Styling by Jenine Oh
We are at the cross-roads of fashion right now. With most of the global population in self-isolation, the fashion industry has taken a major hit since the early beginnings of the Coronavirus pandemic. While brands rally together to give aid in the fight against the invisible monster that is Coronavirus, customers are doing their part by staying in, maintaining great hygiene and perhaps even doing a little Spring cleaning while in quarantine. The threat of climate change is more tangible today than it has ever been. Mother Nature seems to have been given a small breather as scientists report on a dramatic decrease is carbon emissions and wildlife experts are noticing flourishing eco-systems thanks to the lack of humans occupying spaces.
As we Marie Kondo our wardrobes during these stressful times, we find ourselves being more self-aware as we take a hard look at our spending habits. What are the pieces we are really getting the most use of? How can we incorporate more sustainable options into our fashion arsenal and what are the timeless designs that we can wear well into the future?
Online retailer, MatchesFashion has partnered with sustainability consultant agency, Eco-Age and launched ‘The Responsible Edit‘ on their popular e-commerce website. “We want to help our customer to understand which designers are actively striving to implement initiatives in responsible ways and how they are doing it,” says Natalie Kingham, MatchesFashion’s fashion and buying director. The edit is based on pillars—artisans, charity, people and materials. Hence, the brands featured in The Responsible Edit are sustainable in a holistic sense; Giving craftspeople the ability to make a living through their art, maintaining fair work environments and products are made of more than 50% responsibly sourced fabrics or plant-based alternatives.
Here are our picks of wardrobe essentials that are not only sustainably chic, but also timeless so that you can wear these pieces well into the future.
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This fashion spread appears on ELLE Singapore’s April 2020 issue, available at selected newsstands, bookstores and online on Magzter. Click here to subscribe.