Ethical Fashion Style Challenge Days 5 & 6

As #FairFashApril continues, The theme of Day 5 of the Ethical Fashion Style Challenge was “A Spring In My Step”  & Day 6 was “Good Morning Sunshine”. My choices for the themes were all charity shop bargains.  

Now, I’ve debated this issue before on the blog but…in the mind of this Brit, there is something romantic about the US notion of “thrift store shopping”.  It conjures images of Carrie Bradshaw rifling through cashmere treasures & discarded Dior gowns.  The UK equivalent, the good old fashioned “charity shop” just cannot compete.  

And yet our charity shops are full of barely worn pieces thanks to the “wear it once & sling it” culture of fast fashion.  And if you love the fabric but the piece itself is not your thing why not upcycle & create something new?  Scarves, in particular, are great for this kind of project & I use them a lot as you can see here.  You are essentially buying a single piece of uncut fabric rather than re-working sleeves & bodices etc on say a ready made blouse.  Pinterest is full of great ideas & there are a gazillion upcycling tutorial blog posts too.  Alternatively, designers & makers with an ethical fashion element to their work may well do it for you… I’m always happy to upcycle your fashion finds!  

Day 5: A Spring In My Step 

I spotted these cute patent mary-janes in a charity shop & had to have them.  I must admit, the premise of “second hand footwear” has always left me a bit “eewww” but these looked brand new & the Miss Selfridge labels on the insole showed no sign of wear.

Day 6: Good Morning Sunshine!  

Luckily this theme fell today as the sun finally showed itself – there has been zero sunshine since the Ethical Fashion Style Challenge began!  My shades & scarf are both charity store finds – £3 & 50p respectively.  A small amount to pay to stop perfectly good accessories from going to landfill.  

 And finishing with my outfit today:  Charity shop sunnies & scarf.  Jigsaw  navy silk blouse with pintuck detail (SS07). Zara jeans (AW14).  Leather satchel bought in Kefalonia.  Ancient Converse.   Bracelets: assortment from Topshop, Tiffany & Monica Vinader.




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