An outfit for an ethical fashion competition

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Okay, so I didn't enter the competition as I dropped my camera and broke the lens two days before the competition closed. No camera, no outfit shots.

The competition rules were simple - "All you have to do is create an outfit which contains at least ethical piece, that could be something from your favourite ethical fashion brand, vintage or charity shop or something you have upcycled. If you can fit more than one ethical or sustainable piece into an outfit, even better".

This dress had only been seen here once before and this was the last time it was worn. I struggled to style it as it didn't really fit my wardrobe. So, I decided to dye it in a 'shape up or ship out' sort of way.

This is what it looked like before. I love the shape, the collar, the material. And it has pockets. Pockets!!

And this is how it looks after it's date with Mr Dylon.

I used a black dye, you can still see the pattern but I think it's an easier shade to work with. I added a flower brooch, made from recycled materials, that I found on esty.

I've decided that this is a dress that requires little styling, just a few well chosen accessories.

What do you think? Is it an improvement?

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  1. Wow, I love the transformation Hazel. How do you actually dye something, I've never done it!!!?

    1. Thanks. Dylan do a kit that you can use in the washing machine, it's so easy. Most haberdashers will sell them.

  2. Wow, what a transformation! Love it xo

  3. Looks great. I'm sure you will get more wear out of it now.

    X x

    1. I hope so, I just need the sun back x

  4. even though I like the gray tone it had before I think the greenish black shade gives it a good lift and the flower brooch gave it some sort of business-like look which is different from the casual look it had previously. So, I like it both ways but the second is better.

  5. woah, looks fab now. Well done you for upcycling. I've never dyed, although my mum did back in '97. May be tempted myself now!

    1. It's so easy to do, it's worth a go, especially if it means an item will be worn more. Its like getting something new!

  6. Very clever! Looks lovely :) I remember mum dying a pair of trousers black once for my brother and it ruined the washing machine lol.

  7. Hey, I love it! I must try clothes dye on more of my pieces to give them a bit of life, it's a great idea.
    Victoria @


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