Instagram – 10 Ethical Fashion Feeds to Follow

instagram Instagram   10 Ethical Fashion Feeds to Follow Livia Firth Describing herself as Creative Director of @ecoage, Queen of the Green Carpet, wife of the King in Spanx and professional agitator. Livia’s instagram gives you a very beautiful insight into her eco fashion and red carpet filled life.

Sastainable Style Lovely Angela of Sastainable Style Blog describes her instagram feed as “Sassy: lively, bold, full of spirit, cheeky Sustain: to keep in existence, strengthen, support. #ecochic #ethicallifestyle #sustainableluxury #ecolife” Check  out her feed for Eco outfit and lifestyle ideas and inspiration from Canada.

One Green Dress Follow Brighton based blogger Amelia on Instagram for super stylish outfits of the day. A great way to discover new sustainable fashion brands and keep up with what’s going on in the world of ethical fashion.

Moral Fibres Moral Fibres blog is written by Wendy and features a wealth of information for an eco friendly lifestyle. Wendy’s Instagram features snaps of food, fun and fashion that will definitely inspire you.

Hello Margaret Truly gorgeous pics from this  Independent label which features ethically handmade, re-worked and vintage clothing and handmade jewellery.

Oxfam Shops If you fancy a little virtual thrifting then Oxfam shops Instagram feed is a great place to start. Check it out to see some of the coolest charity shop finds around as well as a visual update of their festival action.

Eco Fashion Week Worldwide eco fashion action from the event that is working to redefine how we think about apparel.

Sustainability in Style Environmental Scientist, Kate Roberts has enbarked on a 365 day challenge to shop her wardrobe buying no new clothes or accessories for a year. Check out her instagram feed to see how creative you can be with the clothes that you already have.

People Tree One of my favourite ethical fashion brands, People Tree’s Instagram feed is packed with the latest collections, tips on caring for your clothes and an insight into People Tree HQ and the people behind the brand.

If you would like to check out my instagram, my name is styleeyes. If you have an instagram and post about ethical, sustainable, vintage and upcycled fashion, please leave a link to your profile in the comments of this post so that I (and others) can follow.

10 Amazing Ethical Jeans Brands

Amazing jeans are a key component in almost every ones wardrobes. They can be dressed up or down for a variety of occasions and are hard wearing enough to last for ages. Although there are so many environmental and ethical issues associated with the manufacture of jeans, A pair of ethical or organic jeans is often one of the most sustainable pieces of clothing you can get as they last for so long. As they get so much wear, it is well worth shopping around for the most amazing jeans around in terms of quality and fit.

Here are 10 amazing ethical jeans brands to check out.

Monkee Genes

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Monkee Genes are a fresh and funky brand that have an established ollowing that love their great selection of colourful and blue jeans. Their jeans are ethically manufactured from a range of sustainable fabrics including organic cotton and bamboo. They are the first and only UK jeans brand to have been certified by the Soil Association and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards). Their moto is ‘No Slave Labour, No Child Labour, No Blood, No Sweat, No Tears’ which means that everyone can feel good when wearing these amazing jeans.

Kuyichi

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Kuyichi are a Dutch brand set up by NGO Solidaridad when they were unable to convince any of the major brands to make organic jeans. They are a completely transparent brand and their scorecard for environmental and sustainable measures is published by Made-by. Amongst the other casual wear that they make, Kuyichi have some amazing jeans in a range of styles including slimfit and straight leg.

Nudie Jeans

Nudie jeans 10 Amazing Ethical Jeans Brands

Nudie jeans are only for men at the moment but we can keep hoping that they will bring out a ladies version of these amazing jeans which are made from organic cotton. Nudie are incredibly passionate about the jeans that they make. They say that the longer you wear your Nudie jeans the better they will become as the denim ages beautifully and you shape them with your lifestyle until they become like a second skin. Their website features a production guide so that you can find out more about the Philosophy, ethical and social policies of the brand.

Howies

howies 10 Amazing Ethical Jeans Brands

howies are a UK based outdoor clothing brand with a great selection of ethical and organic jeans. They make their jeans in a factory in Cardigan west wales and they believe in making really high quality jeans because the longer they last, the more sustainable they are. Their range of jeans include plenty of loose relaxed styles but they have also just released a skinny style.

Skunkfunk

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Skunkfunk have amongst their collection of streetstyle friendly fashion, a selection of slim fit jeans made from sustainable fabrics.

