No doubt the fashion industry must change its practices. But there is hope if more companies follow the footsteps of House Of Dagmar or at least take a page out of their book. In 2005, three sisters launched Dagmar, a Swedish contemporary label for women. Their standard is clear: high quality fabrics, high quality design, and high quality production. HOD takes sustainability seriously.
The sisters began measuring their carbon footprint in 2017. “We learned many things, for example that around only seven per cent of our fibres were sustainable when we started measuring. We also learned that using fibres that can be recycled or incinerated with energy recovery results in CO2 savings.” They don’t walk the talk. They are doing!
Back in 2017, 25% of Dagmar’s collections was sustainable and was a GOOD CHOICE. At the beginning of 2019, 50% of their collections were sustainable. For 2020 they hope to be at 90%! Dagmar introduced The GOOD CHOICE- label. A tag that promises the clothes it hangs on are made from ethically produced and environmentally friendly materials.
Where are they going with the goal?: Dagmar’s goal of becoming a climate neutral fashion brand by 2025, offering only 100% sustainable collections.
I love transparency! I love choices to buy good! I’m a fan of Dagmar!
This Sunday’s style, Emerson Fry. A local east coast label which I discovered a few years back. EF offers everyday basics with a modern feel. She does a nice job balancing trendy with classic. A playful tee paired with denim or the black fringe dress styled with a white boot are two nice examples of tasteful spins with current trends.
Emerson Fry is easy to wear. Pieces can easily fold into any wardrobe. I see this label as an on point neutral. A safe buy with an affordable price tag. I love that her style seems ageless and approachable. She could reach a broader market with more diverse (age and body type) models.
Emerson Fry started in 2009 by Emerson Bethany Fry. I appreciate that all pieces are made in the USA with the exception of the India Collection which are made in India using heirloom printing and dye techniques.
EF is another independent designer to consider when you are hunting for a fresh piece to add to your closet. Emerson Fry
Just for the fun it. Don’t over look the smallest detail that comes between your feet and your shoe. Socks are pretty much a necessity. They play to the subtle or bold side of your personality. To be seen or not, it doesn’t really matter. Personally, I love a sock paired with a sneaker, sandal, or a heel. Having your pant or skirt show them off is fun, sporty, and perhaps flirty.
Comme Si uses materials that are ethically and sustainably sourced. The colors range from soft palettes to ones of pop. You can choose from silk, cotton, cashmere, or wool. Nobody really seeks to buy expensive socks. It may feel like a ridiculous place to spend it. But this label is style and fashion with a thoughtful design process. A style that is delivered in a very understated European way. Maybe make an exception and save them for the fun event!
Explore the site for more beautiful choices, Comme Si
Get ready for Nike’s Space Hippie futuristic sneaker. A vegan sneaker from top to sole made completely from recycled scraps off their factory floors. The sneakers are made from plastic water bottles, yarn scraps, and t-shirts. Nike’s mission towards a more sustainable practice comes from focusing on innovation, design, and the concept of how would you repair your sneaker in space.
Bravo to Nike for delivering their lowest carbon footprint scores of any shoe they have created thus far. You will have a choice of four silhouettes. So something for everybody! I am eyeing the 04. hyper minimal silhouette. You can sign up at Nike to be notified when your new spring sneaker will drop!
The question of need vs want and the less is always more concept is sometimes reason to pause. Simply put, things are just hard to resist. We all have soft spots. My view: Don’t beat yourself up over it. Just be sure you wear it, use it, or it simply brings you pleasure.
Health and over all wellness is always at the forefront of my mind. Movement is a priority. Everyday you must get outside without question. A walk is a mood changer. The gym is functional strength and focus training to for a strong healthy body for everyday living. Athletic wear becomes part of the package.
I have a small rotation of workout wear and tend to never like wearing them anywhere but the gym. Workout wear needs to move with me and feel like a second skin which is why I am a fan of Lululemon’s Align collection. Here are a few items that are collecting in the cart but on pause with the exception of the Nike yoga unitard. Ordered it, kept it, Love it!
A one piece is minimal and practical. After the workout step into the perfect skirt like this one from Lucas Hugh for a chic sporty 2nd look. Perhaps throw your favorite blazer or hoody on to finish it off. Now you have one piece with 3 different ways to wear it for errands, juice date with a gal pal, or straight to dinner. Maybe workout or maybe not.
Plastic! Yes, we all know the very real side effects of plastics and our oceans. I struggle with removing plastic from my household. How do I live without Ziploc bags and plastic wrap? They are so damn convenient for just about everything when it comes to the kitchen. One needs to break the habit and look for other options. Straws, no problem.
Here are few plastic alternatives. All can be found on Amazon. I have yet to try all of these but I am heading there. Sooner rather than later. One hopes that even the smallest changes amount to something.
Love them! Add these Turkish slippers to your summer wardrobe. The perfect everyday slides. Simplicity! No breaking in required. I was lucky enough to check them out in person when they recently traveled through Boston. Sabahs come in two styles: Sabah (leather loafer) or Baba (slip-on). I tried both. Babas in the cognac color easily compliment any style. A neutral tone that will only get better with time. Favorites for years to come. Ones that have earned a space in my suitcase for this summer’s travels.
Sabahs are handmade shoes crafted by a family team in southeast Turkey based on a traditional shoemaking method. A perfect partnership created by Mickey Ashmore who lives in NYC. They come in a variety of beautiful colors. Order online or follow their insta feed for pop up shops near you. Sabah
Something for those hot summer days that is just perfect for your summer wardrobe. Check out Loup Charmant from NYC. A company I stumbled across recently and immediately fell for their lovely flowy style. Airy feminine dresses to be worn anytime of day. Summertime dressing to me should not be fussy or require accessories besides your sunnies and hat. I also love how a pair of Nike slides, tennies, or stappy sandals can easily transform these beauties from sporty to sweet. Effortless dressing from Loup Charmant seems perfect to me. There is beautiful selection so good luck picking your favorite. Happy Summer ladies!
From time to time, I browse the COS website. They offer fresh classic silhouettes. I personally like their clean aesthetic. I have rounded up a few updated modern pieces for those sunny days.
Collapsing Neck Cocoon Top
Slim Short Sleeved Shirt
Ribbed Jersey Vest Top
Three basic and easy to wear tops. The white blouse has a sweet neckline but not too girly. The navy button down shirt is a slim fit with a bit of a longer sleeve that would look nice cuffed a couple of times for a casual out and about look. The basic tank needs no reason.
Wide Elastic Cotton Skirt
Handkerchief- Hem Poplin Skirt
A-Line-Wrap Over Skirt
Skirt With Folded Waist Band
Four perfect skirts that will take you from day to evening. The first white skirt is a lovely A line style with an unexpected side slit. The beige skirt sits on the hips with a feminine hem line that is oh so chic. The vibrant green skirt looks so crisp! Loving the last white skirt with its folded over waistband and straight fit. It is relaxed, casual, and weekend ready.
Sleeveless Jersey Jumpsuit
Belted Cotton Jumpsuit
The one and done way of dressing! Jumpsuits are no fuss and can be dressed up or down. An oversized blazer can instantly transform this casual day look straight into an evening out with friends.
images from COS. FYI all pieces are 100% cotton and prices don’t break the bank!