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Hi everyone, it’s Justine. This is a Q&A video, and I do this now every
season, so four times a year. I asked you for questions on YouTube and on
Facebook, and I got in total over 240 (note: actually:more!) questions back. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and
your interest. So I decided in order to keep this video short
and digestible to go today with the questions that are quicker to answer and got more likes
from other viewers, because they seem to be more interesting for more people. And I’ve kept the more complex questions
for dedicated videos later on, so stay tuned. First question: How did your personal style
change throughout the years? It’s not like I always knew what suited
me; I think it’s the same for most of us. As a child, the only thing that mattered was
to wear skirts and dresses that turned when I turned, and in bright colors. That’s all. Then as a teenager, I got my feminine body
very late. So I was a tomboy until pretty late and dressing
in sweatpants and things that allowed me to do my sports. I really started to get in to the meaning
of clothing and putting outfits together when I started to study, and then to work, because
that’s when I realized that what I am wearing gives an impression about me, and I was giving
a not-so-professional, not-so-interesting, and not-so attractive impression. So when I started to work especially, first
I went with what would be considered appropriate office-wear, and then I realized that that
does not all work for me, and that’s when I really started to develop my own style. And I’m not there yet. I still feel like my style is changing every
season or every couple of years, so it’s an ongoing process, and I think it’s absolutely
normal. Have you faced criticism or have been ostracized
as a designer for speaking about fast fashion? Short answer, yes. I’ve heard fashion designers telling me
“Well, you shouldn’t spit on your industry like that. You’re making us have a bad reputation. All of us.“ Who is us? I’ve heard people saying “Oh, you produce
in Europe. Sweet. Whenever you really want to have proper margins
and make big money you’ll end up going to Southeast Asia like everyone else.” I produce in Europe. It fits my values, and I will prove these
people wrong by sticking to my values. To be honest I think there is a market for
every kind of brand. Fast fashion brands sell huge volumes. Clearly. But there’s also a lot more… many more
options in the market for more nichey brands, for more high end brands. There are customers for everything, and the
interest that my channel has found among you all watching here, proves that fast fashion
is not the only way. There are many people who wonder how to do
it differently, how to be more ethical in clothing shopping, etc. So there is a spot for everyone. I don’t have to go in to the obvious and
easy path, and I don’t want to. What are the top five items (clothing, accessories,
beauty products, etc.) that take a wardrobe from decent to noticeably on point? Five items… Shoes. Several pairs. But that counts as one. Colorful, unique, statement shoes. Have fun with your shoes. Then, jewelry. I like to keep my finger and hand jewelry
quite constant. You see that in many videos, because my hands
are me, so I tend to stick to a certain style of jewelry, instead of switching, unlike for
the shoes. So that’s two. Then I would say a very well-cut, well-fitting
leather jacket, or vegan leather jacket, because you can wear it over anything. Then I would say, item four: a perfect T-shirt. A T-shirt that really fits well, falls nicely,
in five different colors. Counting as only one item. It works with everything, and allows you to
switch up your wardrobe a lot more, and create many outfits. Number five: a lipstick of course. That fits you really, really well, and matches
your undertone. Next question. How do you organize your daily routine so
that you have enough time to work on your craft, but also to feed your creativity and
future ideas, by reading, watching movies, other channels, going to museums, etc? Seems like a really long list, and to be honest,
I can’t do all of that every day. I have two jobs, I have a fashion label. I have a YouTube channel. Everything else in between: I don’t have
time for all of this. But I do make sure that I do a bit of each
thing you mentioned within one week. This, yes. And I do have a daily checklist to achieve
