I covet just about every single outfit my latest eco-fashion crush shares on her Sustainable Daisy blog. Environmental Scientist Karen Housel has a knack for discovering stunning gems at the thrift shop and creating her own unique style!
Get to know this sustainable stylista and find out her top tips for creating your own eco-fashion wardrobe:
I’ve always been a big thrift shopper. Over the years I had accumulated really unique, high quality pieces in my wardrobe. My friends are always shocked to hear that most of what I wear everyday was secondhand!
I came to realize how eco-friendly the process of secondhand shopping is. The ability to wear pre-loved pieces takes away the demand to buy new items. This helps saves the earth’s resources by utilizing what already currently exists in the world. As an advocate for sustainability and a full-time environmental scientist, I decided to weld my love for sustainable living and fashion into an eco-friendly fashion blog called Sustainable Daisy.
I utilize my blog to offer inspiration to upcycle thrifted items, introduce ethically made products and emphasize that there is value in what is well-made and tells a story regardless of its age. I hope to encourage people to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle by showing that sustainable living is absolutely not a lesser version of fashion and beauty.
Karen’s Top 5 Sustainable Fashion Tips:
1. Have an open mind: See a flamboyant dress with frilly sleeves? A patterned long sleeve that’s a little loud (but you really sorta dig it). Perhaps there’s a floppy sunhat that you’ve always wanted to wear but never had the guts to? Well, my friend, this is the time to try something crazy. Thrifting is different from regular shopping. There is no judgment, no criticism. Humble yourself a little, have a laugh and take the clothing for what it is: items that were useful once and have the potential to be useful again. You are unique and you deserve to make your own rules for fashion and what makes you feel great.
2. Adjustments can transform a piece: If you find something that has a funny length or is an unflattering cut, you’d be pleasantly surprise just how easily a lifted hem or even a rope-belt transforms a piece. If you use your imagination and you can fix anything.
3. Add some pizzazz! Try my favorite little tip and add a trim to the bottom hem of your shorts, collar or sleeves to give a simple piece a powerful pop. It’s super easy and makes something simple into a statement piece.
4. Start out small: If you’re a little overwhelmed trying to sort through racks and racks of pre-worn clothing at the thrift shop try a smaller second hand boutique. These stores have on-trend pieces chosen by stylists so it’s easy to walk out with something cute.
5. Enjoy yourself: Thrifting is hilarious so don’t take it too seriously. Enjoy an afternoon of it and let the treasures find you. If you have an open mind and a positive outlook you’ll have a stellar time searching for what you’re looking for.
A massive Canadian bear squeeze to Karen for sharing her story and groovy tips!
Pop on over to Sustainable Daisy for some fantastic ecofashion inspiration!