Wear Your Wardrobe Challenge

I was recently asked to participate in the Wear Your Wardrobe Challenge of The Most Wanted, the lifestyle magazine of Vouchercodes.co.uk. They have carried out some research and found that the average person in the UK has over three unworn items of clothing in their wardrobe – totaling a whopping £80 (enough for a whole new outfit)! As part of their Summer of Smarter Spending they are challenging bloggers to think about their fashion purchases, get to grips with what the high street has to offer and try to wear more of their wardrobes. I had to choose three items from my wardrobe that I had not worn for ages and then choose three items (totalling no more than £80) to seamlessly update my wardrobe. The aim is to work the three new items into as many outfit looks as possible – showing how versatile they are on their own and combined with your unworn wardrobe items.

Of course I opted for ethical/ sustainable pieces and thought that this challenge was not only a great way to encourage people to make the most of the clothes that they already have in their wardrobe but also to show that it is possible to shop ethically/ sustainably on a budget. In order to find the perfect ethical/ sustainable piece to update my wardrobe, I looked on the sales pages of all of my favourite ethical retailers. As most ethical fashion tends to be quite timeless and individual, it doesn’t really matter if you buy from last season, you will still find some amazing clothes. I also made use of a 10% off voucher code to get what I wanted withing budget.

Luckily I had a great big clear out of my wardrobe just a week or two ago and so I new exactly which clothes I hadn’t worn for ages. Most of the clothes that I don’t wear are fairly plain, a denim pencil skirt, a pair of Marks and Spencers Autograph Jeans, a pair of black leggings and a black mesh skirt. I also have a vintage Paul Costelloe jacket with gold embroidered dots which I had never been able to find the right thing to wear with.

Here are the three items that I bought…

Gingham tie top - Tara Starlet

Gingham Tie Top by Tara Starlet

Komodo Fair trade Dress

Komodo Kera Fair Trade Tunic Dress from Fashion-conscience.com

Gringo Fair Trade Floral Shirt from Fashion Conscience

Little did I know quite how much of a challenge this was going to be. My camera started playing up resulting, lots of editing and in some slightly strange photos!

and here are my outfits..

Gingham top

Top by Tara Starlet c/o Vouchercodes.co.uk
Skirt and hair flower – high street
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Bag – Oxfam

black dress

Kera Fairtrade dress by Komodo c/o Vouchercodes.co.uk
Mesh Skirt – high street
Shoes – Melissa
Necklace – Made UK

As above plus.
Vintage Paul Costelloe Jacket

Leather Jacket – Gestuz
Blouse – Gringo c/o Vouchercodes.co.uk
Leggings – high street
Shoes – Dream in Green
Necklace – Made UK

Blouse – as above
Jeans – M&S
Shoes – Pikolinos

Had I not had so many issues with my camera today, I know I could have fitted these items into so many other outfits. Hopefully I will be able to share more of these outfits in the very near future.

You can check out the posts from the other bloggers partipating in this challenge using the tag #vcukwearyourwardrobe on Twitter. Or why not challenge yourself to ‘wear your wardrobe’? If you do please post the links to your posts below in the comments section and tweet using the tag #vcukwearyourwardrobe.

Have a lovely week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x


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