Sustainable Fashion, Winter Coats and Me

what i’m wearing…..hat/vintage…shirt/vintage….v neck sweater/topshop…flared jeans/gap…coat and boots/h&m…bag/primark

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.



2 responses to “Sustainable Fashion, Winter Coats and Me”

  1. Caitlin says:

    Love the coat! It’s so tricky sometimes to find vegan coats that are stylish AND warm! I resorted to buying a cute coat and having polar fleece (the kind people use for hiking, and graded to -10 temperatures) sewn into the lining at the tailor’s.

    As for the shoe dilemma…I feel you. Vegan boots in particular do not seem to last me. I haven’t worn leather shoes since I was 10, so I don’t really remember how long they lasted me, but I have noticed that my faux leather boots do not last as long as I’d like them to. It also annoys me that sometimes I pay a bit more for high quality faux leather boots from vegan brands that I assume will last longer and those fall apart just as quickly as cheap boots I pick up at New Look. *sigh* I have a faux leather bag from Matt & Nat that has lasted me three and a half years of pretty heavy use (compared to other fake leather bags I’ve picked up from the high street which start to wear and fray after a few months, the Matt & Nat bag still look brand new); I need to find out what material the bag’s made out of and get shoes made from that! From what I understand, the leather tanning process is not very environmentally friendly. I’m not really sure if that offsets the durability of the shoes or not, from an environmental standpoint. Anyway, I’m going to keep looking for chic and durable vegan shoes! If I find a good solution, I’ll let you know…

    • peasoupeats says:

      Hey Caitlin, thanks for stopping by! Yes, I do love this coat but I have my eye on a lovely camel one at the moment – unfortunately it will have to wait though, as I am broke brokety broke right now. I really am in a quandary about the shoe thing. I really don’t want to buy leather but it pains me to think of all the plastic I’m partaking in too. I really wish there were more options out there that didn’t break the bank and didn’t fall apart after a couple of wears – no joke, a pair I bought last Christmas busted open after I wore them only a handful of times. Where do you stand on vintage leather?

      I’ve been wanting a Matt and Nat bag forEVER – so pleased to hear the quality is good. Sounds like it might be a good investment;)I must admit my little green bag from Zara has held up well, looks the part and doesn’t look too fake – although I can’t decide whether that’s a good thing or not;)

      Ach, why must we want so many things when we know we’re partaking in the slow destruction of the planet?!!

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