This project is now finished. And it feels really quite strange! I am yet to purchase anything. In fact my whole approach has changed – I’ve found myself truly valuing style and quality in a whole new way. I also appear to have given myself serious eco guilt! To that end – or from that beginning – I’m launching a new site dedicated to slow fashion. I feel I’ve learnt so much in the past two years and this new site will be a place for me to showcase and share that. I’m also writing a book on the subject – how it is possible to be high fashion without buying into this notion that the next new piece will change your life. Not buying any new clothes for a year is not for everyone, but making small changes in the way you do buy clothing certainly is!
Thanks so much to all my readers over the past two years!!! Please come visit me at my new site
So this is my last day of this project… And I’m still not sure what happens now. I went into a high street store the other day to test the water and felt totally overwhelmed and slightly nauseated by the sheer number of identical items on the rails. But I also need a few things – most of my black boots have fallen apart, my single pair of jeans are not holding up well, I have very few good quality t-shirts and long sleeved tops, I could really do with a smart jacket (that is not fur) and so on and so forth. Now it’s true that I do not NEED any of these things, but this project was never about denying myself what I wanted, but rather confronting, challenging and changing my approach to my personal consumption.
I still love fashion and at the end of two years buying exclusively second hand, I really do miss new clothes. There are numerous new and exciting young designers out there who I would like to (and plan to) support. I’ve learnt that I no longer have much interest in fast fashion. I seem to simply not be that interested anymore. I’m more concerned with where a piece has come from, who made it and where the profits will go to. Now this is not to say that I am not still utterly transfixed by some higher end brands – even though I know there is often little difference between them and the high street – and nor is it to say that I wouldn’t quite like to grab some gap tshirts to fill the gap (cringe) in my wardrobe. I’m hoping that my aversion to the high street will last and my dedication to quality over quantity won’t waver, but you never know…
Anyway, for now at least, I am all about slow fashion.
I am a fashion sloth.
I only own one pair of jeans which are at least 5 years old and are starting to wear pretty thin (particularly around the crotch which is not a great look.) So when I do start buying again I think I will invest in a new pair. My current pair are from Topshop and honestly I absolutely love them but I am going to try and not buy a high-street pair if I can avoid it… Plus I discovered today that Philip Green (Arcadia group aka Mr Topshop) avoided paying tax on a substantial amount of his fortune by giving his wife 1.2bn. Yep he just super casually gave her a gift of ONE POINT TWO BILLION POUNDS. Tax free. Soooooo I don’t think he needs, nor deserves, any of my cash…
Moving on, I think this pair from Monkee Genes looks like it might do the (new) trick
Monkee Genes are a UK based company whose jeans are made in the UK, and they have Soil Association approval on their organic denim jeans. Ticks a few of my boxes.
Plus they can be bought at a reduced price (£48 rather than £60) at fashion-conscience.com. That’s the same, or less, than a pair from Topshop.
I found this A.L.C skirt whilst browsing for inspiration on net-a-porter (I can browse doesn’t mean I’ll buy!) and fell completely in love with the whole look…
It inspired me to fish out my own long black pleated skirt (I wish there was a way to dye the bottom navy like the ALC one, but I don’t believe there is…?)
and team it with a grey jumper
But then I added boots and my fur coat, as it is clearly not suede wedges and paper-thin leather jacket weather. Oh right and then when I arrived to teach a dance class this afternoon, one of my dancers – a four year old girl no less – looked at me and said “Wow! You’re wearing a really pretty skirt today”. WIN.
Top: Topshop borrowed from friend
I didn’t find the ‘shit girls say’ series particularly funny, but I kinda like this… Maybe because it’s tuesday and pouring with rain therefore the bar is low and I am easily pleased.
I have been thinking more and more about what to do when I’m ‘done’ with this project (which, by the way, is in a week!) One idea I’ve had is to buy new things but only once I’ve worn every single item in my closet. I regularly clear it out and am fairly SS about it but still, I honestly haven’t worn some items in months, maybe even years. I generally think that if you haven’t worn something in six months to a year and it’s not a ‘piece’ (ie. vintage sparkly chanel jacket) then it won’t be missed and should be given to the local charity shop.
Things that I need to wear that I haven’t worn in ages…
Sooooo nothing new till I’ve worn everything old? This article by Paula Reed makes me think this is a very good idea.
p.s. I think I’ve wrapped myself in so many layers of consumerist guilt that I am now finding excuses not to buy. I feel a little backed into a corner by my own conscience…
I didn’t really get dressed today… I’ve remained in my dance clothes (read: pjs) since teaching a class early this morning. This can happen when you are freelance and don’t see another living soul aside from your dog who loves you regardless of how you dress and whether or not you use second person narrative, thinking this to be acceptable.
If you are freelance you can also paint your nails during the day.