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Does Transparency Equal Sustainability?

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You may have noticed H&M received a score of 73/100 on Fashion Revolution's Transparency Index, providing them with the highest score of all the brands evaluated. You may have also seen H&M's coinciding marketing campaign claiming to be the world's most transparent brand. Whilst they did receive the best score, this does not mean that they are sustainable brand? What is the transparency index? Each year Fashion Revolution review 250 of the world's biggest fashion retailers and ranks them based on how much disclose about their ethical and environmental policies, practicies and impacts.  Big fashion brands purchase their products from manufacturers often located across the globe thus freeing them of responsibility of working conditions and practices. When the Rana Plaza factory collapsed people had to dig through the rubble in order to find out which brands were producing clothes there. Transparency demands that companies who made the clothes,

What's In My Clothes?

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It's Fashion Revolution Week and this year we are not only asking "who made my clothes?" but we are also questioning fast fashion brands on what's in my clothes. We all know that fast fashion is killing our planet with excessive water use, harmful chemicals and a shed load of plastic that ultimately end up in water systems and the ocean. Only 5% of the raw materials used to make a garment are actually contained in the final product. The other 95% is often left unconsidered when in reality it's also having an impact on our planet. What's in My Clothes? So what is in our clothes? Many clothes today are made from plastic based fibres, including plyester, nylon and acrylic. When we wash our clothes microfibers are released and end up in our water systems and in the sea. As well as this, there's also lots of harmful chemicals that go into our clothes, particularly in the dying and finishing processes. These chemicals are harmful for garment wor

Why Fashion Revolution Week is More Important Than Ever

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This week (20th-26th April 2020) is Fashion Revolution Week. In 2013 the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1000 people. The disaster included the collapse of garment factories for the western fashion industry. On the anniversary of the event, Fashion Revolution encourages people from across the globe to campaign for systemic change in the fashion industry to promote more ethical and sustainable practices. Fashion Revolution states:  "We are living in a climate emergency and the fashion & textiles sector is one of the most polluting and wasteful industries. The industry continues to lack transparency, with widespread exploitation of people working in the supply chain. Never before have there been this many people on the planet in slavery, and fashion is a key driver of this reality. Brands and retailers are still not taking enough responsibility for the pay and working conditions in their factories, the environmental impacts of the materials the

Old Man Shorts

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A style that I have been loving recently is what I like to call old man shorts. They kind of look like something your Grandad might wear on his holiday to Benidorm or maybe kids p.e. shorts. Simple, white, slightly tailored and quite boxy. I had seen Lizzy from Shot from the Street styling them over the Summer and I was inspired. I had pinned images of similar pairs on my Pinterest boards and was determined to re-create the style. Being something that an old man might wear I knew I would be able to find something similar in a charity shop and Salvation Army did not disappoint. For $5.00/£2.50 I am so pleased. Paired with a simple oversized black t-shirt, I really love this look and it's definitely a go to for me whilst the weather is still warm.   Photos: Samuel Bridgman Facebook | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram

2020 Style Inspiration

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Via Pinterest Today we're going old school . I recently spoke about my wardrobe rut . I've had a capsule wardrobe consisting of about 20(ish) items for about 14 months and I want to change my style up a bit but with limited funds and the lockdown, that isn't going to happen very soon so here's a collection of images that show the direction I want my style to go in. I am really into tailoring, neutral tones and anything rust coloured.    Via Pinterest Via Pinterest Via Who What Wear Via Pinterest Facebook | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram

An Ode to My Former Wardrobe

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14 months ago I hopped on a plane (or two) to sunny New Zealand, leaving most of my wardrobe behind. I packed my favourite items into my backpack and off I went. Not long after starting my trip I declared that I would try not to purchase any new clothes for a whole year to keep my wardrobe sustainable (and it went pretty well ). After 14 months of wearing the same pieces, I have to admit I am getting quite bored. Most of my capsule wardrobe consists of 3 colours: black, white, rusty orange so it's fairly easy to mix and match my pieces but I am longing for some change, particularly as my style continues to evolve.  I miss my pink cords, my favourite blue denim jeans that I wore constantly. I want my abundance of oat coloured jumpers  and my favourite customised blazer. I have developed a real appreciation for the wardrobe that I left behind and find myself styling outfits that I will wear when I return home. I am so used to wearing the same outfits that some of my old

The Book Edit

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It has been 3 years since my last book related post . I bang on about wanting to read more in every single goal post I have written. I find it hard to have the motivation to pick up a book and actually read and once I do, I find it impossible to stay focused and finish the book. It usually takes me a few months to read a book and, you know what, there's no shame in it. Over the past few years I have managed to get through some books which I have absolutely loved and have to share with the world.   1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood ☆☆☆☆☆ If you haven't already read The Handmaid's Tale  then I strongly recommend that it becomes your next read. I cannot even begin to describe this book in my own words so I'll let goodreads do the job. "Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer