Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying New Clothes

Impulsive shopping. We all have been guilty of this. The marketing and social media worlds are really good for making us feel that we ‘need’ new clothes every week. We feel pressure to be on trend and with the fast fashion at its peak, it’s getting easy to buy a lot of clothes for little money. But these clothes end up in the closet, worn once and never again. The fashion industry is the second dirtiest in the world. This industry is responsible for big amounts of water consumption and CO2 emissions. The textile dyeing is a huge polluter of water due to the toxic chemicals that the production involves. Fashion is a complicated business involving long and varied supply chains of production, raw material, textile manufacture, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and ultimate disposal of the garment

If you want to be more of a conscious fashion consumer, consider asking yourself these questions before buying anything new:

1. Can I find it second-hand?
Check your local second-hand stores and charity shops before you go to a fast fashion store. You might find just what you are looking for in a perfect condition.

2. Do I already have something similar in my closet?
If you already have something like this, there is no need to add it to your wardrobe.

3. Can I match it with my current wardrobe?
If you need more items to combine, consider if it’s really necessary. Buying something new should not mean that you need to buy a bunch of new things to go with it.

4. Will I wear it regularly?
I’m a big fan of Olivia Firth’s 30 Wears Campaign, which encourages people only to buy things you think you will wear at least 30 times. If you can’t see yourself wearing the item on a regular basis, rethink the purchase. The key is to look for clothes and shoes that blend into your wardrobe. This way, you’ll maximize your clothes and create a stylish and functional wardrobe.

5. Is the style one that will last?
Trends are very cruel. They make us believe we need them in our lives. But will that investment be on trend next spring? If not, skip it. Experience has shown us that these trendy pieces will end up a year later in the donate pile. Trends are manufactured by the fast fashion industry and change quickly.

6. What is this piece made of?
If the fabric is synthetic, rethink your purchase. If you really need that piece of clothes, try to look for a version with natural fabrics like cotton or hemp. Investing in higher-quality materials means a higher-quality experience wearing the garment and less guilt about its environmental toll.

7. Does it fit perfectly?
If you don’t feel comfortable right after you tried the piece on, there is a chance that you are not going to feel comfortable wearing that piece ever. If you are uncomfortable in the item or you don’t like it 100%, it’s not worth spending money on.

8. Do I really like it?
If after 10 minutes you are still debating whether you should buy an item it or not, it’s probably because you don’t really love, or need the item. The best is to leave it and walk away. When buying a new item, you should always be confident in your purchases.

Consider these questions next time you are going shopping. This way you will become more conscious of the purchases you make and won’t suffer from buyer’s remorse again.

With Love,

Alisson

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Cotton VS Polyester

We are surrounded by fabrics. The clothes we wear, the sheets we sleep with, the upholstery on our furniture, the rug we walk on. We can’t avoid them.

Before the invention of polyester in 1941, most used fabrics were of natural origin. Wool, cashmere, silk, linen, hemp, and cotton. If you start reading the fabric labels of today, you will most likely find synthetic materials like rayon, acrylic, acetate, nylon, and polyester. Synthetic fabrics are cheaper than natural ones. But the environment and our health are paying the real price of those cheap synthetic fabrics.

The most popular synthetic fabric is polyester. It is cheap and versatile. This is the main reason it has become so famous in the garment industry. Besides the price, polyester is popular because of its properties. It is wrinkle-free, long-lasting and dries quickly. High-quality polyester keeps in shape well and doesn’t shrink. However, due to the rise of fast fashion, nowadays most of the polyester clothes on the market are cheap and of bad quality.

Polyester is a petroleum-based fiber. Each year more than 70 billion barrels of oil are used to produce it. It is made from a synthetic, polymer known as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the combination of harmful chemicals. This all sounds extremely scientific, but basically, polyester is a kind of plastic. Which means that it is not biodegradable and it adds to the microplastic water pollution problem. Every time a polyester garment is washed, it releases tiny particles that end in our oceans. When we wear synthetic fabrics, our body is in touch with all the harmful chemicals that are used in the production process. Also with the dyes. In case of polyester, the dyes are 100% chemical.

