Sunday, December 19, 2010

Go Green - Wear Organic Clothing

Green clothingImage by m-c via FlickrBy Rajkumar Jonnala

Before talking about organic clothing, let us have our facts clear. All over the world, people are growing conscious of the environment and their own health. With pollution everywhere around them, people are growing green. This implies living close to the nature by avoiding pollution and doing everything they can to protect the ecology and the environment.

When people talk of the word green, the first thing that comes to mind is food as people think that food is what affects them directly. What they conveniently forget is the fact that there are other things that can adversely affect their health as well. One of these is their clothing that remains in close contact with their skin.

Ordinarily produced clothing material comes in contact with all sorts of pesticides and other toxins such as dyes and other synthetically produced materials. It is easy to understand the hazards of such clothing on our skin, which is the largest organ of our body. This is one reason why people today prefer organic clothing over ordinary clothing that is man made and contains many toxins.

Now that the need of natural clothing is clear to us, let us see actually what organic clothing is. Clothing that is made from organically produced material implying produced through agricultural practices that do not make use of pesticides and other toxins is called organic clothing. Some of the products that are grown through these practices are cotton, wool, hemp and even bamboo. Clothes that are made from such products are all natural and free from the harmful products that are grown using pesticides and other chemicals. Even the dyes that are used to provide different hues to these clothes are all natural made from herbs and plants.

If you are using organically grown products, you can be sure of two things. For one, they will not cause any harm whatsoever to Earth, water and air, and secondly they will not do any harm to those who wear them. You just cannot imagine the incalculable harm caused to earth and water resources when the pollutants and toxins from apparel making industries are released in water resources.

When you opt to wear organic clothing, you are sure that it is not going to do any harm to your body. Bigger satisfaction arises from the knowledge that these clothes have been produced in consonance with the laws of the nature without harming the environment and ecology. Already the present population is reeling under the harmful effects of global warming and all the pollution that we are causing. Then why not make a beginning towards cleaning the mess we have ourselves created?

Sensing the needs of the people, more and more manufacturers are making such clothes and are doing brisk business. These clothes are no doubt more expensive than ordinary clothing, but people wear them with pride and satisfaction. Especially for babies who have very delicate and sensitive skin, people are making a conscious effort to buy organic clothing that lets their skin breathe and not develop any skin diseases.

Rajkumar Jonnala is a Freelance Writer who writes about how you can use Organic clothing, natural dyes.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vintage Fashion for Women

True Value Vintage ClothingImage by dooq via FlickrBy Ceri Heathcote

Vintage fashion refers to styles which have been recycled from previous eras, and there are vintage outfits to suit any interests, from the 20's through to the 80's. Vintage has seen a major revival over the last few years, and is a trend which will keep your style unique and timeless. Many of the recent catwalk shows have showcased vintage trends, with top designers creating wondrous replica designs.

Some tips to remember before you go looking for any vintage items of clothing, is to consider what exactly you are looking for. Are you interested in a classic piece from the 1920's, or maybe the hippy style from the 1960's is more up your street. You also want to think about why you are buying your vintage clothing, whether it be for a special occasion or just for the sake of collecting a unique piece of clothing. Knowing exactly what you want is half the battle to finding the perfect vintage outfit, and there are looks to cater for all needs.

The next thing to think about is where you are going to find your vintage clothing. As vintage has become so popular lately, you will often find a lot of niche vintage markets, where you can pick up a piece of unique clothing at an inexpensive price. There are many shops on the high street which also have a collection of vintage pieces, although you may have to pay a bit extra for these.

When shopping for vintage, you really have to be patient, as it may take some time before you find the perfect item, and it can be a lot more complex than the clothes shopping you are used to. The beauty of vintage clothing is that it is a trend which is timelessly fashionable. The fabrics and patterns are unique, so have a good feel of these in order to determine which clothes will make you feel most comfortable.

Always try the clothing on before you purchase it and be aware of it's condition. It can range from being in mint condition (just like new) or good condition (some repairs needed). If you feel a bit weary of trying second hand vintage clothes on, then wear your other clothes under it, to get a feel of what it looks like and if it suits you. It may also be an idea to take someone along with you when you're out shopping for your vintage clothes. As long as it's someone who will give you an honest opinion. If you are working from a tight budget, then it's a good idea to look at replica designs, as these are usually a lot more affordable.

Current fashion trends tend to mix up vintage with a more modern look, which will streamline your look, and make it more wearable for all different occasions. You may want to wear vintage with a popular key trend for the season, as this will keep you looking stylish, but will also give your look a unique edge.

This article was written by Ceri Heathcote for Vintage Fashion Fair London. Vintage Fairs are a great way to shop for Vintage in London and are a fun alternative to the shops for vintage clothes in London

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Why Choose Vegetarian and Vegan Shoes?

A pair of shoes in the Sindhi tradition from N...Image via WikipediaBy Ceri Heathcote

Vegetarian or vegan shoes are made using materials that are not derived from any animal products. This will include leather and even the glue that is often used to fix shoes together and is made from animal bones.
People wear vegan and vegetarian shoes for a number of reasons. For some it is part of a lifestyle choice which is combined with a preference for not eating meat either due for ethical or animal welfare reasons.

For others it is more about the environmental impacts that are associated with the rearing of animals whose skins are used to make the leather and the tanning of the leather which uses a cocktail of damaging chemicals. For some people the choice of vegan shoes is about the choice to live a more healthy and chemical free life.
If you choose to wear vegan and vegetarian shoes you can be sure that animal will have suffered in any way in order to produce your shoes.

But aren't synthetic alternatives to leather damaging to the environment?

Yes many synthetic alternatives to leather have a significant environmental impact which includes the use non renewable resources (oil) to make them, the pollution caused by their manufacture and their inability to bio degrade at the end of their useful life. Whilst these alternatives may be acceptable for those who don't wear leather shoes purely because of animal welfare, it is difficult to say whether the different aspects of their environmental impact adds up to more or less than that of leather. If you want to ensure that you are choosing the most eco friendly vegan shoes you should look for the completely natural alternatives to leather. Specialist manufactures of ethical shoes make natural and bio degradable vegan shoes in a variety of materials including cork, natural latex, coconut husk and organic hemp.

So are vegan and vegetarian shoes as long lasting as leather shoes?

It depends on the type and style of shoe and the material that it is made from. It will also depend on how you look after the shoes. Hemp is incredibly strong and a good alternative to leather for casual shoes. It is also breathable and can be dyed many different colours. If the shoes are manufactured well and looked after they should last well.

Do vegan and vegetarian shoes look as good as leather shoes?

This is all about individual taste. Many people like the look of leather and there are some leather alternatives that look almost identical to leather. However these are usually synthetic and so not great for the environment. Other alternatives to leather include wool, hemp and cork can be made into beautiful, stylish and fashionable shoes. There are plenty of styles available so you should be able to find some that you like the look of.

