Being a conscious consumer means using the items you have to the fullest – for several years, all-year around, until it is at the end of its life. The fast fashion industry offers new clothing items in their stores every day. They encourage people to replace their wardrobe every season with new clothing and for most cases the quality of fast fashion is so bad that the pieces don’t last long anyways. That creates a massive amount of garment waste and the environment is polluted by that fast and huge production of garments. Plus, the garment workers get pressured to work fast for little to no money.
Let’s celebrate conscious consuming! This outfit is all about high quality for a long time. The ethically made Reformation dress isn’t available anymore yet still going strong, the vegan boots have been in one of my first outfit posts, the bag is ethically made in Madagascar and the vest is not just ethically made in Austria, but also transformable in endless ways so you can create an endless amount of new outfits.
transformable vest “no denim no doubt” by KUKLA
navy blue dress by Reformation (similar ones here and more dresses here)
grey overknee boots by No Animal Brand here and here (similar ones here and here)
embellished bag “Malala” by The Noces
The star of the show today is the KUKLA vest. The concept of the clothing piece is to get creative with the vest and use a clip (available in a wide colour selection) to transform the piece into shirts, dresses, scarves, ponchos, anything you can think of. I’ve styled it in 3 ways: simply as a vest without using the clip, draping and clipping it so that there is a turtleneck-like collar and clipping it so that it shows off the dress underneath, showing a bit of cleavage. The material soft on the inside yet thick so that it keeps you warm and cozy. The denim colour matches the blue dress and the inner grey side adds dimension to the look. The vest is one size and is available in the long version that I’m wearing and in a short version, as well as several different colours (shades of browns, shades of greys, black and more) and comes with one clip to transform your style. You can buy clips separately in several different colours too.
All their products are made ethically and sustainably in Vienna and Europe.
Long sleeves keep you warm while wearing a no sleeve vest. The midi length of the dress makes it possible to cover your knees and keep you especially warm or wear it a bit shorter and hide the extra fabric under the vest. Reformation manufactures ethically in the USA and keep their business processes sustainable by reducing carbon, waste and water.
The vegan boots keep you warm while looking great. Overknee boots make every winter outfit look feminine and modern. I’ve found a lot of options for different styles which I linked at the top of this blog post.
The Noces work with family-owned businesses and sole artisans in order to maintain a close relationship with their suppliers. “We pay attention to our impact on the people and on the environment. By employing Malagasy people, we empower them and help ensure decent lives. We also promote environmentally-friendly practices in the supply chain.”