Making Sure You Have The Right Wardrobe

Dad always said to use the right tool for the job. He could do anything – fix the car, build a fence, repair the plumbing, you name it he could do it. And he had a toolbox to envy. Using the right too for the job usually means you can do your job better. That is true with wardrobe, as well. He wore steel-toed boots as he did mechanic work. The right wardrobe is just a crucial to smooth performance of your job as the right tool. You wouldn’t work in a fan factory wearing peasant sleeves, and you wouldn’t run a marathon in stilettos. Here are some suggestions for the right wardrobe for working out and exercising. Does It Breathe? When I was a kid, “slick” material was the fashion. I hated that stuff, because it was like wearing an oven. You might as wear a plastic bag. It traps body heat in, and keeps even the motion of air generated as you walk from penetrating. When you exercise at home or a gym or health resort, you don’t have to get an entire closet full of gym clothes, but you really should get some that breathe. This will allow air to reach your skin, cooling it and helping you to avoid overheating. You also need fabric that will absorb perspiration. This also helps to cool you off. This is especially important in outdoor exercises and activities. By absorbing sweat, your clothing basically becomes an evaporative cooler, helping to keep your body heat down. This will improve your performance and reduce strain on your body’s systems. Getting hot...

Putting Old Clothes To Good Use

If your someone who agrees with the points of ethical fashion but doesn’t know how to go about helping, then you may want to think about recycling and reusing your old clothes. If you have a hard time getting rid of old clothes, then these pointers are for you! You don’t have to throw out that psychedelic paisley print blouse from the 70s, you can re-use it! Actually, there are a lot of useful purposes for old clothes. Here are some ideas for you, so that you don’t have to throw out perfectly good duds. Quilts Well, of course, the first thing people may think of are quilts, when they have old bits and pieces of clothing that they treasure. What a perfect way to commemorate your athletic season with a quilt made with the logo sections of your old jerseys and caps! You don’t have to be a quilter to do this, because most cities have quilting clubs that will do this for you. Take those play-clothes your toddlers wore two decades ago and have them appliquéd to a crazy quilt. You’ll love the results, and have the items out of storage, where you can enjoy them. Repurpose You can repurpose old clothes that you are particularly fond of. Take an old T-shirt with special meaning but holes under the sleeves. You can cut the shirt across the chest, just under the arms, and roll the edge over a couple of times. Add a length of elastic, and you have a mini-skirt! Take that old pair of jeans – you know, the skinny jeans you can’t wear any...

What Is Ethical Fashion?

Every season has its fashion shows, both in nature and in clothing. Autumn, with its brilliant coloring, is one of the most exciting in nature, and is almost as fertile in the human world with new runway styles from the fashion designers. But, what is ethical fashion?   Availability Ethical fashion looks beyond the high-stress, altruistic design studios of the famous clothing designers. It even goes beyond the less altruistic, yet equally high-stress distributorships of these designs. Big box stores may sell millions of knock-offs from the runway styles, enabling the common folk to wear what appears to be designer clothing, but how did the goods get from the design table to your local clothing rack? What makes those items available for your purchase? Ethics Ethics, actually seldom come to play with most clothing manufacturers. Much like any other business, the distributor often takes bids on a new clothing line, looking for whomever can produce the clothing for the least amount. It is not the distributor’s job to supervise work conditions in the factory with which they contract – their job is to make the product available. Who is responsible for the ethics of a healthy, safe workplace? If not the distributor’s responsibility, then whose? One could say that the responsibility of the government in charge of regulating commerce in the country that wins the bid. Others point out that, in developing countries, workers rights are not a priority, but rather increased business opportunities are the priority. One could also say that the workers in these undeveloped countries should stand up for better conditions. But, in countries with millions of...