Archive for January, 2010

SS10 New Season - Old Clothes

Friday, January 29th, 2010

This gorgeous neutral coat (Available to buy on is great for weathering the April showers in style, very SS10!

As the women’s fashion trends for summer 2010  start to emerge in the shops, magazines and fashion websites, you might well be getting something of a feeleing of deja vu. This is not unusual as in the case of so many of this seasons (and every seasons) trends, we quite simply have been there before. The looks are usually inspired by fashion from a previous decade or just another take on a trend that comes around every few years. Take for example polka dots, we have most definitely visited this one before on numerous occassions, I should know, I have enough of it in my wardrobe. So what is so different about it this time - not that much really. Mix with a pop of colour or clash with a floral pattern and voila you have an up to date and trendy look for Spring Summer 2010. So here are a few trends for 2010 that you may well find on the rail of a second hand clothes shop (or this website) which can easily be updated for SS10.

Neutrals - this is a really easy one. Anything in beige, cream, nude or neutral will be big news this year. Chiffon dresses, jackets, shorts, trousers take your pick then wear with tan colour or neutral shoes a simple hairstyle and natural looking make up.

Trench Coats- these classics just keep coming back season after season. Try wearing with a contrasting brown belt as seen at Burberry Prorsum for for an updated look. Winter duffle coats are also a great choice for the winter.

Florals- another key look that doesn’t really ever go out of fashion. Florals for SS10 fall into 2 categories. The dark ditsy print florals which can be worn with black opaques and Doctor Martin boots for the Nineties revival grunge look and the really bold and bright florals which are great for layering and clashing with bright colours and prints.

Minimalist -clean cut simple tailored pieces worn with minimal jewellery, pattern or fuss were another big nineties trend that is on its way back in this spring. This is a great trend to do second hand as you will be able to afford slightly better tailored pieces than you would new. For an updated look try wearing a minimalist tailored jacket with rolled up jeans and some strappy heels.

Safari / tribal prints- this season both safari and tribal prints were mixed for a eyecatching effect. Try layering different bold prints with the neutral sandy coloured safari pieces to work this trend. Also look for scarves with bright graphic prints to accessorise the look.

Denim - this never really goes out of fashion but for SS10, try all over denim (easy jeans plus denim jacket) or mix light colours with light blue denim. Another great look is the classic white shirt and denim skirt seen at Stella McCartney.

So there you have it. It is really not difficult to create this seasons looks from second hand clothes. Just mix it up a bit, layer pieces, roll the sleeves or trousers up and combine with up to date shoes or accessories. Not only will you save money but you will be investing in some great quality pieces that are sure to come back into fashion again in the future. The best thing is that no one will even know that you are wearing second hand clothes.

Green Chic Links of the Week

Friday, January 29th, 2010

And here is out weekly round up of the best of green beauty and fashion for the week. Enjoy!

Factio Magazine gets Nicole Kidman’s 2010 SAG Awards “Beach Hair” with eco-friendly product by David Babaii! Find out which one!
Fashion Pulse Daily gets some great V-Day suggestions from renowned stylist Robert Verdi!
Guiltless & Glamorous rounds up the start of the awards season’s cruelty-free red carpet fashions!
Home Green gives you tips on how to switch to a facial thats tough on dirt and easy on the environment
Looking Sharp! discovers Fancy Clothinga new Pittsburgher designing wares with thrift store finds!
My Beauty Bunny asks the question – What are parabens and should we be worried about them?
Posh Swaps talks fashion and sustainability with some useful tips.
Runway To Retail finds out if H&M is Lying About ‘Organic’ Cotton Click Here
Shopping and Info idea for Valentine’s Day Gift ala Angelina Jolie give to charity in the name of your loved one.

Fashion and Sustainability

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The principles of sustainability can be applied to almost anything but for humans, it is the potential for long-term maintenance of wellbeing, which depends on the wellbeing of the natural world and the responsible use of its resouces. Fashion and clothing are well recognised as having a high environmental impact and being unsustainable. Here are just a few ways that you can become a more sustainable shopper when it comes to clothing and fashion:

  • Buy clothes to last - choose quality pieces in classic styles that will not go out of fashion quickly.
  • Look after clothes- ensure that clothes are washed according to instructions, protect from moths using cedarwood balls and make minor repairs as neccessary.
  • Where possible buy second hand clothes or swap clothes.
  • Recycle old clothes by selling them, swapping them or donating to charities.
  • If you do buy new clothes, opt for sustainable fibres like organic cotton, bamboo and hemp.
  • Consider carefully how you wash clothes and the environmental impact. Wash on a low temperature, line dry and use eco detergents where possible.