Mud Jeans

mud jeans 10 Amazing Ethical Jeans Brands

Mud Jeans are an interesting concept where customers can lease rather than buy their jeans giving them a longer life span as they can be recycled at the end of use. The jeans are ethically manufactured from organic cotton and highly sustainable

Patagonia

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Patagonia are a pioneering eco outdoor wear company. They have a limited number of organic jeans in bootcut styles. As a company Patagonia are well known for their promotion and support of environmental issues and their dedication to preserving the natural world that their brand devotees spend so much of their time enjoying.

EDUN

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EDUN is definitely a good place to find amazing jeans with a rock n roll vibe. EDUN was set up by Rock Star Bono of U2 and hiw wife Ali Hewson to help build trade links with Africa. This designer label has become well recognised as a key factor in the international catwalk shows.

Elsom

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Elsom is an Australian designer brand and their collection includes jeans made from organic cotton.

Huit Denim

huit denim 10 Amazing Ethical Jeans Brands

Huit denim has revitalised the jeans industry in the small town of Cardigan west wales. The brand aims to bring manufacturing back home and has reopened the factory that shut many years ago in order to make their high quality jeans. The brand even runs their own no wash club advocating that customers don’t wash their jeans (although they can freeze them) for 6 months shaping them into a unique pair of jeans that only that person could have made. By washing their jeans less, customers are also lessening their impact on the environment. Huit denim jeans are also made from organic cotton or naturally dyed denim.

Do you know any other amazing ethical jeans brands?

With warmest wishes

A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!

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On the weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to a 40th birthday party of our neighbours. It was a fairly lavish do with a large marquee, champagne, lots of live music, some fantastic singing and even some posh portaloos! The dress code was black tie which was ideal for me as I haven’t had the chance to get properly dressed up in ages. I also love love seeing everyone dressed up in their dickie bows and best dresses.

Rather than buy a new dress (it could be a while before I get to wear it again), I decided to make use of something that I already had in my wardrobe. I got this dress from a vintage fair in Bath a few years ago and have not had nearly enough opportunities to wear it. I have no idea how old it is as the label says ‘Richard shops’. Hopefully I don’t giveaway my age when I say that I remember my mum buying clothes from Richard shops and possibly even bought a few pieces myself back in the day. According to Wikipedia the brand was popular through from the sixties to 1992 when the shops finally closed. My earrings were a present from Mr S to wear on my wedding day 15 years ago and the tights have been in my drawer for at least a few years and got me lots of compliments. The shoes are at least  4 or 5 years old aswell. All in all I was pleased that I managed to put together an outfit for a black tie party without buying anything new. I think I could probably have searched the high street for hours (which I just don’t have time for) and not managed to find an outfit that made me as happy as the old one I wore!

buy less live more A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!This summer has been pretty amazing so far we have been out and about doing so many fun things and we have lots more planned including holidays, spa days and festivals. As much as I love buying clothes, there really is no point in doing so if you never get out and about to show them off. Hence my new motto, ‘Buy Less, Live More!’. I think doing stuff is so much more fun than buying stuff.

What do your or would you wear to a black tie party? do you have something amazing in your wardrobe that is just waiting for a special occassion?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion Offers – July 2014

Festival and camping season is upon us and I am afraid I haven’t been able to blog quite as much as I would like but when that sunshine is out, I just have to get out there and enjoy it! I just wanted to share with you a few ethical fashion offers and discounts that are going on in July. Perfect for those that would love to try out a new ethical fashion brand that they have never worn before or anyone who already knows and loves the beautiful clothes that these brands create.

Up to 50% Off in The People Tree Sale

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People Tree is definitely a firm favourite of mine and I usually take advantage of sale to stock up on work wear if I need anything. I recently treated myself  to this lovely dress (will be featuring on the blog very soon) which is super comfy for the office and has got me lots of compliments! I have also got some t shirts for Mr S’s birthday in the sale as he loves the cut and quality.

