Shop the Wardrobe: re-wearing a white pleat skirt and blue wrap top

Now that I’ve been in full swing talking about eco friendly and ethical shopping swaps, I wanted to share a post featuring one of my favourite, free, ways to support the environment in fashion: shopping my wardrobe for new ways to wear what I already own.

Yes, this sounds obvious. But on Instagram and on blogs it can be rare to see outfits – or even clothing items in outfits – re-worn.

Sadly, in real life I have also met many people who buy clothing items to wear once – to an event, for an important meeting, a first date, or even “just because”. Since I’ve started writing about eco-consciousness, I’ve also received requests to write about more affordable or free things that can be done to help the environment.

Most of us already do this (I hope!) but let’s remember that rewearing old favourites reduces the impact of textile production and the environmental demands of shipping clothing around the world – not to mention it’s totally free, outside of the often nominal costs for keeping clothes clean. I’ll also make more of an effort to share on this blog the outfits and items I’m re-wearing.

This outfit features a blouse I bought in the Zara sales in 2017, a skirt from Comptoir des Cotonniers in summer 2018, and the Claudie Perlot shoes via The Outnet I bought in summer 2018.

I first wore this outfit to the office last summer / early autumn without tights, trading the boots for heeled sandals. (Sadly I didn’t take any photos that day, so I’ll try to remember to do that this summer so I can share with you!)

Since then I’ve worn continued to re-wear this outfit out at the weekends and again (and again!) to the office.

Accessories are great for bringing an outfit to life, and these pieces feature in my recent post about small jewellery brands: Viola earrings with pearl drop by ALKYMI, “Thunder only happens when it’s raining” necklace by Erica Weiner, ring by Maya Magal, and bracelets by Opus Robur and Monica Vinader.

What are your favourite clothing items or outfits to rewear?

Much love, Katie xo

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