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.
When I made the decision to move towards more sustainable fashion I had to look at my wardrobe and ask myself “how ethical is my closet right now?” Trying to answer this question has allowed me to create an ethical wardrobe audit that I perform on my own closet every 3 to 6 months. The timeline is totally up to you. I wanted to share my step-by-step process so you can perform your own wardrobe audit.
Step One: The Mountain
This is exactly how it sounds, but not exactly what you may be thinking. I took this inspiration from Marie Kondo. If you are all about decluttering then you already know this technique. Essentially, you are removing every single item of clothing you own and making a mountain of clothes. By doing this you truly see how many clothes you have amassed over the years. You will probably even shock yourself. My pile of clothes was so massive when I did this the first time I didn’t even know how I got all of my clothes in the my closet.
Step Two: Sorting Through the Madness
Now that we have our pile we have to start sorting through everything. The goal here is to create three piles: one for sustainable/ethical purchases, one for used purchases, and one for unethical purchases. Just looking at the size of each pile you can clearly see how ethical your closet is. When I first ran through this wardrobe audit my unethical clothing pile was the largest which is to be expected. I used to just purchase clothes not caring where it came from. If it was cute and cheap, it went home with me. I like to walk my clients through this particular sorting process because visual learning is the most effective.
Step Three: Processing the Unethical
Now it’s time to work on each pile one at a time. I personally like to start with the unethical pile because it’s the largest and I want to get the hard part over with, but it does not matter where you start. The idea is not to throw everything in this pile away because it’s been marked as “unethical” but to process the pieces you no longer where and responsibly remove them from your wardrobe.
Always try to closet swap with family and friends first. This is the easiest way to get rid of some of your unwanted clothes, but most importantly you are ensuring your clothes find a new home instead of ending up in a landfill somewhere. If you’re not into giving away your clothes for free, try to make so money on what you can. Try apps and sites like ThredUp, Poshmark, Depop, or Mercari. These are just a few of my favorites, but you can go to any secondhand source that works for you. I’m also a fan of Buffalo Exchange if you’re looking for a physical store to donate to.
Step Four: The Rebuild
Your closet is a blank canvas now that you’ve sorted through everything. A well organized closet will make putting outfits together an easy process. You should see your closet as your own personal boutique and boutiques are merchandised. I recommend hanging your clothes on felt hangers and all the hangers should be the same color. The felt material ensures your clothing does not slip off the hanger unlike plastic hangers.
Start merchandising by sectioning out your closet and keep like items and seasonal items together. This will make it easier to “shop” your closet. I also think it’s important to create a color story in each section. It’s visually appealing to move from lighter shades to darker shades throughout each section. Any items you do not wear regularly, but are not ready to get rid of should be placed in storage bins at the back of your closet.
Overview & Final Thoughts
Performing a wardrobe audit should be a fun process. Yes it’s time consuming, but it’s necessary. Performing these audits periodically can show if you’re shopping with sustainability and ethics in mind. Your unethical pile should no longer be the largest and that is something to celebrate. And as a major bonus you will always have a clean, well organized, and merchandised closet.
So, are you ready to perform your wardrobe audit? If not, I can do all the hard work for you with my Personal Shopping service. Leave a comment! Would love to hear about your experience sorting out your closet.
There are various reasons someone may decide to hire a personal stylist. It’s not just a luxury for rich people. Anyone can hire a personal stylist and if you are on the fence. Then this article is perfect for you.
A Major Life Shift
As we move along this crazy roller coaster called life we will experience many changes. For example, you could experience a change in your weight/size and none of your clothes fit the way they should anymore. Having to rebuild your wardrobe could be overwhelming and frustrating for some. Hiring a stylist definitely can help with any pain points you may be experiencing.
