The University of Louisville Volleyball Team in Eco-Friendly Fashion
Styled and written by Christine Fellingham | Photos by Kylene White | Hair and makeup by Jill Higginbotham and Mariah Sanchez for J Michael’s Spa & Salon
Green thinking is redefining how we dress. From sustainable fabrics to recycled materials and thrift-store chic, there’s a shift away from overconsumption towards ecologically-aware wardrobe building.
Eager to support this new fashion philosophy, we shopped local for eco-chic looks, then headed to our own rain forest at The Louisville Zoo for a nature-inspired fashion shoot. And, because their generation will soon be running the planet, we asked the University of Louisville Women’s Volleyball team to come along as models. This imposing team of young women put their personal twists on the styles and shared their thoughts on shopping green.
Fabrics woven by a co-op in India are turned into the fair-trade fashions made by local fashion collaborative Anchal Project. “I try to shop at local and authentic places. It’s pricier but the clothing lasts much longer and was made in a more eco-friendly environment,” says Phekran.
Earrings hand-made from nut shells by Ecuadorian artists support a fair-trade initiative while adding visual interest to any outfit. “I’m trying to be more selective about what I buy,” says Anna DeBeers, who regularly shops and donates clothes at Goodwill.
Pops of Print
Florals and leaf prints are appearing everywhere– and look especially fresh on spring’s elevated joggers.
A hand-stitched jacket by Anchal Project is a striking anti-fast-fashion statement.
In Full Bloom
Plant-based styling products helped create the frizz-proof waves that flatter this tropical print cotton dress.
Back to Nature
Mineral makeup, shell jewelry and cotton dresses combine style and green sensibilities.
Relaxed shapes and a glimpse of midriff match the laid-back vibe of sustainability-centric fashion thinking.
Less is More
Pairing this simple cotton dress with shell jewelry and mineral makeup is a stunning move towards minimalism. “I’ve learned to ask myself, ‘Do I need this?’” says Phekran.