and that contains learning something new, every single day, seeing something pretty,
and doing one thing that I don’t have to do, but that I like and enjoy doing. The rest is split and organized and shifted
around within one week. Next: Have you adopted any German fashion
traits since moving to Germany? So, I’m French, I live in Berlin. I think Germans dress more casually than French
people in general. If you take the capital cities, Berlin is
definitely more casual than Paris. 100%. If anyone disagrees, let me know. I’d be happy to discuss. But I think that’s the way it is. My style has gotten more casual since I’ve
lived in Germany, I think. It’s probably also due to the fact that
now I work for myself, and I can decide when to dress up or not. But when I do dress up people notice, and
I get a comment, in general. Like “Do you have an interview today?” Ha ha. Yeah, I think overall, I’m more casual. Hi Justine! The last couple of years, the concept of “cultural
appropriation” has been at the forefront of a lot of fashion news. What’s your opinion about it? Do you think it is right when, for example,
a white woman wears an African themed dress as a fashion statement, or should it be reserved
for cultural purposes only? And the viewer commenting this is from South
Africa, so that gives a bit of context, thank you. From my perspective, from where I’m standing
here in Europe, I feel like this has become more of a discussion topic recently. Very much in America, because I can see and
feel minorities feeling threatened, but I also see other cultures where it’s less
of an issue. For example in India, people would wear sari-style
clothing on one day and Western clothes the other day and they have both wardrobes. It’s more an issue for African cultures
I think, as you pointed out, as it’s apparently the case in your country as well, but when
an Indian person wears one thing or another, they just switch, and they appreciate the
advantages of both. If I’d go to India, I’d definitely try
on a sari, and I would love it, because it is just a beautiful piece of clothing. So when somebody who is not from a certain
culture likes to experiment or show respect and appreciation by wearing these clothes,
that are not stemming from their own culture, I think it can also be a sign of open-mindedness
and I don’t see a problem there. How do you decide what clothes and bags and
shoes to take when you go on holiday? I always overpack! Please give some tips. First off, hey there. I know exactly who you are, you bag lady. You were one of my very early subscribers,
so hi there. I’m gonna skip the clothes because it really
depends where you are on holiday and what your style is, but in terms of bags and shoes,
here is what I take with me. Shoes: 3 things. Flat sandals that are comfortable, but you
can still wear in the evening when you style yourself up a bit. Sandals. Then flip-flops, which I end up wearing the
most, to be honest. And a pair of sneakers. Just so that you also have closed shoes to
go on a hike, or uneven grounds, or if you’re commuting between two places during the holiday. So three pairs. And then in terms of bags, I’d say one backpack
in fabric. Something that you can fold away and store
in very little volume in your luggage when you’re not using it, a tote that you can
carry on your shoulder (a resistant solid one to carry all the stuff you need during
the day, put your towel in when you go to the beach and whatnot). And the third one would be a clutch format,
something like this. Cross-body with a chain so that you can carry
that around when you’re going out and you don’t have to worry about pickpockets or
anything. It’s safer cross-body. So that’s what I take. What is your fashion pet peeve? I have a very straightforward answer to this. I hate deconstructed denim. I know many people like it. Many designers do that because it works well
commercially, but I hate it. I like denim, but not deconstructed. Like when people take old jeans and turn it
in to a skirt and everything… Ugh! Yeah. I won’t design deconstructed denim things
anytime soon. You know what, I feel that this video is getting
very long so I’m going to stop it here, and we’re going to do a part 2 on Wednesday. What about that? This way I can take more questions because
there were so many good ones. Thumbs up if you enjoyed the video, and when
part two is online, it will show up here, somewhere on the screen. Ok? Until then, have a great Sunday. Take care. Bye!

