only way the industry can move forward is if all the major players work together and share resources. The fashion industry has become so competitive that no one shares resources with each other even if they would benefit everyone. In addition, there’s some major infrastructure issues that need to be dealt with. Major fashion brands need to create recycling facilities for each production process, create/develop sustainable fabrics, and work together to find ways to reduce waste.
It’s Not All Bad News
The only reason why their is so much talk around sustainability now is due to consumer pressure. And for that, you should give yourselves a big round of applause. Young consumers like millennials and gen-z are switching brands based on environmental and social impact. This is huge! We are speaking with our wallets and punishing brands that do not have sustainable practices. Gen-Z will push this message even further. Trust me, the brands are listening.
Sustainable fashion has not slowed down. It’s more like stalled out. This is only because the small sustainable fashion brands cannot do this on their own. They need everyone and this includes the major players. We need the government to jump in and force brands to comply with higher standards. And most importantly, we have to continue to put on the pressure. It’s so unfortunate that you have to mess with someone’s money to make a point. All the evidence shows that the fashion industry is part of the environmental issue. Continue to vote with your wallet and be a conscious consumer. Great change does not happen overnight.
If you follow me on my social media pages I asked last week what are three words you would use to describe your personal style? My three words are casual, comfortable, and carefree. I’m usually a blue jean, graphic tee, and sandal type of girl. Which in hindsight isn’t really anything special, but a tee and jeans will not always fit for every occasion. Here are some quick tips that can really elevate your casual look.
Accessorizing is Key!
I’m a firm believer that accessories can make or break an outfit. I like to keep my accessories simple which matches my preferred casual style. Out of all the accessories your earrings and your shoes are fundamental. Earrings are usually one of the first things others notice besides the outfit itself. And shoes are important because it completes the overall look.
There was a time that I used to just wear hoop earrings. And back in the day the bigger the better! Now with my earrings I like to play with shapes, different colors, and textures to bring interest to my outfit. I also go with a closed toe shoe or heel if I want to elevate my casual look. As I said, I’m a sandal girl which isn’t always workable depending on where I am. My new favorite shoes are these black oxfords with the gold chain link detail. They are simple yet have a little something extra. Win-win!
Master the Art of Layering
I love layering because you can really go through a creative process while dressing up. Most importantly layering can help turn something casual or plain into a well rounded look. Take my outfit for example, I’m wearing a regular cuffed hem jean with a leopard printed button down tied at the waist. I wanted to elevate the look a bit so I layered with a blazer. Instantly chic
It’s Okay to Experiment
Experimenting with your wardrobe is all about creating variety so you can mix up your look. You should be able to go from day to night or go from a casual look to business casual look with very little effort. If you have a closet filled with a bunch of sweaters or cardigans try to substitute those by adding blazer style jackets or a stylish moto jacket.
In addition, don’t be afraid to try different stores you never thought about shopping at. Try on styles that look nothing like your typical day-to-day wear. You might surprise yourself with what you look good in when you thought it wouldn’t work. With that being said, this is still a sustainable platform. Don’t go crazy! haha Shop responsibly, but go out there and experiment with different garments that elevate your casual look.
Mynka is a personal wardrobe stylist sharing some style tips, outfit inspiration, and using this blog as a platform to continue the important discussions surrounding sustainable fashion.