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Autumnal Ethical Wardrobe Inspiration

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Looking for some ethical wardrobe inspiration for autumn? Right this way.

There’s no mistaking that Autumn is creeping its way in slowly.  The nights are drawing in. The hedgerows are covered in blackberries. Leaves are beginning to change colour. And there’s that definite autumnal smell in the air.

With the change in the seasons, I invariably start to think about my autumnal ethical wardrobe, and if there is anything I need to buy to fill any gaps.

By the way, when I talk about my autumnal wardrobe, don’t take this to mean that I do a big switch and put everything from summer into storage.  There might be the odd summer piece that I fold up and put at the back of my drawer as not everything I own does work in every season. But by in large my autumn wardrobe is also pretty much my winter, spring, and summer wardrobe, just with more or fewer layers, and different footwear.  My autumn wardrobe is therefore much the same as my summer wardrobe, just with the addition of tights (or rather, thicker tights because summer in Scotland often calls for tights), knitwear, and boots.

My Autumnal Ethical Wardrobe Inspiration

Nonetheless, I’m not immune to doing a bit of window shopping.  Here is my autumnal ethical wardrobe inspiration – click on the links to be taken to the retailers. This post does contain affiliate links.

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Gold Chevron Necklace

This handmade beauty is from Birmingham-based Oh My Clumsy Heart.  I may actually have bought this as a birthday present from me to me.  I’ve got a big deal birthday imminently approaching and I felt I deserved something to sweeten the blow.  If you can’t treat yourself on your birthday, let alone a big-ish birthday, then when can you?  That’s my philosophy anyway!

Piper Boots

These Po-Zu brown linen vegan boots* are perfect for stomping through piles of crunchy leaves.  And they are about as ethical as they come – Po-Zu has been ranked number one ethical shoe retailer in the Good Shopping Guide.  Thumbs up all round.

Inga Rae Dress

I’m a little bit in love with this Thought Clothing dress*.  The colours just say autumn, and it begs to be worn with tights and boots and a chunky cardigan, but it could equally work well in summer with bare legs and sandals.

Loose Knit Cardigan

Speaking of chunky cardigans, this cosy hand-knitted People Tree number* is currently on super sale – £60, reduced from £150.

Vegan Tote Bag

This beautiful autumnal-toned Matt + Nat vegan bag* is way out of my price range but oh so lovely.  All of the Matt + Nat bags are so chic, and all are vegan.  Not that long ago the words ‘vegan’ and ‘chic’ were complete oxymorons – it’s always great to see vegan bags that are equally as stylish as their leather counterparts.

If you are looking for more ethical clothing inspiration, do check out my guide to ethical clothing brands for women.

Ethical Fashion, Life & Style

How To Avoid Fast Fashion Impulse Buys

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Need help kicking your shopping habit? Here’s how to avoid fast fashion for good.

The second part of my series on how to build an ethical wardrobe is advice on resisting consumerism.  There’s no point setting a goal to only shop ethically if you can’t recognise and remove those fast fashion impulses from your life.

How To Avoid Making Fast Fashion Impulse Buys

It’s not wrong to want or need things, but what if you want to be more immune to fast fashion consumerism?

Now, I agree, it is difficult to be immune to consumerism.  I’m sure we’ve all been there.  You know, it’s a Friday evening, the kids are in bed, and you’ve got a glass of wine. You get a suspiciously well-timed email from a shop saying they’re having a massive sale.  Before you know it you’ve got a parcel winging its way to you.

Remove Temptation

How do you stop this?  My advice is to try to remove all temptation from your life:

Have A Digital Detox

It’s no coincidence that emails from fast-fashion retailers often arrive around payday, or at the weekend. Therefore, remove the temptation at the source to help you avoid the temptation to shop from fast-fashion retailers.

Maybe you get emails from fast fashion shops because you bought something once and now you’re on a shop’s mailing list.  Maybe you signed up once to get 10% off your next order and never got round to unsubscribing.  However, you ended up on the mailing list, hit that unsubscribe button every time an email comes in!

If unsubscribing to every email sounds like too much work then use an email service to make your life easier.  I’ve used unroll.me, which finds out exactly which newsletters you’re subscribed to and offers an easy one-click unsubscribe option to all the ones you don’t want to be subscribed to.  I can’t sing its praises highly enough.

Using unroll.me I’ve unsubscribed from all the fast fashion shops that had me on their mailing lists.  I then created a dedicated folder where I’ve set all the subscriptions from all my favourite small, ethical, and independent shops to be filtered into.  I can then look at those emails when I want to, but they’re not in my face as soon as I open my inbox of a morning or evening.

It’s pretty refreshing not to be constantly bombarded with  “shop now” and “50% off today only” emails and removes so much temptation from my life.

Don’t Forget To Do A Physical Detox

The same goes for the catalogues that pop through your letterbox.  I wrote a post about what feels like a million years ago on how to stop junk mail that may be of assistance to you.

Stop buying glossy fashion magazines

These magazines are all about trends and just breed consumerism. If you want to avoid fast fashion then it’s a key step in that journey.

Added benefit?  You’ll save £££s!  Say an average magazine costs £6 and you buy 3 a month.  That’s £216 a year saved straight off.  This isn’t including the potential savings you’ll make on buying clothes just because they looked good on the model in the magazine or because the magazine said an item was in fashion.

And another added bonus: life feels a whole lot better without constantly reading articles telling you to have a bikini body or all the other negative body image crap that these magazines peddle.  Nobody needs that negativity in their life.

Unfollow fast fashion blogs/instagram accounts

I used to read some fast fashion blogs. Or rather, blogs that became fast fashion blogs. I also used to follow a few Instagram accounts that became fast fashion-y.  I realised these blogs and accounts were making me feel bad about my life, because I never felt like what I had was enough. This in turn made me want to buy more stuff.  

In a bid to avoid these fast fashion shopping triggers, I sat down one weekend and unfollowed the accounts that triggered me to want to buy stuff. Unfollowing them took away the temptation to buy clothes because I’d seen bloggers wearing the latest trend. What was surprising was that after this purge, I felt like I enjoyed blogging a whole lot more.

At the same time, I unfollowed any fashion brands I was following as well.

Instead, try replacing these blogs with sustainable fashion blogs.  Some of my favourites include Style Wise and Sustainably Chic. However, there are heaps more waiting to be discovered.

I’ll be back soon with the next installment. In the meantime, I hope this has given you some food for thought on how to avoid fast fashion!

PS: the first part in this series is here if you missed it.