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Oh yes, I really need a vacation! Maybe you feel the same right now? Unfortunately, I will only be able to enjoy the sound of the sea, warm sand between my toes and lots of laziness at the end of September. What helps me to get through the waiting? I just put on a summer outfit and mentally beam myself to an island. Preferably to Singapore. You can find out below why and what that has to do with this outfit. 🙂
Holiday feeling to wear
My current favorite summer look is a t-shirt with a palm tree print combined with a striped maxi skirt. I’m totally into pattern mix anyway and think that these two pieces just fit together wonderfully. The whole outfit in white and (ocean-) blue and I’m already in a holiday mood.
T-shirt from the trendy eco fashion label DEDICATED
I really didn’t need a new t-shirt this year. But I just couldn’t resist this one. The t-shirt with the beautiful striking palm pattern is from the Swedish eco fashion label DEDICATED. The company works with various international designers, illustrators and artists regarding the motifs of their cool pieces. The t-shirt is made from organic cotton and Fairtrade certified.
An outfit that evokes memories
I purchased both the skirt and the belt in Singapore a few years ago, where we lived for a long time. That’s why (and of course because of the palm trees) the outfit reminds me of Singapore and thus of tropical weather, sunsets by the sea, delicious cocktails in hip rooftop bars, exotic food and much more. Our time in Singapore was really exciting and when I put on this outfit, I automatically associate it with our many great experiences there.
Striped skirt from the vegan eco fashion label Zhai
With this maxi skirt made of bamboo viscose, I started one of my first attempts to buy environmentally friendly clothes back in 2012. I was super happy when I found the small shop of Zhai (at that time still in Haji Lane in the Muslim district of Kampong Clam) and bought the skirt and a few t-shirts there. Meanwhile, Singapore’s first green fashion brand has grown quite a bit. Zhai is now represented with several shops in Singapore and Malaysia and offers worldwide shipping for orders on its own online shop.
If you are keen to find out more about Zhai, I had the opportunity to interview Danielle, the owner of Singapore first eco & vegan fashion brand. You can find it here: Let’s talk eco…with Danielle of Zhai Singapore.
Is bamboo viscose really sustainable?
Bamboo grows very quickly without the use of fertilizers or pesticides. Nevertheless, clothing made of bamboo viscose is not automatically environmentally friendly, because intensive chemical treatment is necessary for the production of viscose. It therefore makes sense to ask the respective manufacturer about their production methods. According to Zhai, their textiles are manufactured in a closed cycle and the solvent used is 99.5% recycled. No residues of the used chemicals remain in the clothing, which is certified with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. That is why the bamboo viscose from Zhai is comparable to the Tencel® material, which is classified as sustainable. But the assessment of the ecological balance of textile fibers is a complex topic and opinions differ quite a bit.
At last a short detour to Singapore
There’s something I still have to tell you: Contrary to popular belief, Singapore is worth more than just a short stop-over! There is so much to experience on this island, because Singapore is really diverse. In addition to the almost endless selection of culinary delights from around the world, the many sights, museums and festivals, the lively districts of China Town, Little India and Kampong Glam, my absolute highlights are the many green spots on the island. There are an incredible 300 parks and 4 nature reserves in Singapore. Just perfect for nature freaks like me. My favorite green spot is the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in northern Singapore. Here you can walk through a mangrove area, watch birds and lizards, and there are even crocodiles. I think that Singapore is nowhere more original than there.
Feel free to contact me if you are planning a trip to Singapore, I will be happy to give you tips (rooftop bars are my specialty). 🙂
All the best, Mary
P.S. Here are a few impressions of Singapore for you.
Photo credit: Fashion photos by Renata Z-P // Photos of Singapore: Mary Schmidt