Sustainable Fashion, Winter Coats and Me
Why, isn’t that the very same hat you’ve been wearing in virtually every outfit post since you purchased it, I hear you cry?! And while we’re at it, didn’t you promise us a vintage dress in your last blog offering? Well, yes folks, guilty as charged and I willfully take the consequences, whatever they may be – feel free to give me a virtual wrap over the knuckles for my empty promises for I deserve each and every one.
Onto the outfit at hand, such as it may be, focusing on the coat first. I don’t know about you but Autumn makes me want to purge my summer wardrobe for good (cue an earnest packing away of anything cotton, sleeveless or floral) and layer up in block colours and heavy coats. This one was a bargain buy at H&M last year and it has stood me in good stead ever since. I love the Sixties swing coat vibe and best of all…it’s WARM!
Problem is. As soon as I unleash the Winter coat monster it’s very difficult to reign inside again. Translation; there are currently about a dozen coats I have my eye on and I will not rest until I have at least one in my possession.
So, where exactly does this fit in with my ‘sustainable fashion’ outlook? Truth be told, it doesn’t. Whilst my diet may mostly align with my eco-friendly credentials, my wardrobe needs some work. But it’s more complicated that one may think.
I haven’t bought leather in three years. Yet within that time I’ve gone through dozens of pairs of plastic (vegan) shoes that haven’t lasted any length of time and will no doubt end up in a landfill somewhere. Does that sound very environmentally sound to you? Meanwhile, I rely on leather boots and shoes I bought prior to my ‘eco awakening’ that have been going strong for ten years or more and show no signs of giving up the ghost anytime soon. Even when they do eventually go to footwear heaven they will decompose back into the earth – it’ll take a while no doubt and I am aware of the chemicals used to preserve animal skin but it still seems like a better alternative to PLASTIC, ugh.
Look, I’m just thinking aloud here and am not about to run out and buy me a pair of calf skin ankle grazers but as my new boots (yes, the ones featured in my last post) have already started to ruin (imitation patent peels….obv.) I really am beginning to question what really is sustainable.
Fashion in of itself is not, of course, in any way kind to the environment – but is the solution to just not to add to your wardrobe? That seems somewhat unrealistic, so I’m thinking we need real solutions to this disposable fashion problem(answers or suggestions on a postcard please!). For now though, I’m content to wear my most coveted items to death (like this hat), continue to buy vintage/second hand and make better, more informed choices when purchasing new items.
Wish me luck.