No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

Grey Dress

by Sarah on June 27, 2016, 5 comments

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This dress looks like a cross between a slip dress and a party dress. So naturally I wore it to frollick in my backyard. Really though, it’s a great dress. Normally, I shy away from anything scoop neck- I’m a crew neck or bust kind of gal. But something about this dress makes the scoop seem more polished, and makes it way more acceptable. Plus, the dress can be worn backwards. So really, it’s perfect.

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See You in…

by Sarah on June 24, 2016, no comments

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 2.17.02 PM8 weeks! I’m off to camp again (year 7!). But never you fret- I have a few posts coming your way thanks to the magic of scheduling. I won’t be able to respond to comments, but when I get back I will. Have a great summer everyone!

The above is a camp counselor inspired inspiration board- tie dye and birkenstocks are the main elements. Gotta love camp chic.

Informed Consumption 101

by Sarah on June 20, 2016, 2 comments

POST // no longer greyThe hardest part about being an informed consumption is the informed part. It’s so much easier to just pick up something cute, and buy it. But being an informed consumer is important (if you want to know more, check our my Earth Day post!) To make it just a little easier, the POST method can help you decide if something is worth your money.

Price. I’m always looking for a deal. Sales, the clearance section, 10% off- all music to my ears. But buying something too cheaply can also be an issue. If something only costs $14.99 to begin with, and its been marked up twice its original price, that leaves you with around $7.50 for the factory wages, shipping, the materials, and duties. But, if it’s 14.99, it’s probably been mass marketed, so there are a LOT of that garment on the market, and more money can go to the people making it. However, that also means that the factory is probably less safe, because most mass marketed pieces are produced overseas in unsafe factories that pay their workers next to nothing. Plus, if its cheap, whatever its made of (more on that later!) is also super cheap, and more likely to wear out fast. On the flip side, if something is super expensive, that means that you’re in part paying for a brand name, and while the originality of that brand should be applauded, paying for a big “Gucci” label isn’t the most important. The best way to proceed here is to look for sellers that you feel comfortable supporting (ethical fashion exists at all price points!) and look for deals there.

Origins. Where was it made? Supporting local (even if local means California for people in Boston) businesses is important. Shipping is expensive, and it uses a lot of fossil fuels. Whenever possible, shop for something local. Plus, if its made overseas in a developing country, it’s more likely to have been created in a sweatshop. Look and see if the company you’re buying from has an info section on its factories. That way, you can get a better idea of what you’re supporting.

POST // no longer greySeller. This is one of the hardest, because almost every single retailer has some issues. Whenever possible, try to support companies that are green, pay living wages, and make high quality products. Also, knock offs don’t benefit creativity, so keep that in mind. You have to decide what you’re comfortable supporting.

Textiles. Cotton uses an obscene amount of water to produce, but its soft and makes beautiful clothing. Bamboo grows very fast, and is incredibly soft, but often more expensive. Get to know the properties of different textiles, so that when you’re buying, you can make a good choice. Whenever you can, go for better quality textiles (most often, if it feels nice, it’s better quality). This will ensure a piece lasts longer.

There you have it! The POST method is simple and informative if used. Three cheers for informed consumption!

Balletic

by Sarah on June 8, 2016, 4 comments

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Wrap dresses? Backwards? Who would have thought! And, of course, paired with my eternal favorites, my bright coral heels. Got to love it.

Also, please excuse my absence from the blog-o-sphere. It’s about to be my finals week, and I’m focusing on factorials and the first derivative test instead of fashion.

Is Fashion Frivolous?

by Sarah on May 31, 2016, 6 comments

Is fashion frivolous?There are a billion stereotypes about the fashion industry. That no one eats more than three pieces of pasta per year. That everyone is catty. That you can’t be a guy and work in fashion without also being gay. But beyond those, there’s also this underlying assumption that fashion just isn’t that important. It’s seen as frivolous. But is it?

Anyone can look at clothes. If you give someone a list of trends, anyone can memorize them. And anyone can wear a pretty dress and get their picture taken. Clothing is just a method to look a certain way, which is kind of superficial. So should we be concerned with fashion when people are dying? No. And yes. Fashion is not, and never will be, important to everyone. But in a society in which we form opinions of others seconds after meeting, clothing is an important part in presentation. Fashion is the gear turning behind clothing. It’s everything that each stitch represents. And it’s a 1.7 trillion dollar industry. As illustrated in China, clothing production is incredibly lucrative. Having a lot of factories gives more people jobs (yes, these jobs are typically incredibly dangerous and unethical). That boost in employment boosts the economy of a country. Essentially, the fashion industry is responsible for a lot of jobs: around 75 million. Which kind of makes it really important.

In the past, fashion has been used in the form of patriotic scarves and raised hemlines as a way to support one’s country. Now, with a push towards Made in the USA clothing, a new form of patriotism has arrived. Fashion has raised our awareness of how things are made. It’s drawn our eyes towards horrific factory fires and unsafe factories. This alone is important.

Trend analysts have to predict trends before they ever happen. Writers at fashion week have to figure out what a collection boils down to, and what the takeaways are. Even models have to learn how to market themselves through social media to gain a following and to gain influence. Designers do more than just sketch (which is already difficult enough). They’re also having to communicate with factories, figure out what the next step for their brand will be, and work to minimize costs.The thing about the fashion industry is that it’s an industry. It’s not just a bunch of people with feather boas for brains. Is it frivolous? Maybe not. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!