Eco-Friendly Living

Sustainable Fashion: One Dress Three Looks

Earlier this week I went to what’s called the “Happy Market” in my university. It’s an annual event held by the environmental society where students can sell unwanted clothes, last time I found some gems there as seen in my sustainable fashion haul so this time was no different. I decided to style one dress three looks to show that you don’t need lots of new clothes; just a few reliable staples. 

a rail of vintage clothing

Why Fast Fashion Is Bad For The Environment

The impact fast fashion has on the environment is horrifying.

  • It takes 2,700 litres of water to make one cotton t-shirt
  • Making one pair of jeans creates the same amount of CO2 as driving 80 miles
  • Microfibers from synthetic clothing in the washing machine account for approximately 35% of the plastic released into the ocean.

Second-hand, and sustainable fashion brands, means that we’re not contributing to the water use and emissions released. Before purchasing something new, have a look at markets, Depop, charity shops, and vintage stores – you’ll be amazed at what you find. When you no longer want an item of clothing, make sure to donate it, sell it, or upcycle.

I think people should also try a Guppy Bag and similar products (not sponsored) which catches the microfibers in the washing machine so they don’t end up as more plastic pollution in the sea.

The climate has changed, the climate crisis is beginning now, an outfit isn’t worth an uninhabitable planet.

Without further ado, here’s how I can style a dress, which only cost me €3, three different ways:

One Dress Three Looks

1. The Standard Look

red plaid secondhand sustainable fashion dress with belt

This dress came with it’s own fabric belt, which I wasn’t a fan of, so I used one of my own, and pulled up the top a bit making it loser and the top and shorter at the bottom. The easiest way to wear this is literally just how it was designed and it makes a comfy everyday look.

2. The Summer Look

red plaid sustainable fashion secondhand dress styled with kimono and leather belt

I saw this idea on Pinterest, and it’s a great way to find a new use for large or men’s shirts easily found in charity shops, I decided to see if it worked with the dress and it did! I added a belt from an old faux leather jacket to hide where I tied the sleeves, and the kimono to cover the back as it looked a bit messy. An easy stylish summer outfit!

Pinterest is an amazing place to get outfit inspiration, and from looking through tags that represent my style I’ve been wearing clothes I haven’t wore in a long time!

3. The Winter Look

red plaid secondhand sustainable fashion dress styled with a black jumper over it

I adore my summer wardrobe as it’s very bohemian, and makes me feel more free, confident, and the most like myself. My winter wardrobe, and clothes for the seasons in between – so most of the year – is primarily jumpers and jeans which makes me feel meh. I experimented a bit this winter, and often wore a variation of this look with a boho purple dress I have that’s a similar shape.

climate protest in Paris, sign over railing reading: Love & Protect our Beautiful Earth

The idea of slow fashion is to get long-lasting timeless pieces, whereas fast-fashion follows immediate trends, is poor quality, and usually gets worn once or twice. Having several different ways to style an outfit, means having less of a divide between seasons in your wardrobe, but also means that you don’t need to buy excess clothing, so you have what you need but can still rock different variations of outfits and looks.

Supporting sustainable fashion doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your style and looking good, I’ve found some beautiful second-hand pieces in charity shops and on Depop.

What do you think of one dress three looks, do you have anything you could work this with? If not, you might be interested in ways to upcycle old clothes into a new outfit – you can also see the no-sew upcycling hacks.

Check out this video I made on sustainable fashion if you want to learn more about the benefits of second-hand shopping:

7 thoughts on “Sustainable Fashion: One Dress Three Looks

  1. I loved all three looks! I am so bad with fashion, but I absolutely loved that you created three easy looks. I am so going to use these tips! 🙂 I will definitely be looking at Pinterest for these more often. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Such an important post. And you’ve styled your dress fabulously well too! Thank you for the tip about the Guppy bag, I’ll have to look into one of those. Thank you for raising awareness like this, it’s really helpful 🙂 Lisa x

  3. I really love your winter look haha I think that a dress with a jumper over it always looks so good! Sustainable fashion us definitely something I’ve been thinking about more lately x

  4. All three looks were so cute! I’m horrible at picking out clothes/outfits so I’m always jealous of the fact that you can effortlessly pull these off and pick them out in general! I’m looking into sustainable fashion at the moment, and there’s so much to learn! I have a friend who’s a pro at finding clothes at thrift stores, so I’m going to force her to take me shopping the next time I need “new” clothes!

    Great post!! Fun and informative!

    Emily |

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