Velvet Culottes and My Take On Sustainability in Fashion

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You must have noticed that I am repeating a lot of my clothes lately. Take these velvet culottes for instance; I have worn them once before on the blog and several times in real life. I have always been repeating my clothes and accessories, but this is probably the first time that I have been so vocal about it.

Because repeating items of clothing is one of the ways I have been practising sustainability for a while now and doing my small bit for the environment.

I know this is probably a drop in the ocean, but I believe that every action counts. There are roughly 7 billion people in this planet. If each one of us can do at least a ‘tiny’ bit, it would turn into quite a big number. So every step you take towards doing something good goes a long way than you can ever realize.

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Velvet Culottes, Style Over Coffee, Sarmistha Goswami, Indian Blogger, Red Handbag, Style Tips, Sustainability, Fashionista, Fashion Influencer-2

Couple of years back me and Pankaj saw a very nasty clip in one of our local TV channels. They were showing animal cruelty and almost celebrating it! The sight was very disturbing! We took a ‘small’ action and tried to spread awareness on social media against this channel and that particular show. Pankaj went a step ahead and wrote an official email to one of the prominent ministers of the country, one who has a track record of always standing up against animal cruelty. Finally the minister responded, the owners of the TV channel were informed and appropriate actions were taken against the concerned people! Our ‘small’ action helped! However, while I was trying to spread this news on Facebook looking for support from fellow animal lovers, one ‘Facebook friend’ of mine decided to disapprove! He started and continued a very long argument about why all of those actions didn’t matter because a lot of the people supporting the cause weren’t vegans!

According to him if I wasn’t a vegan, I had no right to voice against animal cruelty!

 A lot of people supported the cause so this one person’s disapproval didn’t really make much of a difference. Needless to say he isn’t a ‘Facebook friend’ of mine any longer! That whole experience got me thinking about how short-sighted some people can get. I have great respect for people who have made that kind of an radical lifestyle change by turning vegan. It is great to encourage people to do so as well. But reprimanding anyone for taking any step towards doing anything good unless it is an extreme one is not very encouraging! Besides, imposing ones’ ideologies on others doesn’t count as ‘self-expression’ either. It’s like reprimanding an overweight person who is working out for the first time for not being thin! 🙂

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Velvet Culottes, Style Over Coffee, Sarmistha Goswami, Indian Blogger, Red Handbag, Style Tips, Fashionista, Sustainability, Fashion Influencer-4

Well, I had to share this little story because one thing I know, there are many people who share the same mentality as my ‘ex-Facebook friend’! So, one of them might just turn up and  say, “So, you claim to be living a sustainable lifestyle and all you do is repeat your clothes more than once?!” Well, yes and no. Yes that is one of the many things I do towards sustainability and no, that is not the only thing I do. I don’t live a 100% sustainable lifestyle but I have been doing my small bits on a regular basis. I don’t share my entire life on the blog. However, since lifestyle is a part of my blog niche, so I sometimes talk about a few serious topics that are close to my heart along side talking about all the fun aspects of it. Therefore I chose to share a few things about my take on sustainability in fashion through this post.

To cut the long story short. I do repeat a lot of my garments and love creating fun combination. That ways they last a lot longer and I end up buying a lot less clothes. I do that intentionally. I find the process very creative, economic and also sustainable. I know a lot of you who have been following my journey as a blogger. If I can inspire some of you to do something similar, I think together we can make a difference in the long run!

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Velvet Culottes, Style Over Coffee, Sarmistha Goswami, Indian Blogger, Red Handbag, Style Tips, Fashionista, Sustainability, Fashion Influencer-6

After the heartfelt write up on sustainability, let me give you a quick sum up of my outfit of the day! I am wearing a pair of velvet culottes and a printed top with halter neckline. I have quite a lot of jewellery that I haven’t worn in ages. So I decided to pile on a few pearl bracelets. I love the retro vibe these extra large sunglasses and the head scarf created.

I know I have been writing rather long posts lately. I am back to blogging after one and a half years, so I definitely have a lot to say! But guess that would be all for today. I will see you again soon with another post. Until then, don’t forget to let me know your thoughts on this post and sustainability in general, share it with everyone who may care and follow me on social media! 🙂

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