Hmmm ethical style yes, sustainable style- not sure this month will show me at my best on that front. January has flown by for me and somehow I have also managed to end up filling my wardrobe with new things. Mainly brand new ethical purchases but I reckon I may have to take an enforced break from clothes consumption. I can’t believe the tally I ratched up, with that in mind I am going to try and take a rough tally each month to try and pinpoint my consumption habits and reduce them. I am definitely a sufferer of ‘Oh that item will definitely complete my wardrobe and I will never buy again’ syndrome 🙂
So the first purchase was a sales one from Nomads. These gorgeous slate grey hareem trousers. Already a firm favourite (when I visited my friend in Dahab I lived in the hareem trousers I borrowed from her) they will be even better in summer when I can wear them to work.
Next up Patagonia waterproof trousers – a Christmas gift from my parents. For use on the bike, on the horses, out walking etc. I wanted slim cut ones specifically for the bike. While I have coped for many years without my own waterproof trousers there are only so many times you can turn up to work with a soaking wet arse or borrow a huge pair to ride in only to get stuck while dismounting and have no one help as they were all laughing too much (true story, I hung off one side like a limpet) – I plan to use these ones for many years to come.
Next two items come from the Howies sale, I must have mentioned my mild Howies obsession – at times I look as though I am being sponsored by them. I got a lovely redcurrant coloured merino wool/alpaca mix jumper which hangs perfectly and has this lovely almost lace effect on the sleeves. I also got an organic cotton tartan shirt, that is just so cute. I had been looking at them for ages but necessary?? Maybe not so much.
Then a Marks & Spencer Limited Collection stripey top with a sheer panel at the top, 2nd hand from eBay.
Finally my new Finisterre insulted jacket arrived. It is forest green, thinner than I had thought but seems really warm and perfect for layering. It has a two way zip to allow me to wear it riding. This is the jacket I have wanted for a couple of years now and I am happy I finally have it, it also matters to me that it is not down filled. Iceland? pah! I’m ready for the cold.
So there you go, looking back over the list is feels like too much stuff, as though I went mad in the sales and bought junk but each of these items is something I did consider before purchasing. Realistically, yes I didn’t *need* any of these and that shopping ban is creeping ever closer. Perhaps another couple of months of checking in with my clothes consumption will make me take the plunge.