October Outfit Challenge – Eye Popping Brights

Lots of eyepoppingly bright outfits for this months challenge! they have definitely cheered me up on a grey autumn day.


Erica of Recycled Fashion is wearing a fabulous dress that she has upcycled from a thrifty op shop top and skirt and some amazing sandals.

red and orange

Franca of Oranges and Apples shoes looks amazing in her vintage dress and charity shopped blazer with a cute owl bag.

Vix of Vintage Vixen advises ‘Don’t buy, DIY’ in her post which features this beautiful bright upcycled top

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Over at Perditas Pursuits a stunning welsh wool cape is the perfect way to stand out from the crowd on a cold day.

Pao of Project Minima has combine some bold and bright florals with stunning effect!


My outift as featured on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog features a dress by Frank and Faith, necklace by Made UK and charity shop handbag.

I hope you are having a great week! don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or join up to keep up with all of our challenges. Next up this month is a round up of the best Ethical Fashion Bloggers posts.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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September DIY Challenge – Lace

This months DIY/ Upcycling challenge is all about lace. You can either make something or upcycle something using lace or upcycle something old made from lace. All you need to do is post your DIY to your blog and email the link to ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk by Sunday 23rd September. I will post a round up of all of the posts on Monday 24th.

Just in case you are in need of a little inspiration, check out the You Tube tutorial for Anthroplogie inspired lace shorts above.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Outfit Challenge Round Up – Layering

Layering is the perfect way to restyle a piece of clothing in a new way. It is also a great way of adapting your wardrobe for the next season and allowing you to adapt to the changeable weather. For this months outfit challenge at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, we challenged bloggers to create a layered outfit with at least one ethical/ sustainable piece of clothing. As always the bloggers have risen to the challenge and proved that you really can be stylish and sustainable by including more than one item in their outfits. Check out the links for further details of the outfits.

Layered outfit

Franca of Oranges and Apples opts for brightly coloured layers using a dress and a top from a charity shop.

At Thrifted Shift, a pretty summer dress has been transformed for the cooler weather with leggings and a cardigan (all thrifty of course).

Pao at Project Minima has created a beautiful pattern mixed outfit using clothes that she has upcycled or made from scratch.

Next up on Ethical Fashion Bloggers is out DIY/ upcycling challenge, I will be posting the details shortly.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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September’s Outfit Challenge – Layering

EFB September Outfit Challenge

EFB September Outfit Challenge by styleeyes1-333 featuring melissa shoes

For September, the Ethical Fashion Bloggers Outfit Challenge is layering. It is really simple to join in. You just need to make a layered outfit featuring at least one ethical, eco, vintage or upcycled piece, feature the outfit in a blog post and then add the link to your blog post below. You have until Sunday 16th to add your link below or leave it on the comments. I will post all of the outfits on Sunday evening. It would be great if you could  also share this post through Facebook and/or Twitter to spread the word about how amazing sustainable fashion can look.

Above is my attempt at creating a layered outfit on Polyvore. If you are also a fan of Polyvore, don’t forget to join in our Polyvore challenge on 26th September, more details to follow soon.

If you are not yet a member but would like to recieve email updates about outfit challenges and Ethical Fashion Bloggers events, please email me on ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk.


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September at Ethical Fashion Bloggers

Summer is almost but no need to feel sad, we have plenty going on here at Ethical Fashion Bloggers to help you forget about all of your weather woes and move into autumn with style!

Here are just a few dates for your diary:-

12th September – Outfit Challenge – Layering – show us a layered outfit to keep warm or cool for the season ahead (featuring ethical, eco, vintage, recycled or upcycled items)
19th September – DIY Round Up – Lace – Upcycle or make something from lace or use lace to upcycled an item that you no longer wear.
26th September – The first Ethical Fashion Blogger Polyvore Contest – Make an outfit for AW12 on Polyvore.

