October 12, 2020 – By Charlotte Hope-Shannon
With designers introducing sustainable trends at fashion week, it appears sustainability is becoming second nature to modern brands. Whether it be high-street or high-end, fashion is experiencing a huge review in terms of its eco-friendly outcomes. However, we stand at a crossroad between what is affordable and what is practical.
Whilst our commitments to the planet are just, not all budgets can accommodate the expensive price tag of a designer sustainable trend. But fret no more, as the most guilt-free way of wearing something ‘new’ is to re-create and upcycle at home.
Autumn/Winter 2020/21’s new craze is patchwork and here lies the simplest trend that you can reinvent by hand.
Changing Perceptions – A Sustainable Trend
With the current pandemic adding fuel to the sustainable flame, the need for a change in perception is at an ultimate high. Sustainable doesn’t have to mean expensive nor does it have to mean poor quality. Whilst the best way to be sustainable is to invest in seasonal staples, there’s no harm in experimenting with new trends. It’s how you approach these trends that makes a difference.
By making informed choices such as upcycling, we can create a positive impact on both ourselves and the planet. As Elizabeth L. Cline says:
So, with this in mind, why not develop a better relationship with the things you wear by re-creating new trends from within your wardrobe.
Old garments can be given a new lease of life through simple upcycling techniques such as sewing or gluing and in doing so, your contribution to sustainability is increased. As patchwork reigns supreme this season, we’ve put together 4 sustainable ideas inspired by the AW20/21 runway.
Look 1 - Patchwork Jackets
Checks, floral or linen, there’s no rules when it comes to patchwork. The advantage of recreating this trend at home is that your garment will be entirely unique.
The nostalgic meaning of bringing old with new is a special way of maintaining your wardrobe trends. And, jackets are the most versatile to up-cycle! Whether it be adding patchwork to the outer pockets or attaching layers to the entire jacket, there’s no wrong approach.
If you’re adding colour to a denim jacket or mixing patterns on an oversized blazer, pair with a simple white tee for a sustainably chic look!
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Look 2 - Patchwork Jeans
Big on the runway this year is patchwork jeans à la Dolce & Gabbana. From adding vertical stripes, to layering mix print squares you can transform your unwanted jeans into something new.
For instance, add length to a cropped pair of jeans or elongate your shape through long lines of coloured fabric. This sustainable trend is the best way to enhance any denim staple and can be adapted to carry your wardrobe through both the autumn/winter and spring/summer seasons.
Add some contemporary charm and pair your jeans with chunky white trainers for an effortlessly casual vibe.
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Look 3 - Patchwork Shirts
With patchwork, there’s no limit on what fabric you can use. The bolder the better! From chevrons to polka dots through to paisley and stripes, the more eccentric the print the more unique the piece.
Patchwork doesn’t need to be uniform nor do the blocks need to be the same shape and size. Though uniformed appliqué is most popular, the runway proves there are no rules when it comes to fashion.
Shirts and t-shirts are the simplest item to upcycle. Add patchwork to the collar, pocket or cuff or cover up holes with star shaped patches. Simple, affordable and cool.
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Look 4 - Patchwork Bags
An upcycled accessory is the easiest way to enhance any outfit. Simply twist or plait fabric around the handles or tie hand-made tassels to the zip fastening or closure.
Mix leather with frayed edge denim, or suede with check. Bags don’t have to be one dimensional and nor do your upcycled textiles! Updating your old accessories is the best and least invasive way to start your sustainable trend led journey, on a budget.
Whether your inspiration is 1970’s Bohemia or 19th century inspired paisley, nothing is restricted when it comes to bags!
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So Why Re-Create A Sustainable Trend?
From making old fabric into sustainable new materials, to making sure your wardrobe is on trend, being mindful about fashion is about being creative.
From buying second hand to upcycling or participating in clothing swaps, there’s a whole host of ways to be eco-friendly with your style. Sustainable doesn’t have to mean expensive or be repetitive. From jackets to jeans, through to shirts and accessories, you can easily re-create a runway led sustainable trend at home.
Why not try turning an old favourite into something new?
In addition, not only is up-cycling good for the environment, it’s also good for your mental health. This creative objective is an easy way to step away from digital distractions whilst simultaneously feeding your fashion needs.
What item of clothing will you be upcycling from your wardrobe at home? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation over at our Instagram Page!
For more style inspiration head over to our Style Edit page! Or check out our latest edits on Taking Style Inspiration From The Most Stylish TV Characters and Adding A Touch Of 90’s Chic To Your Sustainable Wardrobe!
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