Answering Your Sustainable Fashion Questions + A Week of Outfits

Answering Your Sustainable Fashion Questions + A Week of Outfits

Hi we’re doing something today that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time that I’ve been getting some questions about from you and It doesn’t entirely fit with what usually goes on this channel but I wanted to talk about it because first of all you had questions and second of all it’s a massive interest for me and It is ethical, sustainable clothing I don’t really consider myself to be a person who has an interest in fashion or a massive interest in clothes But obviously clothes are part of everyone’s life But I got a little bit more into talking about it because of the ethical, sustainable side of it As you might have seen me talk about on Instagram stories or on some other places I’m trying to make certain changes in my life to see if we can, you know, be a bit better towards the planet and humanity, and I wanted to talk about it Just in case you don’t know about it I have a whole youtube channel with my friend Marion It’s called Take Your Thyme
There we talk about cruelty free beauty because we switched to using cruelty free makeup I think about four years ago while we’re also gonna be talking more about sustainability But I kind of wanted to do this specific video On this channel because I think people who are already really into it and know a lot about it are probably already following like YouTube channels like the one Marion and I have but I think it’s the discussion that everyone should take part in and everyone can use a bit more information about A while ago I asked you to send me questions. So I’m gonna answer some of those questions I’m gonna give you some of my tips and I’m also gonna show you a week of outfits of seven different outfits I’m also just gonna be talking, like, off the top of my head
I don’t have like a ton of stats on my phone I just have your questions here. I will leave a lot of resources down below So this is kind of your first foray into the topic you can go check this out First of all, why ethical, why sustainable clothing? What is the deal? What’s wrong with all the other clothing? I always want to approach topics like this in A friendly way, in an open way, in a way where people could ask questions because
I think it’s very easy to just go Oh what you’re doing is bad and you need to stop that which I don’t think it’s helpful for people because from my experience I think I started thinking about this probably only two years ago and it’s a process that takes time you go through the stages of grief very often I think people, first of all, will approach in a way Where they’re angry for themselves, so they go ‘well, I want to be able to shop on the high street so it’s not fair that I’m not allowed to do that anymore’ ‘What am I supposed to do for clothing now?’
and I do in all honesty think that very often it takes months or years for your thoughts around it to change and to see how you can make changes, and figure out which changes you can easily make and which ones might take a bit more effort. But to do like a quick summary The clothing industry is like a massive polluter. It is really really not good for the environment. Fast fashion, which is probably a term you’ve heard before, means that people buy and buy and buy clothes and the companies want them to buy all the time they put out so many new collections when people say that they’re into sustainable fashion or ethical fashion It’s usually split to two bits: Number one is not using up any new resources so basically buying secondhand clothes, thrifting, going on eBay the other half of it is buying from brands that treat the people that make the garments well I think about where they’re sourcing the material from is it sustainable? Is it not going to massively damage the environment I think in general buying something old is always better than buying something new and it is quite easy to go overboard and just buy like a ton of sustainable clothing the way I see it personally is that the best thing you can do is not buy any new clothing or really limit what you buy buy secondhand clothing, and then when you do buy stuff buy it so you can wear it for a long time There’s obviously a lot of more expensive sustainable runs But there’s also more and more all the time that are kind of somewhere in between I think I’m gonna get to some questions and then I’m gonna show you some outfits and like share some brands I like A lot of questions that I got were around, like body image how to find bigger sizes So I am a size 16 that means that I used to be able to shop at quite a lot of the high street stores but definitely not all And I find that some sustainable brands go up to size 16 But because you know between different clothing companies size this can range massively I feel like sometimes when I get a 16 I’m “like there was no way this will fit me ” It means finding certain cuts that work with shape So if you’re kind of on that like, ‘cut off’ point of certain brand sizing you can see if there are certain shapes that might work for you I found it really hard to shop in thrift shops because I feel like I’m going through a ton of clothes and most of it it’s not going to fit I know that there will be stuff in there definitely that fits especially for me tops I find it kind of hard to go through and be like “no no, no, no” not because I don’t like it but because I can tell it won’t be the right size So what I do a lot is I shop on Depop and Depop is kind of like eBay and Instagram had a baby and basically you’re just buying second hand clothes off of other people There are a lot of like younger teenagers on there A lot of them have quite small sizes But once you find people because they often they’ll post pictures of themselves who have similar body shapes you Bookmark them and then you can go back to that Also and if you know that there’s brands that carry a particular size that you can wear you can search for those brands specifically online for secondhand clothing. I find that quite helpful as well Obviously for some people it’s gonna be a lot easier than it is for other people I’d also say if you have any friends or other people that you know Maybe online that have the same size of clothing
