Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Keeping Green Doesn't Mean Losing Style

Dance of the seven veilsImage by Darwin Bell via FlickrBy Juliette Bousquet

It's official. The "green" movement has been around long enough that it is no longer considered a fad. The trend continues to grow and take on a life of its own, which, by definition, means that eco-style can't really be considered a trend anymore. Green living, including fashion, is now a way of life. Truth be told, it's an excellent turn of events that this particular fad became the norm.

With a beady-eyed focus on the state of the environment, nearly everyone wants to know just what he or she can do to contribute. Isn't it wonderful to know that you can enjoy all of the latest fashions while reducing your carbon footprint?

Sustainable fashion doesn't mean that you can't look your best at all times. There is a certain stigma attached to eco-friendly styles, but you should allow your horizons to be thoroughly broadened. Designers and stylists everywhere are expanding the green options, bringing shoes, handbags, and garments to the table that are on the cutting edge. That mental picture you have of the modern-day hippie wearing hemp or tie-dyed shirts couldn't be further from the truth.

While there are still designers out there who cling desperately to the old way of doing things, you will find plenty of companies who have been supporting the green movement since long before it was a fad. When you find one of these companies, you will notice that they are already light years ahead of everyone else in terms of style and affordability. Doesn't it feel wonderful to find an amazing handbag? Doesn't it feel even better to know that the environment was not impacted during the creation of that handbag? You could fill your whole closet with these great feelings, while also remaining confident that you are dressed to the nines at all times.

In addition to amazing handbags and shoes, the green movement is spreading to other accessories. It's great to have a go-to handbag, but what about everything else you need to carry? For trips to class, you should be able to find eco-friendly messenger bags. Some of those eco-chic bags should have plenty of room for your laptop.

In fact, with technology marching on just as quickly as the eco-movement, you should definitely be able to find a leather iPad case that doesn't compromise your green standards. If this is what you're seeking, then you should be thrilled to know that it's all available. Leather laptop cases, leather messenger bags, and leather backpacks are all available from companies who are determined to provide quality, stylish products with minimal impact on the environment.

You don't need to sacrifice your fashion to the environment! All it takes is a little bit of research to find these designers and companies that are committed to saving the environment one garment or accessory at a time. You will be able to fill your closet with sustainable fashion in no time at all, without ever once pulling out a broomstick skirt or a braided hemp bracelet.

Juliette Bousquet is a 20-year freelance fashion journalist based in Montreal, Canada. Bousquet has identified the latest fashions in leather messenger bags, and leather backpacks, women's apparel, and accessories in all the fashion "hot beds" in North America for the last two decades.

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