Outfit Post: Celebrating Fashion Revolution Week in the Royal Greenhouses

Fashion Revolution celebrates its fifth anniversary this year and commemorates the disaster in the Rana Plaza factory during Fashion Revolution Week 2018. On the 24th of April 2013 the factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1138 people and wounding thousands. This horrific event shook the fashion industry to its core and was the beginning of the largest fashion activism organisation ever. Fashion Revolution strives to mobilise the fashion industry, consumers and governments to keep asking this one simple question: Who Made My Clothes? 
Scroll down to read how I decided to advocate for Fashion Revolution Week.
Pictures by Tomas De Preter

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This year’s Fashion Revolution Week took place from the 23rd until the 29th of April. To show my support I decided to plan a sustainable fashion shoot this week at the breathtaking Royal Greenhouses in Laeken. A lot has changed since Fashion Revolution started their pursuit towards a fairer and safer industry. With the help of the fashion consumers they insisted safer working conditions for the workers and demanded transparency in the production chain of fashion brands.

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After the collapse more than 200 fashion brands signed the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety. Because of this accord hundreds of factories in Bangladesh have become safer workplaces. Even though the infrastructure has improved the workers still face verbal and physical violence, crude punishments and sexual harassment. Minimum wages in Bangladesh have increased to 55 euro a month. It’s an improvement but this minimum wage still doesn’t equal a worthy living wage, forcing the workers to live in poverty.

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We can all make a difference

Because I’m a firm believer of sustainable and fair fashion I have created a new outfit post for you this week to celebrate Fashion Revolution Week. I’m convinced we can change the way the fashion industry works by carefully selecting the brands we buy from and cherishing our garments. That’s why I purchase clothing from sustainable brands and at second hand shops. I aim to only buy what I really need or absolutely adore and try to be creative with what I already own. You could be surprised what treasures are tucked away at the back of your wardrobe or what outfits you can put together when you’re feeling inspired.

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Posing at the Royal Greenhouses

This outfit post has a gorgeous backdrop: the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken. They’re open to the public once a year during the springtime when most flowers are in bloom. It’s definitely a must-see when you’re in Belgium. It was so remarkable I’ll probably pay a visit to the Greenhouses again next year. The Royal Greenhouses are open to the public until the 11th of May. You can find more information and opening hours here: http://open.monarchie.be/

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Wondering where I got these fabulous pieces? 
I’m wearing a Tencel blouse from Wunderwerk. The German brand produces fairly and uses ecologic fabrics. Needless to say I’m a big fan!

My skirt is a second hand find I bought in a small harbour town in Portugal, Viana do Castelo, three years ago when I was there for a photography workshop. Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of this little boutique.

Years ago I picked up this oversized, pastel jumper for a few euro in a second hand shop in Antwerp called Think Twice.

My earrings were a birthday present from my boyfriend. He lasercut them out of MDF in a maker lab. Isn’t that impressive (and the cutest thing you’ve seen this month)?

During my trip to the south of France a few weeks ago I bought some jewelry from local craftsmen and –women, including this ring.

O My Bag is a beautiful brand that makes leather accessories in a fair and sustainable way. Their leather is vegetable-tanned and therefore biodegradable.

I hope this outfit post inspires you to stand up against the fast fashion industry and be creative with what you own.

I promise to write you soon!

x Sive

Conscious Consumerism

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to only possess the essential basics and the pieces you really love? Wouldn’t life be much easier if you could find everything you’re looking for without having to think where you saw it last? During my 23 years on our beautiful earth I’ve gathered so much stuff (mostly clothes of course). Now it has come to the point that I radically want to start clearing out everything I own. Over the past year I’ve hardly bought any new clothes because I know there’s a bunch hanging in my closet. And if I go about it creatively I can put together elegant and stylish outfits with what I have. I only want to buy new or second hand pieces that I really need or absolutely adore.