Maybe you are new to the dating scene. You were in a long relationship and that ended so now you want to give dating a go again. You will be amazed how much your wardrobe changes when you haven’t dated in a while. Not that you’ve let yourself go, but you tend to feel no pressure when you’re in a relationship versus trying to meet someone new. Hiring a stylist can help you alter you current wardrobe to include some key date night tops and dresses.
You Don't Like to Shop
If you are the type of person that would rather do anything else in the world than shop for yourself then hiring a personal stylist is definitely for you. There is nothing wrong if you truly do not like shopping. It’s not for everyone and shopping is time consuming. No one wants to spend their time doing something they don’t like. However, you can’t walk around without any clothes so hire out the help.
Updating Your Image
Maybe you’ve gone through life in just jeans and a t-shirt, but now you have a corporate job with a professional dress code. Or maybe you’ve left your corporate lifestyle and are looking to transition into something more casual.
Everyone’s situation will be different, but a stylist can help ease you into these wardrobe transitions and advise the best items that work for your new lifestyle.
Your desire to change your wardrobe isn’t always career based. It is possible that you’ve never changed your wardrobe as you’ve gotten older and some items are no longer age appropriate. And don’t take this statement the wrong way. It’s no one’s business to tell you what’s right for your age, but with that being said we do tend to have that feeling when something we used to love in our wardrobe 5 years ago doesn’t feel right anymore. This is a clear indication that it’s time for a change. It doesn’t have to be your entire wardrobe, but adjusting small areas can give you an overall new look.
You're On A Budget
When you have no self control and tend to go on shopping sprees to figure out how you will put gas in your car later. You should consider hiring s stylist. A personal stylist will help weed out items you don’t really need and will stay within your given budget so you’re not blowing your bank account. Your stylist understands that it’s all about quality and the value each piece brings, not quantity.
At the end of the day, only you can decide if hiring a personal stylist is right for you. Remember hiring a personal stylist is an investment, but it’s also a trade off. A stylist can help you build up confidence when you walk in that board room, help you get the man or woman of your dreams, and move you in the right direction for your life.
As a personal stylist I am fulfilled simply by being able to give back, help, and teach my clients about style. In return, I receive the greatest gift of all which is seeing my clients blossom and kick ass at life. I’m glad I can help during their personal journey. Until next time. Peace, Love, and Style!
I’ve finally cleaned out my wardrobe of all the things I don’t really wear, no longer fits properly, and just doesn’t speak to my personal style anymore. I am feeling productive and accomplished. I know you can relate to this feeling. Now the question is, how do I keep up this momentum.
I love fashion and shopping. The urge is always there, but it’s all about being mindful of each purchase before you swipe your card. I wanted to share with you some of the shopping habits I’ve picked up along the way.
Don't Waste Your Money on Trends
I’ve discussed this very topic in length in a previous blog post, but I truly think it’s important to know what your personal style and tastes are. If you don’t it will be harder to stop compulsive shopping. Not all trends work for everyone. And you can save yourself a lot of time and dollars by knowing what looks/trends work best for you and which ones don’t. Remember, it’s all about making intentional choices with every purchase that fits your unique style.
Not Your Personal Style, Put it Back
This rule has made shopping really easy because I’m not wasting time on things that don’t fit within my personal style range. I find myself waiting for the right garment to present itself. No negotiations and no compromises. You have to serve yourself a little tough love when trying to cut back on fast fashion purchases. If it’s not within my personal style, I put it back.
HOWEVER (I love how I’ve also created an exception to this rule haha), use time as your guide. If you’re hesitant about a garment while shopping you should definitely walk away. If it’s not a clear yes, then it should be a clear no. But if weeks are passing you by and you are still thinking about the same garment, it’s okay to go back, revisit, and possibly purchase.
Quality Over Quantity
I will keep this one short and sweet because this is not a new concept. Fast fashion brands are notorious for mass producing trendy products to get them to the stores as fast as possible. Majority of the time it’s in the cheapest quality you can find because they want retail costs to remain low for the consumer. However, low in price does not always mean better. Sure, we all love a good deal but we should also demand better quality, fair wages, fair trade, and sustainable practices. Remember, if you are not paying for your wardrobe someone else is and not in a good way.
