Sustainable chic fashion choices

Sustainable chic fashion choices

Can we make sustainable chic fashion choices? How conscious are we of sustainability and ecology when we make our fashion choices? Personally I like to buy clothes made from good quality fabrics. Items that may initially involve a higher purchase price but in the long term lead to a better cost per wear ratio. I always read the fabric composition on a garment before purchase.

Recently I have been doing some research into ethical and environmentally sustainable fashion. I was agreeably surprised.

I think in my mind I had a concept that “ecco fashion” was a bit ethnic and hippie. I was wrong there are some great sustainable brands out there offering a high level of design.

Blue print trousers & top cream jacket

“Waste not want not” a quote from my mother. I like to recycle my clothes. The first option being to have them altered by a qualified tailor in order to update the style. If they are still good quality but no longer fit into my wardrobe or lifestyle I either sell them on eBay or give them to my local charity shop.

Sustainable fashion choices

My cream jacket is a few years old from Zara (not very sustainable) but I do intend to get a couple more years wear out of it.


Other brands that claim to operate ethical and environmental programmes:-

A quote from MarksandSpencer “Plan A, our ethical and environmental programme, underpins everything we do, from sourcing responsibly and reducing waste to helping the communities in which we operate. It is a business plan that maps out our route to providing leadership in a world that’s increasingly resource-constrained and experiencing social change”.

“Make it matter” policy at MarksandSpencer.  Their sustainable cotton range.

Eileen Fisher is another brand that takes sustainability seriously. Read their story 



Hopefashion  source as ethically as possible “Women want to know the provenance of their clothes and we work tirelessly to ensure that all the items are ethically sourced and manufactured.

Sustainable fashion choices

I am not perfect and admit to the occasional purchase from a cheaper fast fashion brand however I try to spend my money on clothes that will stand the test of time as opposed to what might be termed as “throw away fashion”.

I am sure there are other ethical brands that I am not aware of. If you know of any that you like and can vouch for their sustainability do please share them with us.

All photos taken at Kew Botanical gardens by photographer Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram. She has recently posted some stunning photos of seascapes and city architecture.


  1. 26th June 2017 / 13:45

    You are so right that in our, ah slighting more mature minds, ego friendly must mean less colorful and Euell Gibbons like clothing. Happy to see it does not! -Laurel

  2. Lynn
    26th June 2017 / 16:43

    Not a fan of the wide leg trousers you are wearing! Just my opinion though.

    • 27th June 2017 / 10:02

      Thanks Julie. I feel very good in this style.

  3. Christine
    26th June 2017 / 22:16

    Beautiful outfit. I make a lot of my own clothes so know who made them and try to buy good quality fabric but it is not easy to find out where and how it was made.

    • 27th June 2017 / 10:06

      Hi Christine
      It is great if you make your own clothes. Very ecological. I agree about the origin of fabrics. I used to think viscose was OK however according to a programme on BBC radio4 woman’s hour the other day some of the processes in manufacturing viscose pollutes the local water.

  4. Susan B
    27th June 2017 / 00:02

    Love that print! Yes, I’ve been making a considered effort to support those brands who are committed to sustainable and ethical practices. And buying good quality pieces that don’t need to be replaced as often.

    • 27th June 2017 / 10:01

      Hi Susan
      Yes I think we are all becoming a bit more discerning in what we buy.

  5. MaureenC
    27th June 2017 / 08:27

    That is stunning on you and brilliant in warmer weather I should think

    • 27th June 2017 / 09:58

      Hi MaureenC Yes it is fantastic in warm/hot weather. I wore it to a summer garden party on a very hot day and felt very comfortable. It is made of Tencel.

  6. Sharon
    27th June 2017 / 14:04

    Thank you for the list of places to shop. I just ordered something from Marks & Spencer. They now have a Canadian Web Site where the price is in Cdn$ and all taxes and duties are included. I used to shop there when they had Canadian Stores back in the 1980’s. Love this outfit on you. Very summery.

    • 28th June 2017 / 09:58

      Hi Sharon
      Glad you are liking our M&S. I knew they had a US site thanks for letting me know about the Canadian one. They have some good styles this season if you look carefully. I have just bought a cotton dress with I hope to photograph soon while I am down in France.

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