Monday, 3 July 2017

it's okay to like expensive things (a wishlist)*


The last wishlist post I did on my blog was back in January and since then there hasn't particularly been anything that I've wanted to buy, I bought a stunning Mads Norgaard top as a treat for the end of exams and a pair of vintage Levis from Depop (that I haven't taken off, weather permitting) but those are my only clothing purchases (oh and a kit from Wool and The Gang to make my own top!) I did buy a few things from that wishlist and I think it does help to have a few set pieces in mind that you would like to buy because it gives something to save up for.

When I first started blogging, wishlist posts were somewhat a regular on my blog. The latest trends, sale bargains that most definitely resemble a piece that a designer bought out a few seasons before hand and items of clothing that essentially I knew I'd never buy (even if they did look nice). Wish lists were a means of putting up a blog post when I couldn't think of ideas, a compilation of what I thought was ‘cool’ yet essentially they were perpetrators to my ‘buy once, never wear again’ mindset. The wish lists were as disposable as the fashion that I was lusting over.


Yet wishlists don't have to be a bad thing. Like I said, the clothing that was emblazoned on my wishlist were wholly trend based other than the occasional striped number and I would only go out shopping to find something similar. They were on my wishlist for what purpose? However in a bid to make my wardrobe as ethical or sustainable as possible I thought binning wishlist posts on this blog was a good way forward - ah non madame that is the incorrect answer.

Of course wishlists can be both ethical and sustainable; it's nice to have new additions to your wardrobe and they can make you realise that actually I don't need this top in my wardrobe but this would go with a lot of things already own. Or if if you have a piece of clothing in mind and you find the perfect match, put it on a wishlist so that you can work towards saving up for it. It's okay to like expensive things, a treat every so often is deserved and it's about buying better over buying often. That can come at a price but it shouldn't be shunned, hopefully these pieces will last a longer in your wardrobe and you'll be reaching for them every morning because you want to, not because you feel you should to get the cost per wear out if it. It's also good to remember that expensive doesn't always mean better, it can mean better quality but the pieces aren't always ethical. Take Hermes for instance who use crocodile skin for some of their products. These cost huge amounts of money yet the practice involved is awful. I would talk in detail about how expensive doesn't always mean ethical but that is for a post coming soon so keep your eyes peeled. If you'd like to send a message to Hermes about using crocodile skin in their products then PETA has a form that you can fill out.

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Naturally, buying new ethical pieces for your wardrobe can be more expensive so buying clothing when they're on sale can be a way of buying new ethical pieces that would be cheaper than normal. There are a few sale items from this post. A gorgeous two way orange tie top from a brand called Shop Saul that I've had my eye on for a while now, they had a duck egg blue version but it's sold out and I feel like the orange version would be a beautiful version for my wardrobe. I've had my eye on this blue jumper by Aesthetic Stores for a while, made from 100% cotton in Portugal, I'm still contemplating whether to purchase it or not as it's on sale, in my size and the shipping isn't horrendously expensive. My only qualm about the jumper is that it could be too similar to ones I already own (says the girl who owns three navy jumpers).

The other sale item in this wishlist is a pair of converse via Love The Sales* . I know converse aren't an ethical brand but they are vegan (I'm pretty sure, I've done extensive research on this and I know that blogger Quietly Vegan was told by converse that there may be 'traces' of animal products in their glue) so there is uncertainty that they are completely vegan yet I commend Converse on erring on the side of caution. I do love converse shoes though and I have a black pair that I wear so often yet they still look brand new. I have to mention it because I am completely aware they are not ethical. An article that Ethical Hour shared on Twitter got me thinking that it is true that fast fashion can last a long time and we shouldn't forget but buying ethically isn't about the style or material used, the people behind the products are just as important, if not more important than the garment itself.

That said, I've found it hard to find some things that are ethical such as shoes that aren't in the hundreds (there is Veja and Toms but canvas trainers are hard to find) and I know that converse will last me a long time and that I'll wear them a lot. It's about compromise and although I know not every purchase I make is ethical it is about sustainability as well and there is sustainability in wearing clothes for a long time and taking care of them.



What's on your wishlist? Let me know and also let me know what your favourite piece from this wishlist is - what should I buy first?

lots of love, eleanor xx

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4 comments

  1. I love the red spotty dress and the sliders! So cool. And I love how your searching for great ethical sale finds, it's so great what you are doing!x
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    1. Thank you Tilly! I love the red spotty dress too, it's so pretty xx

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  2. I absolutely adore those sandals! Super cute, Eleanor! x

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    1. They're so gorgeous aren't they!! :) x

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