One of the reasons I'm so excited about the community is their fun challenges. I'm always up for a challenge and sharing fun style. Unfortunately, although this month has a fabulous competition, I just didn't seem to have my fashion-blog mojo on. I'm not one of those people who blogs every outfit, because a lot of my outfits look similar to each other and frankly, I'd rather go for quality and variety than outfits everyday.
So I decided to dress back up in my favourite vintage outfit of late, the one I wore to the launch of Style Me Vintage: Clothes. There are a few reasons why I love this outfit and feel it represents an ethical choice.
First, of course, it is both vintage and second hand. Indeed, depending on how you define vintage (and there are a few out there who stick to the pre-60s rather than 30-years-plus guide) it's not even that and just second hand. It was £2 on EBay from an individual not a shop, not a high end item but something from the attic at risk of ending up in the Salvation Army bin or worse, landfill. I rehomed it. Thrifty and almost recycling.
I resisted the urge to upcycle. This item is on the cusp of being properly old (early 70s) - so many items are changed in those hinterland years, and then we all moan we can't find a chest of drawers that hasn't been shabby-chic-ed or a floral prom dress of the right length. I decided to rock it as it was, in its not quite Biba glory. Being a maxi, it needed little accessorising or other items of clothing to make an outfit; again, thrifty and saving on the old consumption. And talking of the old consumption- this piece was hand made in its day; no labels and well fitted. Another gold star.
Which brings me to the fashion part. It's got a fricken gold lame Tudor design and leg-o-mutton sleeves. You do the maths. Oh, and it's also got a very narrow under bust, which gives an amazing retro silhouette. Sorted.
What do you think? Check out the other entries over at Style Eyes, there are still a few days to get your entry in too!