Friday, 1 November 2019

Sustainable Fashion





Coat River Island via Charity Shop | Boots Topshop (old) | Jumper Topshop (old) 

Hey guys, I hope you are all well and having a good weekend! Today I want to talk about something that we are hearing a lot about all over the media. And that is sustainability and in particular sustainability within fashion because I'm assuming if you have come over to read this blog that is something you are very interested in like myself. 

I have always loved fashion, it's always been a huge part of my life and identity. As someone who's an introvert fashion has been my way to express myself and is one of the big things in my life that makes me feel more confident. Growing up as a little girl I loved experimenting with clothes. In fact I've got a pair of Doc Martin pink little boots on display in my bedroom from when I was about 3 years old! If I ever have a daughter in the future I hope to pass them onto her. It was always my dream to go to London College of Fashion and work within a big fashion house like I am now at Boden. But being someone who has maybe bought too many clothes over the year sand works within the industry I feel a sense of responsibility when it comes to sustainability. Now if I'm totally honest this is something I've only really thought more and more about this year. I think that is because of two reasons a) Age, as I get older I realising that I do not need to consume so much and just enjoy what I have. b) We are much more educated and more aware of the affects that the fashion industry has on the environment. 

Today I want to talk about two big ways we can help the environment when it comes to fashion, really easy things that we can all do more of. The first, to re-wear the clothes we already own and consume less clothes! And the second, to sell or donate unwanted clothes and buy more second hand where possible. 


RE-WEAR AND CONSUME LESS  


Why is it we live in a society where we have to have new clothes every season. Our grandparents lived in a generation where they would repair clothes and wear them over and over again. But because clothes are so affordable nowadays we just buy new all the time instead of re-wearing and repairing! I have been so guilty of doing this over the years, having a packed wardrobe and half the time forgetting about the clothes I own or never wearing some items I buy (which is also a huge waste of hard earned money.) Now I a trying to make better choices...I have some beautiful clothes in my wardrobe that I really love. This season I'm trying my hardest not to buy many new clothes...now that's not to say I won't treat myself to the odd thing but I'm going to have three questions in my head when I buy something 1) Can I style it in at least three different ways? 2) Will I still wear it in years to come? 3) Is the quality good? If the answer is yes to all three then I will treat myself but if the answer is no to one or more of those I will re-consider my purchase. 

This week I've made the effort to wear an outfit everyday to work (I'm lucky I can wear pretty much whatever I like to work within reason.) that I've not worn in a long time...now don't get me wrong this is slightly easier as the seasons have just changed. But by doing this I've re-fallen back in love with some of my clothes and feel like I've got a brand new wardrobe. Making new outfits with clothes you already have but just teaming them with different things really brings out my creative side and is a lot of fun! 

SELL, DONATE AND BUY SECOND HAND

This year I've done a lot of selling on Ebay and at car boots, because something you no longer love someone else will! And it's a great way to make some more money...I've used all the money I made to go towards holidays. You could also donate clothes to a charity shop or a friend/family member. I love giving my clothes to my friends and seeing them have joy wearing my old clothes and it's good to see things being re-used. 

I've always loved second hand shopping and over the years I've build a second hand collection in my wardrobe. I used to scroll for hours on eEbay and I love going to charity shops! I love being able to find things that are no longer in the shops because I hate going out and wearing the same popular item of clothing that everyone else is wearing too. It's also good because you know your money is going to a good cause and you normally get some bargains. One of my favourite charity shops is Mary's Living and Giving, this is one of the more visually pleasing charity shops and it's easier/quicker to find things you love because of the layout. My latest charity shop buy is the coat in the photos above, this cost me £15 and is originally from River Island, I've just checked online and seen a similar style for £95! So I'm very pleased with this purchase.  

I hope you have enjoyed this post! 

Love
Nicole
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