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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Wearing: Esoteric Geometry

Over the past few months I've been really good with upholding my commitment to ethical fashion; most of my recent purchases have been from M&S and Noctex (both with stellar records). As a child of Scottish socialism, improving worker's conditions is very important to me, as well as supporting local independent designers (though, as previously mentioned, this isn't necessarily possible for everyone).

However, for all my gripes with it fast fashion is very tempting, and I was eyeing this jumper for a good few weeks before getting it on sale (huzzah!). The design is gorgeous, probably inspired by the occult trend (which I'm a raging fan of) and slots in smoothly with the rest of my wardrobe. It's a little bit like a tarot card - something I've been practicing reading recently - and also geometrical Islamic art. I like the environmental policies H&M have been implementing, but the conditions in their factories leaves much to be desired. Nonetheless, if there's any change in fashion it helps to support it, and an occasional lapse can be excused.

If I knew why I looked so surly in my photos, you wouldn't get so many grumpy expressions. 

Though being back for the summer means I'm mostly covered with mud and bits of plants from the garden, the removal of the requirement to look presentable reminds me how much I love dressing up. It also offers the opportunity for reflection on my wardrobe; something I've noticed is how I consistently fall back on a uniform of simple black dresses, vests, skirts and cozy jumpers. A jumper is possibly the least goth item of clothing I can think of, but this one might make the grade.

For all my adoration of crazy fashion, I'm a lover of comfort at heart.

For more information on ethical fashion, see Labour Behind the Label. Is anyone else as keen on the occult clothing that's been coming out? Does anyone have recommendations for more ethical brands? Let me know in the comments!



  1. Most of my favourite and very uber-Goth looking pieces have come from M&S; when I can afford it, I buy directly from them, but most of what I have from them is second-hand. I have two of the same skirt, in fact, because I loved it so much, and a lovely velvet waistcoat that I spent long hours tracking down on eBay because I wanted it so badly but could not afford. They do a lot of elegantly styled pieces in black velvet and lace that I find fit into my spooky wardrobe perfectly - most things from high street stores end up modified, but none of the M&S stuff. It's nice to find clothes that are both beautiful and conscionable to buy from (at least, when I can afford it).

    1. Ditto; M&S has provided me some wonderful things. I find that their sizing is a little off (an eight runs far too big - though I wonder if this is a high street wide phenomenon and not exclusive to M&S), but the quality is amazing.

    2. My best friend is a fabric developer at M&S and they go to huge lengths to ensure that they develop them responsibly. Very interesting job, she has been to some rather exotic locations in pursuit of the perfect fabric!

      Personally, I love their hosiery. Hard wearing, interesting ranges (particularly in winter - summer is a drought zone so I stock up at the end of season sales). Lasts for ever, even if it is a little more expensive than some other brands.

    3. I can't get more behind M&S as a shop; even though not all of it is to my taste, everything tends to be excellent quality, and they're excellent on both worker's rights and environmental concerns. I love their hosiery too!

  2. Ooh, that jumper is just gorgeous :3

  3. That jumper looks amazing! Good on you for the ethical buying! I mostly buy secondhand which I think is pretty good.

    1. Thank you! I have to rather guiltily admit that I've got out the habit of charity shop browsing; too busy at uni, and at home there's only one nearby.


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