it might be possible to do some swapping as well So I have a couple of friends who have similar sizes to me and we sometimes wear each others clothes Or when someone is looking to, like donate some clothes or they want to get rid of it You can kind of swap between yourselves Then someone’s request was ethical friendly on a budget I shop a lot sustainable brands in the sale There’s always sale I actually had to unsubscribe from some newsletters because they were doing sales so much that I just kept wanting to buy stuff I found especially in the first year when I hadn’t really figured out the second-hand shopping yet I was buying a lot from these more expensive sustainable brands But very often I managed to get it half price and I find that the best way to go about it and the best way to find a good bargain is to look for something in advance If you’re going on a summer holiday and you know you’ll need some summer clothes, start looking for it early because it means you’ll have time to find the right thing and find a cheaper option You can’t do the same like dash to Topshop the night before And buy a bunch of clothes or do an emergency ASOS order, it just doesn’t quite work in that way. So taking your time I find really helpful Price isn’t always indicative of quality But I think when it gets to the point where you see a price that is lower than even someone’s hourly wage there’s definitely something going on in that chain that means that people aren’t being paid properly Someone also asked about things to look out for like how can you figure out if clothing a sustainable or not You’re gonna become a label reader So now every time I go into shop I look at labels It always has to say where it was made and it’s hard to make, kind of sweeping statements about this because you don’t want to say “oh everything that’s made in China is mass-produced” You usually have to go a little bit deeper into it But very often I’ll be on the lookout for labels that say like”‘made in Europe”, for example or “made in France”, “made in Italy”. That’s where Spain, Italy, France There’s a lot of brands that are based there that are smaller they’re more sustainable and pick their workers fairly Look out for stuff that says “Designed in …” and then made somewhere else A lot of brands are like oh “Designed in London” but very often they will get their clothes made somewhere else You can’t really say anything about that And then brands’ websites are often a good place to go Now I know with cruelty free makeup very often the brands would blatantly lie about their animal testing policies or they kind of know how to phrase it and know how to work their way around it And for me I am always on the lookout for like, a full page on the website that Talks about where the clothes are made, what are their values when it comes to treating the workers properly their packaging, sourcing the material for the clothes Even a brand having a page like that is already a step in the right direction because most brands mention nothing, or when you email them and ask for information They say “We care about paying people a fair wage” and that’s it That’s like it’s great that you care about it but do you do it? There’s definitely brands that are like fully verified, have all the specific qualifications And then there’s brands that are kind of somewhere in the middle but you can tell, for example, that they are very small, use very specific factories, talk about all these issues and you kind of have to decide for yourself where you lie on this path And then there’s also different things that different brands care about It’s such a deep like hole to fall into and hard to figure out on a brand-to-brand basis But basically I think it’s a fair assumption to make that most of the stuff you can buy on the high street even when brands say it’s like they’re “conscious line” or it’s they’re more sustainable line Probably not that sustainable, probably workers not paid well, not treated well, not good for the environment And that sucks and that’s obviously not something you want to hear Don’t know how to talk about the stuff without just despairing, but that is basically what it’s like So tips are: Read the labels, look at websites, follow other bloggers that talk about like sustainable fashion Shop secondhand and shop small I think buying from smaller brands is a really good thing to do Okay a little bit about my personal experience First of all, how do I decide what to buy? Style wise, I dress for certain colours, certain fabrics and for comfort. I want to be comfy I don’t want to have to keep adjusting stuff, I want to be warm in the winter especially I basically gave up on heels a very long time ago, flat shoes only I like high necks, I like boat necks I obviously like stripes I don’t even know how this came to be I started wearing white and navy striped shirts when I was 15 or 16 Liked that look and have stuck with it ever since then I buy a lot of things because they look nice on camera So I don’t have loads of really dark colors because I find that blues look nice on camera, like burgundy, stripes, I wear a lot of shorter skirts in the winter with leggings I don’t like tights, I basically wear leggings always, again comfort, easy to go to the bathroom and the shorter skirts look great, but they often ride up So I mostly wear them in winter when I’m wearing a coat because I always have a backpack Again, good for my back None of that side bag business because I bring too much with me And then in the summer I’ve discovered that wearing midi skirts so kind of like flowy skirts, elastic waist band hit just above the knee or just over the knee don’t ride up as much Also I do feel like I have kind of uniform I took a picture of all these clothes laid out and realised that it’s basically black and white striped tops, My white laundry hilarious cos it’s just striped tops Dungarees and skirts and most of them are really soft so they’re basically like like a corduroy fabric, and denim, like button-up blue shirts, dark light I wore the same, black, flowy skirt to work probably three days out of five and two years in some