Sustainable shopping

I had a chance to review my most worn winter clothes, when I was replacing them in my new wardrobe.

They are pieces of which I never tire, the colours are easy to match, and they make getting dressed each day easy and effortless.

I thought I’d write about why I reach for them so often – and what they have in common.

4 out of 5 of them are second hand.

2018-02-11 Skirt

The skirt I got from a charity shop in a neighbouring village – it’s a classic pencil skirt, very easy to style, looks smart and is great for work. It goes with so many different tops and looks quite dressed up with a jacket.


2018-02-11 Purple dress

I love the dress – especially the colour. That was from a charity shop in my own village. It’s a statement piece when worn by itself because of the colour and the cut is beautiful too. Under a jacket, it looks like a bright skirt.


2018-02-11 Grey top

The top is from the same charity shop. I picked it up, tried it on and decided I didn’t really need a grey top so I put it back. Then the trim around the neckline and sleeves made me pause – it was quite a nice detail and dressed up an otherwise very plain grey top.


2018-02-11 Bag

The bag, which I wrote previously about here, I got second-hand from eBay. I angsted quite a while over this one but the cost per wear already is small and shrinking every day.

2018-02-11 Boots

I bought the boots at a discount store and they are fabulous – they feel like slippers at this stage, the heel is stacked so very comfortable and they go with everything – trousers, jeans, skirts, my knitted dress ….


This is an area into which I’m trying to branch out more. After hearing about it so much, I finally watched the documentary The True Cost last year. You can’t watch that and not want to do something different. So I resolved to shop second-hand a lot more.

Shopping in charity shops is also very low risk. If something doesn’t work out, I’ll have donated some money to a fantastic charity. If it does work out, then I feel glad that it’s such a sustainable way of shopping – and I’ll have donated to a fantastic charity! It’s a win-win!

It’s an area that’s still relatively new to me so I’d love to hear what experience you have of this? All comments gratefully received. Have a great week 😊

  9 comments for “Sustainable shopping

  1. February 25, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Hi Angie, thanks so much for reading and commenting. The True Cost is a very powerful documentary, isn’t it? And you’re so right about the value of timeless pieces over fast fashion. Thanks for your good wishes – I want to continue finding out more and more about this. Lxx


  2. February 24, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I used to shop fast fashion, but after I watched the True Cost documentary, I decided to shop less. This became a period of time where I didn’t know how to shop anymore.

    The best way, like you had written about, was to buy from charity shops. With fast fashion, my friends and I wanted to keep up with the latest trends. With charity shopping, however, I now get to keep timeless pieces without the pressure of following the latest fashion trends.

    Otherwise, great job, Lorraine! I hope you learn a lot during your research (and experience) with sustainable clothing.

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  3. February 19, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I don’t know if they have these in England, but in the US, we have second-hand boutiques. The clothes are already curated and selected carefully, and highly organized so it’s easy to find things you want. The prices are still very affordable, too. I’m currently on a quest to add more rose and coral to my wardrobe from second-hand shops.

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    • February 19, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Hi there, that’s a good idea. I don’t think there’s any locally but it might be worth a trip into London – I’m sure there’s lots there. Rose and coral sound beautiful, feminine and warm – good luck with the search, Lxxx


  4. Lisa | Simple Life Experiment
    February 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Love this approach to shopping, Lorraine. I completely agree – if a secondhand piece doesn’t work out, it’s a small donation instead of a financial loss. That’s exactly the way I see it! Even if I only wear an op shop item a few times before re-donating it because it’s not really me or I’m trying to clear out a few things, the cost per wear is still very low and I feel reassured knowing I haven’t contributed to the destructive fast fashion industry. I too saw The True Cost a few years ago and was not surprised by what I learned, but very, very shocked. You’re right, you can’t watch that and not want to change your habits.

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    • February 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Hello lovely Lisa, thanks as always for reading and commenting! You’re right about not being surprised but being very shocked – that’s exactly how I felt. I feel the ultimate in sustainability is to buy new clothes from ethical brands but I’m still researching into this and in the meantime, I love giving second-hand clothes a new lease of life. I also like to think that someone else is doing this with my donated clothes. As they say, it’s a journey but at least a small step is better than none! Lxxx

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      • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment
        February 13, 2018 at 5:14 am

        Very well said, Lorraine! All those little steps really add up. 😀

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  5. February 11, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    We feel the very same about shopping for home furnishings. There is something about a previously loved, perhaps a bit wabi-sabi to an item, that gives it the perfect character in a new design. I guess we will have to start figuring a “cost per sit” type of thing! Great Post.-Laurel

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    • February 11, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks so much, Laurel. Excellent point re the ‘wabi-sabi’ nature of these! Lxx


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