Top Swaps and Second Hand Style

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Spring is on its way and I can’t wait, longer days, warmer weather and a whole new wardrobe. Well actually, just because we are about to move in to a new season, it doesn’t mean that you need to buy a whole wardrobe of new clothes. It is likely that you will already have many items in your wardrobe that fit in with the seasons new trends or some really classic items that never go out of fashion. If you really don’t have anything or are in desperate need of an updated look why not try swapping some of your old clothes or buying some second hand clothes? Not only is it environmentally friendly, but you are likely to get more style for your money and will be able to afford better quality that will last for seasons to come. Here are my tp 5 items to swap or but second hand this spring.

black and white tweed jacket

Tailored Jackets - for a really up to date look, try wearing a tailored jacket with jeans or a t shirt and pencil skirt. Tailored jackets are a great secondhand buy as they have usually only had light wear. They are also usually quite flattering. I love this black and white tweed jacket which would look great over a really bright pink t shirt.

trench coat mac

Trench Coat - this is one of those pieces of clothing that just keeps coming back into fashion time and time again. In fact, I am not really sure if it ever really goes out of fashion. It is classic, versatile and practical. I love this purple mac, it will work equally well for daytime or evening.


Unusual Jewellery - an unusual piece of jewellery is a great way to update and finish an outfit, add interest and stand out from the crowd. By wearing something unusual, you will not need to worry about following trends, you will be unique. I love these sweet earrings, they would look great with a bright green, pink or blue top or dress.

mulberry messenger bag

Leather Handbag - a good leather handbag will become better with age. A designer bag is always a good investment buy whether it is new or secondhand. This brown Mulberry messenger bag is the perfect colour and style to go with almost any casual spring outfit.

notte marchesa gown

Designer Dress - the great thing about a second hand designer dress is that it is a fraction of its price new but is likely to have been well looked after and in good condition. This Notte by Marchesa Gown will really turn heads at parties, weddings and other events over the summer.

Green Chic Links 22/01/10

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

picture from Shopping and Goodies 

Its great to see so many blogs out there proving that you can be green and look gorgeous and raising awareness of the environmental issues that effect the fashion and beauty industries. Here are just a small selection of this weeks posts from our Green Chic Friends. Enjoy!

College Candy schools Fashion Pulse Daily on the fashion industry’s wasteful ways.
Guiltless & Glamorous continues its Welcome to the New Year series with a run-down of great cruelty-free hair products to introduce to your haircare regime in 2010.
Posh Swaps is excited that 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and explains how this is relevant to the fashion industry.
Shopping and Info loves the eco friendly Toms Shoes worn by Julia Roberts.

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity as declared by the UN. So what has this got to do with fashion you might ask?

Well fashion as  with many other industries has a significant impact on the environment. From the pollution caused by pesticides used to grow cotton to the disposal of clothing at the end of its life. Natural ecosystems have a very delicate balance. Change just one environmental factor and the balance will collapse having far reaching ecological effects. Biodiversity describes the variety of flora (plants) and fauna (animals) that exist in the world and as ecosystems are destroyed or fragmented so the biodiversity is lost. Ultimately loss of biodiversity has an impact on humans as it provides food sources, shelter, safe guards water and effects CO2 emmissions and global warming.

Events will be taking place around the globe to celebrate biodiversity and explore ways to sustain biodiversity. Specifically for fashion, EcoChic Geneva on 20th and 21st January will begin with a 1.5 day seminar “Redefining Sustainability in the International Agenda” from the perspective of the fashion and cosmetics industries.

Green Chic Links in Memory of Karissa Gindling

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

This week’s Green Chic links are dedicated to the memory of Karissa Gindling. Karissa, owner of, passed away last Saturday, January 9th. I never had the opportunity to meet Karissa, but was inspired by her dedication to promoting eco issues through her website. From the tributes and messages that I have seen online, I know that she was very much loved and will be greatly missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Indianapolis, 7929 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

This week’s Green Chic links are dedicated to Karissa.

