This Style Setter Is Switching to Slow Fashion Only—Here's Why

For the longest time, the term “sustainable fashion” evoked to me an image of a rather bohemian style—something on the more organic side that’s definitely not aligned with the luxury pieces my eye naturally gravitates toward. Spoiler alert (and I don’t admit this often): I was very, very wrong.

Brands have been increasingly conscious about the materials they use and the processes they follow, resulting an uptick in slow fashion versus cheap, disposable pieces. And sustainable style doesn’t have to mean that the fiber of the cotton shirt you’re wearing came from a tree in some pastoral land; it can also mean investing in quality pieces you wear over and over again.

While scrolling through my discover page for sustainable fashion inspo, Orion Carloto popped up. She’s a seriously cool L.A.-based poet and artist who somehow can make a stack of pancakes look chic. She’s like a real-life embodiment of the beige mood board I saved in my collections back in January, so obviously I wanted to chat with her about sustainable fashion and the collections she turns to now that she’s more conscious about her shopping habits (hi, AG).

“My best friend is unbelievably educated on slow fashion versus fast fashion, and to be honest, I never really understood it, nor did I care,” she told me. “It wasn’t until we sat down and had a talk about it and she really laid down the (harsh) facts of how fast fashion isn’t just affecting the fashion industry, but also the environment and our people.”

I couldn’t agree more, so we went a little deeper on this subject, and trust me when I say the girl knows how to style one wildly chic sustainable wardrobe. Keep reading to see what I mean…