OF THE EARTH
Conscious Fashion with Celebrity Stylist Lindsay Flores
Fashion in 2020 is taking on a life of its own. There are a few factors at play for this. First, we are in a pandemic that necessitates us spending more time than ever at home, calling for comfy kits we can slip in and out of at our leisure. Next, there is an increased awareness of sustainability and environmentalism. It is no secret that fast fashion is devastating for the environment and one of the simplest ways to decrease our footprint here on earth is to decrease the amount of things we purchase. When we buy less, the demand for new products slows down, thus decreasing the amount of waste, carbon emissions, and stress placed on mother Earth.
There’s one other piece of this puzzle, though. There’s the very human need to look good and feel good, to be at peace in the clothing we drape over our bodies. Sometimes a new piece of clothing is exactly what we need. It can be a sentimental moment that memorializes a special occasion, which is a joy especially needed when working from home often leaves the day-to-day feeling stale. We believe in the power of balance and that small daily decisions add up to a large impact. While tossing around the concept of conscious fashion consumption, we thought of none other than our own Lindsay Flores. Style Director at rē•spin and Halle’s fashion stylist for over 25 years, her aesthetic is equal parts elevated and approachable.
Fashion can be a universal player in protecting the planet.
– Pharrell Williams
One of the most exciting indulgences can be purchasing an on-trend piece you’ve lusted after, but the disappointment that follows when the trend becomes overplayed often leads to tossing that piece aside far before its time. Leaning into our curiosity about how we can engage in conscious fashion consumption, we asked Lindsay how we can indulge in trends while maintaining a timeless and classic look. “Trends are cyclical, so acquire key pieces that stand the test of time so they can always be circulated back into all the phases of fashion. Invest in quality pieces,” she shares. Even creating a mood board on Instagram, saving posts of styles you love throughout the decades, can prove helpful. It helps to keep a reference of how a certain style is worn throughout the years to provide that much-needed inspiration. Each person is likely to have their key staple pieces that they turn to again and again throughout the years. Lindsay’s are her vintage concert tees, boho flea market caftan dresses, and hightop converse. Identifying your staples can help you narrow down when it is time to purchase something new and if that new item is likely to stay in your wardrobe for the long haul.
Understanding that investing in quality pieces are key, Lindsay shared the top three things we should look for in a new piece of clothing. “Craftsmanship, quality of fabric, and timeless fit.” Pretty simple and can easily be achieved even through online shopping. Checking the fabric content, reading reviews on the garment, and looking into the company’s factory practices can clue you in on the overall craftsmanship of the piece. Following this thought, Lindsay continues, “It is okay to indulge and still be mindful when you are craving a new piece or a new vibe.
Go with your instincts, do your research, and try to support businesses who have a positive ethos and bring quality products to the market in socially responsible ways.”
As for when you realize you don’t actually need another clothing item but are dying for a touch of newness to your wardrobe? “At least once a year, take a look at your closet to see how you can tailor, dye, edit, or redesign something to have a new perspective on it,” Lindsay suggests. If you find items that you’re ready to part with at this yearly inventory-taking, passing it on to a friend or donating it to your local shelter is the perfect way to ensure the garment gets a new life. Conscious consumption doesn’t necessarily need to be an expensive venture that requires a total lifestyle revamp. These tiny tweaks can make for a lot of good, both for you and for the earth.