Yes! I found another fair and ethical fashion brand. This time I want to introduce you to Jan ‘n June. Jula and Anna started the eco-fashion label out of personal need for stylish, sustainable and affordable clothes. Back in 2013, fair fashion wasn’t easy to find. After a summer night and a couple of wine glasses, they decided to start with one.
Transparency it´s at the core of Jann ‘n June. For Jula and Anna is very important to produce the clothes as responsible as possible with the environment and the garment workers. The clothes are produced in Wroclaw, Poland in a family-owned factory, where the girls keep an eye on the production. They visit the manufacturer on regular basis to define the workmanship for each article and auditing the factory. They only work with one partner in order to keep it simple and transparent. All the materials come from Turkey, Portugal or India and are GOTS or IVN Best certified. On every garment, you can read about the origin of it.
On these series of pictures, I´m wearing the dress “Cannes Flow Black” from Jan ‘n June. The pictures were made in Amersfoort by the photographer Mitchel Lensink.
Check his work HERE.
Picture by Mitchel Lensink
Picture by Mitchel Lensink
What I´m wearing:
Dress // Jan ‘n June (Get it here)
Bag // Matt & Nat (Get it here)
Boots // Second-lifestyle Amersfoort (second-hand shop)
Winter is coming! Let’s try to make this coming season as green as possible by investing in fairly made and organic sweaters. You might ask why to invest in organic cotton? Here some facts:
– Organic cotton is grown without the use of insecticides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
– It protect the farmers, from being exposed to toxic chemicals
– It eliminates the greenhouse gas emissions created through the production of chemical fertilizers.
– The soils remain healthy and sequester more carbon helping to mitigate against climate change.
– Water consumption is reduced as well as the C02 emissions per tonne of cotton fiber.
Today I listed out my favorite sustainable sweaters for you:
I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for sweaters, give it a try and look for organic cotton as main fabric. If you are out of budget, before buying something new, try going first to a second-hand shop. There are a lot of “old” clothes ready to have a new life.
Since I moved to Amersfoort I have been a regular client of “Kringloopcentrum Amersfoort”. I love to go through the clothes section and hunt for treasures. A lot of my outfits have pieces that I bought there. They looked like new and ready to have a longer life. When a sister shop of this Kringloopcentrum opened it’s doors last September, I was eager to check it out and see what they had to offer. I went there and learned more about their concept.
The shop is called “Restyle” and there you will find everything you need for your sewing addiction: Antique buttons, beautiful fabrics, yarns, jewelry, sewing books and patterns and more to perfect your sewing skills. Besides, you can find the nicest vintage clothes and bags. Lastly, you will find clothes from their house brand as well, which has been previously restyled. You can recognize them by the extra logo of a circle. The artist/designer behind this is Sally Pittman. She and a group of other people are constantly giving old clothes a new life.
The atelier where they work is on the second floor of Kringloopcentrum Amersfoort. Up there they are busy with recycling and finding ways to make old textiles into something new. Most of the time Sally makes bags, cooking aprons, pillowcases and more. All fabrics are unique and 100% from recycled materials.
Next time you go to the Kringloop take a look at this vintage initiative. Restyle is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00 o’clock. The address is Zwaaikom 29A in Amersfoort.
Ethically made lingerie has the bad reputation of being boring and basic. It took me some time until I found this sexy badass lingerie brand: Netter Rose that I discovered through Troo. A webshop that sells only ethically made pieces.
Slow and responsible fashion is at the core of the founders of Troo: Nic and Steff Fitzgerald. For them is very important to partner up with young designers that also share the same beliefs. Producing beautiful and sexy clothes that are responsible as possible with the environment and with the garment workers.
On these series of pictures, I´m wearing the bralettes from the brand Nette Rose that I got through Troo. This is a brand of intimates designed and produced by Megan Miller. The pieces are handmade in Cape Town (from the same country where the founders of Troo are from).
The pictures were made in my home by the talented photographer Marisa Broekhuizen Check her work HERE.
