Win a Pair of Gorgeous $265 Knee High Boots (in Black or Taupe) from Naya!

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These boots were made for walking winning! We’re teaming up with Naya Shoes to give one lucky Clossette reader a pair of gorgeous vegetable-tanned leather Naya Quail knee-high boots worth $265 (in your choice of black or lunar taupe). We love these boots because they’re made of truly quality materials and have been expertly crafted to last for years to come – you won’t be throwing these in the trash any time soon. If you look at the closeup photos below, you’ll see what we mean. Plus the stacked wedge heel gives you just the right height to add vavoom to a cute midi skirt or jeans without killing your feet.

Enter to win these babies – in your choice of black or lunar taupe – for yourself or as a very generous holiday gift for someone you know. We’ll be shipping them out to the winner in the size and color of their choice right before Christmas.

HOW TO WIN (it’s easy!):

1. Sign up for the free Clossette newsletter by clicking here. We’ll be announcing the winner in our newsletter so make sure you sign up!

2. Like Clossette on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Clossette

That’s it! We’ll announce the lucky winners on Wednesday, December 21st in our newsletter so make sure you’re signed up. Good luck!

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Mocha and Ivory Second Hand Mod Sheath Dress – SOLD!

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Mod and statement-making, this simple second hand sheath dress can be worn to the office with a little cardi on top or out for cocktails afterwards with some matching mocha pumps.

The material is very forgiving and slightly stretchy.

Chest: 17″ across
Waist: 15″ across
Hips: 18.5″ across

Item title: Mocha and Ivory Second Hand Mod Sheath Dress
Category Dresses
Brand: Vintage
Size: S
Condition: Very gently worn – no stains, rips or defects
Material: 97% Polyester
Tell us about your item: Mod and statement-making, this simple second hand sheath dress can be worn to the office with a little cardi on top or out for cocktails afterwards with some matching mocha pumps.

The material is very forgiving and slightly stretchy.

Chest: 17″ across
Waist: 15″ across
Hips: 18.5″ across

Retail price: $39
Asking price: $15
Shipping price $5
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Why I Don’t Buy New Clothes and Why You Might Not Want to Either

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Taken at a secondhand shop in Katano, Japan

I don’t buy new clothes. It’s made me the recipient of many a raised eyebrow, and just like asking a vegetarian out to a steakhouse, I’m probably not the first person you’d ask to go to the mall with you. “Oh, you don’t? Hmm, okay…” has been the usual response, and the few friends who I have taken thrift shopping with me seemed a bit ill at ease – “Someone else wore these, right?” Having worked in the sustainable fashion world for so long, the reasons for my shopping abstinence are so obvious to me but I’d be lying if I said I’ve explained them clearly to others. But what’s the point if the only people gaining knowledge about buying clothes in a more responsible fashion are the people who already do it? So let me take this opportunity to explain my reasons to you. I could be totally wrong but I think if you read this, you might rethink how and why you shop. This is in no way meant to be preachy or didactic, so I hope it doesn’t come off the wrong way. I just think it’s information you might want to have. So if you read it and hate it, just discard it from your mind. But if it makes sense to you, there is a possibility that it will change your life for the better.

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EVENT: EcoSalon Invites You to (Sustainable) Fashion’s Night Out!

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What are you doing for Fashion’s Night Out? We get just as excited as the next voguophile when it comes to this annual night of fun, fashion and (oftentimes free) booze, but it’s hard to turn a blind eye to how much of it is about promoting people to buy, buy, buy clothes that leave much to be desired when it comes to sustainability. So what’s a green gal or guy supposed to do tomorrow – just sit at home and mope? Heyyyl no! Not when there’s (Sustainable) Fashion’s Night Out! Hosted by EcoSalon, Of Rags, and the NYC Fair Trade Coalition at the Textile Arts Center (TAC), the evening of shopping, education and revelry will celebrate all things eco-fashion and will give people a chance to meet sustainable fashion designers like A.D.O Organics, Afia, Arcadia, Digs, Erin Considine, Feral Childe, Global Goods Partners, Eliza Starbuck, Kaelyn Garcia, LOVE IS MIGHTY, Mongo, Of Rags, Shabd, The Sock Hop, Tompkins Point Apparel, and Wool and the Gang. The event is totally free and open to everyone, and will be held at 26 W 8th St (between 5th Ave and MacDougal St) from 6-10 – we’ll see you there!

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Win a Free Pair of Colorful Summer Sandals, Wedges or Flats by Naya (worth up to $140)

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And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! We had some stiff competition going on in our Naya Shoes giveaway and plenty of ladies wanting to score one of these cute sandals, wedges or flats, but one Clossette reader pulled ahead of the others to win her dream pair. Find out here if it was you!

SHOW ME THE WINNER >

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

HOW TO WIN (follow 2 easy steps!):

1. Like Clossette on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Clossette and comment on this Facebook post telling us which shoe you like best.

2. Get your friends to Like Clossette on Facebook and “Like” your comment.

The comment with the most likes on this Facebook link by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 will be our winner!

That’s it! We’ll announce the winner on Thursday the 9th in our newsletter so make sure you’re signed up. Good luck!

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HOW TO: Make a Cozy Fall Snood Out of an Old Sweatshirt

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When my boyfriend’s mom gave me an adorable teddy bear sweatshirt as a hand-me-down last year (thanks 어머니!), I brainstormed all different kinds of ways to wear it. But alas, the seasons came and went and I never could quite put together a perfect outfit with it. Not wanting it to go to waste, I decided to make it into something I’d been coveting for the breezier weather – a snood. For those of you who aren’t familiar with snoods, they basically look like cowls or infinity scarves and are cozy scarf alternatives. The following DIY shows you how to turn virtually any old hoodie into a snood that can we worn through the fall and winter. Enjoy!

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Fuck Fur: Animal Friendship Bracelets Made from Human Hair

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Remember those friendship bracelets we used to make for one another back in elementary school? These are a play on those except that instead of colorful thread, they’re made of human hair. And I guess they’re a bit naughtier too since they say “Fuck Fur,” but the idea of camaraderie – towards our furry friends – is still intact.

I initially played with the idea of making accessories out of my hair when I saw that one of my favorite designers, Victoria Bartlett, did it, so I waited patiently until it was time to get a haircut and chopped off an extra long strand at the nape of my neck. My thinking was that if we’re willing to wear the fur of other animals, why not our own?

What do you guys think about these human hair bracelets? Is this more disgusting than wearing fur?

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