Vegan and vegetarian shoes are a great way to minimise your impact on the environment provided that you choose natural alternatives. You should shop around for great styles that are good to look at, hard wearing and long lasting.

This article was written by Ceri Heathcote. Ceri is a fashion writer with a particular interest in ethical and eco fashion. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics from vegan shoes and natural footwear to sustainable accessories.

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Are Vegan Shoes the Most Eco Friendly Option?

Non-leather Chelsea boots made by Vegetarian S...Image via WikipediaBy Ceri Heathcote

People may choose a vegan lifestyle for a variety of reasons including health, the environment and animal welfare. Vegans do not eat or buy any products that contain any animal products. A vegan lifestyle involves finding alternatives to many of the everyday items that many people take for granted including clothes and shoes. Many shoes are made of leather which is not acceptable to vegans, they are also glued together. Glue is made using animal bones.

In many ways the vegan lifestyle is good for the environment and a sustainable way of living. The rearing of animals has a carbon footprint which contributes to global warming so not eating meat or using leather cuts reduces the individuals carbon footprint. The leather used to make shoes is also usually tanned using very toxic chemicals which cause pollution and health risks to those working in the tanneries. Then there is the glue that is used to make many shoes, again its manufacture causes pollution and damage to human health. So in some ways vegan shoes are a sustainable and eco friendly option.

But as with most things, there is also another side to the story. Whilst non leather shoes can be better for the environment, synthetic alternatives can also be damaging. The process used to make synthetic materials is usually energy intensive and uses non renewable resources (oil). Synthetic shoes are also non biodegradable so once their useful life is over they are usually disposed of and contribute to the growing problem of landfill.

So what are the alternatives?

It is possible to find vegan shoes which are eco friendly sustainable and satisfy the needs of a vegan in terms of not containing animal products. Completely natural and sustainable materials are the best option as they will biodegrade and are also renewable. Recently materials like coconut husk, natural latex, hemp and cork have been used to make shoes which look good, are strong, durable and allow the feet to breathe. Not only are these natural alternatives better for the environment but they are also usually more comfortable and kinder to your feet.

Hemp can be dyed a variety of bright colours which look stylish and on trend. Cork is the bark or a tree native to Portugal and can be harvested without damage to the tree. It makes is great for a quirky and natural looking shoe. Shoes can be stitched together instead of using glue which not only looks great but makes them strong and hardwearing. A pair of shoes that is made to last is also the best choice for the environment as it ensures minimal impact and less waste.

This article was written by Ceri Heathcote. Ceri is a fashion writer with a particular interest in ethical and eco fashion. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics from vegan shoes and natural footwear to sustainable accessories.

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Go Retro Luscious - Get Trendy In Retro Style!

Saturday Toys Men's Clothes Series - Men Suit ...Image by shaun wong via FlickrBy Stewart Wrighter

Remembering the 70's era, the first thing that comes to mind is men's wear. Home decor and furnishing of any modular house was a big hit of that time. Honestly, men's retro style is never outdated. It is one style where you feel far out and tripping. Those funky disco shirts, leisure suits and vibrant polyester disco pants were always a treat to watch. All thanks to the retro era, people living in average modular homes now have a dressing sense.

For a lot of you guys, showing up in every get together in formal clothing is no fun. It gets so freaking boring. Get a break, change your attire. The next time you show up in a party, dress up in retro style. Just by doing that, you can make the event a lasting memory.

Often, people get confused between retro and vintage style. Retro is mainly the post 60's style, whereas, vintage is pre 60's. When you plan to dress like that, choosing the right piece for your wardrobe can be a bit of a task. However, it is worth taking some time when you are adding style with every item you purchase.

Although retro is a whole world of style, you still need to keep up with the latest trends. This way, you will be able to update your look while adding style at the same time. Those skinny pair of jeans in dark wash is awesome for the fall. How about adding a nostalgic touch with 80's style throwback? Also the classic British-inspired hat will go well with your trendy jacket.

Besides, a retro bike jacket only tends to get better with age. You would not find anything like a conditioned aged jacket. This leather is slightly pricy but worth the investment of a lifetime. If you are a collector then try retro style jackets from the 60's or 80's for a similar silhouette.

Another fabulous piece that is never out of trend is denim. The fabric goes well with jackets, shirts or even jeans. From the past four decades, denim has been a clear winner because it lasts a long time and you will end up with good quality material that complements your retro style.

Mention of retro style is incomplete without cowboy boots or the 70's trainers. They make a great retro buy. It is hard to find them with the same retro style detailing but your best bargain is the filigree, cut-out styles. They are superior in style and make a comfortable wear. As for trainers, you have the freedom to pick bright colors and cool designs.

A retro style can be greatly accented with the right accessories. Again, it is hard to find the same old style anymore; you will still come across some pieces that can really complement your retro style.

As for the shopping spree, you need to be careful while buying clothes and accessories. Do not be tempted to purchase fake replicas. The item you purchase should have the retro style and must perfectly match your taste. Once you feel good, looking good comes naturally.

Stewart Wrighter has noticed an increase of modular homes being built because of their low cost. He and his wife are considering a modular house to use as a vacation home.

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Pucci Fashion Rocked the 1960's and Beyond

Hi everyone,

Here's a fascinating post from one of my colleagues, Retro: Kimmer. I strongly recommend having a close look at Kim's blog - it has a huge amount of great information on the cultural history of the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the 60s and 70s. Kim's blog is at:

Rising out of the ashes of European fashion after World War II, Emilio Pucci brought a spectrum of carefree colors to the rationed continent. His sportswear beginnings lent a casual air to his work, a welcome relief from recent austerity and a new meaning to the term "resort wear." The swirling freestyle patterns and fluid fabrics he used became internationally recognized and desired, copied by many but rivaled by few.

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Celebrity Fashion Icons

Cropped screenshot of Audrey Hepburn from the ...Image via WikipediaBy Caren Grant

Fashion changes with every passing season but fashion trends set by certain celebrities remain unaltered over the years making a fashion statement and is worshiped and mimicked long after they are gone setting a unique style.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Large black sunglasses famous as "Jackie O" glasses. Her style includes tailored look A-line dresses. She portrays a timeless sense of style, simplicity and femininity. She often wore a simple three strand pearl necklace and a pair of gloves, accentuating her looks. She used fashion resources from Chanel, Givenchy, Christian Dior and Oleg Cassini.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey's wardrobe in Breakfast at Tiffany's needs mention in the way it has influenced fashion. Pearls, ballet flats, oversized black sunglasses; and over the top hat, presenting an elegant style during the 60s which is still followed today. The charm of a simple black dress and a set of pearls is never out of style.

