LAURA MADDEN: UNITED STATES

LAURA MADDEN: UNITED STATES

I haven’t posted a 1 x 3 post in a while, and I miss them dearly! Because repurposing items and looks is at the core of my style philosophy, and I believe it is HUGE when it comes to having a sustainable fashion sense. The more you can re-style each item in your repertoire, the less you need {and the more fun you’ll have getting dressed- truth}.

I actually produced this post before relocating to AZ, and quite honestly before I even knew I was leaving CA. But alas, here it is. Better late than never. And at the end go the day, this is a really important factor to get. Restyling looks in your wardrobe will save you time, money, space- and even the environment. I hope you enjoy learning some new ways to restyle your everyday pieces and you’ll try a few yourself. If you do, please share!

Since moving to California just over a year ago I’ve gotten really serious about what I consume- how much, from where, made by whom, on my body, in my body, etc. I have a running checklist I breeze through in my head before purchasing anything. Is it more work to do this- to be conscious? Yes. It is at first. Is it worth it? Heck yeah it is. Does it feel really good to be fashionably responsible? HELL YES! It sure does!

I get it- sustainable fashion might not fit into your lifestyle right now, but I urge you to just crack open the door, and peak into a world that is worth the {extra} effort. Brands like this one, Marie Hell, prove that great style does not have to come at the cost of environmental or human ethics. (The fashion industry is still the second most polluting industry in the world after oil btw- come on already fashion! We can do better than that!)

I will be very upfront by saying that the price of a dress like this won’t come close to what you’d find at an H&M, Zara, Target, or any of the other fashion fly-by-nights that imo are just plain not worth the savings. For more Marie Hell style inspo from earlier posts, see here, here, here, here, here, here & here.

One of the easiest ways to build a wardrobe on a budget? Buy items that multitask, work for you, and basically pay you back. You know, the ones you can easily re-style a number of different ways. The more you wear something over time, the lower the cost per wear- even more important to consider than the actual cost of the garment to begin with.

If you know you’ll wear a $200 dress at least 10 times in the coming months (just to start), that’s $20 per wear vs buying a $20 dress you’ll only wear once or twice, and then need to start all over again with another garment. For example, I realized there are SO MANY ways to wear & style this super versatile dress, so there’s no question the cost per wear will be pretty low. For this shoot I chose 3 looks: uptown, downtown, on the town.

That’s just one benefit of investing in a brand like Marie Hell—their garments offer this endless mixing & matching that allows you to get creative, play, go high or low, and make it personal to you by adding or exchanging accessories- boots, shoes, hats, glasses, etc., as shown here. These are investment pieces to be worn for a lifetime. Enjoy!

  • Look 1: uptown, glam
    vintage hat + leopard print heels + metallic belt
  • Look 2: downtown, sophisticated
    leather jacket + scarf + heels + sunnies
  • Look 3: out on the town, casual
    denim jacket + belt + boots

Shown here:

Score dress by Marie Hell (for more on this see here, here & here)
All accessories shown: vintage, thrifted, or gifted

*The items featured on this blog are what I consider sustainable fashion and/or are items I have owned for a very long time- which I would then consider a sustainable fashion choice simply for the longevity of it.

 
Photography by Jessie Cagliero  shot at The Legion of Honor San FranciscoThis is a sponsored post.

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