Fashionistas get together to share sustainability ideas
PUBLISHED: 13:25 31 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:07 05 August 2019
Eco-friendly fashionistas learned how to make sustainable choices at a Harpenden event.
Our Future Talks on July 8 was the latest event as part of The Our Planet sustainable fashion meet-ups.
Hosted at The Harpenden Arms, there were talks about sustainable fashion and a discussion and exchange of ideas session on how people can be more mindful of the environmental impact of their fashion choices.
Harpenden resident Caroline Jones, of clothing company Knickers Model's Own, spoke of her year of shopping every day for a different outfit from the Cancer Research shop in memory of her late mother.
Caroline has an eye for colour and style, and gave her tips for those looking for pre-loved clothes, including trying something different and looking in different sections of the shop.
Caroline said: "My tops tips for a great wardrobe remain as ever: know your body shape, work out your wardrobe 'gaps' before you spend and take time to build up a beautiful wardrobe.
"Avoid buying the same thing over and over, discover your best local charity shops, only wash things if they are really dirty, an airing is often all that's needed.
"Buy less, buy well and keep the circle going."
Founder of All Dressed Up, Lara Davis, talked about her project which provides prom dresses free for year 11 students who would not otherwise be able to afford to go to their prom.
Prom dresses are often only worn once and made of plastic type material and sequins. Lara's project reduces carbon footprints as well as provides an opportunity for students who cannot pay hundreds of pounds for prom outfits.
Attendees then took part in an information exchange, sharing knowledge of sustainable methods such as apps or websites to buy or sell pre-loved clothes.
Pledges were made by the women at the event which included agreeing to 'buy it once' - shopping for longevity, share a fashion bag with friends and avoiding buying clothes in larger supermarkets just because they are cheap.
Lara said: "It was great to be invited to speak about All Dressed Up - a project that gifts donated prom dresses to school students who might struggle to afford one. Sustainable fashion is the way forward if we want to look after our planet."
To donate a prom dress please contact www.alldressedup.org.uk