Dressing in Denim and a Note on Fast Fashion

F21 denim shirt and Old Navy trousers

Yep, more denim from me! I just can’t get enough of the stuff at the moment, and just when I thought I had all the denim staples a girl could ask for (jeans, check! Dress, check! Shirt, check!) I spotted this denim t-shirt.

I wore this look to lunch at a friend’s house on Memorial Day and despite Memorial Weekend kicking off summer, the weather in San Francisco has been distinctly overcast and windy.

I’m not about to suggest that it’s cold, but it’s definitely living up to the did-he-say-it-or-didn’t-he Mark Twain quote often attributed to summers in the city. Fortunately our recent trip to Miami gave me the blast of sunshine I’ve been missing in recent weeks.

This outfit is unusual for me in that – Mulberry bag aside – it’s the first in a long time that’s made up entirely of fast fashion, including the American brands Forever 21, Old Navy and a pair of (old) Primark sandals. Although I still own several Primark items I stand firmly in the anti-fast fashion camp, but here in the US I’m not as familiar with the ethics of high street retailers. That’s something for me to work at and educate myself on, and in the meantime it leaves me a tad conflicted about outfits like this, especially since I bloomin’ love this denim t-shirt.

I read about The True Cost documentary on Style.com recently and it’s one I’m definitely going to make an effort to see as I think it mainly focuses on American retailers. Do ethical/environmental decisions factor in your shopping habits? I’d love to know your thoughts on this so leave me a comment below and let me know…

Denim t-shirt –  Forever 21 / Printed harem pants – Old Navy / Tan sandals – Primark / Oak ‘Effie’ bag – Mulberry

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  1. June 24, 2015 / 10:28 am

    I love the t-shirt, what a fun twist on the typical denim! x

  2. June 24, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    This t-shirt is ace, I try not to buy fast fashion but mainly because it looks cheap rather than me trying to be overly ethical!

    Maria xxx

  3. June 28, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    The outfit looks lovely. I have only been buying ethical and sustainable fashion for quite a few years. But I do still have some ‘fast fashion’ clothes from before. I don’t think it would be sustainable to throw away perfectly good clothes.

    made-to-travel.com is a US based blog that features quite a bit about ethical fashion if you are interested.

  4. June 28, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    love those trousers! I have finally been brave (for me!) and bought a pair of patterned trousers, I can’t wait for the sunshine to come out so I can test them out! Thank goodness for the summer sales too! Katie x

  5. July 4, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    That denim tee is so cute!! I must admit I’be always been completely into fast-fashion until about a year ago. I’m definitely more aware of where pieces are made and ethical fashion gives me the warm and fuzzies. I think more and more people are thinking about fair trade companies and how important sustainable fashion is!

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