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That’s why it’s time to set a new rule for myself: when I buy something new at least three things I own need to go. Depending on what those pieces are I can decide to sell them, give them away to a friend or family member, put them aside for a swapping party, donate them to charity or turn them into an upcycling project. By doing this my closet will stop overflowing and I will regain oversight and peace of mind. Clearing everything out step by step won’t feel as big a burden as when I would do it all at once. This good habit will also make me think really carefully about buying something new as I know I’ll have to part with at least three things I already own if I do purchase something.

I’m very excited about working towards a less is more lifestyle and sharing my journey. A smidgen of creativity can bring you a long way especially when it comes to tweaking the clothes you already own.

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I’ll keep you posted on my decluttering project!

x Sive

 

 

Indian Summer Ensemble

Hope you’re nearly as excited as I am about my new outfit post. Most pieces of this ensemble are second hand. The beautiful oriental embroidered coat I scored at a clothing swap a friend of mine hosted a few months ago. Aren’t the details absolutely gorgeous? It was my very first swapping experience and I really loved it! We all have a fair amount of clothing hanging in our closets of which we can’t remember the reasoning behind the purchase. Believe it or not someone else will most likely love them. That’s why clothing swaps are a fun way to refresh your wardrobe without spending any money.

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My stripy skirt and cropped shirt I bought from friends who were clearing out there closet and had hardly ever worn these elegant pieces. The skirt moves beautifully because of the stiffness of the fabric and the see-through lines create linear shadows around you. The loose, cropped shirt makes the look breezy and nonchalant.

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As a finishing touch I added some accessories. The pink and gold necklace came from the same clothing swap as the coat. I know what you’re thinking: that was a very fruitful afternoon indeed! The golden, spiral shaped earrings are a find from a vintage market in the Sint-Gorikshallen in the centre of Brussels a few years ago. Every first Sunday of the month there are some great vintage treasures to be found there.

Two years ago I got this second hand purse for Christmas and have used it daily since. Unfortunately it’s getting a bit wrecked and I’ll have to start looking for a new one or try to salvage this one if possible. Tips on sustainable and fair bag brands are always welcome!

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I hope this outfit post will inspire you to make conscious closet decisions and I promise to write you soon!

 

x Sive

 

 

See you soon, Tenerife.

Oh summer, where have you gone? Your return feels like just yesterday but now autumn is at our doorstep again. I’ll be looking forward to meeting you again, hopefully sooner than later… I know, it’s borderline ridiculous how much I love summer. But how can you not be smitten with this beautiful season? The world is much more vibrant at this time of year: people are happier, nature is alive and life is spontaneous. Unfortunately summer has come and gone and in order to keep that warm feeling just slightly longer I present to you… Tenerife!

It’s only been a few weeks since I was there but it feels like ages ago. To many Belgians Tenerife is a place where the ‘oldies’ go to escape our yucky western European winters. Honestly the island has a lot more to offer than winter sun and lounge chairs. First of all it’s a great place if you want to get some surfing done during you ‘hols’. Seriously, any kind of surfing can be done on Tenerife. It’s perfect for wind and kite surfing as there’s always wind. I’m not that into sails and, to be very honest, huge kites scare me to bits but I absolutely love riding some waves now and then. If you’re in a bit of luck this island has some good waves for surfing too.

The week I was there we had four days of decent surf, which was quite good. You just need to be lucky regarding the direction of the wind. Of course supping is always an option too. The beautiful nature parks in the north are also worth a visit. I visited park Anaga, a breathtaking green nature reserve that stretches across the North of the island. Don’t make the same mistake as I did by wearing your slippery sneakers because you never know how rough or steep the paths can get. So make sure to strap on those hiking shoes and don’t forget to enjoy the scenery.

When I’m in Tenerife I also enjoy engaging in a bit of online detox. I think we all need some offline time now and again to connect with ourselves and just enjoy the moment without any distractions. We should all (including myself!) turn off that white noise once in a while and take notice of how amazing our real world is instead of obliviously grabbing onto the virtual one. Thank you Tenerife for showing me your offline beauty!

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Hope you all had an unforgettable summer and I promise to write you guys and gals soon!

 

x Sive