Jade McSorley, a full-time model, returned to her studies after finding the fashion wanting in its approach to sustainability. She is now studying for an MA in Fashion Futures at the London College of Fashion. Jade tells us about her career, her Sunday rituals and, most importantly, how we can become more sustainable in fashion.
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1. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE #IFSUNDAYBEST LOOK AND WHY?
I would have to say the Lee suit! I like to dress quite androgynously and this fits me well. Plus, with a suit, you can style it in so many different ways so you can constantly recreate your look.

2. WHOSE STYLE, PAST OR PRESENT, DO YOU COVET THE MOST?
I try not to look to others for inspiration. I think whatever you feel good in then you should wear. I guess Jane Birkin has had some influence just because she is effortless and seems to own whatever she wears, but who doesn’t look to Jan Birkin for a little inspiration when struggling to find something to wear?!

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3. YOU WORK AS A MODEL AND HAVE JUST STARTED AN MA IN SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION, TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER JOURNEY SO FAR.
I have been modelling for 10 years and I love my job for the experiences it has given me, especially being able to travel and learn about other cultures. I have seen the industry change dramatically in that time with the rise of e-commerce and social media and feel like everything is moving at a pace that we can’t sustain - not only regarding our planet but our well-being. This is why I decided to go back to university to do my MA in Fashion Futures at the London College of Fashion. I love fashion and I really want to find ways we can improve our relationship with fashion - not as something we see as being so disposable and throwaway, but something which has personal value and is also in harmony with the environment.

4. WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY LOOK LIKE AND HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
When I am modelling I turn up looking SO BAD! I know I am going to be styled in other clothes all day so I really cant be bothered thinking about an outfit. I would turn up to the shoot in my PJs if I could! But if I have castings I make an effort. The go-to look for Model castings is usually all black, skinny jeans and a scrappy top. I am not very good at sticking to that! I usually turn up in something vintage - a vintage shirt, Levi’s and a blazer with a heeled boot.

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5. WHERE DO YOU LOOK WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?
Honestly, I used to scroll through websites like Zara to search for new inspiration but nowadays I am trying not to do that. I try to look through my existing wardrobe and see what I haven’t worn in a while and if I can style it with something. If I do see a look on Zara, I now look in my own wardrobe to see if I already have something familiar. You can guarantee I usually do.

6. TELL US THREE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS WE SHOULD BE FOLLOWING.
@Hey_Reilly I love how she plays with fashion, branding and culture forcing us to rethink the value of branding with humour and irony.

@Patternity Finding beauty in patterns. It is visually beautiful but also quite therapeutic

@Twenty6magazine - my biased option as I write for this magazine! I do think it is a great account to find stunning images of fashion, art and travel and we focus a lot on nature and sustainable fashion (interviews, etc.) so it's a great place to start if you want to learn more about sustainable designers, destinations and organisations.

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"Monkey Grip - my friend bought it for me for my birthday. It was her favourite book whilst growing up in Australia. It focuses on a young mother who falls in love with a junkie and the heart ache of falling in someone who isn’t good for you, but you need each other all the same. Something I feel like we can all relate to."

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7. THE LAST BOOK YOU READ AND LOVED?
Monkey Grip - my friend bought it for me for my birthday. It was her favourite book whilst growing up in Australia. It focuses on a young mother who falls in love with a junkie and the heart ache of falling in someone who isn’t good for you, but you need each other all the same. Something I feel like we can all relate to.

8. YOUR TOP THREE LONDON HOTSPOTS - CAFES, RESTAURANTS, MUSEUMS — ANYWHERE YOU LOVE TO VISIT.
This is really difficult because London has so many amazing spots! So I will just focus on my Sundays which usually consist of walking to Victoria Park, which is beautiful all year round, for a coffee at Pavilion. The breakfasts and bakery are insanely good there and it's a great spot to eat outside in summer. I then usually walk to Columbia Road flower market where I buy my weekly fix of flower power. And if I need more nature, I will go to the conservatory at the Barbican which is only open on a Sunday. I love the way nature softens the brutal architecture.

9. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTRY TO VISIT?
Japan! I am just amazed daily, even hourly. I could spend about 5 hours in a typical supermarket looking at all the products and wondering what they are! Also, the fashion and art there is very inspiring. It’s such a vibrant culture, with a lot of history but is also one step ahead compared to the rest of the world.

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10. WHAT'S YOUR SUNDAY RITUAL?
Oh, I have already answered this! Beat you to it.

11. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW WE CAN BE MORE SUSTAINABLE IN FASHION?
Don’t wear things only once! It doesn’t matter that you have already posted it on Instagram or someone has already seen you in it. Show how much you love that piece and wear it as many times as you god damn like!
Think about what you already have in your wardrobe before buying something new. Do you already have it in your wardrobe? Can you style it in a new exciting way?
Look at the labels. Make sure you know where your garment was made and if the fabric was made ethically without harming the environment. If you aren’t sure then don’t be scared to ask. GoodForYou is a great app which provides information on how sustainable shops are and gives you alternative, more eco-friendly brands.

12. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION IS?
This is something which is still unclear and I feel like I am trying to figure it out myself. I do think sustainable fashion is going to take hold, much like single-use plastic has created such a stir. I think there will be a rise in demand for sustainably-produced clothes, a return to mending old garments and a cry to slow the pace of fast fashion. I do, however, think there is a responsibility from us as consumers and those who influence fashion to make a stance and curb our overconsumption. Do we really need to buy that? Does it matter that we have already worn it once?

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Styling, Lucy Alston and Photography, Paola Vivas
Assisted by Ekaterina Markina