Factio Magazine found the cure for winter’s dry skin – artist C. Finley’s dumpster wallpapering in NYC

Posh Swaps checks out the well dressed report and its recommendations for clothes recycling

Runway To Retail checks out the first eco-friendly collection by H & M out this spring!

Tats are great, but sometimes you need to hide them. My Beauty Bunny shows us how to cover a tattoo with cruelty-free makeup.

The ‘Well Dressed?’ Report

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

An interesting report entitled Well Dressed? and published by the University of Cambridge, Department for Manufacturing in 2006 explores the present and future sustainability of textiles in the United Kingdom. Most of us are probably aware that there are many issues surrounding the sustainability of the textiles industry in the UK but the report gives a really in depth and neutral look at the problems and identify the potential for significant and lasting change.

The report is highly relevant for consumers, media, business, education, government and campaigners and provides balanced evidence based information. Some of the key findings of the report in relation to the recycling of clothes are summarised below:

  • The UK’s current behaviour in disposing of used clothing and textiles to landfill is not sustainable as volumes are growing.
  • The second hand sector is growing and there is further demand so improved collection and sorting procedures will be beneficial in reducing waste and providing usable clothes to developing countries.
  • Recycling is siginificant for materials with high impacts in the production phase.

According to the analysis in order to create change a consumer would:

  • Buy second hand clothing and textiles where possible.
  • Buy fewer more durable garments and textile products.
  • When buying new products, choose those made with least energy and least toxic emmissions, made by workers paid a credible living wage with reasonable employment rights and conditions.
  • Lease clothes that would otherwise not be worn to the end of their natural life.
  • Extend the life of clothing and textile products through repair.
  • Dispose of using clothing and textiles through recycling businesses who would return them for secondhand sale where ever possible but otherwise extract and recycle the yarns or fibres. 

Swapping, buying and selling second hand clothes is a great way of recycling and improving the sustainability of textiles. You can swap, buy and sell your second hand clothes for free on

Fashion Bloggers at the Online Swap Party

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

We are delighted to welcome some fashion bloggers to our online swap party in celebration of International Day of Swishing tomorrow. below are just some of the gorgeous items that have been listed so far. To see the full list of clothes to swap go to

From Sherin of Hi Fashion

Pink plaid skirt

Pink Heart Necklace

Grey Denim Skirt

From Illustrator Claire

Wine Ruffled Jacket

From the Style Eyes Fashion Blog

Pink Jaeger Jacket

Cream studded leather handbag

Vintage style green beaded choker

A big thank you to all those fashion bloggers participating in tomorrows online swap party. For those who would like to join in, all you need to do is register with and add your clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories.

We would also like to thank the following fashion bloggers for their supports and mentions:

 Mizzj of Being High Maintenance Not Bitchy

Stephanie Grace Blog

Intrinsically Florrie

Green Chic Links 7//1/10

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

picture from Looking Sharp

With so many people making new years  resolutions, it is a great time to think about how you can green your wardrobe, your beauty regime and your life. Don’t worry it is not as scary as it sounds, there are lots of small changes that you can make and this week our Green Chic friends are showing you how much fun it can be!

Giveaway Alert! Factio Magazine is giving away the Katherine Kwei Joyce-Carry All (as seen on Sienna Miller) and Pop System 40 - Swivel Chair from IQMatics! Sign up today!
Fashion Pulse Daily reviews the latest We Love Colors legwear and quickly becomes obsessed!
Guiltless & Glamorous says to start 2010 out right with her first in a four-part series of posts on cruelty-free product lines to try in the New Year!!
Looking Sharp! checks out The Garbologist’s Wife , a designer creating clothing for the ‘real’ women with up-cycled fabric and vintage finds.
My Beauty Bunny shares her favorite cruelty-free acne scrub!
Posh Swaps is really excited to Celebrate International Day of Swishing with an online swap party, A great way to recycle clothes!
Runway To Retail: We love Clarins Organic Soap so Shop now and get free travel-sizes Toning Lotion and Day Cream with any $30 purchase (valid thru 1/8/10)