Today Kayleigh Innes is sharing her ethical style with Moral Fibres readers. Kayleigh is based in Scotland and as well as being a student, is also an ethical fashion and beauty blogger AND a photography editor. I’m honoured that she took some time out of her busy schedule to take part in today’s Your Ethical Style!
Over to Kayleigh:
Hi Kayleigh, can you share with us three fun facts about you?
1. My papa is a photographer, and when I was younger he taught me how to use all his beautiful old film cameras. Now, I collect vintage cameras dating back to the 30s and 40s.
2. I have a bald patch on my head from when I fell as a child and cracked my skull.
3. I’ve watched all nine seasons of The Office US, from start to finish, five times. I’m obsessed!
Where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?
Your ethical shopping guide which lists some of my favourite shops. However I mostly buy from charity/thrift stores or from some of my favourite brands; such as People Tree*, or from the ASOS Green Room.
What’s the last ethical item that you bought?
I’ve bought lots of wee bits and pieces but the last big purchase that I made was an Urban Country pink felt satchel for Uni.
Is there anything ethical or secondhand that you are lusting over at the moment?
I’m obsessed with the Love Sweater from Chinti and Parker*, but it’s a little bit out of my price range.
Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?
If you don’t have a big budget, then charity or vintage shops are probably the easiest and cheapest ways to shop ethically.
Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?
I don’t wear leather, and so it’s sometimes difficult to find nice, high-quality bags or shoes that don’t have leather straps or lining.
Where do you get your style inspiration from?
My desire to shop ethically comes from my Auntie Camilla. She also doesn’t wear leather and has lots of cool eclectic pieces from local off-beat brands. My style inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. Even the looks on the pages of Vogue can be re-styled and re-created with ethical pieces.
What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever?
One year when my mum was clearing out her wardrobe I came across an awesome silk blouse, and instantly fell in love. I don’t wear it often because I’m scared to damage it, but it’s still one of my favourite items in my wardrobe.
What would be your ultimate thrifted find?
I bought a gorgeous little vintage navy & tan handbag, and every time I wore it I got tons of compliments. It was such a good bag, but after years and years of use the strap finally broke and I’ve never been able to find another quite as nice.
Finally, Kayleigh, can you share three ethical style tips with us:
1. If you’ve got a bit of extra cash to spend, invest in some quality, staple pieces that you know you’ll get a lot of wear out of and will last you years.
2. Customise vintage pieces with lace, studs or new buttons to make them more unique and modern, and full of ethical style.
3. Keep checking back in thrift/vintage/charity shops for hidden gems, you never know when something great is going to pop up and you have to be quick to swoop in and get it!