The Restyling Project

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So... it's been approximately six months since I last posted on LVwears, oops sorry guys.  But, once again, my hiatus was simply just a hiatus and I am back ready to provide you with some (hopefully) fabulous new content!

Before I even begin chatting about what I really want to discuss in this post, I thought I'd just fill you guys in on what I got up to during my blogging break.  Now, what I'm about to say is overly cliché but very much the truth - that summer was honestly the best summer of my life (so far) and it began with the celebration of my 21st birthday.  In the months that followed, I visited New York with my parents, travelled to six different places in South-East Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, Lombok and Singapore) with my best friend, and then spent another amazing two months in India, with another best friend whom I hadn't seen for almost three years, where I not only conducted my dissertation research but I also managed to gain two months of work experience in the Indian fashion industry!  Those big events weren't just the reason why these six months were particularly special to me, my summer was special because I became content with who I am as a person; I am genuinely happy in myself, not that I was ever unhappy before, but I am grateful and appreciative of where my life is at, who I am able to share my life with and, I honestly have trust and confidence in myself that all aspects of life will work out.

Top - Missguided
Skirt - Mango
Shoes - Dune London
After that brief summary (which turned a little deeper than I imagined) let's move onto the purpose of today's post: the environmental impact of fashion.  Yes, you read that right, the fashion industry is affecting our planet more than we think.  My awareness of this problem came about after one of my favourite fashion bloggers, Megan Ellaby, posted about how she watched the recent documentary - Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion's Dirty Secrets and how it really struck a chord with her; after watching it myself, it struck a chord with me also.  It was unbelievably shocking to find out how much the fashion industry, in particular, fast fashion, i.e. high street stores which churn out collection after collection, is damaging our environment; it is actually the second highest polluter in the world following oil!  I already had an awareness of the intensity of fashion production, such as the large quantities of water that is needed to make one of the most popular consumer fabrics - cotton.  However, the exact amount of water is truly baffling, especially when the world is already suffering from a huge water crisis.

It is difficult to comprehend the scale of this issue, particularly from a huge fashion lover as myself, someone who loves to buy a new item of clothing whenever I get the opportunity.  But, with the release of new styles and new trends every season (or three times a season for fast fashion), it is so easy for us to get engrossed into buying new pieces which realistically we don't need or will only wear once, the most common scenario is buying a new outfit for an event.  Yes, there will be occasions where a new outfit is required, and there is nothing wrong with that, but, 80% of the time, you already have something appropriate in your wardrobe or a friend will have in theirs.  We waste so many clothes, most of which end up in a landfill, without realising and it just isn't necessary.

Top - Missguided
Shirt - ASOS
Belt - Vintage
Shoes - Dune London
After subsequently watching other films and reading up further on this topic, I really thought about how I could approach this issue - now I don't want to stop buying clothes altogether, because c'mon, we all need to update our wardrobe, but I do want to do any bit I can to help minimise this effect.  Evidently, it is up to the producers of fashion - the designers, manufacturers, even the government, to look into using environmental fabrics and sustainable methods to start tackling the issue from the top down.  Yet, it is also up to us; as the consumers and the ones demanding such fast fashion, we need to open our eyes and pay more attention to what we are buying and help tackle this issue from the bottom up.  Some ways in which to do this are:  if you can, buy products of higher quality so that they last longer and so there is less need to consistently replace them; try not to throw any unwanted clothes away, instead, hand them to friends or family, donate them to a charity shop, repurpose or mend them, or hand them to businesses who can recycle them - with a little google, you will find many businesses do.  And finally, re-wear your clothes.  This may appear obvious, but you'd be surprised how often, as I said earlier, people buy an item and then only wear it once.  With a little restyling, a whole new outfit is created, plus there is absolutely nothing wrong with re-wearing an attire outfit, if anything, it just highlights how ace you felt in it before!

Top - Missguided
Bralat top - Prettylittlething
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Zara
And so, speaking of, you may or may not have noticed throughout that I have re-styled an item of clothing - three times to be exact.  In truth, I had forgotten I had this top and had only worn it a few times as I found it relatively boring compared to other pieces in my wardrobe.  But, due to the topic of this post, I thought I'd have a go at restyling this piece to give it a new lease of life.  For the first look, I teamed the top with a PVC skirt and black sock boots for an evening inspired outfit - swap the footwear for some chunky boots or trainers for a more daytime feel.  For the second look, I wanted to try and incorporate the top into one of the popular trends of the season, therefore by throwing a white shirt over the top and accessorising it with a chunky embellished belt and cowgirl-esque boots, this look is an ode to the season's western trend.  And lastly, the third and final outfit is my everyday/casual look; an outfit which is otherwise relatively simple, I added a red polka dot bralet top for added dimension and a slight pop of colour.

As a little final comment, I hope I have given you a bit of insight into the extremity of the fashion industry on our environment and what we can do to help minimise its effect.  And, if you have the time, watch the documentary by Stacey Dooley, as it is truly eye-opening.

Lyd xx

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