I feel like a lone voice, trying to get people to look beyond the high street in order to find better fabrics and cuts and also to find something unique. Think about the last 10 things you bought and try to image yourself wearing them in 12 months time? That is my test for myself and it does help in steering me away from ‘almost right’ clothes.
I know, we all want something new, and I am never going to be one of those women who buys in the sales twice a year. I adore clothes and I want to update my wardrobe regularly, I cannot help it, I am too far gone to become a capsule wardrobe shopper.
In 2017, I have replaced 90% of my high street buys with either vintage or handmade pieces from Etsy. The price point is the same but the fabrics and finishes are far superior.
I will be sharing all the great designers I find on my Shop Instagram. It is also great to be able to drive business to people working in their own living rooms to make unique pieces. The high street doesn’t need our support but the small designers do.
SO HOW DO I SEARCH?
You have to be very SPECIFIC. To find the skirt below I typed in ‘cotton maxi skirt’ and the seller came up. I checked the reviews and emailed to confirm timings and then placed my order. The skirt came within 10 days and I just adore it; it is cut so well, has pockets and it can be worn as a dress or skirt. Best of all, it cost me £42. The dress can be made in different lengths and waist sizes and there are so many fabrics to choose from. Check out the seller – Mashees Gift Shop.
The basket trend is also one that I have found on Etsy and way cheaper than the popular options on Instagram. Again, I just entered ‘vintage wicker bag’ and all these came up! Check this one, it is on my Wish List.
I also found great dresses to throw over your bikini’s, like the cotton dress featured below. It was a bit big, (when in doubt size up) but I have had it altered and I will live in this dress this Summer. Enter ‘Mexican oaxacan cotton dress’ and loads will pop up.
Earrings are hot and the selection on Etsy is huge. I found amazing red ones for £30, they are handmade and came the next day, check out Sandycraft UK.
Keeping it Simple and Significant!