The Low Down On Green Living
October 18th, 2007
Fashion and the fight to end global warming do mix and the evidence is mounting. Many green fashion boutiques have opened shop online, like The Green Loop, BTC Elements and Kaight. Eco-fashion designers like Linda Loudermilk and Amanda Shi are showing collections in New York and Los Angeles, while online periodicals dedicated to sustainable style like SASS and Style Will Save Us are helping us stay abreast of the latest trends in green fashion.
We didn’t think it appropriate to mention eco-fashion without a nod to vintage, which has never been so “in”. Movie stars and fashionistas are wearing vintage like a badge of honor, because it’s a great way guarantee a truly unique ensemble. Retro 1980’s Gucci bags and 1960’s dresses by Givenchy have a certain something that you just can’t find in a new purchase - and it’s not just the zero impact. Indeed these are high-style-impact/low-environmental-impact masterpieces.
Many of today’s hottest fashion trends are inspired by previous generations, so staying ahead of the latest craze is one of the best ways to score a vintage treasure at your local thrift shop. Mini-dresses, high-waisted pants and short shorts did not originate post-millennium. You can do homework at your local library, where late issue fashion periodicals like Vogue and Harper’s Baazar can be read without adding another mag to your recycling bin.
Websites like eBay and Hooked On Vintage make the internet a low-carbon way to find vintage clothing. (How about a gorgeous vintage tux, you green guys?? Hooked on Vintage has lots!) If you prefer to touch, feel and try-on clothing you can visit vintage retail stores like The Paperbag Princess or The Way We Wore. You can also find local thrift stores by going to www.thriftshopper.com.
If you have a favorite store near you, please share it will all of us in the comments section!
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