Ethical Shopping tips are shared here today.
We can buy well made treasures that can endure the test of time.
Buying second-hand gives you access to a world of unique, sometimes one of a kind pieces, all the while helping to conserve our precious and finite resources.
Above, this outfit is my signature style; eclectic and anti-formulaic.
The “tough” boots contrasts nicely with the “sweet” collar. So many styling elements here: organic, tough, sweet, beaded, brocade and velvet.
Beaded clutches are always a favorite of mine. Can you remember this beauty? Pictured with another second-hand brocade coat.
Featured today, this clutch has a semi precious stone in the middle, which is either agate or laboradite. It was an eBay find. Architectural stripes, in the bag and sweater, play well with the velvet brocade. Who is familiar with this incredible fabric source called Schumacher?
Velvet brocades rendered by this house are stunning. For example, below is a swatch of LES GAZELLES AU BOIS. An iconic 1927 design, Les Gazelles au Bois was created by Pierre Pozier, nephew of Frederic Schumacher. Its foliage and leaping gazelles epitomizes the elegance of Art Deco, according to the source. Fabrics here are rich and expensive, but last forever.
Therefore if one found skirt made by this fabled company, you would be happy! Imagine finding for $6.00! s I did when thrifting in Long Island. Farfetch sells many lovely pieces with the Dorothee Schumacher label, and I assume this to be a current label associated with these lush fabrics. It is reasonably priced for a luxury brand and can be seen here. Warning: it is much higher than my charity shop price.
Under the radar lux here! Look for something like this near you, second hand if possible . A retail splurge here could be justified, this style is classic and the fabrics will endure.
Buying second-hand is the very first of my ethical shopping tips. Sewing is another great way to get beautiful clothes that would be costly if manufactured.
Finally, shopping local, with your own reusable bag – avoiding the need for a paper or plastic bag- AND second-hand is the ethical trifecta!
Ethical Shopping tips can be nuanced.
Simply consider the carbon footprint and well as the ethos of the designer. Buy pieces that are made to last. Avoid Fast fashion if possible .
See a close up of these pieces.
Vintage jewelry is fun to wear, as most pieces are very unique. Who wants to see your pieces on others, coming and going?
The earrings are signed. However, I can’t see the signature! Good vintage jewelry has the finest patina.
Check out the booties! Now these are one heavy pair of statement shoes! They are 3 years old and were bought locally, but retail. See, I am not perfect!
Headlines are pouring in with the real costs of climate disasters. Death tolls are tragic and alarming. The potential for health hazards and more unnecessary casualties loom large. Dollars costs are shocking as well.
Therefore, it is imperative to conserve our resources and be aware.
Sharing clothes is also a good idea. I have a twin and we regularly swap clothes, and I love to have friends barrow my clothes and accessories. As well, I discuss this topic here.
Ethical shopping tips. What are yours? I am listening !
Be well. Thanks for reading !
—— XOXO, Elle ——