people who stick with like, “oh I like that skirt!” I’m like, “yeah, I’ve been wearing this pretty much every day” Alright, let’s get to these outfits I hope you’re ready for my incredible fashion commentary This is so funny, okay, outfit number one is obviously a classic So I discovered a couple years back that I love dungarees, especially corduroy ones because they’re often a little bit more stretchy I’ve a black pair You can’t go wrong with this, actually a dark navy Got this off of Depop, looked brand-new, was a tenner The shirt is from a French brand called Armor Lux I discovered this brand when I went to a boutique in a small town by the coast and the lady hand-picked everything in the boutique and she told me about this brand, the fact that it’s really really long-lasting and I bought this shirt in three different colours and it has lasted me for a really really good while It’s nice and thick, really good material So would highly recommend if you’re on the market for a striped top Then this is definitely a classic I own about three or four of those corduroy skirts Again, I think these were from New Look I initially picked one up from the shop a couple of years back But then knowing my size and knowing that these existed I’ve then gone and bought some second hand on Depop as well The shirt is quite an old one, probably just bought it a normal high street shop But again, since then I’ve bought variety of different blue button-up shirts, from denim to a more kind of cotton material and I just feel really comfortable in button-up shirts Whenever they do fit right I can tuck them in, so usually buy them a bit smaller They don’t actually fit around my hips, but when you tuck them in, it doesn’t really matter I also have this light blue button up oversized shirt, which always makes me feel like an art teacher and I love it Also I just think blue is the nicest color on me besides maybe, like, black and white stripes And I think it goes especially well with my new ginger hair. All right, this is what I like to call my 70s outfit It’s not entirely 70s. Oh and it has pockets for your phone Again this is a really really old denim skirt but you’re able to pick up a denim skirt at pretty much any charity shop and I wear this at least once a week, pretty much every week And I think with my wardrobe you can tell that all these tops, and all these skirts, and all these dungarees pretty much go together, so they’re super easy to switch out Now this is a new favourite outfit The skirt, again I got on Depop for a tenner and it is so nice and soft It has big pockets and again, it’s not too tight at the waist and I can tie it An again, it’s like not too tight at the waist and you can tie it to accentuate the waist a bit so really love it so comfy! Then the top is from a small, sustainable brand that I can’t remember the name of But I will hunt it down for you guys and put it in the description It’s such a nice quality It’s bit more of a slouchy fit than I’m usually used to but when I got it I could just tell that that is something that hopefully I will have for years and years I just hand washed it for the first time because I want to be really careful with it I bought these as a combo actually so the top is from Topshop but again, bought it on Depop for maybe £13 This is my, like, party/fancy dinner outfit So I have loads of different black tops, turtlenecks and things like that and I just combined those all with the same skirt because I just really like this colour combo And again, it goes nice with the hair Now this is a classic that you’ll see me wear this many times a week Another Armor Lux shirt and this is an old skirt that I bought at a shop years and years ago and again, when it goes, I’ll have to find a replacement until now it is the perfect basic and I wear it with a denim jacket quite often It always makes me feel very twirly when I wear it and I think it’s just a very flattering cut The tulle makes for a quite a flattering draping All right again, a slightly newer purchase, I got this skirt off of Depop as well And this time I actually asked the person to measure the waist because I wanted to make sure that it fit right Cardigan is one of my favorite pieces from our wardrobe It’s from a sustainable brand called Thought and the colour just makes any neutral outfit work so well It’s very cozy in winter but it’s not too thick and I can wear it with the last outfit too The last outfit is the one I was wearing in this video I think the shirt I’m wearing is from Sea Salt, which is a brand that’s based in Cornwall I don’t know exactly where the clothing is made but I do know that it’s a brand that kind of pays attention to those things The dungarees, again from Depop I think it was like a supermarket brand, got it for eight pounds and it fits so well I mean, it’s a lovely color This color combo the mustard and the burgundy are a winner for me So that was me awkwardly prancing around I hope you have a bit more of an idea of how I get dressed, what I like, and where I find my clothes So I hope you enjoyed watching this video! Anyone that’s asked me in the past, like, five years about my “style” I don’t even want to call it style But kind of like my uniform, here’s the video Anyone that was interested in ethical fashion, sustainable fashion It’s hard to make a full video about this that is like, “Yep, here’s all the info it’s very clear cut” Vecause it isn’t. It is daunting, but maybe a little bit more accessible, a little bit less hopeless I hope you have some changes you’re already working on, or there are some things in your life that you think you could maybe switch up to make sure that fast fashion doesn’t ruin our planet alongside a lot of other things I’ll leave some other bloggers that I love that talk about sustainable fashion in the description below If you want to go follow Take Your Thyme, the channel that I have with Marion or if you want to get more into sustainable stuff, cruelty free stuff, head on over there Any questions please leave them in the comments and that’s all for me It’s been a long journey trying to make these adjustments for myself And I just wanted to share so thanks so much for watching and I’ll see you soon Doei!

