Fashion with substance

In a spirit of sustainable fashion, I have created an outfit that I can proudly say does not include anything that could be considered unethical or bad for the environment.

Every single piece of this outfit has a little bit of a story behind it as well. Don’t worry, I’ll give you an abbreviated versions 😉

Firstly, the hat. Believe it or not this is the first hat I ever purchased and it wasn’t even that long ago. I got it at the Dublin flea market and although it is yet to leave the house (I keep on changing my mind just before leaving, every time I have it on) it is one of my favourite ‘display’ items (as in clothes I hardly ever / never wear but absolutely love and just can’t give up).

Let’s move on to my skirt. I have a real sentiment to this particular piece. When my grandma passed away last year I have asked my parents to save couple of her clothes for me. For a very image conscious individual, she was also very conservative. Considering her size, impeccable posture, depth of her voice and confidence, she was a lady that instantly induced respect in people. I never saw her in anything other than rigid skirt suits. Imagine my amazement when after opening the package from my parents with some of the clothing from that very same lady, I found the skirt below. Not only I can never imagine my dear grandma wearing it; when did she actually fit into it?! No offence but I always remember her more of a size 16 than 10… Conclusion to the story? you just never know what your grandparents were really up…

There was a story about the Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes too… if you feel like travelling back in time just click HERE 🙂

As for my jewellery: necklace – it’s an antique pocket watch bought at a market in Spain turned into a necklace by myself; bag – handmade from bits of leather and other misc materials by a very resourceful and talented man in India. His workshop / store was full of waste which he managed to turn into cool bags, belts, etc.

I think I can safely call this fashion with substance.

It’s in the detail…
Shirt – H&M Conscious Collection
Hat – thrifted
Skirt – vintage
Necklace – DIYed antique
Bag – handmade
Heels – Vivienne Westwood for Melissa

12 thoughts on “Fashion with substance

  1. Love the hat! You should wear it out! I think it would be terribly cute with cuffed denim shorts and a loose white tank tucked in! And my red bag was purchased from Zara quite recently! I think I got it about 2 weeks ago, but I went into a Zara over the weekend and they still have some left! It also comes in grey and black! And they're only $40CAD (not sure what that would be in your currency though =P. Happy shopping!

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