Up to 50% Off Selected Lines at Timberland

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Timberland have some great shoes, boots and outdoor wear in the Earthkeepers eco friendly collection which is perfect for the changeable British weather, whether you are at a festival or just cruising the urban jungles. My personal favourite find is this lovely leather bag. Timberland leather comes from a leather is from a tannery rated Silver by the Leather Working Group for its water, energy and waste  management practices

Up To 25% Off at Fashion Conscience

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Fashion Conscience stock a fantastic selection of ethical and sustainable fashion brands from including one of my favourites SkunkFunk aswell as plenty of fair trade and vegan shoes, bags and accessories. Click here to shop and get…

10% off when you spend over £50 with discount code SCORCH10
15% off when you spend over £100 with discount code SCORCH15
20% off when you spend over £150 with discount code SCORCH20
25% off when you spend over £250 with discount code SCORCH25

Have you spotted any other amazing ethical fashion offers this summer? or will you be trying out any of these brands by bagging yourself a little bargain?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for a Birthday Trip to London


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Hat – Pachacuti

Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – Komodo
Leggings – People Tree
Silk Scarf – Oxfam Fashion
Baseball Boots – Ethletic

A few weeks ago it was my birthday so I decided to treat myself to a little trip up to London with my eldest daughter. We met up with Faye my best friend of 27 years for Dim Sum at Ping Pong followed by a wander round the Tate modern. Living a distance apart and both so much going on, I don’t get to see Faye nearly as much as I would like but when I do it is always just like old times again. Getting to a girly day out with my daughter is always a treat too. It was interesting to see the Tate modern although I will have to admit I was pretty puzzled by what is classed as art. It was great to see some of my favourites like Picasso and Monet there though. What can I say, it was an amazing birthday, I hope I don’t have to wait until next year to do it again.

I decided this trip would be the perfect opportunity to wear my lovely hat from Pachacuti, despite Mr S warning me that it was pretty windy out. Just as he warned a sudden gust of wind managed to flip my hat right off my head and much to my daughters amusement, it went rolling off down the street with me in hot pursuit shouting “stop that hat” to a slightly bemused looking passerby. Anyway I managed to catch the hat and I my daughter finally managed to stop laughing. The moral of the story ‘don’t wear you favourite hat on a windy day’ or ‘always listen to what you husband says’ but i’m so not going to do that!

I treated myself to the Ethletic baseball boots form Ethical Superstore with some of my  birthday money. They are easily one of the most comfy pairs of shoes that I have ever owned and I know I am going to wear them loads. Ethletic is an ethical fashion shoe brand that make fair trade baseball boots using organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, the rubber soles are FSC certified and sourced responsibly, and the rubber is fairly traded.

Here are just a few instagrams of my birthday

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Flowering tea and pud at Ping Pong (my new favourite things)

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What have you been up to lately? Have you had any weather related clothing catastophes?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – What To Wear To A Birthday Party

015 Ethical Fashion   What To Wear To A Birthday PartyDress – SkunkFunk 
Leggings – People Tree
Glitter shoes – TOMS (available here)
Clutch bag – Junky Styling
Earrings – vintage shop

Here is an outfit that I wore for the birthday party of a very good friend a few weeks ago. The dress is by SkunkFunk and I wear it with either tights or leggings depending on the occasion/ temperature. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you will have probably seen me posting about SkunkFunk before. It is definitely one of my favourite sustainable fashion brands. I treated myself to the TOMS shoes for spring as I needed a new pair of casual flats, I hope to write a review about them very soon. The bag was a reward from project that I funded on Kickstarter.

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Now spring has finally arrived, I am pretty much flat out keeping up with all of the plans that I have been making throughout the colder months. We have decided to upgrade our camping this year with the addition of a cute little caravan, an Eriba Puck and can’t wait to get out and about and using it.

I have also signed myself up for TrekFest where I will be walking 27 miles across the Brecon Beacons in aid of Naomi House childrens hospice, a charity that has provided a huge amount of support to members of my family. The hospice has recently launched a the Caterpillar appeal  to raise the 4 million pounds needed to refurbish the hospice. If you would like to donate, you can do so through my Just Giving page here. I have already begun training with an 11 mile (uphill walk) last weekend. I have been spending quite a bit of time online researching which clothing/ equipment to buy for the trek and which brands are most sustainable. I hope to share my findings soon.

This weekend looks to be busy with lots of fun things planned? What will you be up to and what plans do you have for the spring and summer?

With warmest wishes

Half Term in Cornwall

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Halloween Half Term in Cornwall
Coat – very old (not sure where it is from)
Striped Tunic – Seasalt Cornwall
Leggings – People Tree
Shoes- Melissa

Last week was half term for the children so we were treated to a week in Bude by my Mother and Father in Law. We had the most amazing house which I think may have been Edwardian and was decorated with some lovely attention to detail. As it was very windy especially on Monday the beautiful bay windows including one in our bedroom and one with window seats in the lounge were perfect for checking out the amazing view of the waves on Crooklets Beach whilst keeping cosy and warm indoors.

