TO KNOW YOUR STYLE.
I've come to know myself, my style, and what I actually wear. So, I know that I should usually invest in black basics. Scratch that..., black everything! Once I have one of everything in black, I can start to think about colors and prints. Black is my favorite color (Even though it's not really a color. In physics, black is rather a perfect absorber of light), and this is my favorite skirt. I've used it far beyond the #30wears mark, as it’s my most used skirt. The shape and length is perfect for my skittle body type, and the color and texture is so me.
The bikini top is also a favorite of mine, as I love that it feels a little sci-if with the scuba material and the mesh. It definitely gets heavily used in the summer when it's too hot to wear more clothes, but I still feel like keeping the look clean.
The fact that I still use this outfit as much now as I did years ago when it was new, is how I know that I made a good clothing investment. The best part is, that they both look as good as new. I love good quality clothing.
If you’re wondering how you can figure out what’s really your style and what’s not.
Imagine you’re going shopping in your closet. What items would you not buy now?
The second test is to imagine you have to leave for a very long time and can only bring (lets say) two large suitcases. Most people only use 1/3 of their wardrobes, so what third of your clothes would you actually pack as your essentials?
The first test shows what clothes you should stop buying, the second test show what clothes you should invest in.
Buy the essential clothes in great quality so they last, and just stop buying the non essentials. Or you can rather borrow, buy used, or rent them. Maybe even share them with someone? That way they still get the usage they should have for it to be sustainable for you to buy them.
Your essentials are pieces that gets uses at least 30 times, and usually a lot more. #rewearyourclothes
Know yourself, to know your style.
The dark and artsy photos of this outfit, was taken by the amazingly talented photographer Camilla Stovollen.
To see more of her work, go to www.camillastorvollen.no
Since these artsy photos are a bit dark, I added a photo of me in bright sunlight wearing the same outfit. These photos are shot some time apart. The first ones in the end of summer (not this summer obviously) and the last one in the beginning of this summer. So, that's why my skin and hair is a bit different.
HAPPY SUMMER, EVERYONE!
To all of you who have been waiting on the next color analyis post, about the PURE COOL. I see you, I have not forgotten about it, and I will finish the last details and post it as soon as I'm able. I've only done shorter posts lately, because I've had some neck and shoulder problems preventing me from sitting at the computer for long periods of time. So, for now I'm sticking to the ones I can do quickly, or from my phone for a little while longer. The Pure Cool post is almost done, but creating your own color system is also a large scale project that takes a lot of time and a lot of research to make sure it is inclusive to everyone, and has all of the facts right. So, please forgive the wait. I would rather take my time making it perfect for you, than rush it. In the meantime you can send me an e-mail if you have any PURE COOL, SOFT COOL and SOFT WARM related questions and I will do my best to answer, since you've had to wait the longest for the close-up on your color group.
Lots of love, and I hope you all have a wonderful summer.
<3 IDEALIST STYLE <3
(Photo by, photographer Camilla Sophie Storvollen. www.camillastorvollen.no)
HOW DRESSING FOR YOUR
BODY TYPE AND COLORING,
CAN BE AN IMPORTANT PART
OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION
To buy less, analyze what your best colors, shapes, and prints are, and your favourite materials. That way you know what to build your wardrobe around, and can skip unnecessary purchases that will end up not being used.
After I figured out what I actually wear and what I don’t, I hardly ever make shopping mistakes anymore.
The trick is to accept the style you like, and stop trying to «have one in every style and color». I know that my two main styles are either classic retro looks or edgy sci-fi vibes. So, kind of fairytale or future.
I wear polkadots, florals, tropical prints, lace, mesh, patent, faux leather, metallics, velvet, geometric prints, sequins.
I wear golden yellow, tomato red, warm green, peachy pink, white, and black, black, and black. To name some of my best CLEAR WARM soft colors and prints.
I have a Skittle body type, so that means a-line skirts, wide shoulder straps, maxi or midi skirt lengths, fitted waists, and block heals on shoes.
This analysis makes it clear what is a safe investment and what’s something that looked good on someone else. Know yourself, to know your style.
For example, a royal blue, bold striped dress with a pencil style skirt would look amazing on my hight contrast, DEEP COOL soft, Brick body type, sister, but it’s not my colors, contrast level, and not my shape. It just wouldn’t feel right on me.
It’s important to recognize what feels right on you vs. something you loved on someone else, so that you buy things that you love to wear, instead of love, but never feel like wearing.
(Ps! If you’ve read about the body types on idealiststyle.com. I’m obviously "cheating" with the ankle straps, as that’s not right for the Skittle body type. However, because everything else is right for my type, you can’t tell that one thing is off #Howtocheatforyourbodytype. I'll get more into that topic later).
Dress for your body type and coloring, but most of all dress for your personality. There is nothing more sustainable than shopping smart, because if you have what you need and you love what you have, then you don't need to buy new very often. Nothing is better for the environment than just buying less. Also, loved clothes last.