James Carver

100 Replies to “Ostracized for talking about fast fashion? My fashion pet peeve? ǀ Spring Q&A ǀ Justine Leconte”

  1. Hi everyone! You saw this in the video: there will be a part 2 coming next week 😊. Happy to read what you would have answered to these questions! Have a wonderful Sunday 💜

  2. Hello Justine, long time watcher, but i have to say, i am very disappointed about your comment about cultural appropriation, particularly in South Africa.
    The black people of SA suffered under apartheid until the 1990's (i'm 35 so this was in my lifetime) and at the time, they were not allowed to celebrate their race, or wear their traditional outfit because, it was considered not worth celebrating. After many years of struggle and death, they are now celebrating the thing they were told wasn't good enough and the race that oppressed them wants to wear their traditional garb as fashion with not understanding, or valid reference to the oppression that was caused these people, and that is ok?
    While i understand your need to wear a beautiful outfit, it might be good to understand the context in which people might feel uncomfortable about their traditions which was once considered subhuman being minimised to a fashion statement.

  3. I feel like when people wear clothing from other cultures, it’s fine as long as they don’t disrespect the culture/clothing. Like cutting it more revealing than appropriate in the culture etc.

  4. I love watching your videos in the morning while having my breakfast. You are so calm and informative, perfect way to start the day! 🤓🌻

    Also, it was my birthday on Sunday! 😄

  5. My lunch and a video of Justine! Even chilles taste good! Thank you for the Q&A video. Do Please tell me if Indian art ever influenced you or inspired you by any manner!

  6. That's a beautiful dress ❤️ and thank you for talking about cultural appropriation. There's definitely a big difference between appreciating and mocking!

  7. Totally agree with the deconstructed denim comment. I love taking old things and making them into new, like one of my shirts into a dress for my daughter, but I just can't with denim.

  8. Hi Justine! Lovely videos! As a South African (and a huge fan!) I'd like to clarify something about cultural appropriation. There are three ideas that are often confused with each other (and I noticed you may have as well), so I thought I'd explain them a bit more to avoid confusion in the future.

    1) Cultural appreciation – when you go to another culture and, with respect, admire and participate in their culture with their invitation and openness. Like your example about going to India and trying on a sari – that would be cultural appreciation. You're still supporting the culture that the garment came from.

    2) Assimilation. This was your other example of India, how Indian people have a Western and an Eastern wardrobe. That is assimilation. Many countries that were colonised have instances of assimilation. During colonial times, and even now, to be seen as "professional", people from generally non-white cultures will take on aspects (like dress, accent) of the dominant culture to fit in. It's the result of colonialism suppressing native cultures and making them undesirable. Assimilation is the result of a power imbalance (or a history of one) and not as equal as cultural appreciation. A good example of this is black women being ordered to straighten their hair or wear a weave to look professional, because their natural hair is seen as untidy and ugly because of racism. They're not appropriating white women's straight hair – they have to as a matter of survival.

    3) Cultural appropriation is, essentially, cultural theft. It involves people from a dominant culture (usually white people) taking aesthetics, objects, designs, etc from a non-dominant culture without acknowledging the original culture. It includes selling the objects or designs, using sacred objects in inappropriate ways and disrespect. An example of this is white people taking things like Native American headdresses and using them as a prop in fashion photoshoots or for trendy Coachella outfits when they are highly sacred objects in Native American cultures and are earned through bravery and leadership. It can also be when designers from Europe or America take the prints designed and created by, say, Ghanian people and mass-producing it as a trend and making a lot of money off of it, without sharing that success with the original creators. Cultural appropriation is like plagarism and idea theft.

    It's also important to note that people in the diaspora tend to feel more affected by cultural appropriation than people in the homeland, so to speak. This is because when you're in the diaspora, you and your culture are often outsiders. People in the homeland are much more willing to share their culture because there is less of a power imbalance, so it then really is sharing instead of theft!

    I hope this helps clear it up! I would love it if you could collaborate with a designer or artist from one of the cultures that are often appropriated to discuss this topic! It is complex and very relevant in fashion. There are plenty of articles on line that I hope you will look into.

    Lots of love from South Africa!

  9. I love your videos, always so informative! Could you make a video about formal men's shoes? Here in Australia pointed winklepicker shoes are very popular and to be honest, they look really unflattering, especially paired with too short suit pants. It must be some classy and timeless men's shoe style out there?

  10. When it comes to cultural appropriation, it's important to see the difference between homeland and diaspora cultures. I'm Japanese-Canadian, and Japanese people in Japan tend to not mind people wearing kimonos because they're the dominant culture where they live, so that would be assimilating more than appropriating. However, here in Canada, it was illegal to be Japanese and for us to do anything "Japanese", so I've been forced apart from my culture. So for me to see someone doing something from my culture that I've been forced not to, it's just rubbing salt in a wound and I find it to be really inconsiderate of my culture's history and present-day experiences.