We did get out and about despite the weather and even went to the beach one day. On Halloween the children insisted on dressing up all day. I can’t believe I actually went out with the devil horns on but eventually had to take them off before going for a pub lunch (amazing crab sandwiches, washed down with a few lagers) as they were giving me a headache (the horns not the lager!).

Whenever I go to Cornwall, I always see the huge attraction of Seasalt Cornwall clothes. They are so perfectly suited for the wet and windy weather being both relaxed and cosy to wear. I bought the striped tunic in the outfit above about a year ago from Seasalt Cornwall and I wear it loads as the organic cotton that it is made of is so thick, warm and comfortable. This top is still available along with lots of other amazing striped tops from Seasalt Cornwall on style-is.co.uk.

Here are a few more photos and instagrams from last week!

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1. Our holiday house in Cornwall
2. An elephant table lamp in the above
3. Our spectacular bedroom in our holiday house
4. Knitted swimwear from years gone by in the museum at Bude
5. A sea view from our bedroom window (my dress by People Tree)
6. Some new cushions to brighten up our old sofa, made in Britain.
7. Halloween fizzy treats
8. Halloween horns!

What have you been up to over the last week? hope you werent too affected by the bad weather.

Braintree Clothing Feel Good Fashion Blogger Competition

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Who doesn’t love a competition? When I saw that Braintree Clothing, a really amazing brand was running a competition for fashion bloggers, I really had to enter. I discovered Braintree’s latest collection when I received a brochure after the EFF Source Summit last week and instantly fell in love with the relaxed boho collection in dreamy shades for summer.

The picture above was my final choice of outfit for the competition, although it has taken me quite a while and many different combinations to finally make up my mind. The outfit is called Feel Good Fashion (of course) and includes the Dove Tree Cardigan because I love the floaty voile on the lower half, the Dakota May Slacks and Lantana Marika Top because I love the combination of prints and the Shilai Necklace and Bibaka Bangle for a little boho glamour.

If you would like to enter the competition, you can find out more here and if you like the look of Braintree Clothing you can enjoy 10% off when you enter the promotional code BLOGGER10 at the checkout until 21/07/2013.

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying the beautiful weather.

With warmest wishes

 

IFB Project – What Does Sustainable Style Mean To Me?

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Jacket – charity shop
Pearl Necklace – vintage
T shirt – A Question of
Longer tshirt (layered underneath) – New Look
Leggings – People Tree
Shoes – Melissa

It is fantastic to see Independent Fashion Bloggers project for this week is about sustainable style. For such an influential organisation in the blogging community to be encouraging bloggers to post about sustainable fashion is really great and I am sure will help to get lots of people thinking.

Anyway of course I wanted to take part. so here is my entry for

What Does Sustainable Style Mean to Me?

I studied Environmental Life Science at University so have always had an interest in the environment but my interest in sustainable fashion really came about a year or so after I started fashion blogging.

As I immersed myself in a world of fashion and clothes which quickly changed from being just a hobby to a job, I started to buy more clothes just because I was exposed to so many different clothes on a daily basis and I wanted them. It suddenly dawned on me how wasteful it was to keep buying clothes that I really didn’t need and often didn’t even wear that much. I started looking for new ways that I could be creative with my style but without buying too many clothes. As I started to wear more charity shop clothes and explore sustainable fashion brands, I also came across many ethical fashion brands which were making a really positive difference around the world and felt inspired to choose clothes which not only had a minimum impact on the environment but also helped people in many different ways.

Sustainable style for me is about

  • Looking and feeling good – of course we all want to look good in our clothes but knowing that my clothes have had a positive impact on someone’s life makes me feel good too. My clothes are partly what gives me confidence and allow me to express my identity. Fortunately for me the concept of sustainability fits well with style because I find buying high quality clothes that will last always looks better than fast fashion.
  • Minimal impact on the environment – I think that buying less clothes that will last is key to sustainable style but I also minimise the impact of my clothing by buying second hand clothes where possible, avoiding dry clean clothes, mending and upcycling, looking for clothes made from sustainable materials including organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and recycled fibres. I also buy clothes that have been locally made and look for companies that have an overall commitment to minimising their environmental impact.
  • Ethical manufacture – exploitation is not a sustainable practice and for fashion to be sustainable, it should also ensure a sustainable livelihood for those involved in its manufacture.
Whilst many people may regard anything ‘sustainable’ particularly style as a bit boring, I think about it as exactly the opposite. To me sustainable style represents a way of exhibiting my own unique and personal style with quirky and usual vintage and charity shop clothes, luxurious fabrics, high quality and well made clothes, innovative styles, intricate detail (often found on fair trade fashion), bright and bold prints and something a  little different from generic ‘fast fashion’, that will make me stand out from the crowd.

