Keisha P. Crabtree

It’s time men were part of the fast fashion conversation

(Raph Dilhan)

One of the things I get asked most about from my time on BBC One’s fabulous The Great British Sewing Bee last year, is the denim dress I fashioned from recycled old jeans in Episode Six. In the interest of sustainability, fans of the show have reached out to me and shared that it inspired them to dig out their old clothes (often from their husband’s wardrobes), and have a go at recycling themselves.

But I have noticed a pattern – the vast majority are women. While we are all aware by now of the need to wean ourselves off our fast fashion addiction, the emphasis is often on making women’s wardrobes more sustainable.

Refashioning and upcycling are a wonderful by-product of being able to sew, but I worry that the cultural perceptions around sewing still put men off.

All too often, traditionally “feminine” creative aspirations that boys

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As fashion evolves each year, a new power dynamic is coming into play more than ever. A study by Business of Fashion revealed that women designed 40% of womenswear fashion brands, but they only make up about 14% of leadership positions among the largest fashion brands. Another report found that women lead less than 13% of Fortune 1000 Retail and Apparel companies.

However, there is little doubt that female fashion founders are increasingly making their mark by promoting sustainable products, revolutionizing plus-size fashions, and championing inclusive designs.

The Women Behind Fashion’s New Sustainable Statements

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Best Plus Size Clothing 2022

After decades of being underrepresented in fashion, the plus-size apparel market is thriving; according to Statista, it’s worth an estimated $24 billion and growing at a rapid pace. With this explosion of demand comes more options, obviously, which means shopping for plus-size fashion is no longer confined to a handful of speciality stores or limited sections within larger department stores. Instead, everyone from retail giants like Nike to fashion-forward labels like Reformation have embraced more inclusive sizing and released freshly imagined collections that speak to a more diverse audience. The issue now is not so much a lack of options, but finding the very best places to shop for plus-size clothing in what’s become a very crowded market.

While everyone will have a different opinion

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