  11. In Singapore, we celebrate Racial Harmony Day in memory of race riots that occurred in 1964. Schools encourage students to wear their ethnic attire to class. Most of the time, we exchange our attires with friends of different races. It's always a fun day for us

  12. I think that you, and I judge by what I've seen in your videos, really take time to appreciate a culture and its characteristics before diving into the purely aesthetic side of fashion, which is why you're not guilty of fashion appropriation.

  13. Hi Justine! Love your channel! Could you maybe make a video about how to start learning how to sew? Like, the basic equipment you need, best ways of learning it if you've had no experience in other visual arts etc.? Or maybe someone out here in the comments has any recommendations?

  14. 😘I loved this video!! I have the same opinion on deconstructed jeans! My teens needed to hear what you said about your fashion impacting others’ perceptions of them. Because I am their mother, they tend to not always believe me when I say things, so THANK YOU for that!!! 😘

  15. I absolutely LOVE your balanced approach to fashion. In particular your views on cultural appropriation were sound and much needed. The issue is not so pronounced here in India and even South East Asian cultures. Within India itself, if a North Indian dresses up as a South Indian, it's not really an issue (Yes, all four geographical regions of India have different dressing styles. Even their sarees are differently styled). But, like you mentioned the issue is big in African American community and how it's being 'inappropriate' when a white person does it. That is a point we need to understand. Thoughts anyone?

  16. I'm against fast fashion, buy stuff when sth falls apart always in second hand stores, I mend my clothing. I also think that children who sew fast fashion clothing should be at school ! It's my opinion

  17. You're such a breath of fresh air on youtube, you're humble and honest and classy! I'm learning a lot from your channel so thank you for your videos. With a minimalist or capsule wardrobe, I'm worried I would get tired of each piece! But I'm trying my best on a budget 🙂

  18. I think it's important to educate us about Fast Fashion. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the consequences of that. It has made a difference in my buying decisions. Thank you!

  19. You are most welcomed to visit my country. Hope you have a very beautiful time and do collect various sarees of different states and cultures. You will really be amazed with the diversity in one garment.

  20. Justine, could you pleeeease do a video on what to look for when shopping for “timeless” pieces. Things that will always be “in style”. 🙏🏼😘

  21. Justine, how do you choose what to learn every day? Do you sometimes browse Wikipedia for random facts, because you haven't been able to fulfill this task till the evening? And what are your criteria for picking one thing that you like, every day? I guess, sitting around every night, playing video games, won't do the trick. 🙂

  22. Hi Justine! I always enjoy your videos. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. 😊 I have a question: I live in a part of Canada that gets very humid in the summer. I also sweat a lot. Plus, I need to look professional for at least part of the week. Do you have any suggestions for dealing with sweat and still looking put together? Thank you.

  23. Thank you! I will never buy fast fashion again. I hardly buy anything anymore since now my options are more expensive, but I have found I don't tire of my clothes as quickly when they are well-made and don't look 'grubby' as quickly. I have even started to buy some used items (10-20 years old or older) and since they were made prior to the fast fashion revolution, they are in better shape than new things from forever 21 or Zara. It has effected more areas of my life than fashion as well! When you start to think about the working conditions and environmental cost of production, almost everything starts to unravel. Find the truth and support what you can. We can do better!

  24. Justine! Do you happen to have any videos on how to dress a broad back? My mother is petite-ish but she has trouble because she has a broad back. Would you have any suggestions?

  25. Justine, I love your channel, but must push back on your response to the cultural appropriation question. People from dominant cultures might imagine they are "showing respect/appreciation" for other cultures by wearing clothes, hairstyles, etc. associated with minority cultures, but this perspective ignores the fact that oppressed groups are actively penalized for expressing their culture. For instance, when black people wear dreadlocks or afros they are often regarded as "unprofessional" in many workplaces. BUT white people who wear these hairstyles are considered edgy and cool and face no professional consequences. Non-Native people who wear Native American headdresses are ignoring that Native people were violently forced to abandon their traditional clothing and other markers of their culture and treating deeply meaningful garments as fashionable accessories "to experiment with." Wearing these reduces oppressed cultures to a series of costumes and stereotypes. These double standards demonstrate that if you are from a minority culture, and express it, you are bad for not blending in to dominant cultures. But if you're from a dominant culture and play around with the same expressions of minority cultures, you're just being different and having fun! The fact that people from dominant cultures feel like no one should be able to tell them what they are doing is wrong speaks to a legacy of entitlement to pick and choose from other peoples' cultural assets. There are many instances of fashion designers copying indigenous textile patterns/styles and selling it without any acknowledgement to the true owners: 1) 2) 3) As a designer yourself, wouldn't you consider this theft of intellectual property? I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on this.

