Conscious Christmas Party Outfits: Make Christmas Ethical Again

Conscious Christmas Party Outfits: Make Christmas Ethical Again

You know what time it is? It’s the festive party season which makes those long dark winter days a little bit brighter.  But as the final month of the year has started, sequinned Christmas party outfits adorn shop windows and online stores alike. Office parties and family get togethers are filling our diaries to the rim, calling for constant wardrobe upgrades. 

Last year, Brits spent a staggering £3.5bn on Christmas party clothing. From these glittery outfits, 8 million will have been worn just once before they end up in a landfill. In many ways, Christmas puts in bold the many ways fast fashion has ushered a throwaway culture. 

At the time of writing, Boohoo had 81 dresses, 40 skirts and 217 dresses for £5 or less. Rather than singling out the brand, it is key to stress that other fast fashion brands shoulder Boohoo in their joined race to the bottom. 

Conscious Festive Season Is On The Up 

But the climate crisis is starting to challenge these problematic festive conventions. Fashion is slowly entering the sustainability transition that food already underwent. In the past 12 months, sales growth has fallen to just 0.1%, compared to 2.8% a decade ago. Brexit uncertainty and a wish to eradicate wasteful accumulation have propelled the weak consumer demand.

There are very concrete steps we can take to ensure we don’t add on to the pile of waste. 

We can take on conscious festive season by carefully reevaluating the need for excessive spending, new Christmas party outfits and presents with no long-term usability. In many ways, it requires a conscious distinction between cultural tradition and raw capitalist consumption. 

Add These Conscious Christmas Party Outfits To The Shopping Basket

Selecting brands, materials and aftercare are key aspects of a conscious festive season. In November, we created a sustainable fashion 101 to guide you through the jungle.

Before adding an item to the basket – virtual or real – a slow fashion rule of thumb is to ask ourselves: Am I likely to wear it more than 30 times? Started by Eco-Age’s Livia Firth, this works to substitute the throwaway culture with an investment mindset. 

To start off the conscious Christmas festive season, we have compiled some conscious Christmas party outfits below. With durability and timelessness in mind, we encourage you to contemplate whether the #30wears applies to your purchase. 

Jumpsuit – Judie Jumpsuit, People Tree – it’s vegan and empowers disadvantaged women of the local slum 

Earrings – Bead and Shape Earrings in Brass, People Tree – Nickel free, Handmade and Fair Trade

Shoes – D’Orsay Pumps Mid Black, Avesu – Eco-friendly and ethically made

Necklace – Bahati Hammered Brass Cylinder Pendant, Yala – Nickel free, eco-friendly and ethically made

Young woman wearing a conscious Christmas party outfit

Jacket – Frank Womens Biker Jacket, TOBEFRANK – Sustainably sourced and all workers earn a living wage or above

Dress – Annabelle Asymmetric Ruffle Dress, /id/ – Offsets environmental impact and empowers women

Boots – Matt & Nat Taminda Black Boots, Avesu – Vegan and ethically made

Bag – Columbia Road crossbody bag, BEEN – Recycled materials and made in London

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Written by Kimie Frengler