Today I’m excited to bring back Everlasting Apparel again! I really love reading people’s stories and hearing what they connect to their favourite pieces of clothing, so I’m happy there’s finally another post in this series again (and it’s a good one). Meet Naomi, a conscious fashion and lifestyle blogger from Antwerp in Belgium – one of my favourite cities in the world. She’s a biologist and a blogger (perfect requirements for a blog on sustainable fashion) She blogs about her journey with fair fashion and as a newbie vegan, so if you’re into these topics, check out her blog, it’s beautiful!
Tell us something about yourself!
Hi everyone! I’m Naomi from the personal blog ‘Dress your life
‘, born and raised in a little country called Belgium. Ever since I was little, I wanted to do something with animals and that’s how I ended up being a biologist many years later. During my studies I learned so much about both fauna and flora, which resulted in a huge admiration for everything nature. Finding a job in biology proved to be quite the challenge, that’s why I channelled my passion towards my free time. From adventurous travels into carnivore territories, to long forest runs, and finally to my blog! After watching ‘The True Cost’ I could no longer willfully contribute to such a destructive system and totally turned around my shopping habits and blog content. From now on I’m going the green mile!
If you could sum up your life at the moment, what would it be?
My life at the moment is one big adventure! Besides discovering new eco and fairtrade labels on a regular basis, I’m also binging on cookbooks and food blogs. Since April 1st – no joke – I’ve adapted a vegan lifestyle so I definitely needed to up my cooking game. Yet again, a documentary (or 5) was at the basis of my lifestyle change. I’m a total addict! Recently my doctor also prescribed a gluten-free diet so I guess I’m not done discovering just yet.
Where and when did you find your everlasting piece?
I found my blue dress in a little Parisian boutique not far from the hotel my friends and I were staying at in the early spring of 2012. Quel coup de foudre! I immediately fell for the playful cut and nature inspired print. Cute birds and pretty plants floating around in the sky, how was I to resist?
Is there a special story connected to this outfit?
I actually wore this dress to my thesis defense (with tights underneath to keep things professional and put together of course). I knew I had to end my biology studies with a meaningful outfit and that’s where my ‘nature dress’ came in. Plus my promotor at the time was an avid birdwatcher so it definitely was a win-win. The copper Veja sneakers are a nice bonus to my current outfit, since they were one of my first conscious purchases last year.
Why do you think slow fashion is important?
A big part of society doesn’t realize how absurd it is to buy more clothing than food in a day and even at a cheaper prize! The slow fashion movement not only points this out, but also offers a durable and environment-friendly solution at the same time. By supporting these initiatives we can cast our vote for a better system on a global scale. I want the people that made my garment to feel as empowered as I do when I’m wearing it.