what I wore: denim shirt and an old lady knit

I’m learning a lot in this little sartorial exercise. So far:

1. I have an awful lot of clothes that I don’t like. And will probably never wear.

2. I have one pair of jeans. And absolutely nothing else to wear on my bottom half.

3. I hate tights. I wore my (one pair of) jeans this week, and felt much happier.

So in the spirit of evolving my wardrobe into something that actually works for me, rather than against me, I took two bagfuls of clothes to the charity shop, and am now on the hunt for some new jeans. I’ve been doing some conscience wrestling again, as the point of this original exercise was to not buy anything new for an entire year – but I think exceptions can be made if you genuinely require an item. What do you think? I’m currently debating on a pair of bamboo Monkee Genes – I’ve heard excellent things about the lifespan of a pair, and they tick all of the relevant ethical boxes. If I have to consume, I want to consume in as environmentally friendly and ethically sound way as possible.

It was a massive relief to get back into my jeans again – I paired them up with a denim charity shirt, a hippie-esque necklace and my favourite, oldest old lady cardi. I seriously love this cardigan, and wear it with absolutely everything – I adore the pattern, the cut, the softness… everything.

Denim shirt – charity shop // Jeans – eBay // Chelsea boots – eBay //
Cardigan – charity shop // Necklace – Accessorize

The necklace is from Accessorize, one of the only high street shops that I’ll actually happily venture in to – they’re into fairly traded, ethically produced accessories that don’t break the bank, and you can read all about their environmental and ethical commitments here.

Note that the photos are STILL being taken inside – the one day it was warm enough to actually venture outside, I didn’t get time to stand still for pictures. Typical!


  1. Lou Archell
    April 8, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    How is it you can look like that with things from charity shop? I always look like a bag lady! Humpf. I've just noticed you are the newest TIYK writer.. hurrah! It's great fun isn't it? xx

  2. Vicky
    April 11, 2013 / 11:32 am

    Aaahh, you never look like a bag lady, you loon! I love TIYK – I've got about a gazillion places to write about, haha. Most of them are based around tearooms and cake or shopping, but still! xx

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