Most of the polyester yarns are produced in third world countries where environmental regulations are non-existent. Air and water pollution is often discharged untreated, harming the communities that surround the manufacturing plants. The production of polyester uses less water than the production of cotton, but polyester cannot be dyed using natural dyes. This means that the damage of water supplies is higher.

The most popular natural fabric is cotton. These are the main properties: Cotton is soft and breathable. It absorbs moisture to keep body temperature stable. Depending on the weave and finish, cotton can be also strong and rough as canvas. Cotton fibers are easy to dye with natural dyes and making it a good option for sensitive skin. As a completely natural material grown in fields, cotton is biodegradable. The fabric will break down over time. But in order to be environmentally friendly, the cotton must be grown organic thus without chemicals. Because once the fabric starts to biodegrade, the chemical parts of it are broken down as well. These substances end up in the ground and damage the land, plants, and animals. Organic cotton does not do that. The production of organic cotton is made without the use of pesticides, synthetic growth regulators and the seeds are not genetically modified.

After learning all those facts, it is clear to me that cotton has a more positive impact on the skin and on the environment than polyester. For the outfit of today, I teamed up again with Matter: a brand that makes responsible clothes from natural fabrics.

On these series of pictures, I´m wearing ‘The lounge lunghi + Philippines teal’ pants from their new collection. The pants have a long fabric belt for an easy wrap around the waist.  These pants were printed in Jaipur and were stitched in Delhi. The material is a blend of 95% cotton and 5% linen. It was block-printed with azo-free dyes. The pictures were made in Amersfoort by photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.

Sustainable brandSustainable pantsMatter printsCotton and linnen pants

What I´m wearing:
Pants // Lunghi + Philippines teal from Matter (get it here)
Top // Second-hand from Second Lifestyle shop Amersfoort
Shoes // Ethletic
Bag 1 // From an artisan village in Colombia named Usiacuri
Bag 2 // Matt & Nat

Learn more about Matter and their sustainable and ethical production here.

With Love,

Alisson

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How To Wear All-black Outfits

Black is my all-time favorite color. In psycology, the color black is linked to power. It’s an intimidating color and indicates strength and discipline. Black doesn’t usually express emotions, rather, it conceals them, giving the person in black an air of superiority. The color black is also considered to be elegant and chic. A black outfit can be seen as more fancy than a colorful one. To me, it is my go-to color whether I have a special event or don’t know what to wear on a regular day. It never disappoints me in making me feel stylish and confident. Just like it does with me, I believe that black makes everyone look great. It might sound easy but it can be hard sometimes to combine all-black outfits. I have gathered a few tips to help you wear black:

  • Combine different fabrics and textures. For example cotton, leather-look, linen, tweed. And think of shiny, matt, sparkly and so on.
  • Mix a fitted piece and a wider piece in the same outfit. When you wear skinny pants, you can wear a wide sweater or blouse. When you wear a tight top, you can wear a wide skirt or pants.
  • Add a little bit of color. Go with a colorful bag -shoes, a bold hat or a vintage bandana. Jewelry is also a good option to make the outfit interesting.
  • Wear a bold lipstick color. This is my personal favorite tip to make an all-black outfit look stylish. The good news is that you can combine ANY color from red to purple.

I have gathered my favorites all-black outfits to inspire you:

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All-black outfit combined with golden shoes. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with red Converse shoes. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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Wearing black and a red lipstick. Picture by: Anouk Fotografeert
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All-black outfit combined with fishnet tights. Picture by: Mitchel Lensink
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All-black outfit combined with a lace top and white sneakers. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with a colorful bandana. Picture by: Gert Zomer
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All-black outfit combined with dark red shoes and blue nails. Picture by: Mitchel Lensink
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All-black outfit combined with golden shoes and purple lipstick. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with sparkly and matt fabrics. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with a red beanie. Picture by: Mitchel lensink

With Love,
Alisson

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PROJECT 333: DID I CHEAT?

