Good morning Ladies and Happy Sunday.
Fashion vs handbags
‘Save on clothes, spend on accessories’, you’ve heard the mantra so many times. There was a time I tried it myself. The ‘right’designer bag will ‘elevate‘ that cheap, sweat shop made t-shirt from PRIMARK, GAP or Target. Therefore, adding more designer bags, can become an obsession, and so is the widespread delusion, that the right handbag will make anything from ZARA, look like catwalk material. Fashion blogs, are, I am afraid to say, partly to blame. A good photographer can make anything look good. But does it work in real life? Does the fabric feel divine, is it well cut, beautifully lined, with lovely buttons? Or is it made using rash inducing synthetics, indifferent buttons and shaped like an army tent?
The reality is I had to shift my fashion budgets, spending much less on handbags, and more on well cut clothes (and skin care. )
The naked truth
Ladies – there is NO designer bag in the world that will ‘elevate‘ any outfit, made in sweat shop conditions. Which kind of makes it, very hard to dress. So many of our clothes, (even when sold at relatively high prices,) are made in those appalling places. Made by underpaid, modern day slaves.
Perhaps not everything in our current wardrobe is 100% ethical. When shopping nowadays, the choice often is: turning a blind eye, or buying nothing, (and wearing whats already in the wardrobe.) As a bare minimum, I try to choose ‘made in EU’ or preferably ‘made in UK’, even if it costs more. Obviously, I avoid anything with animal fur or the so called exotic skins, (an environmental disaster in the making!)
More recently, after the Panama Papers scandal, I started looking in depth, at companies who avoid paying their fair share of tax.
Forthcoming post: details of my fashion budget S/S16 ! Usually hugely popular, who doesn’t like to read about how other people spend their money?
The fight against evil
The fight against evil must go on, please help to spread the word or make a donation to save the elephant from extinction. Whatever you can give makes a difference.
If you have any treasured sources of organic cotton, fair trade and sweat shop free fashion, please get in touch.