Way back in January, I decided to take a more ethical approach to my wardrobe. I declared that I would avoid the High Street and either: make my own, shop from an ethical source, or do without.
So how has it gone?
Let's start with the hard figures. Despite taking this pledge, I managed to spend £200 on Ready-To-Wear in 2012.
3 scarves, all from Uniqlo (2 guest-designed by Orla Kiely, 1 by Laura Ashley) £30
1 cardigan, from Maison Scotch, on sale (the price ticket said it was £140 originally) £60
1 organic denim shirt, from Howies but second-hand from ebay, £10
1 cotton jersey dress, Orla Kiely for Uniqlo, £20
1 pair of shoes, Fly London black suede flatform loafers, £80
All but one of the scarves is in regular rotation. It is a bright lime green which doesn't quite match the other greens in my wardrobe. I might re-sell it on ebay (the Orla Kiely label makes this possible). I do not regret buying the other 2 as they lift my outfit on many a grey day and keep the draughts off my neck in the office. I am still conflicted about the ethics of buying from Uniqlo, whose CSR pages confuse me more than they enlighten me, but I knew that Orla K had worked with People Tree, which suggests to me that she is ethically-minded. But these are just excuses for woolly-mindedness.
Could do better, Roo.
The denim shirt. I love this! I wear it most weekends, layered up over jeans or shorts and tights, over tees and under my cardi. It is an ethical brand, beautiful quality and was worth every penny. GOLD STAR!
The Orla Kiely dress. I bought it in September and like the denim shirt, it is homewear staple. It goes on over jeans, under the denim shirt and the ethical cardi and a warm scarf / shawl... and I feel like the epitomy of boho chic when I wear it, which is pretty good going for "at home" wear! Ethics? As above under "scarves".
So what does all this mean?
That even given an outrageous level of circumspection before a purchase, I made some mistakes this year.
|Wearing everything I bought this year - not recommended!|
Fewer purchases make big mistakes feel worse!
The shoes were the biggest purchase and the biggest regret. I should have sent them back when they arrived, but I didn't.
I am going to follow this post up with an analysis of what I have made and worn this year and whether there are any items I have made but never worn. I already know the answer to that: YES!
But more to the point - do my clothes match my lifestyle?
Does my wardrobe work?
And if not... do I need to change my clothes... or my lifestyle? Whoah!