Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has always been in the limelight so she has stepped up with her choice in clothing that’s dear to her heart. Sarah Staudinger, the co-founder of STAUD, was so honored that Meghan chose to wear one of her designs, a recycled nylon dress.
During her visit to the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, she wore an olive green shirt dress with a cream-coloured headscarf and flats. Not only was the look very chic but was made entirely from recycled nylon, showing her need to speak up for an eco-friendly lifestyle.
The designer told the press that the response to Meghan’s choice in clothing has been incredible and has given her great exposure to a much larger audience. This dress can be pre-ordered for $325.
From the beginning of the tour, her sustainable theme in clothing was apparent with her black and white print dress from Mayamiko. Mayamiko is an ethical, zero-waste fashion line that uses reclaimed, re-cycled materials along with locally sourced fabrics from Malawi.
Mayamiko has stepped up and trained disadvantaged women in their workshop and many of these women suffer from the HIV pandemic. Their line of clothing is produced in limited supplies and therefore Meghan’s Dalitso Dress was sold out almost immediately.
Meghan has also worn outfits she has re-cycled from her own closet, such as her blue Veronica Beard shirt dress and her striped Martin Grant maxi dress which she wore on her last tour.
This is not the first time the Duchess has chosen clothes from her closet, she also revamped a black jumpsuit from her Everlane collection which she wore in a video for British Vogue last September. This video was called Forces For Change which she played a large role in editing.
She has become a positive role model for women everywhere with her views about eco-friendly fashion. Zofia Day, Los Angeles-based and founder of Lisette Polyn Jewelry, said Meghan chose her pave diamond and gold bracelet to accessorize her Everlane jumpsuit.
She went on to say that Meghan is showing women that it’s beautiful to be conscious of our environment and you can make choices that make a difference.
This project has been a passion of Meghan’s since she and Harry announced their engagement. As a matter of fact, during one of her first royal walking tours, she wore a sustainable Welsh denim brand from Hiut Denim Co which creates organic sustainable jeans and employs from their own community.
The Duchess also dons ethical and socially conscious lines like Gabriela Hirst, Maggie Marilyn, Reformation, and Outland Denim. She chose Stella McCartney to design her evening wedding reception dress. Stella is considered an early pioneer of ethical fashion.
Many women have watched Meghan emerge as someone passionate about our environment and feel a need to make a strong statement to other women that it is chic and fashionable to wear clothes from recycled materials. Not only does she always look amazing, but she will not be a hypocrite when it comes to how she addresses concerns for our planet.
Each one of us should take a little time and go through our closets and see what we can bring back into the light of day. How many of us have clothes we have worn once and then just locked up in our closets never to be worn again? Maybe it’s time to reconsider!