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Fashion, Life & Style

Ethical Outfit of the Day – Thought Clothing

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Let me show you my ethical outfit of the day, featuring Thought Clothing

It’s been a tale of woe around here! I was ill for the most part of November and December with a really persistent chest infection. Very ill. The I can’t get out of bed, can’t even watch TV kind of ill. I, therefore, hadn’t managed to make any trips to our allotment in months.

Thankfully my partner and our friends that we co-own the allotment with have put in some hours and hard work. I’ve started to feel a little better, so it was really pleasant to take a stroll to our allotment on Sunday to get some fresh air and to see what’s changed there.

My Thought Clothing Ethical Outfit of the Day

While we were there the mid-winter light was so lovely. So much so that I cast off my coat and scarf for all of 30 seconds and we took some very quick photos of my new dress that Thought Clothing* kindly sent me to review.    Then I bundled back up again and went home to warm up over a steaming hot cup of hot chocolate!  No more lurgy for me, thanks very much!

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braintree clothing dress

I’m wearing the Kenzie Dress, which is beautifully soft and easy to wear.  It’s pretty much the style of dress which I love, from the shape to the cut, to the pattern. As such, I know I’ll be wearing this dress for years and years to come.  Since I got it, I’ve barely taken it off – I even wore it on Christmas Day!  All of Thought Clothing’s clothes are ethically produced and are one of the few ethical retailers to cater to both men and women.

If you’re in the market for some new ethical clothing then you might be interested to know that the Thought Clothing January sale has just started today, and the Kenzie dress is now 50% off – a snip at just £24.90!  Just saying…!

My boots came from eBay. I mentioned them in this early really early Moral Fibres post. I’d already had them a year at that point so they’re holding up really well!  My necklace came from Monsoon about 7 years ago.  What can I say, I like my clothes, shoes, and accessories to last!

Wondering about that willow fence?  Our neighbouring allotment holder grows and coppices his own willow, and weaved it all by hand.  It’s so beautiful!

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We’re still in the clearing and planning stage of our allotment. This is one of our neighbour’s allotments.  We’ll get to that stage soon: I’m really looking forward to sharing our progress with you all!

Disclosure: Thought Clothing sent me a dress to review, but all words and opinions are my own.

Fashion, Life & Style

Ethically Made Women’s Vegan Shoes

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On the lookout for ethically-made women’s vegan shoes? Put your best foot forward with my top UK finds, featuring brands such as Veja and Novesta.

I’ve spoken before about the ethical dilemma of leather vs. non-leather and six months on I’ll still not entirely sure what the answer is.  Personally, as a vegetarian, I’m happy to wear vintage or secondhand leather or new vegetable-tanned leather. Equally, I understand that not everyone is happy wearing leather.

If you’re not happy wearing animal-based products then I’ve been on the lookout for some stylish women’s vegan shoes that are ethically made.  I think I’ve done alright – I’ve found a selection for most occasions that I think you’ll love:

The Ethically Made Women’s Vegan Shoes Brands

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Here are some lovely women’s vegan shoes, from the top:

Beyond Skin

I’m a little bit in love with these teal Oxford-style vegan heels from Beyond Skin (£71).  Alas, they only have them left in small sizes otherwise I’d have these in a heartbeat….

Boheme

These ethical tan brogues (£87) from Boheme are so pretty.  I do like a good pair of brogues, they make wonderful shoes for autumn.

Ethletic

Ethletic footwear is proud to offer an ethical alternative to leather trainers. Their vegan trainers are made with organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, the rubber soles are FSC certified and sourced responsibly, and the rubber is fairly traded. Seeking to tick every ethical box for footwear, Ethletic is a fair-trade company, with the environment and sustainability at the core of what they do.

In addition, the pioneering Fairtrade rubber project pays a Fairtrade social premium for every kilo of rubber used in the production of these trainers. The rubber tappers then decide how to use their income to improve their living and working conditions. Almost every material used is fair trade and ecologically certified so you can wear these shoes with a clean conscience.

Find them on sale in the UK at Ethical Superstore*, from £54.

Good News

Good News signature low-top vegan trainers are sustainably made from organic and recycled materials.

The uppers are made from bio-degradable natural oatmeal organic cotton sourced. Meanwhile, the organic cotton laces are threaded through recycled metal eyelets. And what’s more, the soles are made from recycled material – a mix of car tyres and old rubber shoes!

Find them at Young British Designers* for £80. Use exclusive discount code MORAL10 for 10% off at Young British Designers. Please note this code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Novesta

Novesta’s vegan trainers are made with a cotton upper and a natural rubber sole. What’s more, they are made in Slovakia, given them a lower carbon footprint. Find them on sale in the UK at Toast for £55.

Toms

Good old TOMS UK* has some funky women’s vegan shoes in stock.  I love this zebra print pair (£39.99) – they’d look great with skinny jeans.

Veja

VEJA is not a completely vegan footwear brand, however, they do have many vegan shoe options in their collections, making it well worth a look in your hunt for ethical and vegan shoes.

This organic, fair trade, and ethical brand uses eco-conscious fabrics such as recycled and organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles, and sustainably harvested wild rubber to make their shoes. What’s more, workers are paid a fair price. Find them for sale in the UK at Working Class Heroes.

Which vegan shoes are your favourite?