Many of you would have read my post earlier in the year where I made a new years resolution to buy nothing new for my wardrobe. I wanted to put my green principles to the test to see whether I could put my money where my mouth is. If you want to read up on the story behind it, please click here.
A quarter of the year has passed and I can honestly say that I haven’t cracked, or have been tempted to crack… yet.
The pros of buying nothing new: I am actively contributing to sustainability. I have inspired other people. I have more free time for things I care about such as my blogging and intern work for Eco Brides Magazine.
The cons: Buying nothing new for my wardrobe means I have to rely on what I find in vintage and second-hand shops or on eBay. But as I stand at 5’2, wear size 6 with a shoe size of 5, it means I often don’t find much at all.
Yesterday, however, my girl friend and fellow blogger Wendy Grace of Little J Girl held her first ever green fashion event. Even I hadn’t been game enough to organise one of these yet! This green fashion event is otherwise known as a wardrobe clearance sale. And let me tell you Wendy had a wardrobe clearance sale to end all wardrobe clearance sales. I don’t think I’m game to hold one after the extravaganza this woman pulled off!
For starters, Wendy doesn’t do things in halves and so the event location and the styling was what you would expect of a fashionista and budding stylist. No detail was forgotten from the striped drinking straws, delicious canapes, mini-cupcakes and champagne, blooms in square vases, scented candles, recycled paper shopping bags and clothing racks.
Wendy also stands at less than 5 foot and wears a size 5 shoe so I knew I would have no problem finding items that would fit. I was also certain I was going to have a ball going through her stuff before I even got there! So when after 7 hours I was still trying things on at close time, I wasn’t just having a ball, I was in eco-fashion heaven! I picked up so many beautiful second-hand items so cheaply including a fantastic vintage leather bag, a woollen cropped jacket and a linen dress that I almost feel like I had robbed my own friend!
The good news is that my eco-fashion equilibrium has now been restored and in the coming week this Eco Warrior Princess will be posting her very first second-hand outfit post! Yay!
Stay tuned guys