Sustainable Holiday Party Style
Guest Post by Jenni at ‘I on Image‘
Jenni Ryynänen is a Finnish Image & Style Expert, Blogger and Speaker living in The Netherlands who wants to help you to develop your personal style and confidence through image consulting services that include wardrobe edits and personal shopping. Wild about accessories and fabulous basics. Believes that fashion belongs to everyone. Fascinated about the hidden messages we give with our style. Owns too many brocade coats. Must be caffeinated at all times. Loves autumn, sushi and Netflix.
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Sustainable Holiday Party Style
There is not a soul who doesn’t know by now that sooner or later we will be drowning in fast fashion. Or will its toxic side product, pollution, get to us first. I haven’t quite decided which way I want to go down but let’s assume that on a long run people would still choose a healthy life over a glitter-bombed one-night stand with an outfit that cost less than a proper meal in a restaurant.
Please don’t think that I am a saint. I too have an array of fashion skeletons in my well-curated closet. There are clear traces of online sale shopping out of boredom. Evidence of high street prowls after liquid lunches. Discarded victims of fashion haul culture that serves literally just 1% of the population.
I am far from perfect but I strive to be better, and I would like you to do the same this holiday party season. In this guest blog I am sharing some stylish ideas on how to look amazing at every party without torturing the already overworked planet.
- Shop your closet
If you are like me, your closet is probably bursting out of it’s seams but oddly you feel like you have nothing to wear. In this situation the answer is not to shop for new, but to sort out what you already own.
I offer this as a popular service called “Wardrobe Edits” but with the step-by-step free guide in my blog you can also do the work on your own. Get started in here.
The idea is to have fun and to discover new ways to wear what you have. My clients are always amazed how much they can actually get from so very little. You too can achieve that with just a little patience and some organizing skills.
I am sure you will find outfits to wear throughout the entire holiday season just by taking a deep look in your own closet. Remember that the most sustainable outfit is the one hanging in your closet.
- Buy a second hand outfit
I have recently rediscovered second hand shopping. When I was young and had no money I was forced to drift shop. Going through racks of donated clothing in charity shops developed my style sense and showed me what a well-made garment really looked like. I am thankful for those style lessons that preceded my formal fashion education years later.
I forgot the habit for years but to my delight I am vintage shopping again. Nowadays there is more selection than ever before. You won’t believe the amount of almost new –or even brand new- items in second hand shops.
People simply buy more than they can possibly handle. As a result, you can profit from amazing finds for a fracture of their original price. I have also found second hand items that I missed for their original price, which was a thrilling experience for a fashion nerd like me.
- Rent your holiday party dress
Sharing economy is big news right now. If we are already our renting homes and cars, then why not our fashion too. I recommend fashion rental services for people who have either a once-in-a-lifetime event, limited storage space or so many events that buying new would bankrupt them in no time.
Look for a local service to minimize transportation because your dress will have at least two trips. Check what type of dry-cleaning services they use. Opt for one that use exclusively eco-friendly dry-cleaners. Some fashion rental shops offer you the option to buy the items you really fell in love with. It’s like test driving a car before buying.
Think also if you want to rent from a curated collection at a central location rather than from someone’s personal wardrobe. One of the advantages is that their dresses come in multiple sizes. This way you don’t have to search for your fashionable body twin.
- Swap frocks with your most stylish BFF
The advantage of having stylish friends is that they will always be happy to spill the fashion beans. If you have a good reputation, and the same dress size, they might be open to a clothes swap too.
I am often lending items to my friends, if not a dress, then at least accessories. My walk-in-closet is like the shop that opens when all the other shops are closed. Just a bit more interesting!
Dive in your friend’s closet but remember to be nice. Return the items in pristine condition and offer to replace damaged goods. If your partying can’t take a vintage Versace, don’t swap a vintage Versace. Go a few price brackets down. The idea is to keep this good thing going on for years.
- Wear what you wore last year
This is a tough one and almost unthinkable. Who in their right mind would wear the very same outfit they wore to the last year’s party? In reality nobody will remember what you wore last year. Especially, if in every single photo some in that aforementioned glitter-bomb stands in front of you.
I have been to many events in one and the same Little Black Dress and, while it’s painstakingly stylish, it’s also kind of invisible. People tend to remember me and not what I wore. Coco Chanel said: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman”. I think she was really onto something!
This option will save you loads of time, money and effort. Just repeat what was fabulous last year. Simple as that.
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Share your best sustainable holiday party styling tips in comments! I am curious to hear how you manage to look so amazing!
Stay stylish everyone!
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