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Anne Klein scarf, G-III skirt, purple gemstone buckle belt, GNW Luxe sweater, Vince Camuto boots, Hermes collier de chien bangle, amethyst earrings (all own) and legwear c/o Hipstik

Clothes often become boring because they are worn always the same way. For this post I challenged myself to recycle a favorite skirt in multiple looks. Get inspired to shop your closet for more looks from what you already own.


  1. The Slow Fashion Movement: Recycle Clothes in New outfits
  2. Environmental Impacts of Fast Fashion
    • Dye and Transport Pollute Water and Air
    • Other Fashion Related Chemicals
  3. How I Recycled my Fav Skirt in Various Looks
    • Outfit Inspirations with a Red Skirt
  4. More on Eco-Friendly Fashion and Sustainability in Fashion
  5. References


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The Slow Fashion Movement: Recycle Clothes in New Outfits

More and more women think about the environmental, economic and/or societal impacts of Fast Fashion. They look at fast fashion, sustainability and quality of life. Some of them made the New Year’s resolution not to buy anything for a month. Other made pledges to wear every clothing item at least 30 times or to save with second hand wardrobe additions to slow fashion down.


Recycling a Wardrobe Favorite in Multiple Outfits Is the New Do

Slowing down fashion benefits your (fashion) budget, and the environment. Repeating a clothing item like a sheath in multiple ways, for instance, means wearing it not just as a dress. Obviously, it is more challenging to style a blazer in different ways.


Environmental Impacts of Fast Fashion

In general, fashion causes a lot of environmental harm and pollution.


How the Production of Wool May Affect the Environment

Wool, for instance, stems from sheep. On first view, a sustainable resource. 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 wind carries the fertile upper soil layer away and/or the rain can wash it away easily. Once in the air, soil dust gets transported over long distances affecting the Earth’s radiation budget, and hence climate. Locally, the change from healthy grass to bare land alters the energy and water cycles.

The same applies for cashmere, but not for musk ox underwool.


Dye and Transport Pollute Water and Air

Dyeing of fabrics or leather pollutes water. The transport of clothes from the manufacturer to the stores and from the store to your home releases pollutants. Whenever a middleman is involved the items do not only become more expensive (without gaining value), but also take a detour to your closet.


Other Fashion Related Chemicals

Huge and cheap cotton production relies on fertilizers and pesticides. Production of nylon, synthetics and faux leather need fossil resources.


How I Recycled My Fav Skirt in Multiple Looks

The trick, how you can wear a skirt again and again without falling into a style rut, is to style the piece differently each time. Of course, there is nothing wrong with repeating an entire outfit, especially a great one.

The suede skirt outfit idea below all feature my G-III skirt – a $20 find in a second hand boutique.


Outfit Inspirations with a Red Skirt

French inspired work outfit with striped top and solid red bottom
Loft striped top, Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, and wooden watch c/o JORD.


stylist in patriotic OOTD in red, white and blue
Levis denim jacket, polka dot print Keds, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote, and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer.



mature winter outerwear motorcycle shearling jacket
Andrew Marc shearling motorcycle jacket, GNW tights, Manolo Blahnik booties, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves and YSL bag.



Posh casual office outfit for midlife women
VS leather bomber jacket, Anne Klein sweater, GNW tights, Hermes cuff and Manolo Blahnik booties.



fashion blogger over 50 in blazer and skirt
GNW tight, Anne Klein scarf, Tissot watch, Ann Taylor blazer, Harley Davidson booties, onyx and jade necklace c/o Almo Jewellery.


mature lady wearing leather on leather
GNW tights, GNW cardigan worn as a top, BeBe leather jacket with zipper details, Coach Chelseas and smoky quartz necklace.



midlife woman in casual look with suede skirt
Burberry trench coat, August Silk top, Hunter rain boots, pantyhose, Jaeger tote and umbrella.



stylist rewearing the skirt with cardigan, shirt, pantyhose, Mary Janes
Jones New York cardigan, unbranded pantyhose, Oliveo chambray shirt, DIY statement necklace, Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses.


