One Dress, Seven Looks: How To Practise Slow Fashion
Slow fashion is about quality instead of quantity. It’s thoughtful and on purpose, and advocates the concept of sustainable fashion as opposed to disposable ‘fast fashion’. In this article, we’ll talk about how you can begin practising slow fashion by taking one dress and creating seven entirely different looks. It’s also a thrifty way to extend your wardrobe without breaking the bank!
We asked our model Olivia to show us how to do it with one sleeveless Sumac Dream Skater Dress and other garments and accessories she found in her capsule wardrobe and in our fabARTonstuff store.
The Casual Look
1. Layer with a long sleeve top underneath the dress.
For cooler weather, wear a plain, crew neck, long sleeve top under the sleeveless dress and tights that match the colour of the top. Accessorize with high top shoes, booties or platforms.
Note that layering works best with dresses that are a bit loose or stretchy – just like the fabaARTonstuff Sumac Dream dress that Olivia is wearing.
2. Jazz it up with a jean jacket and matching bandana. Then add a pair of high tops. These matching high tops are also available in the fabaARTonstuff store.
This very cute look is perfect for warm spring and fall days or summer evenings. Being able to peel off the layers is essential, if you are exposed to temperature changes that may happen while you’re travelling, dancing or even walking, especially at the beginning or end of the day in northern climes.
Make your style even more attention-grabbing by wearing tights and a bandana or scrunchie that pick up the colours in your dress.
Optional: Replace jean jacket with a cape, shawl, poncho or wrap.
3. Wear a tee under the dress.
For a laid-back look while running errands around town, rummage through your closet for a t-shirt to wear underneath your dress. Try to find one on the tighter side that feels good close to your skin and works well with the colour scheme of your dress. For cooler days, add leggings in the same colour scheme. Matching high top shoes, like the ones shown here add pizzazz!
4. Accessorize with a hoodie and booties.
You can't go wrong with this combo – zip up hoodies work with just about anything! Here, Olivia pairs her lavender hoodie with purple tights already in her closet. Cool booties finish the look. No zip up hoodie in your closet? Don't worry, a cropped knit sweater works too.
Ps. Yes, use the same tights as in the Look #2 and #3! Repurposing is one of the very points of practising slow and sustainable fashion.
The More Elegant Look
5. Wear a dress shirt under the dress.
Remember that scene from the Devil wears Prada movie with Anne Hathaway when Andy is wearing a white dress shirt under a black dress? In fashion, this idea keeps coming back around for a reason: you can always make a simple dress look more interesting and elegant this way. Add a belt to accentuate your curves and a long string of beads, necklace or pendant. Top it off with a cool hat, slip on dressy pumps and you’re ready to party.
6. Always in vogue: a bolero or a cropped jacket.
A bolero or cropped jacket – both are must-haves that will elevate your outfit and accentuate your waist :) Add a pair of good looking shoes and a choker to polish the look.
7. Personal Flair - Mix Up the Looks!
Go ahead, wear your fav blazer with a pair of canvas high tops if it works for you! You can also slip on a tank top underneath the dress to add warmth if need be.
So there you have it. One dress seven looks! Use your imagination to add flair to your own style. Express yourself!
Slow Fashion: How Small Actions Add Up to a Big Help for Our Planet
Self-expression brings me to one more very important reason for reusing and repurposing your fave clothing to prevent unnecessary waste. The fashion sector is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and our obsession with fast fashion is seriously harming the environment. So let's do something about it and promote the opposite: SLOW fashion – an important part of the movement is wearing clothes that we love for a long time!
Not all clothes can stand up to the task, but you can count on fabARTonstuff clothing to last through many washes without losing the sheen of the fabric and the vibrance of prints, especially, if you wash them inside out and hang them to dry. And hanging your clothes to dry instead of using a dryer further benefits the environment because it cuts down waste (dryer sheets for example) and power consumption.
On our end, making products on demand instead of in bulk also helps reduce overproduction and therefore cuts down on waste. Our small actions can have a big impact. All of these seemingly insignificant changes keep adding up to the creation of the better future for us and for our planet and that's what the slow fashion movement is all about :)
Read more about slow fashion here: https://earth.org/what-is-slow-fashion
Finally, if you are not a fan of short, flared or skater dresses, we also have other styles including bodycons and midi A-lines, all printed with vibrant and unique art using eco-friendly, low water consumption technology.
Apply all the above tips to any one of them, add your own ideas, mix, match, layer and make each outfit unique to you, to the occasion and the season. Have fun and help the Earth!
For more styling ideas:
WATCH One Dress, Seven Looks: How to Practise Slow Fashion VIDEO
WATCH Sumac Dream Dresses, Skirts and Leggings for everywhere VIDEO
WATCH Sumac Dream Tops for Everyone. Mix & Match VIDEO
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