Kleiderrebell in Berlin

Kleiderrebell in Berlin

Have you guys heard of Kleiderrebell yet? It’s pretty cool: Instead of buying new clothes, you can borrow them on the Kleiderrebell homepage. You can keep them as long as you want and only have to pay a monthly fee for every item. I’ve wanted to try Kleiderrebell for ages and a few weeks ago, I finally grabbed the chance!

Shortly before the seasons change, I often get really bored with my closet. I feel like I’ve been wearing the same five outfits for weeks on end and just crave a change. Also, I really wanted to have something nice to wear on my weekend in Berlin. So this time, instead of investing in new fair fashion pieces, I borrowed a few from the Kleiderrebell page.

Kleiderrebell in Berlin

Kleiderrebell in Berlin

I especially fell in love with the coat: It’s a vintage piece (I think) and it makes every outfit instantly feel cool. I definitely didn’t feel out of place surrounded by Berlin hipsters ;) In this outfit, I paired it with one of my favourite JAN ‘N JUNE sweaters and some old Asos jeans. The blouse and the necklace are also Kleiderrebell pieces – outfit complete.

I’m a big fan of all black outfits (also something that fit quite in Berlin). I try to mix it up with some pops of colours though and colourful socks are my weapon of choice there. Do you prefer wearing colour or black on black? No matter what, you’ll probably find something on Kleiderrebell. Let me know if you tried it!

Kleiderrebell in Berlin

Kleiderrebell in Berlin

Coat, Blouse, Tote, Necklace: Kleiderrebell + Sweater: JAN ‘N JUNE (old collection) + Sneakers: Veja + Socks: Jollie Socks + Jeans: Asos (old)

Brand Info

+ Kleiderrebell: Kleiderrebell is an online platform from Germany, where you can borrow clothes for a monthly fee. Perfect if your wardrobe is already bursting at the seams or you’re looking for something special you won’t wear that often (for a wedding for example)

+ JAN ‘N JUNE: Fair fashion label from Germany. You can read an interview I did with them over here.

+ Veja: Fair sneaker label from France, made in Brasil.

+ Jollie Socks: Sock company that supports homeless charities with every sale.

+ Asos: High street label, probably not produced in a fair way.

Kleiderrebell in Berlin

 

Eco fashion on a budget

How to buy eco fashion on a budget

One of the things I hear most often when I tell people I only buy fair fashion is: “But it’s so expensive!” And of course, that’s true. Fair fashion is more expensive than the high street. With good reason also: Clothes on the high street are only cheap because people get exploited producing them. Still, it’s not impossible to only buy fair fashion and still look fashionable. Even if you’re on a small budget.

How to buy eco fashion on a budget

+ Keep a Pinterest board: Keeping a style board on Pinterest has been one of the methods that helped me most in figuring out what to shop for in the past years. Every time I see an outfit I like, I pin it to my board. Then, if I feel like I need new clothes, I look for pieces I’ve pinned over and over again. This way, I only buy items I’ve liked for some time and don’t spend money on clothes that aren’t even my style.

+ Get the newsletter: Most (fair fashion) brands have a weekly newsletter these days. They often put in amazing sales and coupon codes, so you can save money if you just wait for the right newsletter. Also, most brands offer a discount just for signing up for the newsletter, such an easy way to find some eco fashion on a budget.

+ Keep a list of items to get: At the beginning of each season I look at my closet and my Pinterest board and write down what I would like to add to my closet. Then I shop for these items only (and save on unnecessary purchases once again).

+ Use Kleiderkreisel & ebay efficiently: If you start out with fair fashion, online secondhand shops are your best friend. They might seem a little overwhelming at first, but with a few tricks navigating them gets a lot easier. First of all, only look for very stylish brands that are a little out of your normal price range. For example, I really miss shopping at Zara but looking for Zara on Kleiderkreisel drives me insane. There are just too many pieces that aren’t great anymore (and too many pieces in general). Instead, looking for COS, &otherstories, Edited or fair fashion favourites like Filippa K are way more fun! Once you’ve found a piece you really like, look at what other pieces the seller has in store – it’s very likely there’s more beautiful pieces to find.

Look fashionable without spending money

+ Shop your own closet: This is a simple method that doesn’t cost any money. Every couple of month, take out everything that’s in your closet. Fall in love with the pieces that you’ve forgotten about, waiting in the back of your closet. This way, you will find ‘new’ pieces for the season ahead without spending a penny!

+ Host a clothing swap: Another fun way to get rid of old clothes and find new favourites is to host a clothing swap. Invite a few good friends, tell them to bring some friends as well and start swapping! Everyone can bring a snack and the clothes they don’t like anymore. Hopefully, you’ll all find some new favourites and also just have a great time with your best friends.

These are the steps that made it easier for me to shop eco fashion on a budget without missing out on style. Do you have tips and tricks as well? Tell me in the comments!

