Wearing: Stine Goya dress
Gianvanito Rossi shoes
As a New Yorker, one of the best things about the holidays is the all parties. I look forward to getting invitations, however many, and celebrating with friends and colleagues for a drink or two, or three. Reveling in the very joyous season, that basically starts now, is just plain fun. It always begs the question what do I wear, and what happens to the garment once the bar closes down. I have been thinking a lot about the way we use and wear fashion. Secondly, I am making more thoughtful and strategic purchases about what goes into my temple. Most of all, the very importance of sustainability, and the concern for shopping, and how it affects our planet. But here is what I am doing. I have been thrifting more, selling my unloved garments, and renting items from Rent the Runway. In 2019, at the end of the twenty teens, I learned how to holiday and save the planet. And now, you can too.
What to Wear this Holiday
When it comes to what to buy, I recommend getting the classics. A black dress. Investment bag. And this is an interesting read. A great pair of shoes. Because, at the end of the day you’re left with your stuff and you want to get the most out of your clothes. It’s a simple calculation: cost per wear. Now since implementing that rule, it’s much easier when deciding what to purchase. I love this Stine Goya dress I got from Rent the Runway.
How to Holiday and Save the Planet
As a buzzword, “sustainability” has been dominating the past few runway seasons. From using recycled fabrics to declaring their runways carbon neutral, designers and brands reflected a growing demand among consumers for more than fashion. There seems to be two camps here: those who shun fast fashion, and refuse to use plastic straws vs. those who willingly turn a blind eye, shop at budget-friendly brands, and have no qualms with single-use plastic. The starkness of that dichotomy is misleading and exacerbated by the digital world’s propensity to coax people and pit them against one another. In truth, it is possible to maintain an interest in fashion and a desire to do better when it comes to the environment. I know I can’t change the world by myself but I can contribute. IMO, the focus should really be on buying less and wearing what you own over and over again, rather than buying too much cheap, disposable clothing.
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Photos Lydia Hudgens