I have an issue. Actually, I have many issues, but that’s beside the point. I have been looking for a nice summer dress to wear to weddings this year, but am having zero luck in the vintage/thrifting/ebay department. Seriously. I’ve been looking since January, when I started this resolution thing, knowing that I would need a lot of time to make this happen. I feel like I’ve tried everything.
So now I’m looking into eco-friendly and upcycled clothes. These types of clothes are basically new, but made from recycled fabrics and clothes and/or sustainable materials (bamboo, hemp, etc.). Now, here’s where I need your opinion:
Since my New Year’s Resolution is an attempt to consume less and be more green in my clothing choices, do “new” eco-friendly clothes break my resolution?
I’m dead serious about this resolution, guys, and I don’t want to give up on it, nor am I looking for a way around it. That would be silly and lamespice. I just prefer not to wear a jersey tunic to a wedding. Just sayin.’
Oh, and if you would like to make me a dress from recycled/scrap fabric, I won’t be upset. Really. I just might like it.
Here are some stores I’m leaning towards:
Stewart+Brown – organic clothing (I think that green dress is my favorite on this entire page! Is it summer wedding appropriate?)
American Apparel – Made in the US; sweatshop free; clothes currently made from 20% organic materials, but may soon be from 80% organic; company recycles over a million pounds of scrap fabric per year; solar panels on roof of LA headquarters
*If you can’t tell, I’m really talking up AA because I love their clothes, so let me also point out that they have many items that can be worn different ways, thus expanding your wardrobe with less. The Le Sac Dress (2nd) and Circle Scarf (3rd) are perfect examples of how things can be worn in different ways. Yes, that circle scarf can be worn as a really cute dress. Check out Adored Austin’s circle scarf dress!
Liz Alig on Etsy – all garments made from 100% recycled fabrics
tobedetermined on Etsy – vintage reconstructed and handmade clothing
The Closet Stuffer on Etsy – upcycled and repurposed clothing
UPDATE: I asked for opinions from my friends at work, who have been extra supportive about my NYR. The majority said I’m “changing the rules in the middle of the game” to suit my needs, and that its not fair to do that. I agree, and I’m so happy they know they can be honest with me. Honesty is exactly what I want in this situation. So now its your turn. What do you think of this proposed NYR modification?