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
What I´m wearing:
Bralette // FREYA size S in burgundy from Nette Rose via Troo (Get it here)
Pants // Sideswept dhoti from Matter (Get it here)
Lipstick // Boho lipstick “figue” 309 via Blossom Up natuurlijke verzorging (Get it here)
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
What I´m wearing:
Bralette // ANNA size L from Nette Rose via Troo (Get it here)
Skirt // Lievevrouw snuffelmarkt Amersfoort
Lipstick // Boho lipstick figue 309 via Blossom Up natuurlijke verzorging (Get it here)
Three months ago I decided to do project 333: The minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months.
I wanted a smaller wardrobe to be conscious of the clothes I like to wear and to get to know my style a little bit better. I also wanted to see if I would have less decision-stress at the moment to choose what to wear every morning.
Three months have passed and here is what I learned from wearing the same 33 pieces of clothes over and over again. (Check HERE to see my 33 pieces)
During these three months, I didn’t feel guilty of not wearing an item of my wardrobe. Before I occasionally felt bad that I had clothes I didn’t wear so often – almost never – but still had a place in my closet. This guilty feeling didn´t come back.
I found it very easy to choose what to wear every morning. This challenge made me a lot more creative with clothes and outfits combinations.
I took better care of my clothes. During these months I washed my clothes less often and I stopped letting the clothes I used during the day on the floor. Once you own less, you feel more the need to be kind to few clothes you have.
Social media can be your worst enemy. Even though I know social media is not real, some days I felt bad about myself and sometimes even boring and ugly. When I scrolled down Instagram and saw all the amazing bloggers with amazing new clothes I felt a little bit left out. This took me some mind work, but I just kept on reminding myself why I started this challenge and I just left my telephone aside and went back to feeling good with the challenge.
This challenge learned me that the most important thing is to feel good about myself. This is what I will reflect, regardless what I wear. You will never find something that makes you feel beautiful, smart, and loved. until you believe you are all of this.
The last two weeks of the challenge were very hard. At some point, I was a little bit tired of wearing the same. I eventually had favorites within my small closet, so I kept on repeating those items, making me feel a little bit done before the end. I could have replaced the items that I didn’t like anymore but I was almost ready with the challenge. The last week I cheated a little bit and wear two different pieces of clothes that were not in my closet.
The weather where I live (The Netherlands) is bipolar. This made it hard for me to chose my items, so I opted to have basic pieces making my wardrobe looking to save and sometimes boring. Even though I chose only pieces that I love, next time I would like to choose more colorful and printed pieces. To be honest, I missed more dresses and summer clothes, but I was so scared of the weather that I played it safe.
I can not say that I know my style 100%, but I know which are the pieces that I like, and which ones I don´t. I hope this will help me in the future to buy more consciously clothes.
The item that I wore the most was my black destroyed jeans and the black jeans, what I wore less was the striped dress.
What I had less trouble with: repeating shoes.
At my work, I didn’t hear any comment regarding me, repeating clothes. When I talked about the challenge with my colleagues they didn’t notice before that I was repeating clothes. I was so scared of people realizing that I was wearing the same clothes over and over again, but soon enough I realized that nobody cares! I was maybe too egocentric to think that people would notice, but the truth is that the only person who cares what you are wearing is yourself.
The challenge is over. What now? No polyester! I want to start removing polyester from my life and start having clothes from more sustainable materials. I shop a lot at second-hand shops and markets but I want to be more aware of this low-quality material and start refusing it. I want my clothes to last and to be good with the environment.
More ethical brands. I started investing in fair fashion brands, and I would like my wardrobe to have more of these brands. I do combine it with second-hand because that’s also a more sustainable way of shopping.
Buy only what I need. Even though I am most of the time a conscious buyer, sometimes I do buy things that I regret later on. From now on, I want to have less of this and more smart shopping.
Own fewer clothes. Now that the challenge is over, I took back my box of clothes that were not in the challenge and I still love them, but I feel that I have too much. Maybe I won´t own only 33 items, but I will definitely stick to 50 or less.
Here are some pictures of my favorite outfits:
I hope you feel inspired to start this challenge. Read more information about it here.
Cleaning up my closet has become a routine for me. Ever since a little kid, my mother encouraged me to donate the clothes that didn´t fit me anymore. With the years I have gathered some experience and here are my tips to help you clean up your closet:
1. Prepare yourself with a nice drink and a happy playlist.
2. Start by taking every single item out of your closet and place them on your bed or the floor.
3. Place one by one the items back in the closet. Before you do it, ask yourself the following questions about each item:
Does it still fit?
