I would like to let it be publically known that I am still pretty crap at buying ethical clothing. Sure, I’ve upped my charity shop clobber purchasing, but I still find it hard to resist a cheap top here or an accessory there. Having been a long time fan of ASOS, I was really pleased to see they now offer a more ethical/eco range of designers and products for the more ethically conscious consumer. They even have their own range of ethical clothing made in Africa called ASOS Africa.
It’s a huge relief to me to have some choice like this. I know there are lots of ethical clothing companies – many of whom seem to cater to less stylish market (think loads of crotchet – and not the good kind). Being someone who LOVES putting together a good look, I really struggle with the idea of having to sacrifice style in my quest to figure out ‘who makes our stuff’ and thankfully, it looks like I don’t have to.
For those interested in this quest too – I’ve put together a few of my top picks for under £50
1. This confetti dress is tres cute. It’s made by Aimee for People Tree and is made with organic cotton and is a bargain at £38.50. Check it out here.
2. Boom – this dress is SO beaut. It’s a shirt dress – would look AWESOME with some bold jewellery and maybe a thin belt. It’s ASOS Africa and is £50. Have a closer look here.
3. Hello new summer top – welcome to my wardrobe! Love this – from the print to the orange edging. It’s classy and funky in one little bundle. It’s also ASOS Africa and is £30. Check check check it out.
4. THIS DRESS. I love the cut – again the same print as the top above (also ASOS Africa), but it has the extra detail of a patched piece on the right side to give some edge. £50 and can be seen in more detail here.
5. How cute. This little swan top with the lace collar is just the sweetest. It’s by a relatively new designer called Johann Earl and is £30. Sounds expensive for a t-shirt right? Think about all the little ‘bargains’ you pick up on a monthly basis – the crappy little primark vests that stretch and discolour and are naff. Add those up and you could probably buy two of these. There’s loads more similar to this – plain and pattered. Well worth checking out here.
6. Now, the question about this dress is not if I would be prepared to pay £38 for it. I think I would. The question is…can I pull off a semi-see through lace panel? I really don’t know – what do you think?
7. SAILBOAT SCARF! I mean, is there a better combo than sailboats on a scarf? So cute. It’s by an ethical designer called Lowie and is £45. I probably couldn’t justify £45 on a scarf, but it is DEFINITELY lovely and someone with more money than me should buy it. See more here.
8. Finally – this little Johann Earl Spot Jumper. £40 and the little lace peter pan collar ties up at the back (you KNOW I love a peter pan collar – I even blinking well made my own!). He does a little variety of jumpers in a similar style – have a nosy here.
That’s your lot. Like I said everything is under £50 – lots of variety!
I have to say before I go, I was also really impressed to see that ASOS Green Room also does shoes, accessories, jewellery and cosmetic products. AND – they stock Monkee Genes (which I posted about here ages ago!)
So then, what do YOU think? Would you be prepared to swap your topshop bits for some of these? Are they a good enough combo of stylish and affordable? Let me know what you think!