This year I was nominated as one of the Sunshine Coast’s Best Dressed for the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festivals Style Awards. I made it into the top ten finalists and for months leading up to the big event in October we were all ‘style stalked’ by anonymous fashionistas. These secret fashion field operations personnel were responsible for watching our every move to see what we were wearing – we didn’t know where they’d pop up (this made the struggle real when deciding on what active wear to don at the gym).
As the night of the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival and Style Awards approached I was blissfully unaware about what was about to happen. I was looking forward to the event and just honoured and excited to be in the company of such super stylish nominees – it didn’t occur to me that I would win the coveted award! But I DID!
Accepting my Style Award for Sunshine Coasts Best Dressed (wearing Shona Joy from Alterior Motif) @sunshinecoastfashionfestival @alteriormotif
I hadn’t prepared an acceptance speech but I have a strong fashion philosophy so when emcee Rosanna Natoli of Channel 7 asked me for a few words I could confidently respond with;
“SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING GREEN”
I blurted out my belief and have been asked about it alot since being crowned ‘The Sunshine Coasts Best Dressed for 2016″ (yes, I take my award win as a great honour)!
When planning an outfit try to tick these 4 boxes;
- Something old: always revisit loved pieces in your wardrobe and find ways to up-cycle and re-style or simply re-wear.
- Something new: we all love new and current fashion so buy the new shoes or dress!
- Something borrowed: never be shy to borrow the perfect clutch, dress or accessory from a friend.
- Something green: be aware of the impact fashion has on the environment. In Australia (and all over the world) too much landfill is made up of textiles and old clothing. We can improve this, help the environment, save money and look unique. Op shops and pre-loved markets are a treasure trove of designer garments waiting for a new home.
This is ECO FASHION and its hot to trot but I haven’t always been this aware of what I was wearing. My wardrobe is full (so are the wardrobes in my 3 spare bedrooms in our family home) because I wasn’t always a conscious dresser. I’m working on this with the help of my ‘award winning’ fashion philosophy ways and I will share my tips and personal updates in my upcoming blogs.
First I want to share how I came to join the ECO-STYLING movement.
This year I was emcee for the Brisbane City Council’s Revive Markets and Recreate Twilight Markets and Paper Fashion Show – I was introduced to environmentally sustainable fashion ideas and some awesome people that are championing the movement.
Faye De Lanty – television personality and first class Eco-Stylist. I was excited by the way she transforms pre-loved garments into truly current looks. Faye is transforming Salvation Army stores around Australia. Follow her @fayedelanty
Jane Milburn – sustainability consultant, agricultural scientist, up-cycler, natural-fibre champion. She is involved in the Slow Clothing Movement – you can read all about it @textilebeat
Elizabeth Kingston – a bold and sassy Brisbane designer doing incredible things with textiles – you’ll love what she creates @timeless_styling
So stay tuned as we further explore fashion, eco-fashion and fun ways to revamp your wardrobes. Encourage your local councils to get involved in awesome fashion events like the Brisbane City Councils Revive Markets and Paper Fashion Shows.
Follow my social media pages and post your own old, new, borrowed and green outfit ideas.
Use the following hashtags #oldnewborrowedgreen #ecostyle #ecofashion
Cannot wait to see what you create!
Excellent blog Carlie, I can’t wait to read more of your work!! 🙌
Dear Carlie – what an honour it is to be mentioned in your blog!! I’m thrilled that you have embraced Eco-Fashion…and I adore your mantra!!! Congratulations again on being named the most stylishly dressed fashionista on the Sunshine Coast!!! Brava!!! ♥️