Alaskan woman looking chic in a monochromatic red outfit
Anne Klein turtleneck sweater, G-III suede leather skirt, GNW tight, opera-length pearl necklace, Hermes collier de chien belt, Hermes collier de chien cuff, Hermes enamel bangles, Seiko watch, golden bangle, and Peter Kaiser block heel pumps.



fashion blogger repeating the skirt in an all red outfit
Loft sweater, Steve Madden kitten heel pumps, Celine bag, garnet necklace, pantyhose, Hermes collier de chien band and enamel bangles.



style book author wearing a suede skirt and nappa shell
Cream leather shell, gray Covington pumps, Anne Klein leopard print silk scarf, and Modalo Pippa bag.



stylist elongating a mini dress with the skirt
Barbour cable-knit dress, Moschino belt, GNW tights, Manolo Blahnik booties. 




stylist with color blocked winter work look with scarf
Sofie cashmere cardigan, silk scarf, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW tights, and shearling booties.


over 50 years old blogger wearing a suede bottom and Halftee layering look
Rose dust lace 3/4 sleeves halftee c/o Halftee with own GNW sweater, GNW tight, Manelo Blanik booties and opera length rose pearl necklace.


fashion blogger in summer work outfit with abstract print curvy hem top, red skirt, pink strappy sandals and sunglasses
Shein abstract floral print top, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes enamel bangles arm party, Paloma Picasso sunglasses and Very Fine Dance Sport Shoes neon pink sandals.


style blogger recycling a favorite skirt in a look with a pop of blue
Armani cape, Prada satchel, Gloria VanDerBilt pointy toe pumps, unbranded pantyhose, silk rose pin, puma buckle belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and gingham button-down c/o Whistle River.


mature woman in a fitted camel down coat
Downcoat c/o Happy Goat Lucky worn with own headband, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, GNW tight, Salamander shearling booties, Pavlova scarf and Coach shearling mini bag.


midlife blogger in casual office look with sweater, and thrifted suede skirt, booties and scarf
Anne Klein oblong scarf, GNW Luxe long-sleeves sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, pendant necklace, and Manolo Blahnik buckle booties.


over 50 years old woman in monochromatic red Valentine's Day outfit suitable for dinner at a casual restaurant
GNW tight, Manolo Blahnik booties, Kieselstein Cord belt, statement buckle, GNW cardigan, Moda International (dyed) cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and hand-painted artisan made scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta.
midife woman in posh office look
Riders by Lee button-down Buffalo plaid shirt c/o Walmart with own Moda International cardigan (dyed), GNW tight, Manolo Blanik booties, Kieselstein Cord belt, snake tail buckle, Jodie Gum brooch.


recycling the favorite skirt as an office separates outfit with pearls
Floral print scarf styled as belt, GNW tight, Manolo Blanik booties, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag, triple strands pearl necklace and black blouse c/o Lilysilk.


leather lady in red, white and black print and pattern mix
Riders by Lee buffalo plaid button-down shirt c/o Walmart, Anne Klein polka dot silk scarf, Kieselstein Cord belt, statement snake tail buckle, Hermes collier de chien leather band, and Nine zebra print pony hair pumps.



red and brown business casual winter outfit with scarf
Gucci G belt, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW tight, Antonio Melani booties, Hermes cuffs and LV scarf, and Akoya pearls c/o The Pearl Source.


lady in red tights and suede skirt with green sweater
GNW cashmere sweater, GNW tights, Hermes enamel bangles, Manolo Blahnik booties, triple pearl necklace, and Akoya pearls c/o The Pearl Source.


leopard print pumps with suede skirt
Levis denim jacket, Aldo leopard print pony-hair pumps Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote, and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer.


outfit combining various ethnic pieces
Eddy Bauer Fair Isle sweater, ethnic belt, Great Northwest denim shirt, GNW tights, and Double-H booties, ethnic belt.


black motorcycle booties and jacket with red suede skirt and tights white top
Lookbook Store motorcycle jacket, GNW cable-knit pattern tights, Harley Davidson booties, onyx and jade necklace c/o Almo Jewellery.


