Sustainable fashion has made leaps and bounds in the last twelve months alone. With Second Hand September taking place in the same month as Fashion Month, it’s taking huge steps in the curation of our wardrobes and really making us think not just what we want our clothes to say about who we are as people, but what they say about our purchasing choices and power. There are so many ways that people can tap into sustainable fashion, whether it’s by sourcing ethical materials and fabrics from high street stores whilst still buying new, or buy purchasing vintage clothing (older than 25 years) or from second hand / charity / thrift stores.
Personally, I do all of that, but I do have a penchant for vintage and as you know, I can’t resist a prairie dress. I’m not sure if I mentioned this already but Bo turned 40 earlier this month. Actually I did, I mentioned it in this post and yes, it’s still a very sore subject for the same reasons. Anyway, we were recently invited up to Beadnell Towers for an overnight stay, seriously the hotel is amazing, it’s recently been overhauled completely and the place is just brimming with original features that are complimented beautifully by new homages to the old. You can read about our stay here, but the reason for the mention is more to do with setting the scene for my vintage prairie dress.
Beadnell Towers is the most perfect location for blending the old with the new. It’s exactly what Dynargh Design have done in their interior design brief. It’s what we do with our wardrobes every single day, maybe not to the same degree, but all of us every day are mixing old and new clothes to create something individual, to stand out in a crowd.
For dinner I put together a really easy outfit, I say it every time and I’ll say it again: a dress is easy because it’s one piece. Easy to pack, easy to dress and easy to accessorise. This particular one is a vintage midi prairie dress in cerulean blue with white trim and I’ve paired it with my favourite battered old cowboy boots from Topshop.
The thing I love about this dress is that unlike most other typical prairie dresses, it doesn’t trail on the floor, and it has elbow length sleeves which is quite unusual for the type of dress. Also, I never normally wear a sash belt with a dress but occasionally with this one I do because it works really well with the ruffles on the front – which are also great for creating the illusion of a bust. Top tip, or maybe that should be top tit?
Whenever I wear this one, and it’s not as often as I’d like if I’m honest, it always garners lots of compliments – it’s one I’m thinking about taking to London Fashion Week with me because it never seems to get enough of an outing in that I never seem to wear it for a full day. I’m trying to shake that whole thing of it being a bad thing for Bloggers to be seen in the same outfit twice because I really do love my clothes!