by: Kelly Talamas 
This past year I’ve found myself questioning my wardrobe and consumption habits. In the past, I’ve been the cliché woman who, any given morning, frustratingly stares at her wardrobe, thinking, “I have nothing to wear,” while ironically engulfed by heaps of clothing.The 2018 version of me, though, has become admittedly disgusted, and often overwhelmed, by the amount of clothes hanging in my closet, noting a tendency to turn to the same few favorites on a weekly basis, leaving the rest unattended and unworn. 
I’m not alone, either. Over the last few months, it’s become a recurring topic of dinner table conversations with friends and colleagues, mostly who work in the fashion industry, and have fallen into the same vicious cycle time and again. We’ve debated over fast fashion, questioned the taboo of repeating outfits, and challenged the idea of wearing past season pieces to important events. While I’m not saying I’m turning my back on fashion, and I still struggle to avoid buying a new dress for a wedding despite the many options I already own, I’ve started to inform myself on the topic, and have definitely become more conscious of what I purchase. I’ve adopted the habit of asking myself where an item of clothing is made and how much “mileage” I will get out of it before handing over my credit card… and it’s proven very helpful.
Recently, in an effort to exercise this consciousness on a daily basis, I challenged myself to dress “sustainably” for seven days. I shared this experience on Instagram to create awareness, because truth is, words like sustainable and ethical are thrown around a lot these days, without people (myself included) really grasping the concept or how it applies to our daily lives.  It turns out, there is more than one definition for sustainable, especially when it comes to clothing, as I’ve discovered while piecing together my outfits. It includes using environmentally friendly materials that are ethically sourced, ensuring that the people who personally make the clothing are paid and treated fairly, or helping build and create jobs within the local community. Read on to see how I managed. Looking back at the week, the main lesson learned was…. It’s easier than you think.






…And on to the next 7 days because I’m learning to make thinking and dressing sustainably a lifestyle choice, not just an experiment.


Kelly Talamas is a renowned Editor, Creative Director & Consultant.
She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Latin America & Vogue Mexico,
and a key figure in the Latin American & International fashion industry.