I have decided to go back to just one post a week for the time- being for a number of reasons but mainly because the shorter days are making it increasingly hard to shoot, I’m busy applying for jobs and focusing more on my next move career-wise and also I’m trying to be more ethical about my fashion consumption and invest in fewer pieces.
Obviously climate change is not anything new, and it’s definitely not something we can afford to pretend isn’t happening (any people still in denial really need to get a grip), but recent revelations and reports have brought it again to the forefront of our feeds and our conversations – in particular this week’s Guardian article revealing the report that warns we have just twelve years to prevent global warming effects worsening.
No, this isn’t something I would usually talk about on here, but it’s devastating, and it’s bloody important. Sure I am guilty of buying single use plastic, I hold my hands up to driving my little car everywhere for fear of dull public transport, and I splurge on fast fashion to suit my budget. But I am a pescetarian. I also source a good proportion of my clothes from second hand and vintage shops. I turn lights off when I leave the room, I use tote bags and bags for life as much as possible and I make myself pull on another woolly when I’m cold, leaving central heating as the last resort.
I’m not trying to preach here at all about any of my choices, but what I’m saying is every little helps. I’m not perfect – no one is, it’s a concept that doesn’t exist – but I’m trying to do my bit for the planet in my way. If we all chose one thing to cut out, or change, whatever that might be, it would go a long way in the fight for saving this pretty cool place we all call home. Whoever we are, whatever our ambitions in life, that’s one thing we will always share. This earth is our home. And I can’t for the life of me understand why we aren’t all fighting to save it! Because without it, what’s left? That might sounds a bit dramatic, but I feel it’s a situation that demands a dramatic response.
My actions towards limiting my footprint and being more environmentally friendly could definitely be improved, probably like most of us, and while I can’t promise that I’ll become vegan and cycle everywhere (I love my vintage bike but it has no gears so isn’t very practical, and I’m sorry but life is too short and I love dairy too much to cut it out completely), I will limit my plastic consumption and start thinking about my material purchases more ethically by researching into the brand etc.
Anyway, I’m obsessed with this cardigan (which by the way is second hand) that I found in Sobey’s Vintage in Cardiff last week. I have been searching for a cropped, chunky knit cardie for so long but haven’t found one that I love in my price range and as always I eventually came across the right one when I stopped looking! Charity shops and vintage stores seem to always come through for me on the knitwear side of things, the unique retro styles suit my taste better than the styles on the high street.
It was a mere £28 (proving that good vintage clothing doesn’t have to cost a bomb, I usually find the cheaper sellers have better gems) and the quality is great, it’s cosy and fits like a dream with a slightly oversized feel. Originally I had in mind a black version but the oatmeal tone is lovely and the bright pops of colour add some fun to autumn outfits. I like how it looks here over a thin, ribbed cami, but also am into the idea of wearing it as a jumper with a pretty bra just showing underneath.
Between the cardigan and my old-fashioned brown shoes (also vintage from Cow) I’m really vibing the whole granddad chic, with a modern twist in my frayed denim culottes and straw tote bag, and little gold accessories for finishing touches.
It might not be the most effective method in stopping climate change, but if it helps then why wouldn’t you shop second hand when you can invest in pieces this great?
ph. Beth Langworthy