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Posted on July 24, 2017 by Noorin Khamisani | 0 comments

We have the pleasure of featuring Jen Brownlie of the fantastic Sustainable Edit blog this month.  Here she is wearing our Monochrome Tux jacket paired with a dress from People Tree.  Read more about her Fashion Revolution Day outfit on her blog.

Tartan Brunette in Outsider organic wool tux jacket 

In true sustainable fashion spirit Jen also styled the blazer in a more casual look with ripped jeans and a T-shirt.  Read her post about Blazer Styling for more info.

Tartan Brunette wearing Outsider monochrome blazer ethical fashion

Here's little Q&A so you can discover more about the lovely Jen.

How long have you been blogging/writing?
I started my blog Tartan Brunette in December 2014, now renamed The Sustainable Edit. At the time is was like any other lifestyle blog without much focus. I changed direction at the end of 2015 when I decided to focus on capsule wardrobes and ethical fashion.

What Inspired your ethical and eco approach to fashion and style?

It was a combination of an overflowing wardrobe but struggling to put together outfits and watching The True Cost movie. The film made a huge impact on the way I looked at my wardrobe and was the push I needed to make a change. The next day I cleared out my wardrobe and started my first ever capsule wardrobe. I've now been using the capsule wardrobe method for nearly 2 years and haven't looked back. I now buy less and focus high-quality clothes from responsible brands and love everything in my wardrobe. Although ethical and sustainable fashion does cost more I've found that because I'm buying less and making more conscious purchases I've saved money since changing my shopping habits.

Jen of Tartan Brunette wearing Outsider ethical fashion
What is your top tip for eco-fashionistas?
Can I cheat and share 3 tips?
The easiest (and cheapest) way to get started on your ethical and sustainable wardrobe journey is to enjoy the clothes you already own. You’ve spent your hard-earned money on them so enjoy them. Value your clothes like the investments they are. Take good care of them. Read and follow washing instructions, hang them up/put away after use. Our wardrobes are one of the most valuable items in our homes so take care of your clothes.
Stop thinking of shopping as a hobby. There are plenty of other (more enjoyable) ways to spend your weekend than shopping.Think of new clothes as investments and look for the best quality you can find/afford. Yes, high-quality clothes do tend to cost a little more but will last longer in your wardrobe. Consider the cost per wear of your clothes. But remember that expensive does not always equal high quality so learn how to spot quality clothes.
The world of ethical fashion can be overwhelming. Once you start researching brands you discover there are hundreds out there. Take your time to research brands which match your personal ethics. Read their policies, look at how often they get new stock (more than once a season is a fast fashion trigger), look at quality and design (are they trend led or classic pieces) before making decisions. It may be helpful to choose an area to focus on based on your personal ethics. Environment – look for sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, natural dyes, environmental policies, recycled materials, upcycling. People – look for Fairtrade companies, paying a living wage, workers’ rights, safe working conditions etc Animals – no animal products like leather/suede, skins or fur. Watch out for glue used in shoes etc.

Thanks Jen!



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