A woman’s wardrobe is constantly changing…new things come in, old things get chucked. We can get trendy clothes and accessories at the same price as a can of coke. This is great right?
Errr….maybe not actually….
Is this really VALUE for money?
For the first time I’m beginning to question this habit that we all have. After examining the contents of my shiny, white, wardrobes I’ve noticed how short the life span of some of my clothes are. It’s left me feeling slightly cheated actually! As if the bargain buys I thought they once were, have turned out to be nothing more than disposable pieces of junk. They’ll never become fully fledged members of my wardrobe. Not like the vintage leather, baby pink blazer I bought from my local second hand shop or my hand printed 100% pure cotton summer dress that has lasted me 7 summers! These little tricksters will probably be outlived my biro! I’m not doing my beautiful wardrobes justice with this type of behaviour nor is it where I want to spend my hard earned money. I’d rather invest in something worth while.
This is all very well and good saying, however essentially what it means for the average working girl is ignoring the craving for a quick fix, and probably buying less! In reality we don’t need the things we think we need, and although our shopping patterns come from a very practical need to save money, it’s still important to question what we’re buying.
Through my desire for finding better quality clothes, I’ve also begun to question the impact our shopping habits are having on the rest of the world. If asked 3 months ago what ethical fashion is the first thing that sprung to mind would’ve been hemp! However I’ve realised it’s so much more than that! There is a world of truly amazing, beautiful pieces from really fashion forward brands. I’ve discovered some real gems within the vintage markets, and the second hand shops I’ve visited. I’ve been inspired to upcycle rather than to throw away, and feel the need to get creative and learn to hand customise…who knows, I may even purchase a sewing machine! What better feeling than to rock something you’ve helped create!
We also create an individual collection of fashion for our wardrobes that will hopefully last a bit longer than one 30 degree spin!
So is it possible to look fabulous and be ethical? I’m taking on a mission… I’m on the hunt for ethical and on trend, fair trade but also fairly priced!
Wish me luck