If you are a fashion blogger and would like to keep in touch with everything going on at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, you can follow us on Facebook here or contact us to join here. Members will recieve our newsletter.

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Terri of RAGS Against the MACHINE Takes the Six Items Challenge

Six Items Challenge

It’s been a week now since the July round of the Six Items Challenge for Labour behind the Label’s effort to raise awareness about working conditions in the global textile and fashion industry. And, it’s been curious to watch my behavior…to see if anything has really changed. And after a week, I would say it has.

Early in the challenge Franca at Oranges and Apples wrote a post that worked on my thinking throughout the challenge. She speculated that a challenge would only be possible with frequent laundering, thus contributing to the environmental impact of a reduced wardrobe. Two of the items I selected for my challenge were Dry Clean only (the black slacks and woven skirt). Two were cold water wash items (the reversible shell and white skirt) and two could be tossed in with other items of laundry I might be doing (the white and black tees). I learned to change into my nightgown earlier in the evening than I ordinarily would. I learned that simply airing clothing might suffice; I wore items longer between washings. And, I learned to wash items in my bathroom sink. I dry cleaned once during the month, using a kit and my own washer/dryer. Today, 6 days after the challenge ended, I had my first official laundry day in a month, having run out of underwear.

I also worried that such intensive wearing might permanently ruin the six items I chose. I am happy to report that the white tee was the only item that showed this wear, with the hem beginning to ravel in the last week. The black slacks, however, will likely never be worn as a pair of dress slacks again–as I’ve discovered how comfy and “dressed up” they are for every day wear. In fact, as I type, I’m wearing the black slacks with a Harley top that Sandra from Owl Molt sent toward the end of the challenge. Picture it: a 58 year old woman, braless, in a tight motorcycle ridin’ top. DH loves it.

I rediscovered the WEALTH of accessories I own and have done a second closet cleaning since the challenge ended, trying to think of a better way to organize these accessories. I need something like a shoe box for each color in the palette where items could be sorted according to color. Do any of my readers have an arrangement like this?

I also discovered what summer shoes I do not wear and have tossed them into a new box intended for a thrift store donation. Even more of the wardrobe that remained after the first closet clearing has now been added to the pile of things I’ll attempt to sell on eBay. The reversible top may show up there. (I’ve made my first sale!)

Before the challenge began, I had wanted to include a dressier skirt and a grey linen blazer which has seen no wear this summer. Given the additional challenge that the hot-hot-hot weather added to the challenge, I consider myself very LUCKY to have stumbled across the reversible top in a thrift store just before the challenge began. It reminded me of this dress I had been very tempted to purchase last winter. Early on, some of my readers had questioned the long-sleeved tees, but given the intensity of the sun in my area during July, I was glad to be covered up. Luckily, my work does not involve going to campus in the summer time so I was able to make do with a fairly casual wardrobe.

I have never been a fan of fast fashion. The $20 wardrobe I worked with entirely originated in a thrift store. Rags has long ago proven that it is possible to dress professionally for very little expense, but the challenge has shown that I could likely do with a fraction of wardrobe I currently own. Another round of the challenge is upcoming in September for those of you who think you’d like to try it. And my fund-raising widget will remain in my sidebar until that challenge begins. I encourage you to try it!

This post was written by Ethical Fashion Blogger Terri of Rags Against the Machine, Visit her blog to find out more about her challenge and sustainable style. If you would like to find out more about the next Six Items Challenge visit

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August Outfit Challenge – Olympic Style

A little bit of a change to our monthly outift challenges here at Ethical Fashion Bloggers this month. Firstly we will be making life easier by allowing you to add your own links using the tool below and secondly the challenge is now open to anyone with a blog. We would love to feature even more fantastic outfits and inspire others to give ethical fashion a try.

All you have to do is post your a picture of you wearing your outfit for the given theme to your blog with a link to www.ethicalfashionbloggers.com. You outfit should contain at least one piece of ethical, eco, vintage, second hand or upcycled clothing. Even better if you include more!