Choosing to shop with sustainability in mind is all about a shift in mindset. Now I shop with intention. I don’t buy things because it looks pretty or because it’s on sale. I’m very clear on my personal style which completely eliminates any uncertainty when shopping because I’m not chasing the hottest new trend that does not apply to my tastes.
I am interested to hear about what personal shopping habits you’ve developed over time? Are you a shopaholic trying to curb your craving and taking baby steps? Or are you practicing a more minimalist lifestyle and only buy what you need? Leave your comments below. Can’t wait to keep the conversation going.
Wearing all neutrals is definitely not a new fashion trend, but monochrome neutrals are still going to be a major trend this spring. In particular head-to-toe beige. What I love about neutrals is that it’s really easy to style. An all neutral look is clean, classy, and sophisticated. And if you love capsule wardrobes, neutrals are great pieces to add because they go with anything.
Even though all neutral looks are clean and classy you also don’t want it to be boring. When you have an absence of color there needs to be something that draws interest to the eye. One of my go-to neutral looks plays with texture. I love to pair my fuzzy short-sleeved cardigan with a basic white or light colored tee with my light beige distressed boyfriend jeans. It adds a little fun to the look.
I like to keep my accessories simple as well to stay with the classic and natural tone of the look. With this outfit I chose to wear my gold hoop earrings, a medium length coin necklace, two dainty jeweled rings, along with my light grey ankle booties. Perfectly chic head-to-toe neutral look for Spring.
Would you like to read more about the fashion trends I’m seeing for each season and how I style them? What are some fashion trends you are seeing out there for Spring? Leave a comment and let’s chat!
Short answer, YES. Showing people how to style their wardrobe sustainably is one of the main reasons I started writing my blog and offering services. You do not have to give up fashion and style to live as a conscious consumer. The Business of Fashion (BOF) states that over the past three years a third of consumers worldwide have expanded the scope of their purchasing decisions to incorporate principal values and views. A new global ethos is emerging, and billions of people are using consumption as a means to express their deeply held beliefs.
How to Shop with Sustainability in Mind?
To be honest, it all starts with doing your own research. If a brand is truly practicing sustainable and ethical fashion they want you to know about it. You should be able to find all sorts of information on their site. Such as:
Sustainability on A Budget
If you have been following me on social media I speak loud and proud about my thrift store finds. Shopping more sustainably is more expensive. You won’t find your usual Forever 21, H&M, or Zara bargains because you are paying the true cost of everything that went into the garment. For clothing to be affordable there has to be cutbacks somewhere so the consumer can reap all the benefits. And the cutbacks usually start with the labor. The people actually working on and sewing together our garments receive little to no pay.
Fashion brands/companies will continue to participate in horrible practices like this as long as they have access to our wallet. What’s their to complain about when you’re getting rich, right? WRONG!! And that’s why I have personally made the decision to stop shopping at fast fashion brands because we have alternatives to turn to.
Within the last year or so, I have really come to love small boutiques and thrift stores. Majority of my clothes come from secondhand sources. Like some say “another persons trash can become another persons treasure”. The prices are affordable depending on what it is. Some vintage items can be equally as expensive. But making old things look new all comes down to how you style it. Thrift finds are one of a kind and therefore you can truly personalize your style.
Of course sustainability and style can co-exist. I’m still fairly new trying to build a more sustainable wardrobe. I will admit that everything in my closet is not sustainable. However, it would be irresponsible for me to just throw it out as it could become a pile of textile waste. I own it and I will wear it as long as possible. Fast fashion brands do show us the latest and greatest fashion trends, but it’s how you style something that truly brings any garment to life.
What fashion trend are you loving right now? How do you style it? Share with me in the comments.
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.