Summertime is here and gingham is always very popular during the summer months. Gingham is a very unique fabric. It has structure, but is lightweight. It has a very distinct textured weaving pattern on both sides. And it lives within the plaid family. Who doesn’t love a good plaid shirt. Gingham is definitely more spring/summer while plaid has all the fall vibes.
Clearly this gingham blazer is the shining star. I instantly fell in love when I spotted it. This look is a perfect summer work outfit, but if you want to make it more casual switch out the ankle length slacks for some jeans.
What are some of your favorite summer prints? I’m definitely looking to brighten up my wardrobe this summer so leave me a comment. Love getting inspiration from my readers.
I’m always looking for sustainable brands that specialize in simple basics that are just as passionate about slow and clean fashion. And that’s when I came across Organic Basics.
Basics are an important foundation for any wardrobe. I define basics as the core items in your closet that can be used year round. Basics are something that have to be replaced more often than other items in your wardrobe because they’re your “everyday pieces”. The more wear, the more tear.
So let’s dive into what Organic Basics is all about!
Who Are They
Organic Basics designs everyday basics, under garments, and active wear from organic cotton and recycled textiles. What I love about the brand is that they think about sustainability throughout their entire production process. From design, fabric, development, to production they care about the environment and the impact they leave behind from beginning to end.
They handpick every single fabric based on its environmental footprint and lifetime durability. All of the fabrics used are natural, recycled, and biodegradable with the least impact on the environment. Plus, they are GOTS certified which means they only use chemical free cotton
Quality and Workmanship
They only work with factories that also strive to reduce their environmental footprint. Most importantly, the factories are child and forced labor free. The garment workers are in safe conditions, are paid fair wages, and treated with respect.
I received the basic women’s tee in black and the triangle bra in rose nude. My tee is so incredibly soft. What I love about organic cotton is that you really can feel the difference. It’s just as durable as regular cotton, but without all the pesticides.
Now for the bra, I was a little nervous because I’m very busty and typically go for full coverage bras. But the bra is very comfortable and I do feel secure wearing it. The triangle bra has now become by go-to when I just want to be completely comfortable and not deal with an underwire which can feel very uncomfortable by the day.
I really admire a brand that works extremely hard about reducing their carbon footprint to lessen their impact on our environment. But sustainability isn’t just about the environment. It’s about the ethical treatment of the people making our clothes as well. Organic Basics thinks about sustainability in all aspects of their business and I can get behind that.
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I can’t begin to tell you how much I love and admire Sotela. They’re an all inclusive body positive sustainable brand that celebrates people in all their forms. No matter size, age, or gender. Their motto – “Made for humans, by humans”. And isn’t that just a beautiful thing to celebrate.
Being a black female on the more busty/curvy side of the spectrum I don’t always feel represented within the sustainable fashion community. So if you’re a sustainable brand that truly includes EVERYONE you get bonus points in my book. I also had the pleasure of meeting Hanna who is the founder and designer of Sotela at the Renegade Craft Festival this year. She was truly a breathe of fresh air and so kind. It’s nice meeting other people who are just as passionate about sustainable fashion as I am.
Now as soon as Sotela dropped their new SOL Collection I immediately fell in love with the Luna Wrap Dress. The marigold color was so vibrant and it’s a wrap dress! Need I say more? Well if you don’t know how awesome wrap dresses are, the wrap dress was invented by Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) in 1974. The wrap dress is a must have in your wardrobe. It’s flattering on all body shapes/sizes, versatile, easy to wear, and style. So of course the Luna Wrap Dress had to come home with me. It was just perfect especially heading into summer.
Please check out Sotela and show them some love and support. If we want to keep the sustainable fashion movement alive we got to support are small sustainable businesses who are out their truly trying to make a difference. Until next time…
Fashion as we know it is not sustainable. Approximately 100 billion clothes are produced each year and some brands are even burning unsold inventory. The average closet has anywhere from 200 to 300 items and yet we always feel like we have nothing to wear. Continuing to shop and throw away clothing does not help you develop a true sense of style. You can’t build your ideal wardrobe mindlessly shopping. What you’re building is a temporary closet and I’m here to help my clients build wardrobes they love with sustainability in mind.
Sustainability and Your Wardrobe
You can be sustainable and stylish at the same time. When working with clients I try to recycle as much of their own wardrobe as possible. I love getting creative and coming up with different outfit combinations. When I do need to add new items to my clients wardrobe I only shop at thrift stores, consignment stores, and/or sustainable brands.
It’s Okay to Rent
If you’ve been following me for a while you know I rent a portion of my wardrobe. I’ve been pushing for a more sustainable wardrobe for about a year now. I am aware that I still have shopaholic tendencies. Renting my wardrobe allows me to “shop” without commitments. It’s more sustainable to rent to keep clothing in circulation.
Borrow If You Have To
Borrowing, swapping, and thrifting is how I’m doing most of my shopping these days. Buying something new should be your absolute last resort. Plus I find so many cute things for myself and my clients when I’m shopping at secondhand sources. You should definitely check out Swap Society. It’s a big online closet swap party. Each item you swap gets assigned points and you can use those points to grab something pre-owned
Style is Personal
At the end of the day, style is very personal and has nothing to do with the clothes. It’s all about your personal interests and tastes. Putting an outfit together is very much like a puzzle. And I’ve built this platform to show that it is possible to have great style while being sustainable. I’m not perfect and I’m not living a 100% sustainable lifestyle, but I am being mindful and more aware. It’s all about taking it slow and knowing what you can commit to.
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.