Have I worn it in the last 12 months?
Would I wear it again?
Do I love the way it looks on me?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then put the items back to your closet, if the answer is no, put them aside and start making two piles:
To donate: If the clothes are too worn out or need to be fixed.
To sell: If the clothes are still in a good state to give it a second round.
4. Hang the items that you want to keep neatly back in your closet. Do so into categories. I like to start with shorts and skirts, then pants, shirts, blouses, dresses, blazers, and jackets. This way the items you want to keep in your closet are organized and clutter free so you can see everything you own at once. Put the shoes neatly on the floor of the closet.
5. Store your seasonal clothes that don´t fit the current season in boxes in your spare space. (Under the bed, in the attic etc) Having only in your closet the clothes that you currently wear, makes it easier to choose what to wear.
6. If you have clothes to fold, do it in an organized way and also into categories rather than in colors. Make sure your organization works for you and won’t confuse you as to where your things are.
7.Use the backward hanger strategy when putting clothes back into your closet to get a better idea of the items you actually wear often. Face all of your hangers away from you and replace each one the “right way” after wearing the item hanging on it. Check back in a couple of months then a year to see which hangers are still facing the wrong way. Maybe it’s time to get rid of those articles and clean out your closet again?
8. Once your closet is organized, move on to the two piles you made.
9. Put all the clothes of the “donate” pile in a box and leave it close to your door so you bring it to a charity shop as soon as possible.
10. Put the clothes of the “sell” pile neatly on a box and bring it as soon as possible to the nearest second-hand shop. Another option is to sell it in a flea-market or to sell them online via an online platform for selling clothes.
I hope you like these tips and get inspired to clean up your closet and start selling the clothes that you don´t wear anymore. Do you miss any tip? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S.: For all my Dutch followers, I´m organizing a second-hand market in Amersfoort! Read here all the information about it.
It´s been now more than 5 years since I started buying second-hand clothes. I have to admit that at the very beginning I was skeptical and didn’t like the idea of buying clothes previously worn by someone I don’t know. That feeling went away as soon as I found clothes that look as good as new and from brands that I would normally also buy new.
Buying used clothes, it´s a more sustainable way to shop because it saves the resources needed to produce an entirely new item. Purchasing used clothing is an easy way to reduce your impact on the environment.
I know that walking into a second-hand or charity shop can be totally overwhelming. Racks overflow with t-shirts, dresses, jackets, shoes, that you don´t even know where to start, I’ve been there too. But practice makes the master, and in the past years, I’ve picked up some tricks for managing the chaos.
Here are my ten tips to help you become a successful second-hand shopper just like me.
1. Do a little research and google the second-hand and charity shops that are around the area you want to go. Once you know where they are, make a little route of where are you going to go first. I save the places as favorite on my phone in the google maps app and the best route will show.
2. The best is to go with a friend and to make a date out of it. It can be fun to help each other out and you can finish it with a coffee and cake in a nice place ;).
3. Go with a blank idea of what you want to find. Second-hand shops are constantly changing and you will never know what you might find.
4. Once you are in the shop, walk around the entire store and grab everything that catches your attention, even if you are not sure about it and if it´s not your size. You can go through your selection later and decide what to keep.
5. Try on the clothes that you are not sure if they fit you. Then you might decide what to buy and what to leave behind. Please note: Buy only items that fit. Even if it´s something you are looking for. If it doesn’t fit, it is going to end up in your closet doing nothing.
6. Be aware of stains, and clothes that are damaged. The best is to check before you buy them. On all second-hand and charity shops I go, they have a no-return policy.
8. Save your energy and just try the clothes you chose during the first round. Once you tried on and decide what to buy, pay for your clothes and move on to the next shop.
I go to the closest charity shop at least twice per month. I quickly go through racks waiting for something to catch my attention. Every visit is short and since a lot of the merchandise, I’ve seen before it makes it easy for me to spot what’s new and worthy.
9. Don’t Be Disappointed if you go back home empty handed. Having an all second-hand wardrobe takes time and a couple of visits to the shops. Lots of the time, I go back home without anything, if there’s nothing I like on the racks, I just leave it and save my money for the next visit.
