Sustainable chic is season's hottest style

(Edmonton) Think of it as second-hand stylish, recycled chic or even renaissance couture. However you frame it, it’s an event not to miss: this year’s sustainable fashion show entitled Rethink. Refashion. Reborn. is taking place at noon today on the Students’ Union Building Stage.

Proving that fashion never really goes out of style, this event—delivered in partnership with Eco Style Students’ Association, the Office of Sustainability and Goodwill Industries of Alberta—is a good opportunity for students to beef up their wardrobe without breaking the bank. No matter what style students are looking for—preppy, hipster, rock or jock—this one covers the fashion spectrum.

What makes this event different from the shows in Milan and Paris is that the featured fashions won’t be coming out in the spring line; many of them will be available for purchase after the show. The clothing, provided by Goodwill, will be on sale in a mobile boutique from 1 to 2 p.m.

“This fashion show is a great opportunity to showcase the kinds of stylish outfits people can put together from gently used clothing,” says Emily Dietrich, outreach co-ordinator with the Office of Sustainability.

Aside from finding that perfect addition to the wardrobe or perhaps that must-have accessory, Dietrich says, the purchases benefit social and environmental sustainability. They further Goodwill’s mission to support people with disabilities. And they reduce landfill space by repurposing good-condition garments.

“By choosing to purchase vintage or second-hand clothing, we’re reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfills and lowering overall consumption levels. By making these choices, and making commitments to sustainable living, through projects such as the Office of Sustainability’s One Simple Act on Campus program, together we can all have a large impact on our environment and communities.”

Students interested in supporting the sustainable chic movement or seeking more information on how to get involved in One Simple Act on Campus can check out the EcoStyle and Office of Sustainability booths that will be set up at the show.