Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Sustainable Fashion: An Interview With Tolly

Tolly (Tolmeia) is an eighteen year old fashion blogger from the UK. She promotes confidence in fashion, whilst maintaining a wardrobe that is as ethical as possible. 

A simple one to begin with… what’s your favourite colour to wear?

Probably blue? I have a lot of blue in my wardrobe, whether it's just a small detail on a different coloured piece or whether it's a pair of jeans. I think it's a nice base colour if you don't want to be wearing black. I tend to only wear black on very lazy days.

When you decided to be more sustainable with fashion, was it a moment when you quickly decided ‘this is what I want to pursue’ and immediately changed your lifestyle, or was it more of a slow evolvement?

In some ways, it was a little bit of both. It was immediate in the sense that I had a lightbulb moment which made me want to change up how I was living and experiencing fashion. I watched The True Cost documentary when it was first released in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza disaster and that really opened my eyes but on the flip side, it has been a slow evolution of change and it continues to be. 
I'm very satisfied with where my sustainability efforts lie when it comes to my clothes (I think I have it nailed!) yet, I still struggle in other aspects. I always like to be honest about that.

What is your opinion on capsule wardrobes? Do you believe they can be restrictive, or are a move in the right direction?
I don't think capsule wardrobes are for everybody. I couldn't do it mainly because if I wanted to, I'd have to get rid of a lot of what I already own and strip down to the basics and not only is that unsustainable in itself (we should try and keep things for as long as we can), my style doesn't leave much room for that. I like mixing things up and owning pieces which stand out and don't always match every outfit.

What would be your top tips for someone wishing to have a more sustainable wardrobe?
Love what you already own! Creating a sustainable wardrobe doesn't mean chucking out all of the fast-fashion items you've bought over the years; it means taking more time to consider your future purchases and taking care of what you already wear. 
Shop second-hand as well. It's the most sustainable choice after not wearing anything at all! You'll save something from landfill and most probably save yourself a lot of money, too.

I love your style. It’s so expressive and unique; what advice would you give to someone wanting to experiment more with fashion, but are worried about standing out from the crowd too much?
Try and embrace it! You'll soon realise that people are far more concerned about themselves than you and if they seem to take issue with what you wear, that is their issue and in all honesty, it likely comes from a place of envy. Life is short! Wear what you want! Don't tame down your style for anyone.

I know you do a lot of upcycling with clothing – how did you begin altering items, did you start with smaller pieces?
Fortunately, I have a very talented mum who has helped teach me the very basics. Once you know how to use a sewing machine and unpick a garment, most things are relatively easy to make sense of. I'd say I could quite confidently adjust a pair of trousers or a skirt, now.

Last of all, which brands would you recommend people having a look at?
One of my current favourites is Lucy & Yak. I love their brand and what they have to offer! I also have a whole list on my blog; there are so many to choose from so, that's probably the best place to look!


  1. It's so cool that you have these interviews with such talented people.

    Wow, you're in university now! I'm so happy for you!


    1. Thank you, I am very lucky!

      Yes, I am! Thank you so much! I hope everything is well with you, lovely x