56 thoughts on “Answering Your Sustainable Fashion Questions + A Week of Outfits

  1. Yay! I've looking forward to this video for ages and you did not disappoint! Thanks for your great tips. Have you heard of an app called Good on You? It rates all brands on their sustainability and ethics.

  2. Well … Depop has already disappointed me because they're phone-only and I don't want a phone app. I don't like phone apps. All those do for me is produce phone clutter. There's not even a sign-up option on their Web site, just a "go download the app if you want to create an account." Well, sod that for a game of soldiers.

  3. I'm currently on a year of no new clothes buying for both money and sustainability reasons. I still don't know if buying secondhand breaks this rule or not, but so far I haven't bought anything. I have, however, found some local fair trade brands to follow online for when I am able to buy again. Although I am a size 10 (I think?) so that makes it a little easier, which is sad as a society thing. I also trade a bit with my sister.

    I have, however, bought not sustainable underwear because omfg, why is everyone selling bras with zero support at indie brands? Like, if I wanted no support, I would have gone braless y'all. Your lacey piece of cloth is very pretty but wtf.

  4. I can totally see why that black skirt's a compliment magnet–it has such a lovely dash of whimsy, yet is so multifunctional!

  5. I'm a not buying any new clothes this year and am loving it. It has made me think more about the pieces that I need and really cultivate my style. Might have to get myself a pair of dungarees, those look comfy!

  6. Sanne I'm so happy you finally made this video! Your style is so bright and fun, and I love your commitment to pockets everywhere. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ I've always shopped mainly secondhand, and a good tip is to find a couple of charity shops you like and figure out which day(s) they put out new stock. You can potentially find some nice things that way, and it's less overwhelming if you can narrow your focus to specific items.

  7. Love your style/uniform! Thanks for the tips, needed as I try to shop more ethically. Thank you for this video!

  8. thredup is another online thrifting website that i really enjoy!!! my cheap and lazy way of avoiding unethical fashion is to literally just buy everything i own secondhand lol
    (edit: also hey if anyone is interested, here is my code for us both to get 10 dollars on the website??? i might as well try! )

  9. i love your outfits because they are basically 100% the colour palette I wear. i have also figured out that sticking to certain colours makes putting outfits together just so so much easier. i love your dungaree dresses on you, but whenever I have tried them on they would just ride up my butt a lot, so for now I'll stick to my regular denim dungarees! I have also recently discovered midi skirts for me. i always thought i couldn't wear them because my legs are so short and they'd make me look stumpy, but i've come to realise that I just am stumpy, no need to hide that!

