And that’s a wrap! Today is the last day of the challenge that has taken over my life for the past six weeks. It has definitely been a challenge trying not to get bored with the same wardrobe and I will not be wearing a full black outfit for a while. Oh my days, have I missed being able to wear multiple colours!
It has changed my approach to dressing and forced me to step out of my comfort zone with shoes and accessories. I would not have dreamed of turning a shawl into a belted jacket for a day in London or wearing a neckerchief to work like a retro office girl.
It’s been a lot of fun getting to know my accessories and shoes again but that was only a small bit of why I took the challenge. In writing these posts, I have learned a lot about my own attitude towards ethical and fairtrade fashion. I have questioned myself over why I shop in charity shops and independents in contrast to high street chains. The sad thing is a lot of it has been financially motivated as charity shops tend to be cheaper and are not as behind the sartorial times as is often assumed. The idea that the clothes I buy go towards helping charities change situations for people and animals (we have a Blue Cross shop as well) rarely factors into my conscience when I’m trying on that dress that no one else has.
Then there is the flip side. If we all stop shopping on the high street, those people who make the clothes in appalling conditions and paid practically nothing for it could be forced into worse jobs. I don’t know about you, but even a sweatshop making clothes is preferable to human trafficking; that could be their only other option.
So here is my proposition. While my non-ethical jewellery ban will continue and I’ll try to up my support of ethical fashion, I won’t stop buying from the high street completely. The key, as with so much in life, is finding that balance. I’m not sure where it is for me but I’m looking forward to figuring it out.
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