For August, we couldn’t resist an Olympic theme. You can interpret this however you like from a Grecian style draped dress to an outfit on the colours of your countries team or something sportswear inspired (now is the time to dust off that lycra girls or boys!) If you want a little inspiration check out the fantastic upcycled pieces created for the Olympics by Queenie and Ted including the synchronised swimmer dress pictured above.

You can add your links anytime until the closing of the Olympics on 12th August.



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Fashionistas embark on 6 items challenge to stem sweatshop consumption

Sweatshop-aware fashion addicts and activists around the world will be taking up the challenge of limiting their wardrobes to only six items of clothing for a whole month from 1st July.

The ‘Six Items Challenge’ commences this summer in the wake of a successful launch initiative in spring – raising £4000 with bloggers from as far afield as Korea, Switzerland, Saudi and the UK putting their slant on the experience and publicising the poverty pay faced by many factory workers who will shortly be producing high street designs for our consumption.

This personal quest is posed by UK NGO Labour Behind the Label which works to support garment workers producing for UK fashion brands around the world in improving their rights.

Labour Behind the Label Campaigner Bee Hayes said: “The challenge highlights our dependency on fast fashion consumption. Participants are encouraged to re-engage with creating clothing identities with less. By doing so we’re standing in solidarity with workers who suffer the effects of mass production and consumption of clothing at a factory level.”

Spring participant Lu Butcher said after her challenge was over: “So,
it’s the end, but really for me it’s the beginning of a new way of life. I have
been able to look at myself and have realised I need to change. Change how I
choose to spend my money. Change where I choose to shop. Change how I think
about fashion. I have realised that my choices have an effect on other people’s
lives, in a big way.”

In addition to the six main items allowed, challengees can have unlimited underwear and accessories plus necessary sports and performance gear as part of their capsule wardrobes.

Participants will be blogging their experiences and insights as they go through the challenge while raising money for Labour Behind the Label’s vital work.

Labour Behind the Label is a campaign that supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide to improve their working conditions, through awareness raising, information provision and encouraging international solidarity between workers and consumers.

For further details visit:

http://thesixitemschallenge.wordpress.com/

Any Ethical Fashion Bloggers that decide to participate in this challenge, please get in touch so that we can cover your progress on the blog.

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Ethical Fashion Bloggers Printastic Outfit Challenge For May

Bold, bright and beautiful prints are one of the biggest trends for spring and summer. At Ethical Fashion Bloggers this month, we show you how you can work this trend in an ethical and sustainable way including beautiful vintage pieces and bold handcrafted fairtrade fashion. If you need a little cheering up, these outfits will definitely do just that!

Neon tribal ethical outfit

Citizen Rosebud

ethical print outfit

Oranges and Apples

Rags Against the Machine

print mixing - Ethical Fashion Bloggers

Project Minima

Ethical outfit challenge

Mary Van Notes

 Monsoon Dress

Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog

Next week will be our DIY/ Upcycling challenge at Ethical Fashion Bloggers. If you would like to join us and join in our challenges, you can do so here.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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April Outfit Challenge – Made Locally

For April, the Ethical Fashion Blogger’s Outfit Challenge follows on with the theme of ‘Made Locally’. As I have mentioned before, our membership is worldwide and so Made Locally means something very different to each of our members. Here are the very stylish outfits that have been created.

Ethical outfit - Made in France

Natalia of Fashion Against Idealogy looks chic, stylish and very French in her electric outfit (Made in France)

African wax print dress

Franca of Oranges and Apples wears a beautiful African wax print dress  from a local craft market that fits so well with her signature style , even though she is a long way from home!

Pao of Project Minima looks fanastic in polka dots modelled against a backdrop of her Chicago neighbourhood.

My outfit (featured on www.ethicalfashionblog.com) was Made in Britain by one of my favourite ethical labels.

Do you ever consider buying locally? what outfit would you wear to represent where you live.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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