Mar 1, 2024
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Sustainable Spring Vibes

Shopping list: Welcome spring in this whimsical Lily Pulitzer print dress, $65. Add a bright bag for a pop of happy

With a love for retro and a desire to be conscientious consumers, seeking out sustainable fashion is a growing trend for savvy shoppers.

In fact, “fast fashion” (cheap trendy clothing) is responsible for nearly 10 percent of global carbon emissions, according to As an alternative, some shoppers are turning to upscale consignment boutiques. While some consigned garments are new, many are used but well-constructed with stellar fabrics that last for the long haul.

With everything old new again in the fashion world, consignment boutiques can be a treasure trove for creative dressers seeking to build current yet unique looks. Just ask Theresa Barrett, owner of Sweet T’s Designer Consignment on N. Ninth Avenue.

“As we dive into spring, it’s a good time to take stock of your existing wardrobe to see what items are bordering on dated, which can be reinvented and what pieces you can add to the mix,” said Barrett.

“For 2024, experts say you can expect to see a continuation of ’90s-inspired wardrobes a la jelly accessories and collegiate prep, as well as some unexpected moments of inspiration — like grandpa, jazz and retro femininity,” said Barrett.

Classic black, all white as well as subtle shades like blue, purple and pistachio are all contributing to an understated elegant aura. The exception is sizzling red, which may show up in smaller doses.

Recycled materials made from ocean plastics and regenerative materials such as bamboo and seaweed are popular eco-conscious options, noted Barrett.

“There is also a resurgence in wool, linen, hemp and other plant and animal fibers that had been pushed to the side during the rise of polyester.”

Shopping list: The ’70s are going strong in this stunning orange tie-waist top by Nova, $45, and dark wash Lucky Brand jeans, also $45. Add layered necklaces by local artist Jennifer Baird and you can almost hear James Taylor strumming in the background!

Reagan Hines

Shopping list: Jazz is influencing fashion currently and this outfit is in perfect pitch with that soulful vibe. Ralph Lauren pant, $49; Azadea top, $49. Polish off this stunning look with gunmetal pumps and a statement textured bag

“Whenever I need to reflect on something or make big life decisions, I find myself going out in nature,” said March model Reagan Hines.

Hines has dipped her toes in many of the world’s coastlines but holds firm that her hometown seashores are the best.

“I will always stand by the fact that Pensacola has some of the most beautiful beaches on earth. Nothing like sitting on our white sands and looking out at our emerald-green waters!”

Born at Sacred Heart Hospital, Hines is a graduate of Aletheia Christian Academy and the University of West Florida with a degree in graphic design. She now works remotely for Incredible Marketing, a digital medical marketing agency based in Los Angeles.

“I couldn’t get away from home!” mused Hines, who spends a lot of time with her big, close-knit family.

An artist at heart, Hines plays the guitar, sometimes writing original songs. Painting and photography fulfill a need to create. And she loves to curl up with a good read.

Retro clothes are the styles that inspire her.

“Modest is hottest,” said Hines who embraces classic, flattering lines. “There’s something about classy, modest fashion that no trend will ever beat.”

Shopping list:  Vogue deemed roses a popular designer trend for 2024. And ultra feminine looks are on point. This two-piece gown by Jovani embraces all that and more, $199.
Shopping list:  Classy understated elegance? This champagne jumpsuit by Skies are Blue, $85, embodies beautiful timeless style.