Well, knock me down with a feather- this weather has been absolutely corking hasn’t it? What with the amazing sunshine and extra daylight hour, I’ve been managing to get all sorts of allotmenteering done; spuds are in, borders are thoroughly weeded and I’ve even constructed a little netted hideaway for my lettuces and greens to protect them from the creepy crawlies who love them so much.
But I digress; today’s post is actually about ethical fashion. I’ve only been consciously ethical with my clothing for a year or two, so a lot of the items in my wardrobe are still remnants of the university Primark days, unfortunately. On the plus side, I keep my clothes for a long time; disposable fashion is not my thing; and I will wear things until they literally die, so I don’t feel too bad about former ill purchases…
My motivation to bring you this ‘what I wore’ post is two-fold. Firstly, it serves as my entry to the Style Eyes Ethical Outfit competition. This is a bloggers competition in which we have to put together an outfit that incorporates one or more ethical items (vintage, second hand, organic, upcycled etc). I saw it as an opportunity to test out the ethical rating of my wardrobe, and see how I’m getting on with being fashionably green. Secondly, it’s a practice for future ‘what I wore’ posts (i.e. practice at not looking like a total wally in the photographs!); and I do hope there will be more, as I think they are a good way to share some of my favourite ethical brands with you.
Let me know what you think of my first efforts! Do you want to see more posts like this on LHIT?
Summary of What I Wore:
Top: Element Eden 100% organic cotton vest top with Zebra print- £13 in the TwoSeasons sale (they have some lovely print tees and vests in this range). Black H&M vest top underneath.
Skirt: Thrifted for £1! Think it was an Oxfam number. 100% linen with a lovely lining. Teamed with a belt which I saved from an old dress.
Shoes: Melissa jelly shoes £9.99 from Schuh (in the sale). Eco and retro cool
Satchel: Veenu fairtrade leather satchel. A gift from Chris for Xmas 2011. Comes everywhere with me, it’s just perfect!
Accessories: 1940′s vintage gold plated mechanical watch (£40 from my wheeler dealer friend at work!); mother-of-pearl heart necklace on vintage chain (belonged to my Nana); bow in hair made from a crafting off-cut (I also use these for rag rolling curls!).
Make-up wise, my amazing lip-tint and face powder are from The Body Shop who, from the way they keep chucking offers in my general direction, appear to be heading down the swanny- so please support them! They are a fab eco brand we should be fighting to keep in the UK!
And finally, my ultimate eco confession: my underwear is organic too! I buy my delightful knickers from Luva Huva, a London based lingerie makers who use entirely ethical materials. They are majorly comfy too! I got a twin pack for £24. Now, just need to find myself an eco bra… :b