So in March I spent four coupons on leggings from the ethical clothing company People Tree. As I mentioned previously the plain black pair I bought I put my hand straight through and when I returned them I was told that they were sold out in my size. I plumped for the dark leopard print ones instead and I am really pleased with them. A beautiful fit and lovely subtle pattern meaning I can wear them will be other patterned skirts, dresses and shorts without causing too much alarm. Not that clashing patterns has ever bothered me, I think my colleagues we certainly confused by the day I inadvertently wore stripes, leopard print and polka dots. ‘Interesting outfit’ was the comment I seemed to be getting a lot of that day!
I also mentioned last week I received 3 bags of clothes from my riding instructor. There were some great finds in there. However, I am a little worried that in my attempt at this challenge I am actually acquiring more clothing albeit from second hand sources which while coupon free perhaps not in the true spirit of the challenge? My passion lies in ethical clothing and trying to help affect change to others lives with my shopping habits, I think this is why I am uneasy about the amount of clothing I have been acquiring either through eBay or through the generous donations of others. Nik mentions the idea of vintage clothing in her blog here (http://www.littlehouseintown.co.uk/2013/04/wartime-wardrobe-challenge-march-review/) and provides a link to an interesting article which I would recommend reading
I hasten to add here that it was so nice of my instructor to give me these bags, I found a dress, two sarongs, a pair of shorts, some cropped trousers, a t shirt, a shrug and a polka dot skirt. Whew that list is pretty long.
So the plan for April? Well this month I would like to try to stop acquiring things! I am planning to use some coupons to buy a necessary but boring sports bra and if money allows I need new running trainers although I want to look into buying more sustainable footwear so I may hold off buying any until May. Also a few of my tops for work are looking increasingly shabby but okay as long as I dress them up with brooches and necklaces. As a question to any fellow ethical fashion enthusiasts what do you do with your clothing when it has become shapeless or the colour has gone? I used to put things I couldn’t donate to charity shops or swish in the recycling bins for clothing but after reading Lucy Siegle’s book the chapter regarding these recycling bins has made me question doing this but I don’t want them to go to landfill, any ideas?
An interesting side issue is that the more I discuss this challenge with people the more I find people asking questions and seeming genuinely curious about the ethical issues surrounding fashion. I particularly enjoyed the pub chat with a friend regarding fur but I do love a good debate!