Grace Kelly

The "Grace Kelly Look" is still in vogue. The Princess of Monaco emphasized simple lines and soft pastel colors. She had the classic look - soft, subtle and understated. The rectangular crocodile 'Kelly Bag' launched by Hermes soon became a fashion statement and is still in fashion today. Fashion icons of today such as Victoria Beckham and Paris Hilton are often spotted sporting the famous Kelly Bag.

Fashion blogs give loads of suggestions on different styles, whether from the past or modern. Take fashion icon Victoria Beckham wife of soccer player David Beckham, famous model and celebrity model is a trendsetter of her own fashion line whether the drape neck shift dress or the latest A-line zip on dress famously called the "VB zip on"

Celebrity fashion icons truly stand the test of time adding newness to the fashion wardrobe for the generations to follow, remembering their contribution both in the cultural and social world.

Caren Grant is an expert on fashion sharing her valuable views on celebrities and their style, to know more on celebrity fashion visit

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How to Find Your Perfect Thigh-High Boot

MiniskirtImage via WikipediaBy Mathew M Taylor

The thigh-high boot was a fashion hit of the 1960s but has recently made its way back onto the catwalk and into the high street store, meaning that anyone who is anyone will be sporting a pair of the very own thigh-high wonders during this Christmas season.

During the 1960s thigh-high boots made their appearance on the catwalks under the signatures of top designer brands who launched the leather and vinyl thigh-high boot for their collections. The thigh-high boot worn with the classic mini-skirt of the era was a common combination that oozed style and pizzazz.

After accepting a rather negative vibe for a good 30 year period, when the thigh-high boot was considered to be more of a trashy garment than a chic accessory, this 1960s hit has come back with a vengeance in recent years, hitting the catwalks again in 2009 and threatening to remain popular as the cold sets in towards the end of 2010.

The important matter surrounding the thigh-high boot for any fashion-conscious woman reading this article is how to wear it and how to wear it well.

Follow the following tips outlined below in order to select the right kind of boot for you and to combine your boot choice with an outfit to match and flatter, whatever the occasion...

*The Busy Woman*

If you are on your feet all day and you have to rush from place to place without stopping even for a bite to eat, then you should really invest in a pair of flat heeled boots that are going to allow you to do all that you need to do without making matters more difficult. Flat-heeled boots worn over the thigh can look fantastically cool and natural when worn with a loose and long cardigan or a pair of skin tight jeans.

*The Office Girl*

If you are in the office every day, wearing tailored clothing including tapered skirts and shirts that reveal your sexy waist line, then you should think about opting for the office girl thigh-high which might come in a slightly softer material, like suede, but that would definitely obey the medium-sized heel rule. You want a style of boot that is going to complement your structured office clothes line, but that is not going to be so dressy that you look as though you have come to the office directly after going out to a club the night before. Classy but business-like is the effect that you need to aim for, so experiment a little with different kinds of materials, fabrics and colours. A soft grey could be a good option for the office.

*The Sports and Leisure Lady*

Why not take a leaf out of the Prada fashion book and wear a pair of thigh-high boots with shorts. Keep the shorts baggy and not too short in order to avoid looking trashy in this combination and you'll find that you have the perfect outfit for a weekend out about the town, having coffee with friends or even going to the local football match with your boyfriend. You'll look young, hip and fresh wearing boots in this manner.

*The Classic Female*

Hark back a little to the past and take inspiration from the 1960s, fashioning yourself a vintage look by wearing your thigh-highs of any heel height with a mini dress of your choice. If this idea doesn't take your fancy then wrapping up warm this winter in a huge, voluminous, over-sized coat to match and accentuate those newly purchased boots could be the style that you have been searching for. Let's face it, when it gets cold in the city who wants to take off their jacket anyway? Buy your boots and your winter coat as a pair and be the talk of the town when you enter any bar at any time of day.

Mat Taylor writes on the fashions of the 60s and 70s including thigh high boots of then and now

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Vintage Fashion - Return Of The Retro

Leisure Suit Convention(4)Image via WikipediaBy Cheryl Ross

Retro Fashion is back and how! This is an age where we see the return of the retro fashion era. Gone are the days of modern clothes and accessories because according to the fashion gurus, the buzz is that Vintage is the "in" thing in the fashion circuit. With the "old is new" setting in people are busy giving their wardrobes a retro make-over.

Vintage fashion is the fashion that people used to follow in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Everything about that age was big and bright and way over-the-top. In-order to go for the hard-core retro look you first need to choose a particular era because each era had a distinct fashion. You can even go for the all-in-one retro look by picking prominent fashions from each period and combining them to get a revolutionary look.

You can also create your own fashion trends by mixing and matching fashion pieces from the past and the present. This will give a personalized image to your fashion sense. You can even choose to include the one item which stood out in every era into your closet because this will prevent you from overdoing it.

Some of the famous style-statements from the past are listed below:

  • Tweed Jacket from the 1950s.
  • Polyester-leisure suit from the very famous disco numbers.
  • Psychedelic patterns or hippie designs.
  • Butterfly-collared button down shirts.
  • Bell-bottom polyester pants fitted at the waist.
  • Unisex platform shoes.
  • Peasant skirts
  • Grunge clothing or rock-star fashion
  • Tuxedos from the 70s
  • Bold flapper dresses.
  • Elaborate hairstyles
  • Winged eyeliners very bold
  • Heavy-duty accessories.
The retro fashion was larger than life. It is cyclic hence it keeps coming back. Retro fashion is a great way of paying homage to the memories, incidents, or people of the past. It is almost safe to say that according to the fashion blog retro is the new modern.

Cheryl Ross is a pro in giving fashion related tips and advises. In this article she has revealed to us the growing trend of retro fashion which is soon catching up with people like wild fire. For more details visit this fashion blog

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A Passion for All Things Paisley

Paisley designImage via WikipediaBy Davinia Vitrac

Paisley makes for a refreshing look, this is a rather absurd statement of me to make when you consider that the paisley print actually originated as far back as 3000 years ago from Indo-European cultures. In Britain it is represented in Celtic art, but this disappeared after the rise of the Roman Empire. In India however it flourished in many different art forms.

Very few people know that the popularity of paisley in more recent times (from the 18th Century and beyond) is down to a small town of the same name that sits 4 miles west of Glasgow, Scotland. On our recent visit to Edinburgh for our photo shoot we couldn't resist making a pit stop at Paisley to find out more about the prints that we love so much!

The town of Paisley in Scotland became quite renowned in the 17th Century, similar to many other small towns in Scotland for its principal industry of weaving. Paisley produced simple fabrics such as lawns, silks and muslins. This heritage and the skills acquired over decades laid the foundation for what would become Paisleys most famous product - the Paisley shawl.