Sustainable style means so many things to me – a means of creative expression, a force for change in the world and a way of preserving our world and future, a hobby and also a job.

What does sustainable style mean to you?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

P.s. If you haven’t already, please enter my sustainable outfit competition for fashion bloggers over on style-is.co.uk. There is a £100 shoe voucher to be won!

Sustainable Spring Style on a Budget

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One of the most common objections that I hear from people about choosing to shop more sustainably for their clothes is that it would cost more and there isn’t as much choice. In the past this may of been the case but now, I think their is a huge range of choice of ethical and sustainable fashion for all budgets ranging from luxurious designer pieces right through to more affordable fashion. In many ways sustainability and frugality go hand in hand. Here are my tips for greening your style for spring on a budget.

Buy Less, Choose Well

OK, I stole (or borrowed) this one from Vivienne Westwood but it really does sum up the easiest way on how we can become more sustainable, and save money too. Check out what you already have in you wardrobe, what you need or want. I always try and assess any clothes for value before buying by working out how much I am likely to wear them. I think about when I could wear them, what in my wardrobe they would go with and how long they are likely to last in terms of style and quality. I always try and wait a few days before buying to make sure that it is something I really want.

Cash In On Clothes That You Don’t Wear

Spring is the perfect time to have a good clear out of your wardrobe and any clothes that you no longer wear may be worth some money. You can try selling them through ebay a website like musicmagpie.co.uk or bigwardrobe.com or even take them to a clothes agency if you have one nearby. A newly organised wardrobe will also make it easier for you to find something to wear in the mornings and know what you already have to avoid buying more of the same.

Shop for of Sustainable Fashion with Discount Codes and in Sales 

If you really can’t afford to buy from a sustainable or ethical fashion brand, you can look out for discount codes for sustainable fashion. The high quality and timeless styles of most of these brands will usually make them a really good investment. As most of the styles won’t go out of fashion, you should easily be able to find something amazing that is relevant for spring in the sales. Here is a quick summary of the sales and discounts at style-is.co.uk at the moment.

15% off at People Tree until 21st April
15% off at Fashion Conscience until 30th April including Ruby Rocks, Komodo, SkunkFunk & Melie Bianco (vegan handbags)
15% off sustainable brands at Surfdome including Patagonia, Seasalt Cornwall, Monkee Genes, Rapanui and Seasalt Cornwall
Up to 20% off sustainable shoes at Spartoo including Timberland, Dream in Green and Swedish Hasbeens
£5 off sustainable fashion at Zalando when you spend over £50 including Komodo, People Tree, Kuyichi and Patagonia
8% vintage and ethical brands at Rock My Vintage - Including Nancy Dee, Lowie and Tatty Devine
People Tree Sale
Timberland Sale
Seasalt Cornwall Sale

Check out a Charity Shop

Charity shopping has to be one of the most fashionable ways to shop at the moment. It is fun, frugal and eco friendly. The best thing is that you never know what treasure you are going to find and then you can use it to create your own unique outfit. If you don’t have time to trawl the local charity shops, Oxfam Fashion online is a fantastic place to shop. You can search by size, style, colour and brand to find just what you need and there is also a good selection of vintage clothes.

Arrange a Swap Party

If you are really broke arranging a swap party is the perfect way to refresh your wardrobe for spring on a budget. Grab a bottle of wine, some friends with a pile of clothes they no longer want and swap away to your hearts content. The feeling of getting something new from a swap is as good as buying something new and you get a fun evening with your friends into the bargain. If you don’t have enough friends or you are all different sizes, you could try going to an organised swap party, there are lots listed on swishing.org.

Borrow it

If you need something to wear for a one off event, then the simplest option can sometimes be to borrow it. An informal arrangement with friends is great but you can also use the pinkmothballs.com app to help keep track of exactly what you have borrowed from and lent to people. For a special occasion, there is also the option to hire a designer dress from websites like Girl Meets Dress and  Wish Want Wear.

Please feel free to add any more ideas you have in the comments below.

Happy Friday, hope you have a lovely weekend.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Image – Peacock Dress by Ruby Rocks at Fashion Conscience