The last wishlist post I did on my blog was back in January and since then there hasn’t particularly been anything that I’ve wanted to buy, I bought a stunning Mads Norgaard top as a treat for the end of exams and a pair of vintage Levis from Depop (that I haven’t taken off, weather permitting) but those are my only clothing purchases (oh and a kit from Wool and The Gang to make my own top!) I did buy a few things from that wishlist and I think it does help to have a few set pieces in mind that you would like to buy because it gives something to save up for.
Naturally, buying new ethical pieces for your wardrobe can be more expensive so buying clothing when they’re on sale can be a way of buying new ethical pieces that would be cheaper than normal. There are a few sale items from this post. A gorgeous two way orange tie top from a brand called Shop Saul that I’ve had my eye on for a while now, they had a duck egg blue version but it’s sold out and I feel like the orange version would be a beautiful version for my wardrobe. I’ve had my eye on this blue jumper by Aesthetic Stores for a while, made from 100% cotton in Portugal, I’m still contemplating whether to purchase it or not as it’s on sale, in my size and the shipping isn’t horrendously expensive. My only qualm about the jumper is that it could be too similar to ones I already own (says the girl who owns three navy jumpers).
The other sale item in this wishlist is a pair of converse via Love The Sales* . I know converse aren’t an ethical brand but they are vegan (I’m pretty sure, I’ve done extensive research on this and I know that blogger Quietly Vegan was told by converse that there may be ‘traces’ of animal products in their glue) so there is uncertainty that they are completely vegan yet I commend Converse on erring on the side of caution. I do love converse shoes though and I have a black pair that I wear so often yet they still look brand new. I have to mention it because I am completely aware they are not ethical. An article that Ethical Hour shared on Twitter got me thinking that it is true that fast fashion can last a long time and we shouldn’t forget but buying ethically isn’t about the style or material used, the people behind the products are just as important, if not more important than the garment itself.
That said, I’ve found it hard to find some things that are ethical such as shoes that aren’t in the hundreds (there is Veja and Toms but canvas trainers are hard to find) and I know that converse will last me a long time and that I’ll wear them a lot. It’s about compromise and although I know not every purchase I make is ethical it is about sustainability as well and there is sustainability in wearing clothes for a long time and taking care of them.
What’s on your wishlist? Let me know and also let me know what your favourite piece from this wishlist is – what should I buy first?
lots of love, eleanor xx
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