This is my contribution to Style Eyes ethical outfit competition. As I mentioned the other week, 99.9% of my outfits have at least one ethical (thrifted, fair trade, pre-used or handmade) element in them, so I could have submitted just about any outfit. But I wanted to do something special.
Before I was a blogger, back when I was really active on flickr, I would occasionally post to a group called 100% thrifted. This was back in the days when I would go to the charity shops all the time, like two or three times a week.
I still didn’t manage too many 100% thrifted outfits, and that’s because I always struggled with the shoes. Shoes are difficult to find! I am pretty picky with shoes, I don’t do heels, I don’t like flimsy soles, and I have narrow feet and shoes that are donated are often in pretty bad condition. I did have six pairs of shoes from the charity shops at one point, but I wore one (brown comfy clarks ones) all the time until the sole was walked off, and two other pairs (pink kitten heels and cord trainers with a bow) were actually a little bit too big, so back to the shop they went. This pair of shoes is the oldest of the three second hand pairs I have left. I bought them when I was in the first year year of my undergrad course, 12 years ago. Wowee, a long time ago!
I also really wanted to wear a maxi skirt. I don’t know why, I’ve had a little craving for them recently. I only own two of them (plus one that I’m too big to bit in just now). This one is actually not as maxi as I remember it to be from last time I wore it, which was a long time ago! But I do love the draping on it, and it’s an unusual colour for me. This whole outfit has quite a different colour scheme from usual, much softer and more autumnal, though there’s still a few of the usual bright things!
Here’s how all the ethicalness breaks down:
- skirt – charity shop
- tank top sweater vest type thingy – from Beacon’s Closet (a thrift/vintage shop place) in New York
- top under – it’s originally American Apparel (I was attracted to the sweatshop free thing before I knew about the rampant sexism and freakish attempts to control staff’s looks, I would never buy from there now!) in a sort of lilac colour, then I dyed it red
- vintage bag – charity shop
- vintage shoes – from a vintage shop, I bought them when I was 18!
- zip brooch – found in the street
- bangles – two are from the charity shops, the narrowest one was a gift