As I mentioned in my previous post,this week is #secondhandfirst week, an event organised by the textile recyclig charity TRAID. In order to join in the celebration of all things secondhand but especially clothes, we decided to arrange a little outfit challenge for the Ethical Fashion Bloggers community. It was quite simple really, in order to enter, each blogger had to create an outfit featuring at least one secondhand piece or all secondhand.
First up is Franca of Oranges and Apples wearing a lovely stripy vintage tunic dress. Franca is an expert at creating fantastic outfits with secondhand pieces and has managed to wear almost all secondhand for the challenge with the dress from Etsy, the necklace and jacket (you will have to check out the actual post to see this) from a charity shop.
Everyday is a secondhand first day for Jo of Joyatri but she has put together a lovely outfit for the challenge featuring a retro combination of a 1970′s cape and bag.Check out the blog post to learn a little more of the history behind this fabulous cape. Also in keeping with the theme are the 1970s psychedelic print curtains that you can just see in the picture.
Over at Peggy Jobbins Thrift Mistress, Hannah has put together a lovely outfit that is all secondhand except her shoes. She has proved how amazing secondhand clothes can look with some great charity shop and car boot sale finds. Keep an eye on her blog as she may be posting more second hand outfit inspiration this week!
Lastly is my outfit as featured on ethicalfashionblog.com made up of a vintage parka, a silk scarf from Oxfam upcycled with pom pom trim and jeggings from Oxfam. My chair is also made from recycled saris.
Don’t forget to check out #secondhandfirst on Twitter for lots more sustainable style inspiration and TRAID for Secondhand First events going on all week.
Will you be wearing anything secondhand this week?
With warmest wishes
Image credit Consciously Sartorial #SlowStreetStyle
Over at Consciously Sartorial and So Good So Cute, there is a great #SlowStreetStyle challenge. The challenge is open until the end of November, check out either blogs to out how to join in.
Susie of Style Bubble is probably one of the most influential of fashion bloggers so it is fabulous to see her posting about sustainability in fashion in her post Making the World a Better Place.
On 26th November Hubbub is delighted to be hosting a Refashion Day at Makerversity, Somerset House, curated by The Good Wardrobe. The day will kick off at midday with a drop in Sew It Forward session, the frock-friendly, style-hungry initiative from The Good Wardrobe which encourages people to share sewing, knitting and mending skills. Guests are invited to bring a garment in need of some TLC and learn how to keep it looking good for longer. Find out more on The Good Wardrobe.
If you are a healthy living blogger and would like to discover lots of new blogs to follow, you should definitely check out this list Top 60 British Healthy Living Bloggers over at Curiously Conscious.
Want to shop ethically this Christmas but not sure where to start? New ethical marketplace, Ethical Box are holding a pop up shop just off Brick Lane on 29th and 30th November. Check out their website for more information.
Buying less is definitely the most sustainable choice and in the latest post by Danielle L. Vermeer, you can find out how to winterise your wardrobe without buying anything new.
Also on the subject of buying less, Jennine Jacob over at IFBhas also written a fab post on Six Things For Personal Style Bloggers To Do Before Buying New Clothes.
Last but not least don’t forget to enter our November outfit Challenge #SecondhandFirst before 16th November. I look forward to seeing your outfit!
Ceri writes at Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog and is the founder of style-is.co.uk. You can find her on twitter @StyleEyes.
Secondhand First Week is organised by fashion reuse charity TRAID, to celebrate all things secondhand while committing to using more of our existing resources, rather than buying new. It involves a week of events, workshops and initiatives between 17th – 23rd November. TRAID is also asking for people to take the #secondhandfirst pledge to encourage people to commit to sourcing a percentage of their wardrobe secondhand.
Here at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, we will be celebrating the #secondhandfirst week with a little challenge of our own. It is pretty simple really.
All you need to do is put together a fantastic outfit featuring some or all secondhand clothes, take a picture about it, post it on your blog and then send me the link to email@example.com by midnight on 16th November (UK time).
It would also be great if you could mention Secondhand First Week in your post and link back to us here at Ethical Fashion Bloggers. I will post a round up of all of the #secondhandfirst outfits on 17th November.
You could also get even more involved by wearing something secondhand every day for the week and share by submitting your photos and styling tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @traid using the hashtag #secondhandfirst, or post on Facebook page /TRAIDcharity. Find out more about the fun activities going on for #Secondhandfirst here
I look forward to seeing your #secondhandfirst outfits!
With warmest wishes