Green fashion comes in a huge variety of styles to suit a multitude of tastes but this fact seems to surprise many people. The common opinions hanging over pre-owned or fair trade fashion is that it is dowdy, beige or made from hemp. Well, we are here to show you that this is not the case! Green fashion comes in contemporary, smart and sophisticated designs- it's all about how you put it together. Personally, I like to mix vintage, fair trade and charity shop buys together to create a smart, formal look that is still eclectic and unique. I thought I would just show you all how I have put together some pieces from my Green wardrobe:
I bought all of these items recently apart from the boots which might actually be soldered on to the bottom of my feet! Calf high boots are a staple item in most vintage shops but make sure you check the condition of the leather and re-heel and sole them regularly to keep them in good shape.
The skirt I found recently at the same beautiful vintage shop in Brighton- Starfish. Vintage shops come in all shapes and sizes; the larger ones are great if you fancy a good rummage but if you'd rather do a quick shop then smaller ones like Starfish are very useful as they have a smaller, more selective collection.
My only tips for Charity Shop hunting are make sure that you really do love the item and your not just being enticed by the price. This blazer is an absolute gem! It fits perfectly, is a very modern cut with a gorgeous burnt orange lining and it is originally from a very high quality London store- Arrogant Cat.
When buying second hand clothes I always look for quality pieces but if you fancy getting creative then upcycling is a great way to turn a bargain buy into a unique creation!
Blazer: Oxfam (Brighton), £7.99, Skirt: vintage (Starfish, Brighton), £25.00, Boots: vintage (Starfish, Brighton), £45.00, Earrings: antique (Port Isaac), £25.00, Necklace: fair trade, £3.99
Photography by Rebecca Spuffard