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How to recycle a favorite piece in 30 looks

Rachel’s idea

A couple of weeks ago I read a post by Rachel the blogger at Rachel the Hat. She had made a pledge that she would try to wear every item she buys at least 30 times. Her reasoning was to slow fashion down.

Slowing down fashion means to be more friendly to your own budget, and to the environment.

Fast fashion harms the environment

Before, I show how I “repeated” the same item – a red sued e skirt – in 30 outfits, I want to give you an idea on how (fast) fashion impacts the environment. Indeed, fashion causes a lot of environmental harm and pollution. Wool, for instance, stems from sheep. Sheep feed on grass. When you want to produce more wool sweaters or coats, you need more sheep to increase the wool production. Consequently, you need more grassland or you overgraze the land. Overgrazing however, leads to long recovery of the grass, as well as soil and dust uptake by wind. The fertile upper soil layer is carried away by wind or washed away easily by rain. The soil dust in the air gets transported over long distances meaning it affects the Earth’s radiation budget and hence climate. The change from healthy grass to bare land also affect the energy and water cycle at least locally.

What I said above about wool applies also for cashmere, and mohair.

Dyeing of fabrics or leather, for instance, pollutes water. The transport of clothes from the manufacturer to the stores and from the store to your home means transport and hence traffic emissions.

Other fashion related chemicals

It is well know that huge and cheap cotton production relies on fertilizers and pesticides. Production of nylon and synthetics needs fossil resources.

How I repeated my suede skirt in 30 outfits

The photos below give inspirations on how you can wear the same item again and a gain without repeating an outfit. The trick is to style it differently each time you wear it. Of course, there is nothing wrong with repeating an entire outfit, especially a great one. However, if you find it boring to repeat an outfit, you will have to be creative.

1. #styleover40 office outfit with suede skirt Burberry trench coat with Loft striped top, G-III suede skirt, statement necklace, Salvatore Ferragamo pumps (all own) and wood watch c/o Jord

3. fashionover40 mature woman wearing a casual outfit Work outfitwith G-III skirt, Eddie Bauer sweater, GNW tight, Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)

5. #over40fashion patriotic OOTD in red, white and blue Levis denim jacket with G-III suede skirt, polka dot print Keds, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote (all own) and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer

7. #over40fashion winter outerwear motorcycle shearling jacket Andrew Marc shearling motorcycle jacket, G-III skirt, GNW tights, Manolo Blahnik booties, and YSL bag (all own)

9. #over40style Casual office outfit for mature women VS leather bomber jacket, Anne Klein sweater, G-III suede skirt, GNW tights, and Manolo Blahnik booties (all own)

11. #fashionover50 mature woman in red skirt G-III skirt, Ann Taylor blazer, Harley Davidson booties (all own)

13. #over40style mature women wearing leather on leather GNW tights, G-III suede skirt, GNW cardigan worn as a top, BeBe leather jacket with zipper details

15. #maturestyle mature woman in casual look Burberry trench coat, G-III skirt, August Silk top, Hunter rain boots, Jaeger tote and umbrella (all own)

17. #fashionover40 40+ woman in a suede skirt Jones New York cardigan, G-III skirt, Oliveo chambray shirt, DIY statement necklace (all own)

19. #leatherover40 mature woman wearing a red leather skirt G-III suede skirt, multi-color pumps, loft v-ncek sweate, and Celine bag (all own)

21. #suedeover40 mature woman in suede straight skirt Anne Klein cable-knit turtleneck sweater, GNW ight, G-III skirt, Peter Kaiser block heel pumps, opera length pink pearls, and Hermes collier de chien belt (all own)

23. #maturefashion wearing leather to work over 40 Leather top with G-III suede skirt, leopard print scarf, Modalo Pippa bag, gray T-strap pumps (all own)

25. #over40style work outfit with dress over skirt Barbour cable-knit dress worn over G-III suede skirt belted with Moschino belt for shape and proportions, GNW tights, Manolo Blahnik booties

27. #maturestyle color blocked winter work look with scarf G-III suede skirt with Sofie cashmere cardigan, silk scarf, tights, and shearling booties (all own)

29. #fashionover50 Halftee in layering outfit inspiration Rose dust lace 3/4 sleeves halftee c/o Halftee with own G-III suede skirt, sweater, GNW tight, Manelo Blanik booties and opera length rose pearl necklace

2. #fashionover40 mature woman in holiday outfit G-III skirt with Gucci belt, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW tight, Antonio Melani booties, and LV scarf (all own)

4. #fashionover40 mature woman in red suede skirt G-III suede skirt with GNW cashmere sweater, GNW tights, Manilo Blanik booties, triple pearl necklace (all own) and Akoya pearls c/o The Pearl source

6. #fashionover50 mature woman with leopard print pumps and suede skirt Levis denim jacket with G-III suede skirt, Aldo leopard print pony hair pumps Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote (all own) and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer

8. #over50fashion mature outfit combining various ethnic pieces Eddy Bauer Fair Isle sweater with ethnic belt, Great Northwest denim shirt, G-III suede skirt, GNW tights, and Double H lace-up booties (all own)

10. #Over40style mature woman in casual outfit with suede skirt Lookbook Store motorcycle jacket, G-III suede leather skirt, GNW cable-knit pattern tights, Harley Davidson booties, and pearls (all own)

12. #colorblocks mature woman wearing colorblocks Crewneck sweater, G-III suede skirt, GNW tights, and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)

14. #maturestreetstyle mature woman wearing streetstyle G-III skirt with VS leather shell and strappy multi color sandals

16. #fashion mature woman in work outfit GNW abstract print cardigan, G-III skirt, Hermes collier de chien belt, pumps (all own)

18. #style 40+ woman in office outfit GNW cardigan, GNW leopard print cardigan worn as top, G-III skirt and Moschino belt (all own)

20. fashionandstyle mature look with red skirtSteve Madden Mary Janes, GNW tight, G-III skirt, Burberry blazer, Loft sweater, Oliveo button-down shirt, and LV bucket bag (all own)

22. #turningFashionIntoStyle business casual look Halogen quilted cropped jacket, G-III skirt, Steve Madden Mary Janes, Loft sweater (all own)

24.slowfashion mature outfit with suede skirt G-III skirt, VS motorcycle leather vest with studs, GNW cardigan worn as top, and LV multi-color saddlebag (all own)

26. #over50style red white and blue outfit GNW cardigan worn as top, G-III suede skirt, and Chanel belt (all own)

28.#matureofficelook suede skirt with utility jacket Great Northwest utility jacket, G-III skirt, Loft sweater, camouflage booties (all own)

30. #workstyle mature woman with unmatched suit G-III skirt, Aldo pumps, Esprit bag, and statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

How would you style this suede leather skirt? Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of your clothes? Let me know, I am curious. Send me an email.

When you like the idea of slowing fashion down to help the environment, spread the idea by tweeting your friends have you ever thought about how fast fashion affects the environment?.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2016)

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