mature woman wearing color blocks
Color-blocking: Landsend crewneck sweater, GNW tights, Hermes cuffs and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps.


mature lady wearing a leather shell and suede skirt
Vince leather shell, Hermes collier de chien cuff, and Studio strappy multi color sandals.


mature lady in printed cardigan and pencil skirt
GNW abstract print cardigan, Hermes collier de chien belt and bangle, Seiko watch, pumps.



style book author featuring a look with 2 cardigans with the suede skirt
GNW cardigan, GNW leopard print cardigan worn as top, pantyhose, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, D&GM sunglasses and Moschino belt



Fashion blogger repeating the skirt with a plaid blazer shirt sweater
Steve Madden Mary Janes, GNW tight, Burberry blazer, Loft sweater, Oliveo button-down shirt, Gucci G-belt and LV bucket bag.


style book author in red skirt, blush jacket
Halogen quilted cropped jacket, Steve Madden Mary Janes, pantyhose, Loft sweater.


stylist recycling the red suede skirt in a red white and black look with motorcycle vest and top
Moda International motorcycle leather vest with GNW cardigan worn as top, G-III suede skirt, pumps, and LV multi color saddle bag with studs.


red white and blue outfit for Independence Day
GNW cardigan worn as top, Hermes collier de chien leather band, Paloma Picasso sunglasses and Chanel belt.


influencer recycling a skirt in a layered winter outfit
Great Northwest utility jacket, Loft sweater, camouflage booties.


style blogger recycling the skirt as an unmatched suit
Aldo pumps, Esprit bag, and statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery.


midlife blogger repeating a red skirt with a floral shirt in spring style vibe
Gucci bamboo enamel buckle belt, pantyhose, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Gloria vanderBilt pointy toe heels, topaz headband, Cami coat, and abstract poppy print button-down shirt c/o Ethyl Clothing.


blogger in dressy business casual with suede skirt and gingham top
Unbranded pantyhose, Gloria Vander Bilt pointy toe heels, Hermes collier de chien bangle, super-sized puma belt buckle, silk flower pin, and gingham blouse c/o Whistle River.
#fashionover50 Nicole Mölders in a fall outfit in red and teal colors with mixed pattern and print
GNW cardigan, Kieselstein Cord belt, ethnic buckle, Calvin Klein block heel pumps, Oscar de la Rente oblong scarf braided as a necklace, pantyhose, Italian designer bag c/o Uno Alla Volta and ruby herring bone front zipper jacket c/o Whistle River.


woman in blue jacket, red skirt, nude purse and shoes and silver cuff
Great Northwest jacket, Kieselstein Cord belt, ethnic buckle, Calvin Klein block-heel pumps, fringe suede leather purse c/o Uno Alla Volta, and sterling silver location cuff c/o ONecklace.


midlife woman in red and camouflage winter look with recycled skirt
Orvis floral print on camouflage utility jacket, Moda International sweater, GNW tight, SAK bag, Nine West camouflage pony hair booties, and Joyita scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta.


midlife woman wearing a dress as skirt
U-knit dress worn as T-shirt, Sofie cardigan, BGBC belt, Coach bag, Gipsy coat carried over the arm, JORD bamboo watch, own pearl necklace twisted with Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc.


influencer in striped top, matching bottom and trench coat
Burberry trench coat with Loft striped top, statement necklace, Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, and wooden watch c/o JORD.


style influencer in red gray purple outfit GNW tutleneck sweater, Anne Klein scarf, Vince Camuto boots, gemstone buckle purple imprint leather belt, tights c/o Hipstik® Legwear.



More on Eco-Friendly Fashion and Sustainability in Fashion

Read more about  environment-“friendly” fashion. Buying second hand is a great way to slow down fashion and save money. When you are new to thrifting, take a look at this list of brands to look for when browsing a thrift shop for a good start, Dos and Don’ts.



Mölders, 2011. Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes – Impact on Climate and Air Quality, Springer

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