The paisley shawl was in fact an imitation of a garment that was brought to the UK from the East India Company in the mid 18th century. The paisley shawl became very vogue but the Indian versions were expensive and in very short supply. The shawls were quickly copied by British manufacturers and reworked, the original Indian designs were also modified to meet European taste and of course to allow for mass production! For 70 years the fashion of paisley shawls thrived and the term 'paisley' became established and recognized worldwide.

Our personal love for all things paisley could have its routes back in the 'Summer of Love'. I wasn't actually born at this time but if they ever invent a time machine I am going there! It was during the late 60s and 70s that paisley once again became extremely popular, this is thought to be a direct result of the heavy influence of the Beatles.

The Beatles made a spiritual pilgrimage to India in the late 60s, during this visit John Lennon was so inspired and affected by the cultural experience that he had his Rolls Royce painted with the paisley design that he associated with India. Around this same time Fender guitars made a pink paisley version of the telecaster guitar, perhaps this was a salute to the Beatles. Prince in more recent times also paid tribute to the Rock and Roll attributes of paisley when he called his record label Paisley Park Records, named after his song of the same name.

So what do these crazy swirling teardrop or tadpole patterns actually represent?

According to Valerie Reilly the curator of the shawl collection at the Paisley Museum there are many interpretations and theories behind the paisley design:

"Some people think the motif is a mango, others a Chinese dragon, others half of the yin-yang symbol. We prefer the idea that it represents the growing shoot of the date palm, which was a "Tree of Life" in that region of the world, important for food, shade and building materials. Gradually the symbol came to represent growth and fertility."

When admiring the array of beautiful shawls at the museum one cannot help but hear Valerie's final words lingering as the swirls and teardrops take on new meanings. One cannot help but feel the influence of the erotic east but for now the interpretation of this unique design loved by aristocrats, nobility, and rockstars alike, through the many decades, remains in the eye of the beholder.

If you have the opportunity to visit Paisley we highly recommend that you visit the Paisley museum where you will find the 'Finest collection of paisley shawls in the world'!

Davinia Vitrac is the owner of and a lover of paisley! is an online boutique specialising exclusively in ladies dressing gowns. Inspired by the 1950s screen sirens of yesteryear has one single mission - to bring the essence of femininity back into the world of ladies dressing gowns.

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Fair Trade Clothing - Style Meets Substance

FairtradeImage by soundslogical via FlickrBy Joan Rasch

Fair trade clothing is not commonly found in stores, but the concept is gaining popularity with consumers who are mindful of affecting change through our spending choices. By purchasing clothing that is made under Fair Trade conditions, we directly impact the lives of producer communities around the globe. Fair Trade clothing offers a high-quality and fashionable alternative to the mass-produced garments that are made at low costs by paying the producers unlivable wages.

Mass-produced items dominate our life ... from the clothes we wear to the food we eat, and the methods of this mass-production take a heavy toll on our health and on the health of the environment. In order to maintain low production costs, manufacturing units rely on cheap raw materials and even cheaper labor. Competitive trade has given rise to the use of cheap labor that is available in developing countries in order to manufacture the products at a fraction of the cost that it would be in a developed nation.

While some of the price disparities can be attributed to the differences in currency values, most of the difference is because of the availability of surplus and cheap labor. The result for manufacturers is maximum profits for minimum investments. For consumers, the result is that we get accustomed to unrealistically low prices which do not take into account the costs of this exploitation, in terms of human and environmental health.

This is where the concept of fair trade takes an entirely different approach. Fair trade companies are committed to equality rather than exploitation, and preservation rather than degradation. These trade products are made in healthy working environments and the producers are paid a fair and livable wage for their work.

The high quality, natural raw materials used in this trade production are healthier for the environment, the people making the products, and the people using the products. Further, many fair trade companies also reinvest in the producer communities through micro-finance, education, and health care programs.

There is often a misconception that fair trade clothing is expensive and not stylish. While the increased costs of production do result in a slightly higher price for consumers, the benefits are well worth it. Firstly, the product is made with textiles that are often hand-woven, hand block-printed and hand-embroidered. This means that great care and artistic skill has gone into making each piece, resulting in a garment that has far more value and exclusive style than what is typically available in the market. It also means that each piece is made of components that are hand-crafted by artisan communities, providing them with a sustainable livelihood and ensuring that their craft will be passed down to future generations.

By purchasing fair trade clothing you directly help to keep these artisan communities intact and self reliant. You help to make the world a better place, while also making your wardrobe more exciting!

This article has been written by an expert working with Sevya, an organization that sells fair trade clothing and wholesale fair trade products made by artisan groups in India.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Story Behind Ugg Boots

Classic short UGG boots worn by young girl - O...Image by UggBoy♥UggGirl [ PHOTO : WORLD : SENSE ] via FlickrBy Melissa Jain

If you're looking for chic footwear to pull together any ensemble and make it shine, look no farther than the Ugg Boot, with a sheepskin out layer ... some faux, some not, with a layer of warm fleece on the inside, and a thick sole. These fashionista accessories are believed to have been created either in Australia, or New Zealand, where the term "Ugg" is a generic labeling of the boot itself, and not the brand name, like many would likely surmise.

Used by fighter pilots in the First World War, at blisteringly cold altitudes, Uggs are designed to keep your feet warm in the harshest of circumstances, fashion statement or not. So while the boots may be a relatively recent find for the rest of the world, they had long been used and known colloquially by our friends down under, though we can't pinpoint exactly who invented them. We do know that mass production of them has been going on for over half a century, though...making Uggs slightly retro as well!

At first, exposure to Ugg boots in other countries was limited to the surfing crowd, who wore them to keep their feet warm after climbing out of the ocean from surfing. In the late 1970's, Uggs were popularized and being sold in the United States, garnering surfer Brian Smith, the proprietor of Ugg Holdings, a hefty profit.

Ugg boots are singular in their simplistic and striking design - primarily brown, though these days the colors can range from pink, to blue, to green. The stitching on Uggs are usually prominent, which actually add to the visually pleasing look. One of the great things about owning a pair of these boots is that the inner fleece draws moisture away from the feet, allowing them to stay at body temperature without cooling. This means that even in cold weather, a person can wear Uggs without socks and still have their feet remain warm!

The best thing about Ugg boots, though, is the fact that they can be found for low prices over the Internet. Shopping online can save you a lot of time and money; cash that could be going somewhere else instead of into the markup that retails stores are famous for charging. Online vendors aren't pressed to jack their prices to compensate for markup, so it's more than possible to find what you need for far less than wholesale price, if you're patient and willing to search.

So, if you want to be hip and stylish, log-on and search for a pair of Ugg boots before it's too late!
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Into The Realm of Organic Clothing: Bhu:Sattva

Carpeted runway and Moroccan lanternImage by burningkarma via FlickrBy Ronnie Manuel Joseph

It is the latest trend right now, organic clothing. In other words, clothing made of pure organic fabrics without the use of chemicals or synthetic dyes whatsoever. An eco-friendly fashion trend, quite a few high-end designers insist on having a collection of organic clothing for the environmentally conscious consumers.

Organic outfits primarily features organic cotton as the staple fabric used. Of late, a few international designers along with celebrity entrepreneurs such as Stella McCartney, U2s Bono, Emma Watson and others are expanding their fashion line by including a collection of organic-clothing. While this mainly involves the use of organic cotton, other alternatives include organic fabrics made from soy, corn, bamboo, etc. Comfort is one principal characteristic of organic-clothing.

Bhu:sattva is a popular Indian brand of organic outfits infused with nature's serenity and mystique. A singular collection, Bhu:sattva believes in conserving the beauty of nature. Bhu:sattva is a Gujarat based organic outfit brand that makes use of fabric featuring natural fibers in order to exude a calm aura that soothes the senses. Further designer Digvijay Singh's fashion sensibilities do justice to this eco-fashion brand. This collection appeals and doesn't overwhelm with its dramatic yet chic styling. A completely natural and organic collection, Bhu:sattva is for those who desire to get attuned to nature's mystical forces.

The colors used are mainly neutrals such as whites, blacks and greys along with feminine and charming mauves and lilacs. The use of such pleasing shades is bound to please most as it truly weaves a magic that's surreal.

The comfort that these organic outfits offer makes them great as lounge wear. Alternatively, they are quite perfect as casual wear outfits or semi-casual wear outfits as well and leaves lasting impressions. With flowy and feminine silhouettes coupled with soft color palette, this collection is truly elegance personified.

Cbazaar is one of the most popular Indian online clothing shops. Cbazaar is the biggest shop for organic clothing, Bhu:sattva, and eco-friendly clothing at the most reasonable price which can be purchased online and are delivered all over the world.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

The International Labour Organisation on Fair Trade Clothing

WFTO Fair Trade Organization MarkImage via WikipediaBy Ronald Jackson

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was set up in 1919 to promote good and fair working conditions for all men and women across the world as well as advancing opportunities for all through enhanced communication when it comes to those issues surrounding employment. The ILO has a set of international labour standards which it consults on with government bodies all over the world, promoting healthy, safe and fair working environments for all and those working in the production of clothes, shoes and accessories for sale in the UK are no different.

One of the effects of the globalisation of the textile, clothing and footwear industries was the emergence of sweatshops and concerns were raised that without coupling globalisation with social responsibility and justice working conditions could be seriously detrimental to the health of workers and the sustainability of the globalisation of fashion. These concerns were first brought to light in the mid 1990s and brought about plans to introduce modern health and safety processes to minimise risk of health problems and injuries and to lay out guidelines for businesses, employers and those trading with developing countries.

All the ILO member states were asked to join forces in the fight against unfair trade and working conditions, forced labour and child labour in an attempt to turn globalisation into a positive for all and not just for the Western World. The fashion industry sat up and took note and despite a slow start from some who were reluctant to jeopardise the good deal they had going in terms of price of materials and labour, as soon as companies realised the potentially serious effects of their choices on the human race.

Nowadays there are all sorts of ethical fashion labels out there but not many on the high street where the tide is slowly turning but where only one or two selected lines can be defined and marketed as fair trade. A big chunk of the barrier to full commitment to fair trade from all is price, unless companies can find a way to be able to offer competitively priced clothing and shoes as a result of fair trade and ethical processes they will find it difficult to make a successful business case for it. One way to start combating this issue is for consumers to invest in fashion and make ethical choices, once this starts to gather momentum, there will be a strong business case for all fashion to be fair trade and ethical.

Do your bit and buy from a great ethical fashion range online; choose from a large range of women's and men's clothing for all occasions.

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Get Trendy With Eco Friendly Handbags

By Julia Chiang

Are you planning to buy a gorgeous handbag that is great for all occasions and makes a perfect style statement too? Then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Eco-friendly handbags are the chic fashion statement this season. Now, you can be fashion-conscious and eco-conscious too. It's the new sexy with substance.

We all love stylized accessories and when it comes to handbags, it must be sassy and the latest trend of the season. What could be more fashionable than eco-friendly handbags, available in super cool and sustainable materials such as hemp, bamboo, jute, rubberwood, vegan leather and recycled polyester?

Women around the world have taken to these handbags with a zest never seen before. Is it the eco-consciousness? Is it the unique style? Is it the environmentally friendly materials? After years of recycling the same tired trends, the fashion industry has begun to embrace recycled materials.

In fact, this has become one of the most widely expanding and evolving segments in the fashion industry.

These days, you can find handbags that use recycled zippers, reclaimed jeans, sweaters, recycled books, candy wrappers, soda cans, motorcycle tire tubes, rice sacks, pre-worn leather and much more. This is more than a trend. It's a movement. It's the fashion of the future.

Eco friendly bags are light-weight and available in beautiful designs. Ranging from elegant to casual to wild, the stylistic design patterns are a true reflection of the alternative spirit that the segment stands for. The true appeal of these handbags is the attitude and the eco-consciousness they stand for, the new kind of luxury.

The smart and vogue eco friendly bags are comfortable and spacious. These bags come in a variety of colors, sizes and prices. It is easy to choose one to suit your image perfectly. You can walk into a store as well as browse online for a wider range of products. There are numerous sites which specialize in such handbags and offer cost-effective as well as high end solutions.

These handbags are the perfect find for young girls looking for the latest in styles and materials. In schools and colleges, where almost every other trend has become over-exposed, eco-friendly bags can set you apart as distinctly cool and sensible; you are seen as someone who has an eye for fashion and a heart for the environment.

Working women are forever looking for that perfect combination of glamour and elegance, something with both style and substance. For them, nothing fits the bill better than eco-friendly handbags. These bags offer easy distinction and help them make a style statement, even in the most conservative office environment.

Today, women's handbags are important fashion statements and if one is environmentally conscious, then nothing could be better than the eco-friendly handbags. In fact, these trendy and fashionable eco-friendly handbags have already become a craze in many parts of the word. By carrying one, you are a part of the fashion elite.

This article is written by an expert working for Reveal, a designer of eco handbags and eco friendly bags.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Ethical Fashion Shops on the High Street

There’s a huge wealth of fashion choice on the high street today, with many of the shops and retailers in the UK’s town and city centres trying to find an edge when it comes to attracting customers. The high street is the matrix for important trends and innovations, so it not surprising to learn that ethical fashion has found its way there.