The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. I started to do this challenge three weeks ago. If you missed my first update, check it first here.
This is how my second week looked like:

 


Learning points:
I wore the jeans 5 times in one week and honestly didn´t even notice. When combined with different tops and shoes it makes me feel confident to wear the same item almost every day.

I need to follow my feeling better. A lot of the items I chose for this challenge, I did for practical reasons, but deep inside I didn´t like them so much. Some of those items are too casual or too worn out and don’t make me feel good when I wear them. That is the reason that by the end of week two I decided to trade in the items that I knew for sure I was not going to wear with new items that I felt were missing in my wardrobe. At first, I felt that I was cheating, but I just reminded myself that the whole point of this challenge is to get to know my style and feel happier having only on my closet the clothes that I love.
Saying that, these are the 5 items I put away:

 

And this are my new 6 items:

 

The black top, yellow top, and the Birkenstock sandals are second-hand, the rest I already had in the box I stored at my attic before I started the challenge.

With the new items in my closet, this is how my outfits of the 3rd week looked like:

 

Learning points:
With my new items, I feel very comfortable during this summer days. The new tops are from a nice fabric that fits a casual or a less-casual occasion.

The yellow top adds some color to my wardrobe. At first, I didn’t dare to add colorful items because I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to combine them and thought I would get tired of wearing the same color. But all those reasons are only assumptions.

Strolling around a second-hand shop I found the sandals that my wardrobe was missing. Last Sunday I went to Utrecht and went to the second-hand shop “Episode”. I found the Birkenstock sandals and felt in love right away. They still look just like new! My 33 items are now complete.

I might need to add a thin summer dress to my wardrobe. The past days have been very hot in The Netherlands. For this kind of weather, I miss a cute thin summery dress. If the weather continues like that, I might look again through the box in my attic and get one. I have reached 33 items but I don´t want to be so strict and would add one more. It all depends on the weather…

I am not counting my bandanas in the 33 items. During the summer I like to wear bandanas. I have 3 and I like that they bring color to my outfits. (And are the best for bad day hair). The first and second week of this challenge I didn’t wear any because I felt like cheating on the 33 items, but since last week I decided to keep them in my closet and don’t count them in. They make me happy and that’s what the whole project is about right?

With the new items added, this is how my actual wardrobe looks like:

 

7 tops, 4 blouses, 6 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 jumpsuits, 1 layers, 3 jackets, 6 shoes, 2 bags.
33 items in total.

Next week more updates,

With love,

alisson-simmonds-rosado-con-hoja

 

MY FIRST WEEK HAVING A MINIMALIST WARDROBE

The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. One week ago I started it and this is how my week looked like:

Friday 2nd of June

 


Saturday 3rd of June

 

 


Sunday 4th of June

 

 


Monday 5th of June

 

 

 

Tuesday 6th of June

 

 

 

Wednesday 7th of June

 

 


Thursday 8th of June

 

 

Learning points:
Don’t trust the weather. On Friday I went with a friend to an open air food festival. The weather was perfect. 27° and sunny. After the festival, we decided to go to a pub but before, we had to stop at my friend´s place and she lent me long pants because the temperature suddenly began to drop. I cheated a little bit, but that also reminded me to be prepared because here in The Netherlands the weather is very treacherous.

Good quality jeans are a must. The black jeans I have been using for the past week, are from a fast fashion brand and the quality is not the best. I have used it 4 days in the past week and I can see now that they won´t make it alive this tree months. I will eventually need to replace them. An update on this will follow.

Better care for your clothes. Now that I have fewer clothes, I feel more responsible for taking care of them. I am not washing the “dirty” clothes as much as I used to. Every time I get the chance, I hang the used clothes in the fresh air and when I have them back they smell fresh and I can use them again.

Next week more updates,

With love,

nombre-en-pink

 

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