ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Fifty-Four

Obviously, because I love working at The Social Outfit, much of the clothing I wear and show here are exclusive pieces from our creative and ethical social enterprise. But that is only part of what I wear. So this post is an opportunity to share some other gear I’ve been wearing lately…

Earlier this year I went back to South Africa with some of my family, for a holiday. It was a lovely opportunity to see what locally-made, and African-continent fashion was available. When I saw this two-piece Kisua outfit, I was happy! Here I am wearing it in May…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Claire Pain leopard brooch, handmade beads, Kisua two-piece outfit from South Africa, second-hand Adidas shoes.

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Then this is me this year on my birthday, in May also. It was a delight to see how I could match this locally-made South African peplum top with The Social Outfit‘s own silk wide leg pants…

STS 254 3Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from the op shop, Tatty Devine earrings and mirror-parrot necklace, PCF ring-pull bracelet from The Social Outfit, Plus-Fab top from South Africa, The Social Outfit silk wide leg pants and gold fabric belt, Birkenstock sandals, Ken Done bag, Red Parka bag from Tasmania.

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Back at work for a Saturday shift last week; I’m in the comfortable and *fashionable* The Social Outfit duds…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Japan, Haus of Dizzy locally-made earrings, Uniqlo skivvy, The Social Outfit silk shirt dress, The Social Outfit leggings (from Seafolly donated fabric), Nike shoes. Detail: Tatty Devine ‘Tudor House’ earrings and anchor necklace.

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And then for a Sunday catch up with friends – and the suddenly cooler Sydney weather – it was my *perfect* chance to wear this unworn, 1980s Canadian-made Ken Done denim jacket. I found it quite recently on Etsy and it was too good not to add to the collection!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, skivvy dress from the original Dangerfield store in Melbourne (which I bought when I was about 19 years old), earrings from op shop, Ken Done original denim jacket from Canada (bought from Etsy, manufactured 1980s, unworn), The Social Outfit skirt (from Seafolly fabric), Black Milk leggings.

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xo

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This is what I was wearing this last week, whilst doing the work of The Social Outfit

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Lily earrings from Melody Ehsani, gifted beads from my grandmother, Tatty Devine necklace, The Social Outfit polka-dot crop top and wide leg pants, with Nina Maya detail in grey colour-way, ‘The Social Outfit loves Nina Maya’ silk tunic in yellow colour-way, Birkenstock sandals. Detail: Tatty Devine ‘Lover’s Eye’ ring.

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Here, a whole outfit made in-store by us, and all from Seafolly donated fabric…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, earrings from ‘Pearls Before Swine’ (now Doodad and Fandango), Tatty Devine heart glasses necklace, handmade beads, The Social Outfit palm-tree sports blouse X mini-circle skirt X leggings… all made from Seafolly fabric donations and Nike shoes. Detail: silver rings from South Africa.

STS_251_4As you can see, so much of our clothing now is about fantastic collaborations with Australian fashion designers… so many people helping us out. Outstanding!
STS_251_5Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from DresdenTatty Devine earrings and necklace, Tabitha Cambodia single strand lime green necklace sold at The Social Outfit onlineThe Social Outfit crop tunic top (fabric donated from Seafolly), ‘The Social Outfit Loves Rapp‘ silk tunic top, The Social Outfit circle skirt (fabric donated from alice McCALL), The Social Outfit leggings (fabric donated from Seafolly), and Nike shoes.
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This June, The Social Outfit will have been developing great fashion as a part of our employment and training work for two whole years. I love that I can now regularly wear whole outfits of our clothing… like this:

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, handmade earrings and necklace, Tatty Devine ‘Blue Jewel’ necklace (re-worked), ‘The Social Outfit Loves Community’ silk crop tunic top (Karen, Burma style), ‘The Social Outfit Loves Rapp‘ abstract-style silk tunic, The Social Outfit silk wide leg pants, Birkenstocks. Detail: The Social Outfit plastic white tote bag (donated fabric).

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And another look from this week:

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from op shop, op-shop necklaces, Tatty Devine gold signature necklace, ‘The Social Outfit Loves Dragstar‘ Pac-Man silk tunic top, The Social Outfit lycra sleeveless dress (donated Seafolly fabric), The Social Outfit leggings (donated Seafolly fabric), Nike shoes from eBay.

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xo

ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Thirty-Nine

Show: Last Wednesday the *amazing* Australian fashion-icon, Linda Jackson dropped by The Social Outfit‘s working space in Newtown to say hello. We’re not really set up for guests at present – which really means we’re basically working out of a *very sparse* large room on King Street – but for Linda I can make exceptions! Plus, I like that some of our long-term supporters get to see the humble beginning we’re starting from…

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The photo here is Linda and me in an alleyway near the store, and after paying her visit, as always, she was *incredibly* enthusiastic about what we’re doing. Hooray for all our supporters and thanks for taking the time to drop by, Linda xo

And Wednesday continued to prove a busy day… After catching-up with Linda, I was off to an evening speaking gig as part of the regular Think Act Change schedule: specifically organised with Fashion Revolution Day on ethical and socially-responsible fashion. Melinda Tually (pictured below), is the Regional Co-ordinator for Fashion Revolution Australia & NZ, and she invited The Social Outfit to say a few words about our social enterprise approach (as inspired by, of course, our *ACE* sister organisation, The Social Studio). It was a pleasure to speak with the likes of Dane O’Shanassy from Patagonia, Kelly Elkin from ALAS and Nerida Lennon. Plus, the crowd was very engaged and interested, which was great!

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, handmade necklace, Uniqlo skivvy, ‘The Social Outfit loves Linda Jackson‘ silk dress, TS dress underneath, retail tights and socks, Fluevog shoes. Unit Portables bag from Japan.

And then this was my outfit last Friday, when we had family in town over the holiday break…

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, handmade earrings, skivvy from op shop, Laura Ashley dress from op shop, Saba belt, Tatty Devine ‘Gilbert & George’ brooch, Black Milk leggings, retail socks, Fluevog boots.

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Fashion Revolution Day‘ itself was Thursday 24 April 2014. It marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza, Savar Building collapse in Bangladesh. This year’s campaign was marked as go #InsideOut: and ask, “Who Made Your Clothes?” So here I am wearing my The Social Studio dress inside-out for the day…

IMG_3546Tell: Handmade earrings, Tatty Devine necklace, The Social Studio dress worn #InsideOut, Saba belt, Spin Dance Australia petticoat, retail tights and socks, Fluevog boots.

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I bought this dress many years ago directly from The Social Studio’s Collingwood store, and it’s still going strong. That’s what I love about quality clothing. And, as I was wondering about previous outfits wearing this dress, I came upon this outfit below from my ‘What Ken Be Done’ days… worn 15 April 2011, that means this dress piece is at least 3 years old, AND the fabric was excess stock in the first place… (original post here)…

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Tell: Ken Done glasses, Tatty Devine necklace, The Social Studio silk necklace, The Social Studio dress, low-crotch leggings donated by Benny, Ken Done scarf as wrist band, Birkenstocks, Ken Done bag.

And, speaking of years gone by, and quality, did you see that The Social Studio is turning 5 years old in May? I can’t be in Melbourne for the party, but I am *clapping my hands* non-stop from Sydney, congratulating the whole team, and community for all their fabulous work. Hip hip hooray for The Social Studio! If you’re in Melbourne, please do stop by them…I thought it then, and I think it now: They’re *good fashion for good* xo xo