Category Archives: Environment

Festival Fashion

It’s early summer which means the start of festival season. While the theme and feel of each festival is unique, there are a few things every festival has in common: music, food, and fashion. The fashion I speak of is not the fashion you see on city streets, runways, or magazines.The foundation of festival style is the necessity for ease of mobility and overall comfort, which is why you see so many people wearing looser fitting garments in light weight fabrics. Festival fashion has grown organically over the years and has inspired it’s own genre of style that speaks to the spirit of what festivals and festival culture are really about: being free-spirited and stepping out of society for a few hours, or days.

While you may see people at festivals wearing similar things (girls wearing high-waist-ed shorts, tops with fringe, headbands, flowers in their hair, etc. and men wearing tank tops, swim trunks, Bob Marley tees, etc) don’t feel the need to mimic or copy these fashions necessarily. Festivals are a  place to abandon all rules, go against the norm, and wear whatever your heart desires. Just remember to stick to comfortable,light, breathable fabrics, and strive for styles with good vibes.

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It’s Raining, Men

You all know the saying, ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ You anticipate, at least mentally, that this month of the year will be reliably rainy, but I’ve noticed that mental readiness does not necessarily signify wardrobe readiness.

Dressing for winter and fall weather ailments is much different than dressing for spring and  summer ailments. In the fall and winter seasons, the primary focus in terms of outerwear is warmth, although there is a need to stay dry during winter weather storms. In the spring and summer, however, the focus is to stay dry and cool, so there is an inherent challenge for designers in the creation of, and for consumers in the choice of outwear during the warmer, wet months.

The obvious key elements to choosing outerwear for the warm, wet seasons is to choose something that is both waterproof and lightweight. Another element to consider that is often overlooked when buying rain gear is pack- or carry-ability. Because of the warmer temperatures, it is unlikely that you will want to keep any type of excess clothing on any longer than is necessary.

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(Steven Alan, Jack Spade, Barbour, Jack Wills)

In terms of jackets, choose items like unlined, waterproof parkas and zip jackets in neutral or cool colors like beige, olive green, mustard yellow, or poppy red. For rain boots (yes, men SHOULD wear rain boots), go for a basic rubber-sole rain boot in a dark color like navy, black, grey, or green as these colors are less likely to show dirt and mud residue.  As for umbrellas, yes. Please, for my sanity and for the sake of everyone around you, use an umbrella!

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(Sperry, Tommy Hilfiger, Hunter, Brooks Brothers, J.Crew)

 

 

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Clothing with a Conscious

The acknowledgement and subsequent increased awareness of human impact on the health of the earth and each other has resulted in countries, leaders, and industries reevaluating their regulations and practices and exploring  innovative ways to contribute to the movement. The fashion industry is no exception. From choosing organic, natural fabrics, to using recycled goods for packaging to relocating production and manufacturing to places with preferable working conditions.

Here are a few brands that are dedicated to more responsible design and fostering good will:

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Fanmail is allll about transparency from what their products are made from, which could be organic cotton hemp jersey or organic cotton hemp french terry, both textiles that combine eco-friendly materials from certified responsible farms, to where their garments are dyed and produced: Los Angeles and Brooklyn, respectively. Props to them for finding a way to be environmentally friendly and support local American businesses! #MadeInAmerica

While their garments aren’t especially artistic looking, the art is in their creation. Check out some of their basics!

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Nau is a company I think I could settle into with quite nicely, and not just because their clothes are both sensible and stylish, but because it’s obvious that their small team of 20 are a bunch of badasses! I mean, they use the word f#*k on their website- bold, and I like it. Beyond the cool factor that is evident in every aspect of their company, Nau is committed to creating awesome and inspired pieces from sustainable, renewable materials in an eco-friendly manner. Nau is globally sourced, which means that even though they are headquartered in Portland, Oregon, their materials come from Korea, New Zealand, China, Japan, and the US, and manufacturing takes place in Turkey, China, Canada, and Thailand. When their products are complete and sold, 2% of sale are donated to humanitarian and environmental causes!

Check out their awesome urban and outdoor wear!

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Two Birds is a clothing company whose products are entirely designed, created, and manufactured in our neighbor to the north. Using Canadian materials like bamboo, tencel, and organic cotton, Two Birds works with socially conscious and responsible partners to create some pretty sweet garments. They initiated a pretty cool program to incentivize customers to recycle worn, unwanted, clothing items; TB allows customers to send them their used clothing at no cost, and in turn Two Birds finds constructive and innovative ways to use or donate the old clothes and gives the customer 10% off their next purchase! Talk about killing two birds with one stone (pun intended).

Here are a few of their items. Check out the rest on their site.

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