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Your Ethical Style: Franca From Oranges & Apples

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You guys really enjoyed the last ethical style post from Ceri, so I’m really pleased to follow it up today with Franca from the blog Apple Franca, who is sharing her ethical style with us.

At Oranges and Apples, Edinburgh-based Franca shares her colourful and eclectic style with readers, as well as crafty endeavours; thoughts on fashion, society, parenthood; and more.  If you live in or near Edinburgh then you’ll love her guide to Edinburgh vintage and charity shops – it’s a veritable gold mine of useful information!

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Franca made this skirt and cowl,  and her jumper came from a charity shop

Franca, Oranges & Apples is a firm favourite of mine, but can you share with Moral Fibres readers and me three facts about you that they might not know:

1. I’m a German person but I’ve never lived in Germany (I grew up in Luxembourg).  I went to a European school where I had some lessons in English and French.  My accent is essentially unplaceable!
2. I really really like tea. I drink litres of it every day and try to stick to mostly herbal, but my favourites are earl grey and Darjeeling.
3. I’m a bit of a homebody but I love city trips.  We like to stay in an apartment and spend our time mostly wandering around and having coffee and food and sort of pretending we live there.  We went to Copenhagen in June and it was awesome!

Where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?

I used to be a big charity shopper, so if you’d have asked me a couple of years ago that’s what I would have said.  But since then, possibly brought on by becoming a parent, I’m not really into the quantity over quality thing anymore.  And while you can find quality stuff in charity shops, most of it is pretty worn out and a lot of it is fast fashion cast-offs and I am making a serious effort to achieve a smaller wardrobe where everything is in good condition.  It’s a work in progress.

Anyway, to actually answer the question I mainly look to online shops like People Tree*, Thought Clothing*, and my new discovery, Earth Kind Originals!

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Franca made this beautiful dress

What’s the last ethical item that you bought?

I’m not sure as it’s been a while: I think it was a secondhand Cos dress off of eBay.  Or a Superdry shirt in a charity shop, I’m not sure which!

Is there anything ethical or second-hand that you are lusting over at the moment?

I’m planning on buying a slouchy cardigan from Earth Kind Originals at some point soon.

Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?

It depends on what kind of shopping I guess!  For charity shopping, my tip is to build up a good understanding of what your size is and what will fit then ignore the labels in the clothes.  I own everything from a size 8 to a 16.  Also to look at the fabric and finishing and not be blinded by labels.

Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?

It’s a lot better than it used to be, but I still struggle to find brightly coloured neutrals from ethical shops. A lot of the stuff tends to be ‘natural’ colours.

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Vintage dress, shoes with naturally tanned and dyed leather

Where do you get your style inspiration from?

Mainly style and sewing blogs, and people I see out and about.  I don’t particularly follow fashion trends and I rarely buy magazines.

What is your best second-hand or ethical find ever?

I have a lovely really well-made 1950s day dress I bought in a local vintage shop for £40 years ago.  That kind of quality is difficult to find nowadays!

What would be your ultimate thrifted find?

I would love to find a cotton 1950s dress with sleeves!

Finally, Franca, can you share three ethical style tips with us:

1. Layer!  You get a lot more interest out of the same clothes if you combine them together in various ways.

2. Learn to do basic clothes alterations like taking up hems to make second-hand or vintage clothes as you want them.  Alternatively, make friends with your tailor: it’s cheaper than you might think!

3. Accessorise!  I love scarves and brooches in particular, and they’re easy to find in charity and vintage shops.  I could wear plain black clothes for the rest of my life and still have something interesting to wear.

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Franca made this blouse; the vintage skirt is from a charity shop

You can follow Franca’s blog here and find her on Twitter or Facebook.

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Your Ethical Style: Ceri Heathcote

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As it’s the start of a new week, I thought what better time to introduce a brand new ethical style series on Moral Fibres, called Your Ethical Style.  The plan for Your Ethical Style is to feature people from all walks of life who have an interest in ethical clothing.

I’m not really interested in designers and fashion shows: I’ve always been interested in what real people are wearing.  Seeing what real people wear has always been more relatable to me than seeing what some model is wearing.  I’ve got a few interviews lined up and the best thing so far is seeing everyone’s very different styles and takes on ethical fashion.  I do hope you’ll enjoy and get a lot out of this series!

First to be featured in Your Ethical Style is Ceri Heathcote, from the blog Style Eyes.  On Style Eyes, Ceri blogs about her daily ethical outfits and ethical fashion finds and often shares ethical fashion resources that she’s come across.

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Jacket – Nancy Dee / Dress – SkunkFunk / Bag – Gusti Leather / Boots – Dream in Green

So, Ceri, Moral Fibres readers might be aware of your great blog, Style Eyes, but can you share with readers three facts about you that they might not know:

1. I love scuba diving on coral reefs.  I once spent 2 months in Belize on a project to map the biodiversity of the reef.
2. I started my blog whilst I was bored on maternity leave after the birth of my second daughter: she was a very sleepy baby.
3. I snore a lot (apparently)

You’ve got a great interest in ethical fashion: where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?

I am just setting up a store on my blog with all my favourite brands so that is my best place to shop for ethical clothing!  In terms of actual brands/shops, I love SkunkFunk, People Tree*, and Thought Clothing*.

What’s the last ethical item that you bought?

I am trying hard to stick to my motto ‘buy less, live more’ but I did treat myself to 2 necklaces by EA Burns for Made in the sale at ASOS Greenroom.  Made is an ethical brand that creates beautiful handmade jewellery in their African workshop.  Made teaches new skills and provides sustainable opportunities for its Kenyan employees.

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Hat – Pachacuti / Tunic – Kuyichi

Is there any particular ethical item that you are lusting over at the moment?

I love Pachacuti hats.  They are the perfect way to keep the sun off my face during the summer.

Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?

If you are shopping on a budget, check out Oxfam Fashion online*.  They have an amazing selection of designer, high street, and vintage brands.  It is also really easy to find what you want with the option to search by clothes type, size, colour, brand, etc.  Not only are you saving clothes from landfills and reducing your fashion footprint but you are also supporting a very worthwhile charity.

Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?

There are lots of amazing ethical brands out there, but they are not always as easy to find as conventional brands because they tend to have smaller marketing budgets.  It is definitely worth your while spending time to seek them out though as you find some real gems.

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Hat – Pachacuti / Scarf – Vintage / Jeggings – Oxfam / Top – really old / Ankle Boots – Dream in Green

Where do you get your ethical style inspiration from?

I tend to get inspiration from lots of different places.  I sometimes see things that I like on other blogs or love the way outfits have been put together.  And I also love checking out what other people are wearing on the street or on street-style blogs. love bright and colourful clothes. These can be inspired by all sorts of things from paintings and art, to nature and architecture.  My mum is also a big influence as she is quite short like me but always wears flattering and lovely clothes.

What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever?

A vintage handmade silk dress with beautiful and colourful floral print.

What would be your ultimate thrifted find?

The most perfect leather jacket.

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Dress – Earth Kind Originals / Shoes – Tom’s / Scarf – Ceri’s DIY

Finally, Ceri, can you share 3 ethical style tips?

1.  Sew brightly coloured pompom trim onto a second-hand scarf with a fabulous print for an eclectic accessory.
2.  Shorten a vintage dressing gown to make a kimono jacket.
3.  If your clothes don’t fit quite right, alter them for the perfect fit.  If your skirt is a little too long or full, that can easily be changed.  A small alteration can make a big difference.

Thanks for taking part Ceri!  You can follow Ceri’s blog here, and find her on Twitter or Facebook.