Image of Lily Cole taken from Vogue.co.uk
There’s nothing more fashionable then being eco-conscious. However, I often find it difficult to be stylish and green. I thrift when I can, buy vintage, and try to identify the sources of my clothing, but it’s not easy. And, to be honest, I don’t always have the time to be an environmental crusader, particularly when I’m after a very specific look. Enter Tamsin Blanchard and her much needed how-to manual for fashionistas with a green sensibility! With a thoughtful and frank forward by Lily Cole, Green is the New Black is an essential addition to any eco-savvy stylista’s reading list.
The review of Green is the New Black continues….The subtitle of this hefty guidebook is ‘How to Change the World with Style,’ and I must admit to being a tad skeptical. The tone got me, though. It’s not preachy, over-hyped, or uber-enthusiastic as some of these guides t0 greener living can be. It’s realistic and refreshingly down-to-earth. Cole states in her forward that she would be “an annoying hypocrite” if she asked us to shop less or avoid certain stores, because she herself shops a great deal and buys clothes without reading labels. What she can do, however, is encourage us to sew more, thrift more, share more, and wear longer for looks that are on-trend and eco-chic. With this positive, suggestive attitude, Green is the New Black attempts to help us do those very things, as well make the best fashion choices we can for our pocketbooks, our personal style, and our level of eco-involvement.
I adore the structure of this book. It’s not straight prose, but a series of thoughts, illustrations, interviews, and mini-articles written by a variety of fashionable individuals. This allows for a broad perspective and an interesting array of ideas. I’m particularly fond of the things-to-consider-before-buying-clothes question list, the eco-chic travel destination list, the ‘How to Make Your Own Junky Jewellery’ section by Tatty Devine, and the sewing pattern for making your own recycled apron. (Word to the wise – a few of the specific stores and shopping venues mentioned in the book are for a UK market, but it’s easy to imagine US counterparts!)
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