A thrifter’s guide to Leamington Spa

This month I’ve cast the thrifting net a little further by visiting the Warwickshire Spa Town of Royal Leamington Spa. The town is noted for its beautiful Georgian architecture: I visited on a winter’s day and got caught in a hail storm: Leamington Spa is a prosperous town – type its name into Google andContinue reading “A thrifter’s guide to Leamington Spa”

& Other Stories Review

I recently went into a roomy & Other Stories store in Coal Drop yard, King’s Cross, London.   & Other Stories was my favourite shopping destination before I committed to a year of buying secondhand clothes exclusively.  I’d almost forgotten how much I love this brand – they just get everything so right.  The knitwear withContinue reading “& Other Stories Review”

Are fashion B Corps really sustainable?

When you love clothes but don’t love what they’re doing to the planet and people, it can be difficult to know which fashion brands to choose.  The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently announced that they’re to investigate greenwashing in fashion, and will examine claims that individual items of clothing are better for the environment,Continue reading “Are fashion B Corps really sustainable?”

Three sustainable fashion brands you can afford

Maybe you want a more sustainable wardrobe, but are put off by the cost.  During my peak Zara years, I dismissed sustainable fashion because I thought it meant paying 200 quid for a poncho made out of recycled linen, or similar. As I write about in this article about privilege and sustainable fashion it’s trueContinue reading “Three sustainable fashion brands you can afford”

New Year Fashion Resolutions

Happy new year! Do you make new year resolutions? I do. Mine are about making my life more fun and enjoyable, as well as self improvement. I plan to continue meditating, but have also got some fun easy wins on my list such as watching a Korean film and getting a massage. The full listContinue reading “New Year Fashion Resolutions”

The UK’s best thrifting destination?

Grazia magazine – I never miss an issue! – recently ran a feature about some of the best charity shops and vintage stores in the UK. Alderley Edge, a town in Cheshire was identified as top destination of choice for thrifters. It just so happens that a very good friend of mine from university livesContinue reading “The UK’s best thrifting destination?”

The three best sustainable fashion innovations of 2021

‘Time’ magazine recently published its list of best inventions of the year.  It’s remarkable how many of these incorporate sustainability thinking.  Everist’s Waterless Shampoo Concentrate is 100% plant-based, plastic free and eliminates the water which makes up 70% of the contents of a standard shampoo bottle. Kuleana is perfect for anyone who went completely offContinue reading “The three best sustainable fashion innovations of 2021”

Primark enters the circular economy

Critics of fast fashion often reach for Primark as an example of everything that’s wrong with the industry: exploited garment workers, clothes made from damaging synthetic materials and garments designed to be worn just a few times before being dumped into landfill. Primark seems an unlikely partner for the Ellen McArthur Foundation, a leading organisation dedicated to acceleratingContinue reading “Primark enters the circular economy”

Putting on the (pre-owned) glitz

If ever there was an item clothing that it makes sense to buy secondhand, it’s a Christmas party frock. At this time of year, the shops are overflowing with sequins, satin and shimmer. I don’t know about you, but after a lockdown Christmas last year, I am so ready to party I’d consider wearing heelsContinue reading “Putting on the (pre-owned) glitz”