  10. Great video, loved the fashion show! ๐Ÿ’โœจ I'm finding it very difficult to shop at ethical brands because I'm 185 cm / 6,1 ft and most clothes don't fit me. I already have to pay a fortune for special long-brand jeans and finding stuff anywhere other than ASOS Tall is quite the challenge. But yours and Lex's videos have encouraged me to at least try out charity shops more, which I've done with some success. So I'm trying to improve. ๐Ÿ˜ If depop becomes available in Germany, I'll definitely try that out too. Thanks for the tips!

  11. hi Sanne, where do you get button up shirts from? I have big boobs for my body so I find it so difficult to find button ups in my size, and it sucks cus I love them!

  12. If you do decide to go for a pair of tights, snag tights are great! I'm excited to see someone who is my style and size being sustainable and ethical! It's been something I've been working on a lot in the last year

  13. Favourite ethical stores: Everlane (awkward if you don't live in America though. The shipping and taxes is expensive. But sometimes do free shipping deals!), lara intimates for underwear (life changing!!!), know the origin, we are thought. Depop is everything though for getting cheaper things!

  14. Anyone who's interested in a more sustainable wardrobe might also like: (my personal favourite)

  15. I have been trying my best to be sustainable and I don't normally feel guilty as my clothes often have a very long life ( my hiking boots lasted me 14 years ) but I have a lot of trouble with finding clothes due to the fact that I don't enjoy at all shopping, not even online, I don't have the time and often charity shops are scattered around the city, not really close to me, etc. I had a trip to Norway and I couldn't find vegan gloves at all, ending up having to go to H&M due to the location. So… still trying to find a good way to do this and adapt it to my life, I just wish I would be rich enough to have a personal shopper and do the job for me ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Loved the video! Although just admit I was having a good look at your bookshelf in the fashion bits. Could you do an updated bookshelf tour at some point? ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. There's this great app Good On You, that's made by people who have done all the research for you! They rate brands on 3 aspects: Environment, Labour and Animals. They give scores on these three things and then also add a general score. Would recommend!

  18. Loved this video! I started to think more about ethical and sustainable fashion in the last months after I watched The True Cost. So for me this video came at the right time, I wanna click all the links in the description box now and continuing my research haha.ย Really liked seeing how you really have a clear style which makes that almost all of your items would fit together. That is really something I would like to work towards over time!
    (For the dutchies: the programme Genaaid is also a really interesting watch, it shows the BTS of the fashion industry but also every episode ends with a sustainable alternative).

  19. Thanks for some good tips Sanne. I've been trying to find some ethical ways to buy clothing and have come up very short haha. I don't buy or own many clothes but some of the ones I do own are wearing out and if I lose too many of them I won't have enough to make it through the week without doing laundry! A combination of my size and the size of the town I live in means there isn't much for me at the secondhand shops (besides event tshirts … the free kind they give out?). And my paycheque (and taste in clothing) has made me unable to find anything at any online "ethical fashion" stores. Maybe I'll give depop a try – thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Also, think outside the square when shopping. The best clothing item that I ever got was from an army/navy camping store: a blue all wool jumper that looked like a real army jumper except for the colour. I got it when I was 14. As warm as toast in it at 6 am with condensation pouring from my mouth. Used it for 20 years. When it wouldnt fit me I used it as a type of scarf at football matches. So in some use or other it lasted till I was 34: two decades.

  21. Can you recommend people to follow on Depop that sell larger sizes? Iโ€™ve been trying to use Depop but I noticed that small sized clothing is often added suggesting that it fits size 10-14 and they always look way too small for someone who wants size 14.

  22. I was wondering how you feel about fabrics? As natural fabrics are so much better for our planet but its hard to find fabrics that are natural, but also not cotton as cotton is good but still uses a lot of pestisides and the crop yeild is low. Non natural fabrics cause micro plastics on our oceans each time we wash our clothes. I've been trying to only buy natural fabrics but sometimes I feel like theres a battle between do I buy a second hand but plastic fabric or a new natural one, and I have a lot of old clothing that is polyester too that I'm continuing to use. I make my own clothes too so its easier there. ANYWAY….

