Vintage Fashion and the Effects of Clothing Manufacture on the Environment

In recent times wearing vintage clothing has become both fashionable and a way for us to make a strong statement about ourselves. Whether it is for financial reasons or political reasons, many of us are no longer satisfied with buying cheap clothes that end up at the back of our wardrobes weeks later.

Producing denim (or any other clothing for that matter) inevitably impacts the environment. This starts from growing the cotton used to make it, right through to shipping the finished garment, often worldwide. It takes 2900 gallons of water to produce one pair of jeans and 766 gallons of water to produce just one t-shirt (National Geographic, 2010). The cotton farms also frequently use chemicals and pesticides, creating greenhouse gases.

However, this is only a tiny part of the overall environmental impact. Every year in the UK we buy 2 million tons of clothing, with 1.2 million tons going into landfill. Textiles are now the fastest growing sector in household waste, in what the media has dubbed the “Primark effect” (The Daily Telegraph). Many retailers now rotate stock as often as every six weeks. This is unsustainable both financially and from an environmental perspective.

Regardless of this it would be unfair to blame the environmental impact solely on retailers, after all they wouldn’t produce such vast amounts of clothing if we didn’t buy it. But things are slowly beginning to change due to the increasing interest in buying ethically sourced and eco-friendly products. Many retailers are now using organic cotton, for example.

Using organic cotton is a small step towards reducing the impact fashion and clothing manufacture has on the environment. It would be wrong to say that vintage clothing doesn’t impact the environment in any way; at some stage it was manufactured using the same process. However with vintage clothing it is undeniably less harmful in the long run because not throwing away our clothes will cut greenhouse gases.

At the moment only 16% of the clothes we dispose of in the UK each year are recycled (The Daily Telegraph). Buying vintage encourages recycling, as we’re less likely to throw away a treasured vintage find than we are a bargain from the high street. Taking this into account, (whether you choose to buy vintage or new) the environmental impact of clothing manufacture is definitely an issue worth thinking about.

Keeping Your Young Daughter Fashionable and Still Looking Like a Little Girl

When daughters are still young, it’s so fun to dress them. Little girl clothing is colorful and feminine. Yet somehow as young girls begin to grow many of them decide they want to look older than they are.

The media is partly to blame. The mainstream fashion industry doesn’t help. Short skirts, crop tops and provocative clothing can be found for even the youngest of toddlers. Is it possible to find fashionable clothing, clothing that lets your daughter celebrate looking and feeling good, while still looking like a little girl?

Absolutely!

Tips To Find Age Appropriate, And Fashionable, Clothing For Little Girls

· Embrace child friendly designers and stores. When shopping with your daughter, steer clear of the mainstream stores which tend to sell the big girl clothing. Smaller boutiques and stores which specialize in clothing specifically for little girls will have beautiful clothing for your daughter to choose from.

· Give her options and let her choose. Children as young as two or three can choose their own clothing. It gives them power, cultivates their own sense of fashion and creativity, and helps create a bond between you – rather than a battle. Choose a couple of outfits you think she’d like and give her the option to choose from those. This way you’re still in control however she feels like she has a say in what she wears.

· Help her find her style. Some little girls love to wear colorful frilly dresses while others prefer jeans and a t-shirt. Ask your young daughter what she likes to wear and why. Take her to a child friendly online store and ask her to show you the clothing she likes. Engaging in a discussion will help her and you learn her style personality.

· Accessorize. It’s the little things that sometimes make us feel the best about our appearance. A headband, a fun pair of tights, a fun bangle or necklace can really help a child feel good about how they look. And if your daughter is a hat wearer then they can really have fun with an outfit.

· Set a good example. It may sound obvious however children, especially young ones, tend to take their fashion cues from their parents. Now that doesn’t mean you have to wear polka dot tights and a frilly pink dress (unless you want to) however when you dress age appropriately and take pride in your appearance your daughter, believe it or not, will learn from you.

· Let go. Fill her closet with items she likes, and you approve of, and then let her have control over what she wears. There will likely be days when she walks out of her room wearing jeans and a flowery dress on top or yellow striped tights and a purple dress, smile and tell her she looks colorful and let her go. Little girls love to experiment with clothing, if you’re able to fill her wardrobe with items you approve of then you can relax and let her experiment to her heart’s content.

Bright colors, fun fabrics and patterns and a little freedom to choose what she likes will help your daughter to look fun and fashionable while still looking like the little girl she is. Find a few child friendly stores and give your daughter a bit of choice, you’ll both be glad you did.

80s Fashion and Fancy Dress – How and Where to Get Your Retro 80s Fashion and Cheap!

The awesome thing about dressing up in 80s fashion outfits, is that there are so many choices you can virtually mix and match elements with. Where do you start? What main elements consist of an 80s fashion outfit? Here’s a few ways that I have discovered, and best of all, the outfits are fantastic, authentic, and cost next to nothing!

Popular trends include fluro – neon, stone wash, acid wash denim, lace, mesh, lycra, polyester and don’t forget taffeta and satin for the 80s prom dresses.

Once you have an idea of what 80s styles you are looking for, your next best step, is to work out who, where and when you can get your 80s gear from. These are where you should score best for finding clothes worn in the 80s.

Family and friends: Parents, friends of the family, uncles and aunts.
Vintage and second hand clothes shops in your local area. I have found they have the best range, and are the cheapest for your authentic 80s clothing. Best buys include high waisted denim, stone wash denim, and fantastic/awful dresses. You’ll love it!
$2 import stores for fantastic items such as scrunchies, beaded necklaces, party gear and misc 80s jewellery.
80s costume specialist online stores: The costume store links provided in the pages from 80s fashion Fancy Dress are brilliant. They have taken great care to find these wonderful stores, who provide that extra perfect something for your 80s costume or outfit. There are all sorts of 80s stuff, and quite cheap, too.
Costume jewellery stores. For the most of it, your accessories will be what brings your 80s costume to life. Leg warmers, lace ribbons, fingerless gloves, necklaces and dangley earrings. There’s a chance these may be hard to find. Do not worry though, like I said earlier, you will be able to buy plenty of 80s accessories online. Remember, finding 80s outfits and 80s costumes, is quite a bit like treasure hunting. Have fun with it! Don’t forget you can mix and match 80s outfits.

As we move into the tweenie teenies, there is evidence in music clips, magazines and movies, that it’s cool to have a fun and zany taste in fashion. Some commentators have put this down to the gloom of the financial crisis, and they may be right. Also, most of you would have heard about 80s themed parties by now. They are very popular, probably due to the really cool music, and fancy dress fun you can have. Are you hosting or attending an 80s fancy dress party?