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Meet the Stylist - Ali Dibley

Only one more sleep until our next SOLD OUT event Sip & Style on the 15th of October at Momo Wholefood Cafe



We already introduced you to one of our Stylists for the night Joanne Gambale of Slogue And now it's time to give a virtual hello to our other Stylist Ali Dibley.

Owner of Bell Street Vintage Dress Hire Shop & Co-host of the Questioning Fashion Podcast, Ali brings her diverse experience as a dress maker and alterations superstar to our styling night. As we all know that when you shop 2nd hand, you don't always find the exact piece that fits you exactly right, Ali has promised to share with our guests her tips & tricks to turning 2nd hand finds into the perfect piece for you!

We curated some of the following questions from our instagram community to ask Jo and she answered them below.


Describe your personal style in 3 words?

Cool old stuff" (side note: I've always hated that 3 word thing! I can't fit into 3 words!!) NOTED for next time Ali, haha


Tell us your first fashion/styling memory, that sparked your love/passion for what you do?


I used to go to the little fabric shop in Cooma with my mum and while she was looking for what she wanted, I'd wander around feeling all the velvets and sparkly fabrics and imagine what kind of dresses I'd make out of them. I did dancing and loved musicals (still do!) so a lot of my inspiration came from ballet and theatre costumes.

What does "Sustainable Fashion" mean to you?


I take the word "sustainable" very literally - able to be sustained forever. If you're buying new clothes every week, can you do that forever? Can your wardrobe handle that much stuff? Can the charities keep dealing with all your "donations"? Can the planet cope with the current rate of clothing production? No. Sustainable fashion means pulling RIGHT back and looking at every purchase as a forever purchase.


What's your wardrobes MVP?


I take the word "sustainable" very literally - able to be sustained forever. If you're buying new clothes every week, can you do that forever? Can your wardrobe handle that much stuff? Can the charities keep dealing with all your "donations"? Can the planet cope with the current rate of clothing production? No. Sustainable fashion means pulling RIGHT back and looking at every purchase as a forever purchase.


What's one "Styling" Rule you wish people would just forget about?


I think Australians in particular are often worried about being overdressed or Too Much. Can we forget about that? If fashion isn't your thing, that's fine, but if you love clothes, why wouldn't you wear your most amazing pieces all the time?


Some of our community are quite confident with they own sense of style, what do you think they will get out of this event?


If they're anything like me, they'll love any chance to talk about clothes with other fashion enthusiasts, and surrounding themselves with beautiful pieces. One of our podcast's biggest themes is finding ways that we can still enjoy the fun and frivolity of fashion without buying new, mass produced clothes.

What is the one piece of advice or encouragement you hope that our guests will leave this event with?


I hope they get dressed the next morning in something totally fabulous and a little bit eccentric, and that anyone who sees them feels inspired to do the same.


Tickets to our Sip & Style on the 15th of October are unfortunately SOLD OUT but don't forget to sign up to our Conscious Community mailing list to make sure you don't miss out on our next event! P.s Now you have finished reading this give Ali a follow on ig to browse all her beautiful vintage dresses!


- Emma

(Owner The Conscious Exchange)





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