Dressing for the Show

Last Saturday I went to an eco-fashion themed fashion show. I wanted to dress the part: stylish yet eco-conscious. Here’s the outfit I put together.


Jacket: Forever 21
Top: Swapped
Pants: Zara
Belt: The Vegan Collection
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
Cuff (shown below): Greenbelts

At first glance, it might not seem specifically eco-friendly. It’s not vegetable-dyed bamboo, for example. But I have a few things in mind when I put this together. Here’s my thinking:

The jacket is cotton and faux leather. And while we could debate the sustainability of pleather made overseas, I’m giving myself points for choosing non-leather. By the same token, the jeans are glazed denim, a leather alternative, and so is the clutch. That one I can really get behind. It’s by a local designer, Crystalyn Kae, and is very eco-friendly.

eco outfit

The shoes are leather, but I bought them second hand. Points for recycling! My shirt is swapped, so again, I’ll count that as recycling. The leather cuff was once a belt–upcycled! And the belt is all-vegan and US-made.

shirt and cuff

Regardless of how good a score I got on the eco-front, I tried, and I had a lot of fun in this outfit. I felt a little like Joan Jett!

I’m linking up to What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy and Transatlantic Blonde. Be sure to check out what everyone else is wearing!


Filed under Ethical, Fashion, Thrifty

14 responses to “Dressing for the Show

  1. You look wonderful. Those pants are perfect on you and I think your reasoning makes a lot of sense. We can’t all always wear vegetable dyed bamboo. I think doing the best we can, while still having fun with our clothes, is a good goal to have.

  2. Love the look! Dressing for fashion shows is always so hard!
    ✰Transatlantic Blonde✰

  3. Great outfit! I’d like some glazed denim jeans. I’m trying to shop wisely–eco-friendly and ethical is important to me, too.

  4. You looked great, and I love your efforts to be eco-friendly! As a person who has been blogging about green style for 5 years, I know how difficult it can be to dress sustainably, especially when so many green fashion brands are out of reach in terms of price. But there’s more than one way to be green, and you nailed it with your secondhand and local pieces. Great job! Glad I found your blog 🙂

    • You’re right about price. I really like supporting local and ethical companies. They’re often pricier. But if I can offset the occasional splurge with some thrifting, it might all work out. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Joan Jett is a perfect call on this bad a$$ look! Jean Jett!!! I think anytime we can be at all conscious of where our clothes are made and the impact their production has on our environment is a HUGE step in the right direction. Kudos to you for setting the example, Jean… Jett! OK, I’m done… 😉 ~Sarah

    • Love it! Jean Jett 😉 Ha! And yes, I’m learning about the textile industry, labor conditions, and the environmental impact of our choices. I’m far from perfect, but I’m getting better. I’d like to make good choices on all fronts.

  6. I always feel like a rock star when I wear leather. If you by 2nd hand that is definitely eco-friendly. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

  7. WOO! That’s all I have to say on this one. ;D

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