Our weather has changed and the heat has gone and at times it’s windy, grey and wet! It’s not exactly cold but it is a lot cooler. And yet last Saturday I bought a dress, but will I wear it this summer, who knows, as apparently this August is forecast to be cooler than last year when there was a heatwave.
What’s more I bought this dress new. But there’s a story behind it. Two weekends ago I spotted this dress in a lovely shop in Lewes called Wickle, which has many delightful things and clothes that are quite expensive but all ethically and sustainably produced.
The clothes and the dresses in particular are very yummy but I usually pass them by as I say ‘nice but too much’. However, I have read yet another article on how ghastly the fashion industry is and I have resolved to change my ways, because really, I did fall into bad habits last year, and I have too many clothes in my wardrobe bought during that lockdown when we did absolutely nothing and no stores were open at all, remember that time? So I have weeded out the ones that have been hardly worn at all, and I have decided that I will not only strictly buy 2nd-hand but also I will consider the ethical but more expensive brands. I’ve given myself a talking-to as well, that even with my charity shop shopping, I must buy fewer garments. And when I recycle I shall aim to get as many items as possible to the dress agency I have found in Lewes, so that I know for sure that the garment will definitely be bought by someone coming in from the High Street. This is because charity shops don’t sell all the items they are given, there is just too much, consequently they export huge amounts of clothing to Africa, which is not a good thing to do as this ruins the local clothing industry.
Anyway, the story is that on that Saturday two weekends ago I picked up this dress (in fact, I pounced as it was the colours that attracted me) and waited for the changing-room. I was first in the queue but the one changing-room available was taken by a young woman (actually, she was tall and lovely and quite beautiful to look at) but by gum she had a lot of clothes to try on. I’d say she had at least 10 items. Fifteen minutes later with no sign that she’d finished I gave up and left the store empty-handed. Well, two weeks later I popped in to Wickle and there it was and, reader, it was reduced! I mean, it was still expensive (for me) but that young woman saved me £20 – huzzah!
I think it’s a keeper! I shall wear it a lot once the hot weather returns.
And here are some photos of my daughter’s garden, the first is the view I have when I’m doing the washing-up.
It’s a wild garden and the grass is not cut all that much.
They are believers in allowing the caterpillars to breed and the moths and butterflies to flourish.
I love being there just chilling.
I am so grateful to be able to stay in their house and sit in this wild, wild garden!
Thank you for reading this, that’s all for now.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper