How to recycle a favorite skirt in 30 looks

Slow fashion movement: Repeat clothes in new outfits

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.

I wrote several posts in the past on repeating a clothing item like one sheath multiple ways or how to repeat a blazer in different looks.

The Environmental impacts of fast fashion

Before, I show how I “repeated” the same item – a red suede 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.

How 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 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, but not for musk ox underwool.

Dye, transport pollute water and air

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. Whenever a middleman is involved items do not only become more expensive (without gaining value), but also take a detour to your closet.

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 again without repeating an outfit. The trick is to style the piece 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. posh office outfit with suede skirt Burberry trench coat, Loft striped top, G-III suede skirt, statement necklace, pantyhose, Hermes cuffs, Salvatore Ferragamo pumps (all own)

3. mature woman wearing a casual outfit G-III skirt, Eddie Bauer sweater, GNW tight, Manolo Blahnik booties (all own)

5. chic 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. mature winter outerwear motorcycle shearling jacket Andrew Marc shearling motorcycle jacket, G-III skirt, GNW tights, Manolo Blahnik booties, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves and YSL bag (all own)

9. Posh casual office outfit for midlife women VS leather bomber jacket, Anne Klein sweater, G-III suede skirt, GNW tights, Hermes cuff and Manolo Blahnik booties (all own)

11. midlife woman in chic red skirt G-III skirt, GNW tight, Anne Klein scarf, Tissot watch, Ann Taylor blazer, Harley Davidson booties (all own), onyx and jade necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

13. mature lady wearing leather on leather GNW tights, G-III suede skirt, GNW cardigan worn as a top, BeBe leather jacket with zipper details, Coach Chelseas and smoky quartz statement necklace (all own)

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

17. 40+ woman in a suede skirt Jones New York cardigan, G-III skirt, pantyhose, Oliveo chambray shirt, DIY statement necklace, Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses (all own)

19. over 40 year old wearing a red leather skirt G-III suede skirt, Peter Kaiser cap-toe pumps, Anne Klein cable-knit turtleneck sweater, GNW tight and opera length pink pearl necklace, Seiko watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle and belt, Hermes enamel bangles (all own)

21. woman looking chic in a suede straight skirtLoft sweater,  G-III skirt, Steve Madden kitten heel pumps, Celine bag, garnet necklace, pantyhose, Hermes collier de chien band and enamel bangles (all own)

23. chic lady wearing leather to work over 40 Leather top with G-III suede skirt, Anne Klein leopard print scarf, Modalo Pippa bag, Covington T-strap pumps (all own)

25. 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 (all own)

27. mature style blogger donning a color blocked winter work look with scarf G-III suede skirt with Sofie cashmere cardigan, silk scarf, tights, and shearling booties (all own)

29. 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 G-III suede skirt, sweater, GNW tight, Manelo Blanik booties and opera length rose pearl necklace

2. mature chic holiday outfit G-III skirt, Gucci G belt, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW tight, Antonio Melani booties, Hermes cuffs and LV scarf (all own) and Akoya pearls c/o The Pearl Source

4. lady in suede with sweater G-III suede skirt with GNW cashmere sweater, GNW tights, Hermes enamel bangles, Manolo Blahnik booties, triple pearl necklace (all own) and Akoya pearls c/o The Pearl Source

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

8. 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. leather on leather in midlife Lookbook Store motorcycle jacket, G-III suede leather skirt, GNW cable-knit pattern tights, Harley Davidson booties (all own), onyx and jade necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

12. mature woman wearing colorblocks Landsend crewneck sweater, G-III suede skirt, GNW tights, Hermes cuffs and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)

14. mature lady wearing street style G-III skirt with Vince leather shell, Hermes collier de chien cuff, and Studio strappy multi color sandals (all own)

16. mature lady in printed cardigan and pencil skirt GNW abstract print cardigan, G-III skirt, Hermes collier de chien belt and bangle, Seiko watch, pumps (all own)

18. 40+ woman in office outfit GNW cardigan, GNW leopard print cardigan worn as top, pantyhose, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, D&GM sunglasses, G-III skirt and Moschino belt (all own)

20. business casual outfit with button down shirtSteve Madden Mary Janes, GNW tight, G-III skirt, Burberry blazer, Loft sweater, Oliveo button-down shirt, Gucci G-belt and LV bucket bag (all own)

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

24.slow fashion mature outfit with leather vest G-III skirt, VS motorcycle leather vest with studs, GNW cardigan worn as top, three strands pearl necklace and LV multi-color saddlebag (all own)

26. over 50 years old fashion blogger in red white and blue outfit GNW cardigan worn as top, G-III suede skirt, Hermes collier de chien leather band, Paloma Picasso sunglasses and Chanel belt (all own)

28.mature office look with utility jacket Great Northwest utility jacket, G-III skirt, Loft sweater, camouflage booties (all own)

30. style blogger in 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.

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Want to read more about  environment-“friendly” fashion? Buying second hand is a great way to slow down fashion and save money. Never thrifted before? Take a look at this list of brands to look for when browsing a thrift shop.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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