Remember a few posts ago when I was feeling a bit sad about turning down a collaboration? Well, I’m stoked to say that things change, specifically, the fast fashion industry. Before I get to the meat of this post, I want to provide some context. In this shady grey world, context is key!
I’m going to start out by saying there are very few things that are 100% ethical. I’m a huge advocate for diy fashion, but I am usually unable to trace my materials to the beginning of the production line. My second big point is that systemic change takes time. A lot of time.
Pretty Little Things is one part of a huge company (specifically the boohoo group) As a human that works for small companies, I cannot fathom the sheer number of employees, contractors and outsourcing that goes into the running of a business like this. In my initial google foo research for the ethics this company, I was met with doom and gloom. In 2016, Behind the Barcode gave the Boohoo group an F. In 2018, this same not for profit re-evaluated the company at a D. Another website, Good on You, rated it “not good enough” due to transparency issues.
Now, I don’t doubt that the BooHoo group has a long way to go, but with the steadily increasing ethical fashion score, this very in-depth environmental and social responsibility report I was emailed, their partnership with reGain and the knowledge that big change takes time, I have no doubt that Pretty Little Things, and the BooHoo group are committed to the same ethical changes I would like to see in the fashion industry.
Now we’ve reached the end of the serious adult discussion portion of the blog, we’ll return to the whimsy of this outfit and some well thought out advice surrounding festivals, weather, and how humans suck at planning for it.
Let me begin with a little story. This is the story of the time I played falls festival with the button collective over the 2017/2018 new year. The campus we were located on was in Northern NSW, very close to Byron Bay. This area is known for endless summers, super sunny days, pristine beaches, and tropical storms. I was prepared for light showers, and instead I was met with torrential rain. The sky was wet, the ground was wet, the festival was wet, and I was wet.
I suppose the moral is humans are usually pretty sucky at preparing for anything other than sunny weather. That festival I had to repair my sodden tent with gladwrap, duct tape and flimsy rain ponchos (as well as dealing with the moods of my shitty ex boyfriend) What I would have given for a raincoat and gumboots.
The kind folks over at Pretty Little Things have allowed me to obtain an outfit that will most definitely accompany me on my festival adventures in case of unexpected weather conditions. I have an oversized sweater dress, which is not only super cute, but a lovely addition to my “pyjama core*” wardrobe. Pastel pink unicorn gumboots to keep my little tootsies dry, and a bright iridescent raincoat to add a magical layer of water proofness to my overall look.
*Pyjama core is any item of clothing that is “socially acceptable” to wear out, but is also comfy enough to sleep in.
Learn from me. If the festival is outdoors, during summer and in a traditionally sunny spot, make sure you’re prepared for a cyclone. ;P