  26. I had pretty frocks I hated as a child .too much trouble to keep clean.later as an art student i all over ..then I liked 80 s shoulder pads. Now I prefer classic good quality clothes .

  27. A few people have already commented on cultural appropriation. I think it depends on the situation and it's definitely more of an American thing at the moment. (The UN has recognized the behavior of the US healthcare and judicial services towards the African-American community as a humanitarian crisis, just to put this in context.) I am a white American and with the encouragement of my Chinese friends I have worn Chinese style dresses. I also work in the Japanese cultural field and as a result I have been sort of recruited by Japanese to sort of model kimono and yukata, or wear such clothing for festivals. In those cases I feel totally fine doing it because particularly in the Japanese context I'm usually actually being dressed by a Japanese person and in all of these cases I've been specifically asked to celebrate a culture with people who belong to it. However, I would not do something like dress up for Halloween like that and it would not be appropriate for me to get my hair braided like African Americans because 1. I don't have the right kind of hair for that and I'd end up destroying mine by having it put in such tight close braids and 2. I haven't been asked and it would not immediately be perceived as celebratory regardless of my intent. I also have been a little critical of the embroidery trend last summer because it specifically riffed off of Hungarian and Central/Eastern European embroidery. I'm half Hungarian so I do own properly done blouses with that kind of embroidery. When it was well done last year I liked it but there was a lot of machine done mass produced crap going around and …. I don't like my culture being sold like that. So I think if you have permission, celebrate the culture, and do it well it's not appropriation, but otherwise …. watch out.

  28. Hey Justine, you explained in one video that since your skin tone is orange, you should avoid blue. I'm in the same boat, but I feel less confident about that blue. You can definitely rock that blue. How come? Is it the blue undertones?

  29. I really like your reply about the use of garments from other cultures. I feel similar. I only found out in Instagram about this. An account telling "white girls" not to have corn roads in their hairs because it was part of the black culture. Until that moment I had never thought about it that way. And after giving it some thought I thought I like wearing things from other cultures, and I like others knowing and wearing things from my culture. For me it is also a homage given to the piece and the culture. It brings the culture to topic and it also expands knowledge about the culture.

  30. I’m Filipino immigrant living in the US, and if someone of a different culture decided they wanted to wear a barong or mara clara gown, and other traditional dresses, it would make me so happy that people love the aesthetics of my culture, it’s beauty. If I’m being completely honest, I never heard of “cultural appropriation” outside of American conversations. Culture is not property, they are abstract concepts which transform and are subject to each person, so you can’t steal something that cannot be privately owned. I can only speak from observation, but I feel like majority of Asians simply do not care if non-Asians gain inspiration from us, in fact we are most likely thrilled to see others love our culture as much as we do! The correct term is “cultural diffusion,” you learn this basic human history, meaning the natural exchange and exposure of different cultures through the interactions of humans who quite literally expanded their horizons! With the advent of airplanes and the internet, this is happening very rapidly, and there is nothing inherently degrading or offensive about it; I believe it’s necessary, beautiful, and trying to box people, or telling them what they can or cannot do stifles that progression because it damages the natural course of human interaction.

  31. Thank you very much, Justine! As always very informative and very positive video) I am just starting to rceate something myself and You helped me a lot!!!) Specially about how to organize your working place, or to change your wardrobe and shopping habbits… etc.
    Looking forward for the next videos. Take care)

  32. Hi justine, I have watched your videos for about a year now… and many times thought of writing to you this… please please come to India 🙂

  33. Wonderful video! Thank you for the candid Q & A. Also, the color of lipstick you are wearing is absolutely perfect with your complexion and outfit. It's so nice you post the color with each video. Cheers!

