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Change of season - change of clothes..

So we have recently started to have a fire on here most nights.  Autumn has come around much quicker than I hoped.

Most days I feel completely under dressed.  Not at all prepared for the colder weather.  I am in desperate need of some new / old / vintage winter clothes.  But from where?

I love to mix it up when it comes to my style.  The dress above is one of my favourites.  A vintage 80's dress from Germany, which I bought on etsy at a snip.  When I think about it, my most favourite clothes are vintage.  But I hate to rummage in a charity shop.  Yes - I really do.  Most of the clothes in there are from Primark anyway and I really don't like their clothes.

No, not a clothes snob.  But I just don't agree with the clothes of a throw away nature.  And how can they sell stuff so cheap?  I do know, I just can't think about it.  So yes, Primark - I don't go there.

So this leads me to where do I shop?  I love Toast and I love Plumo, but they don't love my budget.  I am looking for clothes mid/low budget which are ethical and seriously stylish. Eco fashion but without the hemp.

I've recently heard of my local vintage clothes shop is having a swaparoo.. a kind of swish.  I think I should go.  Have any of you every been swishing?  Is it embarrassing when you try something on and it looks awful but the person who it belongs to is standing right there?  What if everyone is a size 10?  Now that would be embarrassing!!

Eco Fashion has certainly come on recently.  People Tree Atumn/Winter range looks super cute.  With Orla Keily designing part of it.  Gorgeous stuff.  Again outta my league.  

So can we be stylish and ethical on a budget?  There must be some bargains out there that really doesn't cost the Earth!
Tips please!

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  1. Looove your outfit!!!!, nice colors!

    Have a lovely day!


  2. You look so gorgeous, Lou. I love a good stripey dress. Just so summery and smart.

    This is easily the most subtle sponsored post I've ever encountered. Nice one. x

  3. i am always looking for one style of dress. mod/mini, with pockets. i could live in that type of dress all seasons. hard to come by though. x

    p.s. i'm not to be trusted anyway, as soon as i turned 39 i started folding down corners of the boden catalogue. i'm going dowwwwwwwn! x

  4. What a gorgeous outfit- hope you have some nice thick tights on under there too!

    I don't know the answer to your quest, and if you find the answer let me know. I suppose ethical clothing by its very nature is always going to be much pricer than elsewhere. American Apparel is one of my favourite shops for more ethical staple wardrobe items, and they do have good sales every now and then.

    Obviously I've been doing an awful lot of clothes shoppping recently, and nearly all my clothes are either from charity shops or ebay (where I can search for better quality brands). As I travel around a lot for work I do find charity shops in smaller rural towns much better for hidden gems. Somerset is one of my favourite places for charity shopping- Wellington, Bridgewater, places like that are good! It's just a question of perseverance!

    Good luck x

  5. this is so hard isn't it? Over the years I find myself buying less and less. I do wear most of my wardrobe but I have edited it right down and own (relatively) very few clothes. What I do do is treat myself each season to something that I really love and that will last. My basics (tshirts, leggings etc tend to be mostly cheap & cheerful). My favourite items do tend to be the ones I spent a bit of money on and that I properly love, not the ones bought in a rush and with a cross 'that will do' head on. I only replace things when they have really worn out. This is my way of sticking the fingers up to the consumerist culture!

  6. I totally agree Lou, as a 'curvier' woman swishing doesn't seem such an attractive option, as the likelihood is that most of the clothes there that would fit me would be the ones I'd taken to get rid of. I'm tempted to go and learn pattern cutting so that I can make my own clothes, but I am quite intimidated by the idea of making garments - so much more complicated than cushion covers! I actually do get most of my clothes from charity shops, because it means I have a bit more money to spend on other things - but yes it is hard to find exactly what you're looking for, in the right size - I'd love to splurge on a few gorgeous pieces that would day! xx

  7. Oops, sorry forgot to say - you look amazing, what a great dress. xx

  8. Oh I so know what you mean. There are beautiful clothes out there if you can afford them - but who can? It really infuriates me, my work chums and I talk about this all the time! If you find the answer do share!

  9. have you tried nomads clothing?

  10. Can we not carry on wearing our summer clothes with thermal long johns underneath?

  11. Lovely dress and love the mustard cardigan. It is difficult shopping for nice clothes especially when money is tight.
    I have bought a few things from the Orla Kiely collection she's done with Uniqlo which I must say is an awful website but they do seem to have some good basic quality clothes. And Orla's stoles on there are incredible and can change an outfit. Basic jeans and plain top add one of her scarves, perfect!!
    Let us know if you find a good online shop :) x

  12. Anonymous27.9.12

    have you tried Bibico ? Also Toast Archive shop at Shepton Mallet Im sure you will find some thing there.

  13. Nice outfit and pic! Nicely done sponsored post too :)

  14. You look fabulous in that stripy dress. I like White Stuff and Seasalt who make clothes from organic cotton. There is also Saltwater but they are more expensive but do have good sales. I don't really have separate summer/winter clothes I just add a cardie and boots. Karen x

  15. Love the outfit - I literally just wrote something similar after digging out my favourite coats at the weekend! I've got a post coming up with heaps of tips, but my best one is to just buy high street clothes from eBay - you still get to look nice but without adding to the levels of consumption. Which can't be bad! x


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