Friday, May 25, 2012

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


  1. lovely outfit! sometimes I found ethical purchasing can be difficult but you did a great job! i love your grandmas skirt and the shoes in particular x

  2. melissa from brazil.oh yeaaah
    could be your next trip

  3. Gorgeous outfit, so simple yet edgy ! x

  4. i love the story behind each item.
    Never understood the fuzz about those Melissa shoes, but i love the rest of the outfit!


  5. beautiful work!
    Can we follow each other?:X

  6. I love the skirt and the shoes are the cutest :) I found your blog in my IFB group and I am now following. Sto by and follow back if you liek what you see :)

  7. Anonymous28/5/12

    Ooh LOVE the shoes! Saw them in BT2, they look great on. Lovey outfit, always good to have a bit of a backstory on your body!! :)

  8. There we are! Following you, of course. Love your blog. Vivienne Westwood heels are to die for.
    Keep in touch ;D

  9. I just found your blog and I think it is amazing.I am following you now,under name Lilie Marlen,but I don't use any photos so I will be last one on your follower list.I will be honored if you come visit my blog and follow it if you like it Have a nice day

  10. You look amazing :)

  11. 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!

    <3Jo of


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