  34. Silly question, but how often do you wear your own collection or pieces of them? And how often do you tell people that they're design by you?

  35. I have the same fashion pet peeve! It's one thing to have a well loved, faded pair of jeans I wore out myself, but to buy something that looks messed up? I don't get it, LOL. As always, I love your channel. 🙂

  36. As usual, great video Justine and I love how you express your opinions without sounding bombastic!

    P.S : Please do visit India someday and post a vlog for us! I am sure you will love it there!

  37. I really respect that you won't give up on human rights for your fashion brand! <3 I usually buy second-hand because I do not want to support sweat shops (most brands use sweat shops), but I want to buy your clothes if they are made ethically.

  38. I am so glad you said that for deconstructed denim! I really find all the ripped stuff disgusting
    To each their own, it has become more of a trend than a statement,

  39. A high-quality skater dress is the best to buy… it can work as a tunic without leggings or stockings for parties…it can be teamed up with a formal cardigan, coat or shrug and stockings for office…if it is sleeveless, one just have to put it through the torso in one swipe n one is ready…

  40. This is a website I just found. Their motto is called the slow fashion movement. I'm just getting into this but I really like it.

  41. After viewing the documentary The True Cost I began to understand how I should be shopping. Your videos on capsule wardrobes have been very helpful to me. Thank you.

  42. You may already know this, but the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation has more to do with how the minority culture uses the item, and how the minority culture feels about the way the majority culture is using the item.
    For the first example, wearing dream catcher earrings bought from a native casino gift shop, because you love what they represent, is no big deal and considered appreciation. Dream catchers are everyday items and others are encouraged to wear them while they understand what they mean. But feather war bonnets are sacred ceremonials pieces and only a few are allowed to wear them even inside the native american culture. To wear a war bonnet as a fashion item, with a sexy festival outfit and no regard for significance, is classic disrespectful appropriation.
    For the second example, if the culture that is using the minority culture's style is copying them with no credit to where they came from & no money to the original creators, than the minority culture feels a pang of the thieving and oppression that they have felt historically at the hands of the same majority culture. If a fast fashion brand creates distinctly Navajo patterns for their fall line, and names it the Savage label, and the designer is white and never asked the input of any native american artists and gains the full financial profit – this is appropriation. To buy a Navajo blanket from a reservation and display it in your home is appreciation.
    Of course, these are extreme examples for the sake of clarity. But yes, you CAN wear clothing from other cultures to show appreciation and only the people who desperately want to appear progressive (but not informed) will get upset. Just do a little homework first. It's just a quick google! I'd say less than 5 minutes of your time is totally worth not acting like a conquering colonial. 😉

    You're great, Justine! Love your vids, keep making more. 😀

  43. Hi Justine, just want you to know that i spend most of my spare time during this past 2 weeks watching your videos as i just found out this channel. I really like your style, your work and everything you presents. Thank you for keep sharing here. Love from Indonesia. ❤️

  44. Hi Justine, I'm from Singapore. We have at least 4 races living in our country. We have this special day called Racial Harmony day in our elementary/high schools, so its perfectly fun and ok to be wearing traditional costumes from other races. Personally, i feel we should always be free to enjoy other races, their cultures and of course what they wear. I personally love the indian sari. :)) I love your videos by the way!

  45. You are very eloquent Justine.  I think you are correct in saying that when we wear traditional clothing from other cultures, we are honoring those cultures.  I too am French and proud of my heritage and get many compliments on my style here in the US.

  46. “Fast fashion is not the only way.”
    Spot on, Justine! 🙂 I have learned so much from your channel, watching and rewatching. Please carry on doing what you do!

  47. man if i had money i would buy all the things in your collection just to throw them at the faces of those people who support fast fashion (and then quickly grab the clothes back coz they're by justine and they deserve better :D)

  48. I would like to share a video about cultural appropriation, so you can understand about appreciation, assimilation, appropriation.

