Today I wanted to discuss fashion. WHAT?!
I know, I know, not a topic you would expect from me. I’m no fashionista, unless lazy fashion is a thing, which totally should be.
Fast fashion has been a huge topic of discussion lately, with a lot of focus being on the social and environmental impacts, a lot of cheaply made clothing are contributing to increases in our landfill.
Eco conscious and a supporter of the world lasting for many years to come, is definitely my thing. So I’ve made a huge effort to stop buying brand new textile items over the past few months, besides a few key things for the wedding, hello wedding dress. But other than that, I’ve worked really hard on reducing money spent on low to poor quality items.
Our new flat has been a dream come true, mostly cos it’s perfect for D and me, but I love our new neighbourhood. By our new flat, there are around 5 different charity shops, and I’m totally digging it.
The quality of these stores is super high, the way they are set out, really draws you into the store. The window display’s are so well done, I’m sure one of the volunteer’s must work in merchandising for Selfridges or something. Like they look upmarket high street shops. And I have noticed they tend to bring out clothing, books, accessories and furniture depending on the time of year. So this past few weeks they have been ramping up their Halloween costumes. I saw the best scarecrow costume on the weekend and if I had a party to go to I may have been convinced to make the £20 investment.
I’ve always been a bargain hunter, even as a little kid, so now that I’ve added eco conscious to my personality makeup, charity shops are my go to for clothing.
Don’t get me wrong, some of the clothing is clearly from the 70’s and I don’t have the confidence to pull that off, but I am amazed at the quality of the fabrics used back then. Like these pieces are lasting so much longer than that pair of jeggings I brought from Primark when I first arrived, man they lasted barely a season.
Having not brought too many new things this year, means that when I do buy something new, I must feel really special in the piece and I can see myself wearing it a lot.
Last Saturday night I got all dressed up and felt like a million bucks. I excitedly told the group of people I was with that every single piece of clothing I was wearing (minus under garments) was purchased from a charity shop, including my shoes. D cringed, hah he is all about his image. He’ll gladly lie about where he got his clothing from, image is everything darling!
I picked up a gorgeous pair of Steve Madden boots for £20, the sole’s looked brand new. They’d have easily set you back over £100 if brought in season and at a regular high street store. I’m definitely going to get more than £20 worth of value from them over the next few seasons.
I took stock of my IG recently and minus all the wedding jazz, and my love for lazy yoga fashion, my go to clothing choices are all charity surprises. Even my favourite red winter coat was an unexpected find at a Christmas market a few years ago, such deliciously warm wool blend.
So excuse the next little fashion plug of all my favourite used fashion outfits.
It’s so nice to think that my much loved clothing has had a few lives and it’s adding so much more to mine.
I doubt I’ll ever get D to charity shop with me, but he’ll never know where I buy his things from (mwhahah).
But seriously give it a go if you haven’t before, you might be surprised by what you find. Also a big tip, go to the posh affluent areas of your city and seek out charity stores, they have the best finds, and you never know what branded items you might stumble upon.
Do you frequent charity stores?
What are you favourite charity shops in London to visit?
Peace out for now