Have you ever found yourself tuning out from a musician because of their beliefs? Or have you grappled with the challenge of separating an artist from their problematic ideologies? I know I certainly have. It’s a situation many of us can relate to. Finding solace and joy in people and things that resonate with our own values is, in a way, a form of self-care. It’s about preserving a sense of inner peace by avoiding the burden of association with artists or brands that clash with our convictions.
When we talk about holistic wellness, we’re talking about a comprehensive approach that encompasses not just what we eat or our physical health but extends to every facet of our lives. From the clothes we wear to the music we listen to, our hairstyles, and even the little accessories that bring us joy – all these elements play a role in nurturing a serene mind and a fulfilled heart.
Our wellness lies in everything that positively affects us. The clothes we wear and how we wear them deeply affect our mood. Fashion can be a secret weapon to fully finding confidence in yourself and the key to exploring your sensuality. This makes it an intricate addition to personal growth and development.
The importance of responsible fashion
Let’s dive into the world of fashion, shall we? It’s not just about shopping for stylish pieces that match your vibe. In today’s world, responsible fashion is more crucial than ever, especially when considering the state of our planet and the staggering levels of carbon emissions. You might wonder, “What on earth do my fashion choices have to do with carbon emissions?” Well, here’s the breakdown.
The fashion industry often gets a bad rap for its association with waste and contributing to carbon emissions. Enter the sustainability conversation, which isn’t so much a debate as it is an undeniable reality. As far as we know, the numbers tell a sobering story: the fashion industry churns out a whopping 92 million tonnes of textile waste annually, stemming from producing 100 billion garments each year. Currently responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, the garment industry is projected to increase its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030.
With this knowledge in mind, it becomes clear that the responsibility of making sustainable fashion choices falls on our shoulders. By consciously making sustainable fashion choices, we not only rid ourselves of the guilt associated with environmental damage but also create a more harmonious space within our clothing. By doing this, we fashion a habitat where style meets responsibility.
Nigerian brands encouraging holistic wellness with fashion
Discovering Nigerian brands that genuinely prioritise wellness and sustainability in their fashion offerings can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. But fret not! We’ve rolled up our sleeves and undertaken the arduous task of uncovering these gems for you. Allow us to introduce you to these brands that wholeheartedly embrace the principles of wellness and sustainability in their production processes.
Emmy Kasbit, led by founder Emmanuel Okoro, is a trailblazer in sustainable and holistic fashion. They merge traditional African aesthetics with contemporary style to empower individuals through conscious choices. The brand prioritises sustainability by using eco-friendly materials like locally sourced fabrics, reducing their carbon footprint, and supporting local communities. Ethical production practices ensure fair wages and safe working conditions. This commitment to ethical fashion reflects their holistic approach to well-being. Emmy Kasbit’s designs enhance self-expression and mental well-being, offering comfort and confidence to wearers. They engage with their community through collaborations and initiatives, aligning with the holistic wellness philosophy.
Nkwo, led by designer Nkwo Onwuka, is a leading name in sustainable and holistic fashion. They champion conscious consumerism and responsible fashion choices and are known for their creative use of upcycled materials to create eco-friendly clothing. Nkwo promotes sustainability and mindful fashion consumption through its innovative approach. The brand also advocates for gender-neutral fashion, fostering inclusivity and self-expression, which aligns with the holistic wellness philosophy. Nkwo actively engages with local artisans and communities, empowering them economically through collaborative efforts and reflecting a holistic approach to well-being.
Kilentar, founded by Aderinsola (Dera) Adewuyi, seamlessly blends tradition, sustainability, and holistic wellness in its fashion offerings. It honours African heritage while embracing modern sustainability, infusing traditional African elements into its designs to preserve culture and enhance a sense of belonging and well-being for wearers. Eco-friendly materials and ethical production practices are key pillars of the brand’s commitment to sustainability, appealing to those seeking holistic well-being through responsible fashion choices. Kilentar also champions body positivity and self-acceptance, allowing individuals to feel comfortable and confident, thus contributing to their mental and emotional well-being.
Under designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal’s guidance, Orange Culture is a beacon of inclusivity and self-care in fashion. Their commitment to empowering individuals to embrace their unique identities and promoting gender inclusivity and self-expression aligns seamlessly with the principles of holistic well-being. Beyond fashion, the brand advocates for mental health awareness, extending the concept of holistic wellness into mental well-being. Orange Culture’s designs not only exude comfort and style but also ensure that wearers look and feel good, catering to physical and emotional well-being.
Mindful fashion choices
Mindfully Curate Your Wardrobe
When picking pieces that fit your style and match your happiness, you have to be mindful of the contents of your wardrobe. To ensure you’re curating perfection, pay attention to the state of your wardrobe. Start by decluttering your closet, keeping only items that truly resonate with your style and values. After decluttering, build a versatile capsule wardrobe of timeless, mix-and-match pieces that suit various occasions.
Embrace Sustainable Choices
To do your part in helping the environment and humanity, shop for sustainable brands. The brands listed above are a great start if you’re looking for brand options. Also, invest in well-made, durable pieces that will last longer and reduce the need for frequent replacements.
Do It Yourself!
Do you have old clothing pieces with captivating patterns or textures but are not ready to let them go? Just DIY it! Experiment with DIY projects and upcycle old clothing items to give them new life and add a unique touch to your wardrobe.
Before purchasing, ask yourself if the item aligns with your style, values, and overall well-being. Buying clothing pieces because they are trendy and not because of their functionality is not a good decision. You might eventually throw out the clothing item or never wear it. Avoid impulsive buys and consciously make sustainable fashion choices.
Holistic fashion choices do not start and end with the clothes you wear. Extend your holistic approach to fashion to grooming products. Opt for natural, nourishing skincare and cosmetic products.
Regular Self-care Check-ins
We often check in on friends and family, but what about ourselves? Before stepping out, take a moment to look in the mirror and assess how your outfit makes you feel. Repeat positive affirmations to yourself and remind yourself that you look amazing (as always). This will give you a confidence boost to start your day.
Prioritising holistic wellness
Without a doubt, the concept of wellness has transcended the boundaries of our mental and physical states, weaving its way into our very outward appearance and our evolving perception of fashion. It’s an exciting shift that calls for a new level of consciousness in our choices.
As we embark on this fashion journey, let’s commit to prioritising sustainability. Consider the impact of your fashion choices on the environment, your community, and your inner self. Seek out brands like Emmy Kasbit, Nkwo, Kilentar, and Orange Culture, leading the charge in sustainable and holistic fashion.
Let your fashion choices reflect not only your personal style but also your dedication to a better world. Choose garments that align with your values and resonate with your sense of well-being. Each piece you wear can tell a story, not just of fashion but of your commitment to a harmonious coexistence with the planet and a more confident, fulfilled self.
In this era where fashion and wellness intertwine, let’s be mindful, conscientious, and compassionate consumers. By doing so, we enhance our individual well-being and contribute to the well-being of our planet and our global community. So, step into a world where style and responsibility harmonise, and let’s make fashion a holistic and sustainable expression of who we are.