My Staple Green Skirt
If you look through my Instagram, twitter or Facebook pictures you can see a common trend. I am obsessed with a green pencil skirt. I love the simple sophistication that a pencil skirt provides. It gives off a stylish and sensible vibe. I spent years looking for the perfect shade of green pencil skirt and I found it in the least likely of place, my local thrift store. Since I bought this skirt in late 2016 I have worn it to job interviews, drinks with the girls, cocktail receptions and everywhere in between. While this skirt is not the most sustainable piece in the world it does have sustainable qualities:
Thrift Shop: I acquired this $35 skirt for $7 at my local thrift store. I get made fun of relentlessly from my family for shopping at thrift stores, but you can find affordable and fashionable finds. By buying this skirt from the thrift store means that one less skirt was produced new. This eliminated the transportation and manufacturing environmental impacts of one skirt. By shopping at a thrift store this skirt received a second life and was not thrown into a landfill to take hundreds of years to decompose.
Material: This skirt is made of wool with a polyester lining. While polyester is not the most sustainable material due to the energy intensiveness of producing the wool material is strong and sturdy and can be worn from spring into summer, winter and fall. This skirt would be even better if it was 100% cotton.
Longevity: Based on the wool material and timeless elegance this skirt can be dressed up for the office or down to hang out with friends at a cocktail hour. Pencil skirts are always in style therefore I can use this skirt for plenty of years to come. Oppose to “in season” or “in-style” fashion that is only in season for 1-4 months of the year then gets tossed in the garbage to rot in a landfill this skirt can be reused until it falls apart (and then it can be sewed back together)
When looking for clothing consider the life cycle that item will take (transportation, use and discarding). Look for clothing that is made with sustainable materials such as organic cotton, silk, and bamboo. If you are a newbie starting to look for sustainable fashion start with small steps much like this green skirt to get started. You don’t have to be an expert right away!
If you are not as lucky as me to find this amazing skirt in a thrift store, have no fear! You can purchase this skirt new a J.Crew Factory. The colors of the skirt change seasonally so you may need to wait until spring to get this emerald green color but it is available now in Burgundy, pink, camel, heather, and black.