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      Build your essential wardrobe with this seasons monotone staples:

      Look 1: The perfect white T shirt, "Portofino" worn with drop crotch viscose pants, "Momofuko".

      Look 2: Our organic cotton poplin shirt, "Hendaye", worn with organic cotton jersey slouch pants, " Sandy Lane" and a Merino wool rib roll neck pull over.

      Look 3: The new Merino wool ponte kimono coat "Darleys", worn with Momofuko and Hendaye.

      Look 4: Our box cut crop organic cotton T shirt "Shortgrain" and Sandy Lane

      Eco tip of the week… Tluxe bamboo

      IMAGE: Giant Bamboo Japan by Josef Hoflehner

      The fashion industry can leave a pretty hefty environmental footprint from the chemicals used in making fabrics to the landfill required for all those clothes that wear out. Here at Tluxe we’ve tried to lessen our impact on the planet with the creation of an Essentials range, which we’ve launched this season, and plan to slowly and quietly expand on in months to come.

       The aim is to provide you with quality pieces in sustainable fabrics, which will become the core building blocks of your wardrobe. It’s all about the perfect T-shirt, the perfect skirt, or the perfect pair of leggings.

      Finding the most flattering fit and combining it with a certain timeless style is a key part of the formula for our Essentials range. So too is our focus on using high quality fabrics such as bamboo, which has a reputation for being the world's most renewable material due to it’s fast-growing nature and ability to thrive without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides.

      Just take a look at our wear-them-forever, super-soft and super-comfortable bamboo tube pencil skirt and maxi tube skirt. By choosing organic fibres or sustainable fabrics you’re doing your bit in contributing to a brighter, chemical-free future, and there's no doubt that's a good thing.

      Eco clothing tip of the week

      Think about how you wash you clothes. Image thanks to Zena Holloway.

      Research has shown that the greatest damage clothes do to our environment is not in their construction and distribution, but in washing them. Throwing a load in the washing machine not only involves large quantities of water but also energy and chemicals. Greener threads, like our very own Tluxe spring/summer collection, are those that can be cold washed and line dried.

      The next best aspect in terms of earth-friendly clothing, according to eco aficionados, relates to longevity. And this has as much to do with styling as it has to do with the quality of the fabric you choose. In fact, you’re better off choosing a classic style in traditional high quality cotton, that you’d still wear 10 years down the track, than an of-the-moment number in organic bamboo, which will end up in the charity bins in six months time.

      And of course, if you can combine style with organic and natural fibres, like we try our very best to do here at Tluxe, then you’re onto a real winner, for both you and the longevity of the planet. For other ideas on fashion with a conscience, check out some of our favourite blogs, including British Vogue’s Green Style, US site, and our very own, Australian-based How Big is your Eco.

      Inspire me... the green spring clean

      Having a spring clean and donating all those old t-shirts to charity? Why not make like Vivienne Westwood – who recently launched her second ethical range  – and try a little upcycling? We like designer Elena Garcia’s suggestion in the Ecologist, of turning unwanted tees into kimono-style tops by cutting two short or long sleeved t-shirts diagonally, making sure they have different lengths and then wear one on top of the other to create an interesting layering effect.

      Transform your worn-out jeans into cut-off shorts and get another few seasons out of them or try reviving a faded dress, shirt or pair of trousers by dyeing them. And then there’s the art of clever styling. Take some tips from Sheena Matheiken, who wore one little black dress for a year, freshening it up with vintage jewellery, hats, scarves and all manner of accessories so it looked different every day.

      If you still feel the need for a retail fix think about the fabrics you’re buying. Hemp blends, bamboo, organic cotton and Tencel (made from wood pulp) are your best bet for mixing long-wearing comfort with eco-credentials, as are renewable fabrics including wool and silk.

      And don’t feel bad about shopping. If you choose carefully, buy locally-produced or select from many of the growing number of ethically-minded brands, you’ll be supporting people whose livelihoods depend on textile production. One of our favourites right now (aside from the new Tluxe summer collection of course!) is Parisian accessories label Matières à Réflexion (pictured above), who transform old leather jackets and trousers into cool new bags.