Worn it 30 times is a series we have started, highlighting the joy of wearing our beloved clothes at least 30 wears or more, with help from our favourite bloggers. Everyone’s choice of clothes is unique and we can’t wait to see what garments make us all into proud outfit repeaters. Our aim is to showcase the slow fashion movement through the famous 30 wears challenge. Throughout this series, we hope to show how easy it is to become happier and more sustainable through our clothes. This week the gorgeous Sally from My Eco Edit is sharing her favourite ‘Worn It 30 Times’ piece.
My name is Sally and I am the founder of My Eco Edit. I set my blog up about 8 months ago when I started to learn about sustainability and eco-friendly living. I wanted to share my journey, and I’ve ended up joining a community that is open and welcoming and I’m learning new things every day from like-minded people all over the world. My Eco Edit covers all things sustainable, from food to travel to lifestyle and style; talking of which, that brings me nicely onto my chosen ‘worn it 30 times’ item.
So a few years ago now, I’m not sure how many but at least 5, I decided I needed to wear more skirts. You know, as you do, like a great big style overhaul that we all have every few years after I decided I spent way to much time in skinny jeans.
At this point, I wasn’t even slightly aware of the term ‘sustainable style’ or even sustainable living of any kind. For more of a cash saving reason, I headed to eBay to fulfil my new desire for my floaty look. It didn’t take much scrolling until I found the dream number, although I didn’t know it at the time! A ‘worn once’ size small maxi skirt, printed black spots on a cream lightweight material with an elasticated waist and tie. I was pleasantly surprised when the skirt arrived just as described. Perfect for me to enter my new style phase.
Needless to say, said phase didn’t last long until the skinny jeans were firmly back in place. That particular skirt, on the other hand, has been a faithful companion from the very moment it burst out of the tatty brown paper it arrived in.
This skirt is so versatile. I have worn it for a variety of occasions. Its favourite role is to be teamed with a black top and black sandals, with a denim shirt or jacket, as a perfect daywear staple. It has been dressed up with high shoes and a black jacket to a work conference and has taken me from supermarket shop to birthday celebration with a simple heal swap and clutch bag.
The skirt washes easily and travels really well. It can be stuffed into a suitcase and pops out good as new, ready to wear. Moreover, the skirt makes me feel confident. When I have it on, I don’t need to worry about what it looks like. If it is falling correctly or whether it is digging into my waist. It just feels right and comfortable, what more could you ask for from a piece of clothing? I absolutely love fashion and style but comfort is paramount to me, otherwise, I will simply not enjoy myself whatever situation I am in.
Sustainable style is a relevantly new movement for me. Admittedly, I used to be the girl who nipped into town on a whim for any slight occasion to get something new. Not taking a moment to think about what I was wearing and where it had come from. After a little research at the start of my journey, I have done a complete 180 on my style choices and where I choose to spend my money.
One of the biggest recommendations I can make is to watch the True Cost Movie. It’s a documentary on the fast fashion industry and really brings to light the behind the scenes goings on in the fashion industry. It is such an eye-opener. It isn’t sensationalised or dramatised, it’s just facts that everyone should know. I now no longer shop on the high street, I take time to research ethical and sustainable brands and really consider my purchases before parting with my cash.
Will it last?
Will I still like it in 5 years?
Will it be suitable for multiple occasions?
Will it fulfil the 30 wears challenge?!
Thanks for taking part, Sally. Can’t wait to see the next ‘Worn It 30 Times’ post in our series. If would like to get involved, please get in touch. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #wornit30times.
Love, Lottie xx
Into The Eco
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