What exactly is ethical fashion? The concept concerns the focus of social and environmental sustainability within the fashion industry. The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is an innovative alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations all over the globe that are dedicated to improving the working conditions of the people who make the products they sell. Ethical trade means that retailers and suppliers are taking responsibility for the people who work for them as most are from poor countries where there are either no laws protecting their welfare or they are not enforced.

Using ethical trade practices is a difficult endeavour due to the complexity and vastness of modern supply chains. Labour issues, such as determining a proper living wage or children working, can be problematic. Ironically, removing children from a work place can ultimately make their tortured lives all the more difficult. Monsoon is a founder member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and the importance of fair trade and ethical fashion has been a vital aspect of its business for the last three years. For more information on this company’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprints via a sustainable lifestyle and support system and the many available discounts, go to

Using the Monsoon Discount Codes and Monsoon Discount Vouchers is a way to contribute and help maintain this valiant attempt to improve the lives of the working people of the world and help sustain our environment – and obtain discounts at the same time.

What type of eco-friendly items can you find on the high street? The range of items is growing quickly as more and more consumers respond to the important message behind products made the eco-organic way. New Look offers a new range of products, including glasses made with bamboo frames, and H&M’s last line of organic cotton goods did so well that they are initiating a new line of clothing for women (including maternity wear), men and children. Topshop, in collaboration with People Tree, have launched a line of Fairtrade T-shirts.

Hope for tomorrow lies in saving the planet today and significant trends like ethical fashion are seriously addressing the issues that threaten our existence. By raising the standard of living, and thereby fostering economic stability, the lot of millions of workers is enhanced and a ripple effect is created with repercussions that magnify with the purchase of every eco-friendly item. Daring to be different is the only way to begin, and ethical fashion and the Ethical Trade Initiative have lit the spark for the beneficial fire that may well become a new, eternal flame of caring and social conscience.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Get Trendy With Eco Friendly Handbags

By Julia Chiang

Are you planning to buy a gorgeous handbag that is great for all occasions and makes a perfect style statement too? Then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Eco-friendly handbags are the chic fashion statement this season. Now, you can be fashion-conscious and eco-conscious too. It's the new sexy with substance.

We all love stylized accessories and when it comes to handbags, it must be sassy and the latest trend of the season. What could be more fashionable than eco-friendly handbags, available in super cool and sustainable materials such as hemp, bamboo, jute, rubberwood, vegan leather and recycled polyester?

Women around the world have taken to these handbags with a zest never seen before. Is it the eco-consciousness? Is it the unique style? Is it the environmentally friendly materials? After years of recycling the same tired trends, the fashion industry has begun to embrace recycled materials.

In fact, this has become one of the most widely expanding and evolving segments in the fashion industry. These days, you can find handbags that use recycled zippers, reclaimed jeans, sweaters, recycled books, candy wrappers, soda cans, motorcycle tire tubes, rice sacks, pre-worn leather and much more. This is more than a trend. It's a movement. It's the fashion of the future.

Eco friendly bags are light-weight and available in beautiful designs. Ranging from elegant to casual to wild, the stylistic design patterns are a true reflection of the alternative spirit that the segment stands for. The true appeal of these handbags is the attitude and the eco-consciousness they stand for, the new kind of luxury.

The smart and vogue eco friendly bags are comfortable and spacious. These bags come in a variety of colors, sizes and prices. It is easy to choose one to suit your image perfectly. You can walk into a store as well as browse online for a wider range of products. There are numerous sites which specialize in such handbags and offer cost-effective as well as high end solutions.

These handbags are the perfect find for young girls looking for the latest in styles and materials. In schools and colleges, where almost every other trend has become over-exposed, eco-friendly bags can set you apart as distinctly cool and sensible; you are seen as someone who has an eye for fashion and a heart for the environment.

Working women are forever looking for that perfect combination of glamour and elegance, something with both style and substance. For them, nothing fits the bill better than eco-friendly handbags. These bags offer easy distinction and help them make a style statement, even in the most conservative office environment.

Today, women's handbags are important fashion statements and if one is environmentally conscious, then nothing could be better than the eco-friendly handbags. In fact, these trendy and fashionable eco-friendly handbags have already become a craze in many parts of the word. By carrying one, you are a part of the fashion elite.

This article is written by an expert working for Reveal, a designer of eco handbags and eco friendly bags.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

What Did Hippies Wear?

WisdomImage via WikipediaBy Bruce Bentley

Way back in the 1960s, a new culture emerged. This culture was actually a movement of the youth. In the hippie culture, people are free from social restrictions and are free to do and wear whatever they want. The hippie culture was an anti-war movement and so the peace sign was a common sight.

Hippie clothing is actually very simple and you can still find the styles in stores even now. Their clothes are very colorful, and they tend to wear their hair in a straight unkempt style, while the men grow beards. Their accessories have a native look and their t-shirts are colorful. They also like wearing scarves and bandannas as headbands. One other common hair accessory in these times was a flower. If you want to revive the hippie look, then you might want to get these items as part of your wardrobe:

Bellbottom jeans and wide belts
Colorful t-shirts and leather vests for men
Leather sandals
Micro miniskirts and chains
Colorful headbands and native accessories
Peace symbol locket
Mexican Baja Hoodies

The hippie culture really made people raise their eyebrows for their look and their way of life. Not everybody at that time was accustomed to the thought of not going along with the restrictions of society, as most people of the era were really conservative.

However, the hippie clothes really meant something and I think lots people can relate to it, the sense of just being yourself and being free. And besides, the fashion statement of the hippies was really cool and it associated all the colors of nature together. More than that, the culture also meant something and stood for a greater cause.

Buy your own hippie clothing at Mexican Threads where they have everything from the tie dye hoodie to the baja hoodie.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Short Bio About Twiggy

TwiggyImage by Thuany Gabriela via FlickrBy Charles Bloom

The fashion of the 1960s was a drastic departure from that of the 1950s. Slim, girlish figures were popular in favor of the curvy silhouette of decades past. Fashion in general became focused on a more youthful, slender, and generally a gamine look. The models in the fashion industry too began to reflect this general switch in aesthetic. There were several lanky, girlish models who exemplified the new 60s look. British based women Jean Shrimpton and Colleen Corby were among the most idolized models. But no models were more prolific or successful than Twiggy.

Twiggy was born Lesley Hornby on September 19, 1949. She was brought up in London by working-class parents who strived to provide opportunities for their aspiring young daughter. Twiggy's mother Lydia was an expert seamstress, and passed her knowledge of sewing and fashion design on to her daughter. Twiggy was recognized in school as the beautiful, fashionable girl who sewed her own clothes.