WITH A TRADITIONAL COSTUME
Today is the Norwegian Constitution Day, and as annual as this event, is wearing the Norwegian National Costume (bunad) to celebrate it.
Not all Norwegians own one, but many do. There are about 200 different styles of this traditional costume, and it's usually connected to a county or city that you hail from. You only need one, It's an outfit that never go out of style and can be used for any black tie event.
The quality is so good on this sturdy piece of craftsmanship, that it will last for a lifetime and for generations to come. It actually doesn't get a lot more sustainable than this. It's handmade locally, for very fair wages (it's expensive, and seen as a lifetime investment). It's made from 100% wool and linen, you only buy one in your lifetime and then it's passed down to the next generation until it's worn out. The one I'm wearing (Kvinnebunad fra Norddal) is over 20 years old, and I'm now the second generation to wear it. My mother used it before me, now I wear it at least once a year (Don't worry, my mother is fine. I inherited it because this is the traditional costume for where my dad is from and they're divorced now, so it made more sense I'd wear it), and you can alter the size as you age, or if your body changes (As I might have to, the buttons were about to pop last year as you can see in the photo. Fingers crossed it fits better this year).
All of this makes this dress and outfit the most eco-friendly and ethical piece of clothing I own, so I had to share it as a part of the ECO-EXPRESS YOURSELF series.
In short, new isn't necessarily better. Think quality over quality and let's bring back slow fashion.
(My friend is wearing a Vestfoldbunad in the photo above, and the same one all the way to the left in the photo below. The costume in the middle is a Gákti, the traditional clothing worn by the Northern Sámi people, then me it's in my Norddalsbunad, and the one to my right is an Åmlibunad.)
This day and that outfit, reminds me how lucky I am to live in a free country, that has free education and free healthcare.
To me, this day is about equality, freedom and human rights, for everyone.
Happy birthday Norway
MERRY CHRISTMAS &
FROM IDEALIST STYLE
Getting my Holiday spirit on, in my Christmas themed pyjamas set.🎄🤶🏻
Just love how Christmas themed clothes don’t go out of style. Got these for Christmas last year, and every year they'll be back in trend. It makes recycling fashion very easy. ♻️ ☃️❄️🎁
Xxx, Sun. <3
Friday and I are both wearing matching traditional Marius sweaters, home made by my mom. I altered the design on mine a little, as bright red is a better color on me than dark blue. Doesn’t hurt to have a mother who can knit the design you want🙏🏼.
Ps! That small sweater belongs to my niece, not the cat.... Because that would be riduculous..., right?.... or?🙃.
DIY GOLD SHOES
Please enjoy the DIY part, of the "Eco-Express Yourself" series.
In short, same girl, old stuff, new style.
This post is about how I turned my outdated brown leather shoes, into fabulous gold shoes.
In this part of the series, I will go into the value of repurposing your belongings and breathe new life into things you no longer use. If you haven't read any of the previous post's explaining the purpose of the "Eco-Express yourself, Recycle fashion" series, click right here, or scroll down for a quick repeat after the photos.
What I'm wearing.
Home altered gold, inherited leather shoes. See below for before photo and information about the process.
The black coat is about 2 years old.
The black pants are about 1 years old.
The black top is about 2 years old.
I'm a big fan of the metallic trend, and gold shoes has been on the top of my shopping list for quite a while. Finding shoes that are both ethical and comfortable is hard enough without throwing unusual colors into the mix. So, after some years and still no luck in my search for some cool and comfy gold shoes, I realized that I actually had a pair of brown leather shoes in a similar style just taking up space in my closet. The shoes were in good shape, as they had hardly ever been used. I had in fact inherited them from a friend of mine that no longer used them, just to not use them myself either. After three years without not even using them once, I decided it was time to turn the shoes I already owned into the shoes I wanted.
First, I removed the shoe laces and cleaned the leather/shoes, to prepare for painting. I used gold leather paint, a small paint brush, and a sponge to apply the paint. I used the brush inside the gold paint bottle to paint the first layers. Then I used the sponge for the last layer, to make sure it looked smooth and even. I had to go over it about three times before it looked the way I wanted it to and the original color was properly covered up. Then, I painted the shoe laces gold too.
All it took was an evening (because it needed to dry between the layers) and a 1 oz bottle of gold leather paint, which lasted for three layers, the shoe laces, and then some. I'm so in love with these shoes right now. They went from dull, to favourite shoes category with such a small quick fix. The best part is that I got the shoes I wanted, without having to actually buy new shoes. The only drawback, was that it was really difficult to not get any paint on the shoe sole. However, you don't really notice unless you look closely.
Leather is one of the most eco-unfriendly pieces of material you can produce, between the extreme water consumption and the chemicals used. So, If you have the option to diy fix your outdated or broken leather pieces, the planet would be thankful for it.
