Is it just me, or do you feel more and more comfortable in you’re own skin after the age of 30? I’m approaching my 31st birthday, and I feel as if I am not only settling into my own skin, but find I back myself a little more. Now, it’s not to say that I don’t have moments of fearfulness and vulnerability…but generally, I can decipher what I want and what I don’t. And that seems like a simple task, but as I look back on all the mistakes I’ve made in the past, it’s evident that perhaps there was some uncertainty behind those factors which drove me to those bad decisions. But, it has set me up for a good outlook on life, one of which is my personal style.
I hope now, you’ve had the chance to read my last post, The State of Fashion Sustainability, as I discussed many of the issues that have become prevalent due to the impact of the industry on our planet. I spoke from a few different perspectives, but I’d like to elaborate a bit more from my perspective.
Fashion sustainability to me, is about starting the conversation and creating awareness around the issue. Think about the time that low-fat foods were all the rage. There was a massive political and economic debacle regarding the health of sugar and fats, and we were lead to believe that fat was the enemy. And as consumers, we believed them. But nowadays, the consumer has a voice, and many platforms to project that voice. Therefore, we need to stay vigilant and take ownership of our purchasing decisions.
As I said in my previous post (The State of Fashion Sustainability), I always look at ways in which I can make a difference. I do that by understanding my own style, my own likes and dislikes, as well as my needs. When I purchase an item of clothing, I do so with careful consideration. I would much prefer to buy one skirt that I can wear multiple ways, over many years at a higher price, than buy 5 skirts that I may only wear once each.
This way of thinking does require more effort, more planning, and more creativity. But, in exchange, I have a wardrobe full of items that I love and wear all the time. I hope that through my blog and social media accounts, I can inspire you to make better purchasing decisions, as well as show you new ways to style old and new pieces.
This outfit is one of my favourites. I have been eyeing off this patent leather skirt from Aje for quite some time now. And as it is my birthday soon, I got it! I knew that I would get a lot of wear out of it, due to the fact that leather (and patent leather more recently) has become a staple across the world. A denim boyfriend jacket is a must as well. The looser fit is a lot more relaxed and casual, which is perfect for Sydney and my lifestyle. It just happens to also go swimmingly with leather! I added a little cropped knit underneath for some extra texture, and paired it with my trusty Alexandre Birman heels. All of these items can be worn so many different ways, and therefore are worthy of the price tag.
What’s your views on fashion sustainability? Share with me here, or on my social accounts. And make sure you follow me. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by.
Katrina – Leather & Soie x
What I wore:
Skirt – this style has sold out, but they have similar Aje
Denim jacket – Levi’s
Heels – Alexandre Birman
Bag – Oroton (old)
Sunglasses – Tom Ford