Before I get to this maternity dress outfit (with which I’m totally obsessed), I thought I’d share a thought that’s been on my mind recently. There are many perks and downfalls of being in the fashion blogger world. One of the major concerns has always been a case of “keeping up with the Jones.'” As a fashion blogger, you’re expected to share new outfit ideas on the regular. For some of us that’s two per week and for others, it’s four to five. While I’ve long considered it a problem from a financial standpoint, I recently realized it’s a problem on the environmental front as well…
Why Fashion Blogging Isn’t Good for the Environment
I’ve tried to find my happy place between buying everything I want and maintaining that love of classic pieces. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ll have noted that I rewear quite a few pieces. My purses are on constant repeat as are my sunglasses, jeans, shoes, and outerwear. Part of this is because I invest in pieces. Then it takes me time to really appreciate how to wear them in my wardrobe. The other part of this is that I just don’t have the means to buy new clothes and accessories every month or even every season.
The tricky part comes, however, when we fashion bloggers link to products. Many items are no longer available after a season. So then we link to “similar” items, which is, in reality, totally fine. But the business person in me understands that if someone wants a piece of clothing like I’m wearing, they want the exact item not something similar. So then we seem to be back at square one of buying new clothes to stay ahead of the game. As an aside – I will note that many of my favorites are available for two to three years, which proves their versatility!
It’s the fairly constant need for “new” that’s hard on the environment. The absolute best thing you can do for the environment (not just in fashion) is to continue to use something you already own. It’s actually better to keep driving your car than to move it closer to a junkyard and buy a hybrid/electric car. It’s the wasted items that present a huge problem. You may no longer own that item, but now you’re responsible for more than one functionable item on the planet and you’re creating demand for more. Does that make sense? If when it comes to clothes, shoes, or accessories, you’re constantly replacing them, you’re creating demand for more production. Clothes come from factories which use water and electricity and that create tons of waste, so you’re taxing our world.
So am I saying I’m done buying new clothes? Nope! Nor do I plan to stop being a blogger anytime soon. I think I will take a little more pride in wearing and rewearing (and rewearing) many of my staple pieces, however. And I’ll take this brief moment to encourage you all to maybe keep one thing another season before replacing it with the latest and greatest! Ok. Stepping down from my soap box!
Maternity Dress Outfit
I’ve mentioned a silly number of times how I’m enjoying wearing my must-wear maternity clothes with my usual outerwear basics. My black leather jacket has been the number one favorite. Most of my maternity outfits are very basic (obviously this maternity dress is a fun exception). My chic moto jacket helps me feel stylish even if my belly and the little one seem to be full steam ahead on the growing game! Because this dress is on the feminine side (hard not to be feminine with a baby bump, I suppose), I threw on my leather jacket. Oh and my heeled black boots!
Before we left for Europe, I scoured the internet to find thermal tights fit for a pregnant belly. As it turns out the recommended brand is a pair of tights that aren’t maternity at all, but they work for lots of body shapes! This pair measures at 100 denier for warmth (not quite up to my 200 denier pair, but warm nevertheless). I do really love that I can wear these long past my pregnancy too. They’re actually available in a few colors too. The picture on the website doesn’t show it well, but as you can see from these maternity dress outfit photos, they’re definitely opaque.