 

Everlasting Apparel – at least

Lisa from at least for Everlasting Apparel - Hanna's Places

Today I’m happy to share a new post of my favourite feature on this blog again: An Everlasting Apparel post! The wonderful Lisa from fair fashion blog ‘at least’ talks about her everlasting piece and why she wants to keep it for years and years. If you’re new to this blog: Everlasting Apparel is a column where I ask my favourite fashion bloggers and creatives to share their most beloved pieces with us. Not new items, but clothes that have a story connected with them from years of wearing them. Because isn’t that so much better than new anyway?

Tell us something about yourself & at least!

I am Lisa, a fair fashion blogger from Berlin. Next to writing about ethically made clothing, I also enjoy sewing a lot and have recently started to get into coding too. I care a lot for environmental issues and think that there needs to be more action taken. At some point I felt that there wasn’t enough done so I just figured that instead of complaining I could start something myself.

Lisa from at least for Everlasting Apparel - Hanna's Places

If you could sum up your life in one sentence at the moment, what would it be?

Although I’m at the end of my twenties, I’m still looking for my dream career – probably like most of us ;) It can be a little tough sometimes but I also love that I get to try out lots of new things. (more…)

The 2017 Fair Fashion Guide

The 2017 Fair Fashion Guide by femnet

Fair Fashion is more than just printed t-shirts and old-fashioned, ‘green’ clothing. Last week I told you how and why I got started with fair fashion. I’m happy about my journey, but I also wish I had had more resources along the way. Gladly, more and more blogs and magazines are popping up lately – a development I’m really happy about. One of them is the new Fair Fashion Guide by FEMNET. It puts together (almost) everything you need to know about the fair fashion world and it’s also really pretty to look at – so many great pictures.

The other day, I had the chance to chat with Anna Neumann (Projektreferentin Bildungsarbeit an Hochschulen) from FEMNET. She told me all about the new fair fashion guide and why it’s actually easy to get started with fair fashion. Enjoy reading!

Tell me about the new Fair Fashion Guide!

Our new Fair Fashion Guide shows how diverse and stylish fair fashion actually is. We’ve noticed time and time again, that people are actually very interested in sustainable production. They just don’t know how to get started. Our guide helps them find their way around the fair fashion world.

Furthermore, the fair fashion guide helps people who want to consume more consciously. People who want to buy less and take better care of the pieces they already own. They hopefully get some valuable tips. We really hope the guide helps people to value their clothing again. The production of new clothes wastes both natural resources and energy. As soon as we realize this, fair fashion becomes more than just a great idea – it becomes the only choice we have. (more…)

Who made my clothes? Two years of fair fashion

Who made my clothes? My journey with fair fashion

It’s Fashion Revolution Week! I wanted to take the chance and tell you guys a bit more about my journey with fair fashion. As you might remember, I started buying only fair clothing about 2.5 years ago, at the beginning of 2015. It’s been quite a learning curve so far and I found so many cool labels, ideas and initiatives along the way, so here goes!

Fair Fashion: My lessons so far

+ Allow yourself to take the journey step by step. When I started shopping completely fair – not just a piece here and there – it was overwhelming. I didn’t know what to look out for or where to find fair labels I liked. So I just started slowly by reading blogs dedicated to fair fashion and learning more about sustainable production, worker rights etc. One book that really helped me was “To Die For” by Lucy Siegle. It’s a must read for everyone interested in fair fashion! I can also really recommend the documentary “The True Cost” if you haven’t seen it yet.

+ There’s a lot more out there than you’d think. At the beginning, I thought the only fair labels out there were Hess Natur, People Tree and Armed Angels. How wrong I was! Just yesterday I chatted with a friend and she introduced me to two cool new labels I had never heard about. If you’re on the hunt for new pieces, I’d recommend checking out fair clothing boutiques and following the rabbit trail of new stock and young labels. In Germany there’s glore for example, in the UK Gather and See sells some amazing pieces.

+ You won’t spend more money. Of course, if you look at the prices of fair fashion, it’s more expensive than the high street (for a very good reason!). What this means though, is that you naturally won’t make as many impulse buys anymore. Yes, one shirt might cost a bit more, but you won’t have 10 low quality shirts that you bought on a whim and don’t even like anymore.

Fun & friendly

+ Second hand shopping can be fun too! I used to shy away from buying clothing second hand (too much of a hassle), but today I love it! Just take your time and remember that you can take pieces that don’t fit properly to the tailor! Second hand shopping also helps me when I miss my former favourite brands like Topshop, COS or even Zara – I’ll just search for their collections in my favourite second hand online shops!

+ The fair fashion community is incredibly friendly. If you’re just starting out, dare and reach out to people who are further along on the journey than you. I haven’t met anyone who wasn’t eager to help yet!

All in all, I haven’t regretted going fair fashion for one minute. If you want to give it a try, just go ahead. Please ask any questions you might have in the comments and I’ll try to help and answer them. Happy Fashion Revolution Friday!

PS: If you don’t know what Fashion Revolution Week means: In the week around the 24 April, people all over the world think of the Rana Plaza incident in Bangladesh. Over 1.000 people died working at a clothing factory with horrific working conditions. Since then, every year we’ve been asking brands: Who made my clothes? It’s a really great initiative, you should definitely check it out!

 

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