Category Dresses & Skirts

Dress ethically, sustainably and cruelty-free with Bead & Reel

Today’s post is a spotlight on an ethical and sustainable affiliate partner of this blog. If you click the links contained in this post and choose to to purchase, tortoise & lady grey will earn a small commission.  These help to keep the blog running. Thanks for your support! The best businesses begin out of frustration and the desire to make an impact on something important. For Sica Schmitz, founder

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Versatile sustainable fashion for your capsule wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes get a lot of coverage at the moment. The rising popularity of minimalism has a lot to do with this. But interestingly, there is quite a bit of interest in the entrepreneurial sector as well, where I frequently hear discussion of the wardrobe ‘uniforms’ of entrepreneurial high flyers such as Mark Zuckerberg and  Steve Jobs. I myself probably couldn’t say that I have a capsule wardrobe yet. But

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Chic Kid-Friendly Outfits for the Eco-Conscious Mama

I’ve always been eco-conscious. Even as a teenager and young adult. But sustainable fashion became even more significant to me after having children. The ethical and environmental impact of my clothing choices became exponentially more important when I considered the lessons I wanted my children to learn and the world I want to leave behind for future generations. As a mama I want to wear clothes that are stylish and

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Where to buy ethical and sustainable wardrobe essentials

[pinterest] A key element of a sustainable wardrobe is learning to live with less, and curating your wardrobe so that you can own fewer items that you wear more often. If you want to make a wardrobe work well with fewer items, you need to invest in a few key pieces that can be styled in multiple ways and paired with many of your other garments. Colours and patterns are

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Ten Australian Sustainable Fashion Brands to Look Out For

What do you find most difficult about shopping for sustainable fashion? One of my readers told me that the most difficult thing for her was to find local sustainable fashion brands from her home country. If you also find this difficult, you will enjoy my new post series inspired by this difficulty. To kick off the series, I thought I should start with my home country, Australia. Down the track

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Effortless sustainable style by Linden

[pinterest] Sometimes you come across a sustainable fashion label that makes style absolutely effortless. Ethically made in LA, using eco-conscious textiles, Linden is one such label. Committing to ethical and sustainable fashion need not require you to sacrifice your sense of style, and Linden proves this. I was gifted this stunning monochrome skirt to style for this post, worn here with my own hand-knitted recycled cotton cardigan and organic cotton nursing tee. Described as the “hottest

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Three Things I Love: Party Dresses for New Years

[pinterest] Seeing as my little bubs is due on January 3rd, I won’t be doing much partying this New Years- I may not even make it to midnight! But I can still day dream of the gorgeous sustainable party dresses that I would love to don this New Years. 1. Eliza Zig Zag Dress by People Tree, a Fairtrade certified dress made with organic cotton. People Tree offers tortoise and lady grey readers

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Sustainable Fashion Outfit 3: Red Dress, Red Lips

[pinterest] It’s been a while since I’ve posted outfit inspiration, so I thought it about time I posted another sustainable fashion outfit. Today’s outfit is inspired by this beautiful portrait by Jade Sheldon. Her copyright restrictions don’t allow me to share the actual image in this post, but it is well worth checking out the original- it is a beautiful photograph. My sustainable style adaption of the portrait features the following:

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Pioneers of Sustainable Fibre Clothing Braintree

[pinterest] Sustainable fashion is becoming easier to access, with more and more labels choosing sustainable natural fibres as the basis for their range. For this we must acknowledge the role of early pioneers of sustainable fibre clothing, who sought out these fibres long before they were easily available. One such pioneer is UK-based Braintree Clothing*, who have been producing natural fibre clothing since the mid 1990s. Braintree* utilise a number of natural

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Innovative Zero Waste Fashion Label tonlé

This week I am thrilled to showcase the work of tonlé, an ethical zero waste fashion label based in Cambodia. From sourcing high quality remnant fabrics, to inviting staff to model the garments, to searching for sustainable locally made buttons and buckles, it is clear that this label has built ethics and sustainability into all aspects of tonlé’s design, manufacture and marketing practices. The beautiful collection is manufactured using 90% high

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