How a year of blogging has changed me

Today is my blog-iversary: I was thinking yesterday that it must be about a year since I started this blog.  I just looked and my first ever post was on October 25th 2020 – exactly a year ago today.  I am no longer terrified of sharing photos of myself When I uploaded my first post,Continue reading “How a year of blogging has changed me”

Recycled By

Ruth, the founder of ‘Recycled By’, has a mission.  Her ambition goes beyond persuading people to buy pre-owned clothing; it’s to encourage them to be proud to be seen in second-hand.  Recycled By seeks out the best pre-owned clothing available.   Its current selection includes Prada mules, a skirt by Stella McCartney and pieces from top-endContinue reading “Recycled By”

How to successfully shop secondhand online

As it’s secondhand September, I’ve been thinking about how buying pre-owned clothes can become the preferred option for more and more people.  The over-production of new clothes is such a huge problem environmentally and socially.  Shopping secondhand is such a good solution since it allows you to look just as good – wait, better! –Continue reading “How to successfully shop secondhand online”

Secondhand jeans for secondhand September

One of the most exciting developments in the preloved fashion world has been seeing major companies embracing the trend. Madewell is one of my favourite fashion brands. On trips to the States, I once picked up two identical pairs of jeans in their Atlanta store because the cut and fit were so good. I reallyContinue reading “Secondhand jeans for secondhand September”

My new favourite way to shop second-hand

It’s #secondhandseptember, so what better time to talk about my new favourite way to shop for preloved clothes? Since deciding to shop only second-hand throughout 2020, I’ve mostly bought from Depop and Oxfam online – both of which I do love.  But I recently found something new. Re-Fashion is a relatively new platform for second-handContinue reading “My new favourite way to shop second-hand”

Four reasons to take part in second-hand September

September is a big month in fashion. It’s the month when thoughts turn to stocking up on knitwear and perhaps acquiring a new autumn/winter coat (I’m determined to finally find my perfect camel-coloured coat this year). Such is the significance of the month that the September 2007 issue of ‘Vogue’ magazine weighed nearly five pounds,Continue reading “Four reasons to take part in second-hand September”

“But what if someone died in it?!” – and other barriers to buying secondhand clothes

I was recently extolling the virtues of shopping for preloved clothes to some friends.  (I need to watch this.  I do go on about it a lot – it must get boring!)  Much of the environmental impact of clothing comes from its manufacture: “Environmental impacts include energy use and generation of greenhouse gas emissions inContinue reading ““But what if someone died in it?!” – and other barriers to buying secondhand clothes”

Privilege and sustainable fashion

A pink gingham midi shift dress by ethical and sustainable London-based brand Birdsong costs £169; a similar style from H&M will do much less damage to your pocket, at £19.99.  One dress is made from Tencel fabric made from wood pulp, sustainably harvested from renewable wood sources, and was made in London for living wages. Continue reading “Privilege and sustainable fashion”

Is fashion causing a biodiversity crisis?

In 2020, McKinsey called biodiversity ‘the next frontier in sustainable fashion’ Many of us are already aware of the link between the fashion industry and climate change: the clothing industry generates more greenhouse gases than international aviation and shipping combined. Less well-known is the contribution fashion is making to the biodiversity crisis. We are living through anContinue reading “Is fashion causing a biodiversity crisis?”

Don’t be fooled: Greenwashing in fashion

Growing interest in sustainable fashion has prompted brands from Prada to Primark to communicate their environmental and ethical credentials.  Several fashion businesses have launched sustainable sub-brands, among them H&M’s Conscious Collection and Zara’s Join Life brand.  But which businesses are genuinely benefitting the environment, and which are hoping to bamboozle shoppers into thinking they’re greenerContinue reading “Don’t be fooled: Greenwashing in fashion”