10. If you do find amazing items, as soon as you get home, make sure you put all your new clothes directly into your washing basket and wash them as soon as possible so you can start wearing them.
I hope you like these tips and get inspired to go second-hand shopping. Do you miss any tip? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S.: All my outfits from this post are second-hand.
Fair fashion clothes have the bad reputation of being expensive, lumpy, itchy, hempy and unstylish. Nowadays producing ethical fashion and good looking pieces is becoming more of a priority for brands. It can be hard to look for those brands but luckily some web shops make it easy for us to find them. I want to show you my latest discovery: www.geitenwollenwinel.com This shop sells only sustainable clothes from green, fair and vegan brands.
After checking out their current collection, I listed out my favorite items under €50 for you:
These Melissa rain boots are made out of 100% Melflex which is an hypo-allergenic, void of animal products, and recyclable kind of plastic. This brand pays its employees above average wage, and their benefits are exemplary. When their shoes can’t be sold from a previous season, they are melted into new styles. About 99% of their industrial waste is recycled including painting residues, production water and PVC. Price: €39,95
Today it’s been a month since I started the challenge 333. I have been repeating my outfits over and over again. When I think about it, it sounds crazy and it makes me feel that it is not possible to live like that, but now that I see it on my pictures I feel confident that it´s totally ok.
This is how my last week looked like:
On my day to day, I sometimes forget that I am doing this challenge. It´s only when I see the pictures that I realize that I wear the same black destroyed jeans and the golden shoes at least twice per week. It´s great to document my outfits to realized it. Another thing that I have noticed is that none one of my friends or my colleagues have told me anything negative about my clothes or asked me why I repeat clothes so often. I thought it would be obvious but I guess that was only in my head. It´s been only one month but I feel that I have gained the confidence to wear my clothes over and over again. I chose clothes that I feel good in, this makes it easier to repeat outfits. I consciously change the color of my lipstick or I use a choker or a bandana or even change my hairstyle to give it a little twist to my look.
During the month of June, these were the items I wore the most:
The black destroyed jeans I wore 12 times, the golden shoes 9 times and the blue jeans 6 times.
These are the items I wore the least:
I haven´t wear it yet
The striped dress and the white V-neck shirt I have only worn once and the denim skirt to my own surprise, I haven’t wear at all.
One month was over very fast but I am loving this and can´t wait to see if I can keep it up two more months.
Next week more updates, check my last week updates here and here.
The 17th of June I attended the Fair Fashion Festival in Rotterdam. It was an afternoon full of inspiring people and brands. I got to know a lot of new brands and here are my favorites:
1. Pretty & Fair
Pretty & Fair is a Dutch brand that makes shoes from sustainable materials. The Founder, Alinda van Teeckelenburgh worked in the shoe industry for over 15 years. During that time she realized that the production of shoes is more about the numbers and prices than about planet and people. She decided to start her own sustainable shoe label in 2016. She uses materials such as natural rubber for the soles, recycled PET bottles for the zippers and water based glue. The shoes are produced in Portugal by a small family company that offers good working conditions for the makers.
2. Lizet van der Knaap
Lizet van der Knaap is a Dutch fashion designer. She handmakes colorful and beautiful backpacks and totes using sustainable materials.
3. Wolf and Storm
Wolf and Storm is the online destination for sustainable and vegan clothes and accessories. They sell from brands such as Denise Roobol, A Beautiful Story, Matt & Natt, Miss Green, People´s Avenue and a lot more!
Natur-el is a fashion store that sells only sustainable brands. Such as Armed Angels, People Tree, Miss Green among others. The address is zwaanshals 33 in Rotterdam.
5. Granny’s Finest
Granny´s Finest is a Dutch fashion brand. The products are handmade by grannies all around The Netherlands and are designed by young creatives. They use as natural and organic yarns as possible. During the festival, the founder Niek van Hengel gave an inspiring speech of how the brand started. You can read all about it HERE.
You can find their products in De Bijenkorf, WAAR, Sissy Boy among other stores and they also have an online shop.
I hope you like my selection and check them out.
The next Fair Fashion Festival will be in Utrecht the 22nd of October. Join me and let´s discover more sustainable and fair brands together.