I promise not to say this every single time one of these posts comes around, but time flies! I can’t believe it’s April already (and Milo is 4 months old! man!).
I still haven’t spent any coupons (hurrah!) but I have been shopping. While the challenge is giving me some help in not buying anything new, I’m not really sure it’s particularly helping me in reducing the size of my wardrobe. For me, actually knowing I’m doing these posts has almost encouraged me to buy second hand things, because it’s a place to show them off.
I’m sure I’ve written about this before, but I cannot for the life of me find it now (though see this on different types of ethical shopping), but I don’t think thrifting is quite the ethical panacea that people sometime make it out to be, because (1) donated clothes have got to come from somewhere, and without new shopping there ain’t no thrift shopping, or at least not on anywhere near the same scale and (2) because it allows people to continue to consume and doesn’t challenge the need for novelty that we’ve become used to in the times of fast fashion and that is ultimately what is causing all this over consumption.
With this challenge, because second hand clothes are exempt, it almost encourages you to start channeling consumption into that, rather than actually stopping altogether. It’s quite interesting that if they were included, I would have spent half my coupons already after only three months.
I got this Eley Kishimoto skirt in a local resale/vintage shop that was in the process of closing down and was selling everything for £10:
It’s a little bit too big around the waits and that length isn’t hugely flattering on me, but I can adjust the button, I love the pockets and I was probably a little bit blinded by the label. Plus the shop owner lady was so lovely. She was floating about chatting to everyone and offering coffee and chocolates (there were lots of people she knew, it was obviously some kind of closing down party). I tried on a beautiful aquascutum coat as well, but it was probably a size 18 or so (no size on the label), and in the end it was too big even belted. Anyway, the skirt would be 8 coupons new.
I also got this uniqlo merino wool jumper from the himalayan charity shop for £4:
It would be 5 coupons if new, I was surprised to discover that wool is classed as sustainable regardless of its organicness.
I did at least manage not to expand the size of my wardrobe, since I also got rid of two things in March (no photos this time I’m afraid):
- This People Tree dress/tunic, which was just too short to be practical as a dress, but so a-liney it looked a bit weird over trousers
- And a pair of jeans my sister was getting rid off and I took because they fit me. However, they weren’t flattering at all and were too long, but not the kind of cut where turn ups look good. And not worth the effort to take them up or the money to have them taken up.
So in summary:
Coupons used: 0
Coupon equivalent for second hand items: 32
Money spent : £26.99