Lesley went to get her hair short and colored blonde in January of 1966. The stylist took headshots of her and used them as advertisements for his salon. A model scout and professional photographer saw the photos and sought out the young Lesley who was only 16 and still living with her parents. She was featured in a local magazine modeling clothing, and her modeling career took off quickly. Managed by her hairdresser boyfriend, the 91 pound, 5'6, diminutive girl became a cultural sensation.

Twiggy, called "Twigs" as a child after her slim, boyish figure, hated how she looked, but in that opinion she seemed to be alone. Within a month of her appearing in the local magazine, she had over a dozen editorials in Vogue. She was covered by several high-profile newspapers and magazines including the New Yorker. Twiggy was referred to as a "phenomenon." She modeled in the U.S., France, and Japan. Twiggy was on the cover of Paris Vogue, British Vogue, and even American Vogue, which she graced three times with her presence.

Twiggy's thin and boyish figure gained criticism for promoting an excessively thin and arguably unhealthy episode. Today, girls go to extreme lengths to acquire and maintain a slim figure, similar to Twiggy's. Today, Twiggy has denounced exceptionally thin models, and claims that her own petit physique was genetic. Her family had a history of skinny people, and she ate responsibly. The slim look that was popularized in the 1960s has not regressed just yet.

Twiggy quit modeling in 1970, preferring to focus on other aspects of her life. She won awards for her singing and acting, and her stage acting was particularly lauded. Twiggy won two Golden Globes for her performance in the musical The Boy Friend. She also became a television host; her show was called simply Twiggy. Today, Twiggy makes appearances on various television programs, recently as a judge on America's Next Top Model. Twiggy still occasionally models for Marks and Spencer shopping chain and Olay skin products. She lives in London with her husband of 20 years, Leigh Lawson.

Charles Bloom

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Monday, September 27, 2010

How to Create the Vintage Look Using Custom Modern Suits

By Chris Vance

It seems a little counter-intuitive but today's newest and most modern cuts draw inspiration from the "modern" vintage cuts of the 60's. Confusing enough? Fact is the cut of suit that is classified as Modern really is the new updated silhouette for suits ... its just 50 years old! MOD styling was a revolutionary change in form and function in mens suits during the early to mid sixties and just like anything that is worth its salt, decades later it still just as fashionable and stylish.

Many designers draw on the MOD look for inspiration in their own collections, most will only implement little cues and details. No major design house really puts a focus on recreating the look, authentically speaking. This leaves suit aficionados with a couple of choices to get what they are looking for - Vintage suits or Custom.

Vintage suits of course are a great way to go as always they will be the most authentic. The problem is most of the truly great versions of these suits are hard to come by and if you are lucky enough to find one, a 50+ year old suit in great condition is near unheard of. Yet many swear this is the only way to go. The trade-off is basically style for function.

Custom suits are the best alternative for someone looking to get the modern styling and maintain the functionality of a suit that is wearable every day. The biggest challenge is finding a custom tailor that understands the details and philosophy behind these masterpieces. The best thing is to be educated before you shop.

Here are some things you will want to keep in mind when ordering custom modern suits:
  • Look to start with heavier fabrics. This is the basic starting point for a vintage look. MOD suits did not use "super" ultra light weight wools. They used heavy gaberdine's, tweeds and shark skins some weighing as much as 15 oz per yard.
  • Stay consistent with the details. MOD suits were known for their skinny lapels, short jackets and high button stances. If you do not like ALL the details about the cut it might be best to skip the look all together.
  • The Trousers. Keep them flat front and with no belt loops. No one wore these suits with a belt. Have your custom tailors sew in suspender buttons and adjuster tabs. This will help keep your pants up where they should be.
Chris Vance is the senior trends and fashion spotter for Requisite clothing, a custom clothing design house specializing in custom suits, custom shirts, custom tuxedos and sports wear for both men and women.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

70s Clothing

hippieImage via WikipediaBy Suzie Chandlar

The 1970s is the decade that gave birth to fun and electrifying styles in the fashion world. People during that era defined fashion as an adventurous immersion into loud and extravagant clothing designs. Popular trends were characterized by conspicuous outfits, heavy makeup and outlandish hairdos. The highest level of fashion experimentation happened in that decade, although that doesn't mean to say that all the designs created then can still be considered glamorous today. 70s clothes were in a class of their own.

Some fabulous pieces can still be adapted by modern fashion but others are too reminiscent of the era and they probably best remain as iconic and distinctive representations of that period. After all is said and done, the designs of that daring and innovative time left a legacy that is unparalleled by other fashion trends and they are characteristically and undeniably considered as 70s fashion.

Some of the unique trends that gained popularity during the 70s are the afro hairdo, neon colored clothing, flared pants, and hippie outfits. The outrageous concoction of bright colors was just stunning. The combination of psychedelic designs such as floral prints, animal patterns, lacy fabrics, and sequined and glossy textures are just awe-inspiring. Never in a million years would you consider some of the pattern and fabric combinations but they just worked well during the 70s.

Everybody seemed to have a lot of fun with the mixing and matching of seemingly incompatible pieces of garment. It was just so amazing. The crazy hot pink and neon green wigs with ruffled purple blouses for women were outstanding and the yellow suit jackets and matching pants with animal printed collars for the men were simply breathtaking. The glam rock fashion was totally in and everybody was jumping on the bandwagon.

It is great to see that we can relive that colorful era with costume parties these days, and what better place to find these clothes than vintage and thrift stores that display such a wide assortment of these vibrant and extravagant fashion relics. You can also find quite a few of these eye catching old fashions available both online and off at shops that specialize in vintage clothing or costumes based on the fashions of previous decades. For people who want to get their hands on original clothing from the actual era, sites like eBay might be a good solution, but prices may be higher than you would expect as demand for this old clothing has been growing over recent years.

If you have a love of the seventies, you might enjoy reading more about 70's clothes.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Vegan and Veggie Handbags

Jim Thompson HandbagImage by Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel via FlickrBy Vickie Chatsworth

Today, consumers are increasingly becoming conscious of cruelty-free options when it comes to fashion-forward handbags. The revolution in animal and environment protection has created a plethora of vegan handbag options in various styles, shapes, and colors. The demand for vegan items, which are ever-increasing in popularity, has led dozens of manufacturers and leading designer names to jump on the bandwagon, from mainstream names to niche vegan designers. There are even PETA-approved handbags for those looking to be sure they are buying the most animal-friendly handbag option available.

Interested in a chic, cruelty-free, vegan bag? Curious consumers will be happy to know that vegan handbags come in every style, color, and shape imaginable, just like the bags on the mainstream fashion market. Vegan handbags offer the consumer the assurance of environment conservation. The handbags are created from cruelty free natural materials such as plants or organic materials. The variety of styles is influenced by the needs, demands, and individuality of the consumer, not by any limits of the materials used. Today, vegan bags allow modern day vegans to make the bold fashion statement they are after, without harming any animals in the process.

