I wrote a few months ago about trying to shop more sustainably and ethically, especially in charity shops. I’ve added a few more key pieces to my wardrobe that I wear and love.
Cream, embroidered silk top: It looks like a neutral under a jacket but take the jacket off, and it’s quite a dressy piece because of the embroidery – it takes me from day to night, as they say!
Grey, wool pinstripe jacket: Pulls together a plain top and trousers combo and can make it look quite polished.
Burgundy, wool trousers: These trousers are a staple in the winter and, though still a dark colour, make a nice change from navy and black.
Black tote: A real workhorse – I use it every day for work.
In total, I have spent less than £30 on these four pieces (I’m not all about the labels but some of these are faaancy!! – well out of my normal budget at full cost!).
But it’s not just the money. I wrote previously about wanting to shop more sustainably, after watching the documentary, The True Cost.
I felt a positive step that I could take was to start shopping in my local charity shops. When I did some major de-cluttering, I donated a lot to charity shops. I ensured that I only donated good quality items, that could be sold and re-worn and I followed up with the charity shops, to know what type of item would sell. A Small Wardrobe writes here about why donating to charity shops is not the failsafe solution we may think it is – definitely worth a read.
But, at the time, I figured, if I try to donate good quality items, others must also, and I’ve found some brilliant, good quality pieces, only slightly worn.
So far, they’re all working out well for me and I feel it’s a more sustainable, ethical way of shopping – anyone else got any good experiences with this?
Have a great week 😊