Today I have embarked on the Labour Behind the Label 6 Items Challenge. You can read more details about the rules of the challenge here. Basically I have to pick 6 items from my wardrobe to wear for the whole of July. The six items doesn’t include things like sportswear, underwear, nightwear and accessories. I will be posting a weekly update on my progress and outfits on here and on the 6 Items Challenge Blog.
Labour Behind the Label don’t advocate boycotting brands as this often has a negative impact on workers, but it is so important to create an awareness of the current situation – consumption needs to slow down, the pressure on workers and the constant precariousness of jobs and wage levels needs to be addressed. By exploring this issue through the 6 Items Challenge I hope to raise awareness of the plight of real people in their struggle for better rights and working conditions.
So here I am on day one. I have picked my 6 items carefully in hope that they will be versatile enough to cover my varied outfit needs in July including just everything from school sports days to business meetings, a 40th birthday party, a 4 day festival plus another 4 days of camping.
I have tried to pick as many ethical/ sustainable items as possible, here is what I have chosen.
- A really old black t shirt
- trousers by ASOS Africa
- Black Dress by Komodo
- Really old black mini shift dress from the high street
- Dress by Monsoon
- Black leggings by People Tree (not pictured above)
My biggest concern is how I will manage at the festival and camping as it may be a little more difficult to wash and dry clothes. I am also worries I will get completely bored with my pick of clothes.
On the plus side, I am really looking forward to the look on Mr Style Eyes face when he sees my tiny pile of clothes to take for festival and camping, as opposed to just about everything in my wardrobe that I usually take. I will of course be making good use of the space in the camper van not taken by clothes with extra beer!
I am also really looking forward to not having to think too much about what I wear in the morning giving me much more time to think about accessories. Where possible I will be accessorising my outfits with vintage, second hand, ethical, sustainable and handmade accessories.
Enjoy what is left of the weekend!
With wramest wishes