  23. Thanks so much, Sanne! This video comes to me at the right time, because I'm trying to read and find out as much as I can about getting my new clothes from ethical brands, or second hand. It's so nice to see how you are doing it!
    I hope depop will come to the Netherlands too, so that I can start using it. So far United Wardrobe has also been fantastic.

  24. I've just started shopping on depop more and looking through secondhand clothing stores. It's definitely a test of patience but well worth it!

  25. I think a big thing you didn't really mention is taking care of your clothes!
    I know dryers are very rare in Europe, but in North America it's much less common to hang your clothes to dry. I hang almost all my clothes on a drying rack I bought at IKEA (just throw pajamas, facecloths, towels in the dryer) and I honestly even have old H&M clothes that have lasted 5+ years because of this.
    Even simple things like changing out of your jeans when you get home and start lounging can help things last so much longer!

  26. aa i love your style! this is such a wonderful video, educational, honest, and encouraging all in one! thanks so much!

  27. Love this video! And I love that you have a sort of 'uniform' – it makes it easier to mix and match outfits. I'm moving towards buying more second hand items as well as investing in better quality clothes that just last longer and are 'slower'.

    I've been using Depop for a year or so now (selling and buying) and my one problem with it is that I've ended up having to resell most of what I've bought because often things look different IRL or fit oddly which I've found really frustrating. I guess it's all a learning experience.

  28. I've been slowly getting into buying secondhand clothes so this video was so helpful! I have a similar body shape to you as well so it's nice to know it's actually possible after trawling through all the size 6/8 stuff on depop haha

  29. Thank you so much for doing this video as I'm starting to focus more on being sustainable where possible but it's a little overwhelming so a short video like this with tips and inspiration really helps me feel it is possible.

  30. The thing that helped me was keeping the clothes I already had in good condition. STOP WASHING YOUR CLOTHES, especially denim. Unless it has a smell or a stain do not wash it, donโ€™t. Hang it up, air it out, fold it, itโ€™s fine. What are you doing in your existence thatโ€™s so filthy? Nothing. Spray vodka or use the freezer to eliminate smells. Spot treat stains. Last resort: wash things cold, delicate, ethical detergent, & hang dry.

  31. LOVED THIS SANNE. With regards to you not liking tights, have you ever looked at snagg tights, I have never found tights that fit me apart from these guys, and they do really fun colours. They are a small business and I love them! LOVE YOUR POSING XX

  32. I know you said you don't like tights but i found this brand recently that do tights in all sizes and heights etc. Like ACTUALLY all sizes that fit. Apparently all tights are roughly made for a approx generic waist so it never fit us curvier girls. They're well priced too and have loads of colours.

  33. Love this. What do you think about the capsule wardrobe as a way to create slower fashion (so to speak)?

  34. I've just started trying to make conscious decisions on sustainable fashion. I've become a little bit addicted to Depop as well. An app I also find super helpful is Good On You. They give brands a rating from 1-5 on how sustainable they are, and also show the price point ($-$$$$$). I've already found so many new brands! I'm really not buying a ton, because as you said: not buying something new is the best. And of course, doing your own research is also better, but it's kind of overwhelming in the beginning. It's nice to know what brands I could go to if I want to purchase something new. It also makes the process of change really fun, because at the end of the day, sometimes I just like to browse through clothes for hours on end and not buy anything lol. Now I just go to Depop or Good On You instead of H&M.

    Also, I'm not on a very large budget, so for me it's helpful to keep in mind that it's still better to buy an item of clothing that's, for example, made fairly, but is maybe not made from organic cotton. That's still better than buying the same item for super cheap at a fast fashion brand. Just like eating vegan is best, but eating vegetarian is already way better than eating meat. I'm working on getting better, but keeping this in mind really helps not to feel too overwhelmed or demotivated (because when I feel like it's not feasable I just won't try at all and lol that would suck).

    Sorry for the super long comment lol, but maybe someone feels the same way!

  35. I seriously love this! We have similar body types and style. We also share similar feelings about the clothing industry and shopping sustainable. I would LOVE to see more videos along these lines. Especially outfits for summer… thatโ€™s where I lack the most inspiration. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

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