Making a distinctive style statement, many designers are using materials such as faux fur, PVC plastic, stainless steel, microfibers, jute, and aluminum in the creation of their bags. Whether made with natural fibers or artificial materials, a wide variety of styles and textures is possible, with absolutely no stylistic limitations. Not a fan of faux fur because you think it won't fool anyone? Guess again! Today, faux fur and leather have an appearance and texture that is nearly identical to the animal-based materials they replicate. You won't have to limit yourself to a small range of handbag possibilities just because you want to go vegan with your fashion choices. The variety in style and texture options is only highlighted by the ingenious handbag ideas provided by major designers.

Today, consumers are searching for the right choices when making any purchase. Vegan accessories are affordable and will not hurt the environment. Contributing through conservation is the best way of giving back, but who says you can't do it in style? Make your stylish statement while joining PETA supporters and animal rights activists to make a bigger statement. Strut your stuff with a vegan handbag and receive complements for your all-natural style selection.

Not only do vegan handbags come in a surprising array of materials and styles, but colors as well. The environmentally safe dyes that are used to create vegan handbags are creating a stir in style. Consumers are able to replace their favorite purse with a vegan alternative that can match any outfit.

Many designers are exercising their right to a safe environment and an animal's right to live by offering the vegan alternatives through major retailers, both brick-and-mortar and online. The recent attention to the environment and the importance of conservation has fueled this iconic fashion change. Consumers are able to stay chic for cheap through the cruelty free options offered by hangbag designers. Vegan handbags are the style choice of the future. Saving the life of innocent animal and saving money has never seemed so rewarding.

Vegan Chic offer a full selection of vegan shoes. Also check out their collection of vegan handbags.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Bamboo Wardrobe - Eco Clothing For Any Occasion

By Richard N. Williams

When you mention bamboo most people think of the long cane-like grass much favoured by gardeners and pandas. So when you talk about a bamboo wardrobe people may assume you are talking about the closet itself and not its contents. However, bamboo is not only a useful building material it can be turned into a material which can make eco-friendly clothing suitable for any occasion.

Bamboo is a fast growing and sustainable grass. Entire fields can grow, be cut, and regrow in a matter of weeks; therefore, bamboo is one of the most sustainable natural materials there is and as no herbicides or pesticides are needed to assist its growth it is incredibly eco-friendly.

Bamboo clothing is also manufactured without using any harmful chemicals and bamboo clothing has some other remarkable properties too. Bamboo has natural anti-bacterial properties and is reactive to temperature; it allows air to penetrate, allowing you to remain cool, but also it can retain heat when it gets cold. For this reason, as a material it has often been used as bamboo sports wear and active wear, like bamboo yoga clothing. However, there is much more to bamboo clothing than just sports gear.

Bamboo makes fantastic socks, indeed, because of its anti-bacterial and breathable properties it can assist people who struggle with foot odour, excessively sweaty feet and conditions like athlete's foot. But bamboo can also be stylish. A wide range of bamboo t-shirts, jumpers, shirts and tops are now available for men, women and children. And, as bamboo is as equally soft as cotton, there are also bamboo towels and even bamboo baby clothing available.

And as bamboo is so sustainable, it is not expensive either. You'll pay no more for a good quality bamboo clothing as you would for a comparative product in cotton or nylon. For many people who wish to be eco-friendly but remain stylish, bamboo is really good alternative to many fibres and materials we normally buy. So, whether it's a bamboo polo shirt, top, new jumper or just a pair of socks - think bamboo for an eco-friendly, stylish and comfortable alternative.

Richard N Williams is interested in green innovations and writes about them. Please visit our website if you are interested in eco clothes or other eco-friendly products

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Think Eco-Friendly, Think Citizen Eco Watch

Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive AP0440-14F Diver's...Image via WikipediaBy Reba C. Geoghegan

In the modern world, being eco-friendly has become a big issue. People from different industries have realized the importance of being eco-friendly. Now, when we are using the term eco-friendly, we want to mean an industry which is making use of some alternate source of energy for its operation. As far as, the watch industry is concerned, Citizen was one of the first to realize the importance of being eco-friendly and thus Citizen Eco watch came into the picture.

These timepieces are come under special brand of watches in which the optimum utilization of other resources of energy is used. The different types of Citizen Eco watch available are the ones that have light as the source of power, temperature difference as the power source and some use hybrid eco-drive movement.

Now, going in a bit of detail of these watches, the watches which make use of light as the source of power are generally equipped with a secondary battery. This secondary battery, in general, gets powered by the solar energy. Since, in most of the cases, the watch gets exposed to sunlight for a considerable amount of time during the time during the day, the secondary battery absorbs enough resources to drive the watch.

Moving to the next type of watches that is the one which makes use of the difference of temperature as the source of power, we find that in these cases, the difference of the temperature between the wearer's arm and the surrounding environment is taken as the source of a constant power when the wearer is wearing the watch in his or her hand. For the third type of watch belonging to this class, hybrid technology is used.

In general the life expectancy of these secondary batteries is also very high and so these watches can surely be relied upon.

You can read more information before you buy citizen eco watch, and read exclusive reviews casio watch bands from my websites.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Hippie Clothes

A tie dyed lace tank. Photo taken by User:Gezi...                              Image via WikipediaBy Jose Franela

Many people might remember the 60s and 70s era as the hippie era. Hippie culture was the most dominant culture during these times. Hippie clothes and the hippie lifestyle were the most popular culture and everybody wanted to belong to this group.
The "hipster" term in London referred to the cool people and was actually based on the word hippie. Many would say that the clothes of the hippie would be the catchiest part of the whole hippie culture. But most people cannot remember the whole essence of the hippie culture.

Hippie culture actually started as a movement that was pro-nature and anti-war. It was started by people that could not tolerate violence around them. They loved nature and they incorporated it in their clothes. They used clothes that have lots of colors and that use cotton and hemp as the cloth for their clothes. It was during these times that unkempt sexiness was popular. The hippies spread the message of love and peace.
Girls wore colorful loose sexy spaghetti strap tops, paired with bell bottoms and leather sandals. Their hair was kept straight and uncombed. Native accessories were also popular in these times and scarves and bandanas were used as headbands as were flowers. More popular clothing items from the hippie culture were baja hoodies, tie dye shirts, and leather vests.

Nowadays, maxi dresses, rompers, and other dresses that are hippie-inspired are back in trend and popular again.

Though hippie clothes are popular and are back in trend and loved by most, the people who really live the ideas and thoughts of the hippie culture are not as loved. They are criticized by many. Despite this, they still
continue to spread the message and ideals of the culture.

You can buy hippie clothes at Mexican Threads where they offer everything from hippie door beads to baja hoodies.

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