Fashion, Style, Sustainability

#onepieceamonth investment no. 10: vintage leopard shirt

Vintage Leopard shirt

Leopard is always a good idea. Although when blond, potential danger lurks that wearing too much leopard one might be mistaken for a relative of De Veerkampjes (google that and click images).
My 10th #onepieceamonth fashion challenge of 2016 comes all the way from Edmonton, Canada: a vintage leopard shirt.
Found this piece during my recent Canadian roadtrip through the province of Alberta and I was surprised to find so many good, vintage shops. Spend fun time trying pieces at Decadence Vintage Clothing in Edmonton. They have all the styles on trend for great prices.
By the way, you know you’re over fifty when half the shop styles once belonged to your closet.

Decadence Vintage Leopard Vintage Shirt

Vintage Leopard Shirt from Decadence Clothing

I like to pair my new vintage leopard shirt (from the eighties?) with my fav G-Star RAW faded jeans – this one has at least #100wears – and wear it loosely front-tuck style with python belt & slippers. Keeping up with the wild animal theme here.
For a more edgy style I wear this piece with black flared legs and pointed toe Acne booties.
This shirt is 100% cotton (like!) and from Charter Club. Found out that this is a private label of Macy’s, the large US department store established in New York since 1858.
Oh, and the price? 10 CAD, which equals 7 euro. I know a good investment when I see one.

Leopard vintage shirt Decadence Vintage Edmonton

On Whyte Ave. in the Strathcona neighbourhood in Edmonton you’ll find several great vintage clothing stores. Decadence Vintage Clothing was my favourite because of the high quality collection.
Endless flannels, Levi’s 501 (long or cut-off’s), original rock band concert shirts as in heavy metal galore. I also had a crush on the numerous western shirts with mother-of-pearl snap buttons and the kimonos. This was really about restraining myself. One-piece-a-month wise.

#onepieceamonth sustainable fashion

McKinsey about the dangers of fast fashion

Fashion is not a consumption good and buying high quality items that are built to last a lifetime (or two) and/or vintage pieces is the little thing we can do. It is horrifying to learn about the impact of fast fashion by companies as H&M, Zara, Primark and the likes.  The short life circle of cheap low quality clothes, shoes and bags is destroying both people and planet. Do check The True Cost documentary on Netflix.
Even the latest report (oct. 2016) by McKinsey warns about the serious dangers of the fast growth of inexpensive clothing. Retailers keep producing greater volumes of inexpensive clothing. Shoppers, attracted by the low cost and constant newness, are buying in greater quantities. And sometimes discarding items after not even wearing them 5 times.
This fast fashion system uses large amounts of natural resources while producing carbon emissions that fuel climate change. This behaviour is linked to numerous cases of worker abuses in countries sewing the garments.
These issues will grow proportionally as more clothes are produced. Brands as well as consumers do need to take responsibility is the McKinsey report’s warning:

“Fast fashion has been a particularly hot segment and a source of enviable growth for some clothing companies. By compressing production cycles and turning out up-to-the-minute designs, these businesses have enabled shoppers not only to expand their wardrobes but also to refresh them quickly. Across nearly every apparel category, consumers keep clothing items about half as long as they did 15 years ago. Some estimates suggest that consumers treat the lowest-priced garments as nearly disposable, discarding them after just a few wears.
Fast fashion is now a large, sophisticated business fed by a fragmented and relatively low-tech production system. This system has outsize environmental effects: making clothes typically requires using a lot of water and chemicals and emitting significant amounts of greenhouse gases.
Reports also continue to emerge about clothing-factory workers being underpaid and exposed to unsafe—even deadly—workplace conditions, most of all when handling materials like cotton and leather that require extensive processing. Without improvements in how clothing is made, these issues will grow proportionally as more clothes are produced”

The article is written by Nathalie Remy, Eveline Speelman and Steven Swartz. Read the full report here.

#onepieceamonth challenge next year?

Oh, yes I will. I will definitely continue with buying #onepieceamonth only ànd with reselling or giving away items I no longer wear. Keep the closet uncluttered and my wardrobe collection organized.
This cotton vintage leopard shirt probably has #30wears already and I am happy to add another #30wears to it!

Still 2 items left in 2016 with my slow fashion challenge, happily added so far:

vintage leopard shirt #onepieceamonth

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