  49. I agree that cultural appropriation is an American thing (I say as an American). The accusations of appropriation have exploded in the past couple of years over a variety of things mainly pertaining to wardrobe and hairstyle. I think the whole concept is actually quite off base despite the seemingly good intentions of those who indicate concern about it. Telling people not to share or borrow from components of other cultures is saying to them – “hey you, stay in your own culture, stay in your own race and don’t dare venture outside or adopt from others.” This idea is in and of itself anti-pluralistic and even perhaps bigoted. women have throughout history shared our clothes make up and hairstyles, this is part of the wonder of being a woman and I adore sharing with other women and think this actually draws us closer!

  50. I think it is important to talk about cultural appropriation but then we have to relax, something that looks beautiful looks beautiful and I want it, I love colours and prints so I love my Hungarian flowers but I also love african wax, japanese silk, indian colours mix etc.

  51. God bless your charm and swetness! I could spend the day watching your videos (but I can), and you're really inspiring too. It's that shirt from your collection, I spent the video staring at it, Its lovely, got obsessed!

  52. I get so triggered by questions like " do you have a date or job interview" when I dress up! I have a job that doesn't allow me to dress up nicely (uniforms, need to consider practicality and safety measurements) so when I don't work I like dressing up nicely. But it's not dressing up for someone else, I wear what I want to, what I consider pretty and for me it's weird to see people in their sweaters and gym clothes on the street. What annoys me most that in my country I get judged and feel like being put on spot just because a nice hairpeiece (or just simply wearing a normal dress!) when everyone else around me is in plain jeans and their almost same looking shirts. Would be interesting to see how different countries react to these things, I hate that I can't be myself without feeling judged and stared at (since I don't dress up to stand out).

  53. At 9:10 we jumped from one take into another and it's like your ears magically appeared! Too cute hahah. I send this channel to everyone whenever anything about quality or fast fashion comes up in a conversation.

  54. I am confused about cultural appropriation. As it relates to fashion I look at it as if I am giving a complement.

    If you’re behaving in a way that mimics another culture and it isn’t natural to you, is that a complement or are you trying to get something in return for the mimicry? I think it’s a very complex topic and I am from the US and it is definitely something people are talking about here. I see it as criticism of people and a lot of times in politics. Maybe just done to cause strife the against the candidate or something.

    On a personal note I grew up in the Southwest US and I have always worn and collected Native American jewelry and was never styling myself as a Native American. I just thought it was beautiful and I wanted to put it on.

  55. In 1976 I cut up my jeans and made a skirt. We also put slits in the sides of or jeans at bottom and inserted fabric and sewed bands of trim to the bottoms. I laugh when I see copies from produced fashion mimicking what we did at 14 with our mothers Singer.

  56. Hi Justine – Please do a video that tells us which companies to buy from in the United States that are not fast fashion and has the best quality for PLUS SIZE women's clothing (US sizes 16 – 28).

  57. Hey Justine! I am from Mumbai, India. I really like your videos since you have in-depth knowledge on style and fashion (yeah they are two completely different things aren't they?). I really like the fact that you are vocal about ethical fashion. And last but not the least you put it so well about Indian women's sense of fashion; we love our traditional weaves and are also open to styles from other cultures.

  58. I totally agree with Justine about fast fashion. Unfortunately, when you live in an European country where the average salary is around 400-500 euros a month, and You have to pay bills, rent etc., you often do not have the option to shop for high end fashion. I obviously would prefer to but a Max Mara sweater than a H&M 20 euros sweater,, but can I afford to pay 1000 euros for one piece of clothing? Noooope! So we have to be realistic when talking about sustainable fashion and think about different circumstances.

  59. Africans in africa dont have a problem when outsiders wear traditional african clothes.i think black Americans are more likely to complaint.but Africans usually like it when outsiders wear it.

  60. If any one of you westerners go to africa wear the traditional clothes and bringing some back to you're home country.africans in africa have no problem with others wearing african from senegal and we have lots french people and they wear our clothes.nobody complaint or call it cultural appropriation.

  61. They meant if you want to sell your soul all for the money and be as unethical as you can handle and forget your values then yes, go to Southeast Asia. And then they ask what is wrong with the world?

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