THE GOLDEN WARDROBE RULES
The trick is to think of your closet as a collection, and only shop for what's missing. Never just buy something because it's pretty or cool. Take notice of what you really need when roaming through your clothes getting ready, and make a list. This is a good way of preventing that impulse shopping, based on your feelings for that random shiny dress you just got a fleeting crush on (that you'll never get to wear). The key is to build a wardrobe where you can find an outfit for any occasion, without having to go shopping. Even if it's for work, a birthday party, camping, or a wedding. Too many of us have the "I have a hundred party tops, and yet I have nothing to wear" kind of closets. Or, the "I only have work clothes, and nothing fancy". It's all about finding that right balance.
Instead, spare the environment the pollution, and save money on buying long lasting quality items. This way, you can rather spend your money on replacing basics (Also, more left for the occasional splurge on fashion fabs).
(Source: The photos are mine, except the before photo of the jacket in the before photos. That came from the seller. Information about the environment is from "The True Cost Movie" and you can see more at https://truecostmovie.com/learn-more/environmental-impact/.)
SAYA designs, is an eco-friendly brand that turn waste material into sustainable, ethical, and beautiful hairpins.
The SAYA brand is based on the concept of a circular economy, and create beautifully handcrafted hair sticks from root wood, salvaged from abandoned commercial plantations in Indonesia.
In order to not add to the huge logging industry across the world, they use waste material left behind by loggers. For each purchase, they plant up to ten endangered tree species back into the rainforests. Handmade by artisans in Bali, and backed by a passionate commitment to the environment, these are hair sticks on a mission.
The Indonesia’s rainforest is one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world, containing ten percent of known plant species, twelve percent of all known mammal species and seventeen percent of all known bird species. Yet it also has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, and just under half of the country’s original forest cover now remains. Since the 1960s it has been consistently destroyed to make room for commodities such as pulp, paper, plywood, and palm oil. If it keeps going, there won’t be any of it left.
Wood is only a renewable and eco-friendly material if it is consciously sourced. Tropical hardwoods in particular grow very slowly and in low densities, and regenerate poorly after logging. These species are often taken from forests in non-sustainable numbers, and illegal ways. Planting trees to replenish the rainforest, is one of the best ways to fight climate change-related problems like soil erosion, environmental degradation, increasing average temperatures, low rainfall, and increasing CO2 emissions. SAYA partners with the organisation GAIA, which is based in Central Java and works all across Indonesia, supplying seeds, and training farmers and communities to support their ecosystems. They also work closely with large organizations such as the FFI, and speak on a government level to make sure forestry issues are heard.
A circular economy, is about minimising the negative impacts of production on the environment. It aims to build economic, natural and social capital, not deplete them. We need to change the way we consume. Most of the world runs on a “take, make and dispose” industrial model, where 85% of everything we consume ends up in a landfill. It’s not enough just to recycle what we can, we have to reimagine our entire economy.
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HAPPY GREEN HALLOWEEN
Did you know that Halloween costumes account for 12 million tons of landfill waste, every year?
That is why, this year I decided to do the #HallowGreenChallenge.
Halloween is just one of the many holidays that has been turned into a shopping opportunity, by this disposable society we live in. Luckily, there are many steps you can take towards being more sustainable, without missing out on the fun. You can reuse, rent, or borrow costumes. You can also make your costumes out of clothes you don't use anymore, or anything you find at home, really.
I usually create my costumes using stuff I already have in my closet. When I come up with costume ideas, I start by looking through what I already have, and try to pick a character that doesn't take too much resources to pull off.
If you look at the "Halloween Costume inspo" post I share every year, you will find that most of the costumes are put together from clothes already found in people’s closets (Some are rented, or bought new for the occasion, though).
This year I didn't have the opportunity to go all in on my Halloween costume, but I still wanted to do the #HallowGreenChallenge. So, I just reused my "I need to dress up for Halloween at work" costume. It's obviously a black cat costume, but after seeing the mini-photoshoot we did, I realise it looks more like a "crazy cat lady" costume.
Below, I've listed some of my costumes from previous years that are all at least 90% put together from stuff I already had in my closet. If you just plan ahead a little, it's not that hard to keep halloween green. No pun intended!
This year's HallowGreen costume,
The Cat lady.
The top and leggings are just regular every day clothes I've had for long time.
The fluffy socks, I've had for a good while too.
The cat ears and tail, was bought 7 years ago and have been well used.
The whiskers and a snout was drawn on with an eyeliner.
The Halloween pumpkin light holder, is just a part of my Halloween decorations that I pull out every year.
The cat has lived with me for while now. His name is Friday, which is also kind of in the Halloween spirit (Friday the 13th and all). A lot of people think he's named after man Friday from Robinson Crusoe, but I actually named him after Wednesday Addams. Only I changed it to Friday instead, since he was born on a friday and on top of that I got him on a friday too. In case anyone wondered?
On this costume, nothing was new. Even the nail polish was an old one.
The #HallowGreenChallenge, was started by the brand Mont Pellier, @mpellierfashion. To see more, you can go to their Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/mpellierfashion/
HAVE A HAPPY AND SCARY HALLOWEEN,
ALL HALLOWS EVE and DIA DE LOS MUERTOS.
(The photos in this post are my own, and taken at the Halloween parties I've been to for the past few years.)
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