A Sustainable Fashion Trip

This blog post originally appeared on Hannah’s website, www.hannahcastleman.co.uk.

I disappeared on holiday for a few days last week; as much as I love my job it was a it was a much needed escape from work. I couldn’t completely turn my phone off though - I was on a sustainable fashion mission!

I was away for four days and could only bring hand luggage so I decided to pack as sustainably as possible. With the exception of my trainers (a necessity for all of the walking we did - 32 miles and over 80,000 steps in four days) and a t-shirt for the plane every item of clothing I took was vintage, second-hand or sustainable in some way.

Dress:  Monsoon  via fellow  Spitfire Sister   Louisa Revolta  (on long term loan)

Dress: Monsoon via fellow Spitfire Sister Louisa Revolta (on long term loan)

Jeans: recycled denim from  ASOS .  Shirt:  Cheap Monday  via  eBay .

Jeans: recycled denim from ASOS.

Shirt: Cheap Monday via eBay.

We had two days of ridiculously warm weather, a day of torrential rain and a day of cloudy skies, so I was pleased to have packed transitional pieces to wear.

Jeans: Recycled denim from  ASOS   Sweater:  L.L. Bean  via  ASOS Marketplace   Shoes: Nike via  ASOS  (not second hand)

Jeans: Recycled denim from ASOS

Sweater: L.L. Bean via ASOS Marketplace

Shoes: Nike via ASOS (not second hand)

Classic HC brings her own water even when it’s completely tipping it down. We got drenched! L.L. Bean is something I always search for on eBay or ASOS Marketplace, as they are quality pieces and really last a long time.

Dress: Made by my mum  Cardigan: Second hand  Uniqlo

Dress: Made by my mum

Cardigan: Second hand Uniqlo

Cardigan: Second hand  Uniqlo   Headscarf: Birthday present

Cardigan: Second hand Uniqlo

Headscarf: Birthday present

Now that I’m home I have been inspired to do a huge wardrobe clear out. I have nothing against buying new from shops instead of vintage and second-hand but thinking about sustainable fashion has really made me think twice about the pieces I do buy that are brand new.

I would love to organise a sustainable fashion afternoon or evening with The Spitfire Sisters hosting a clothing swap - what do you think? Would you be interested in attending? Comment below to let me know!

Alun and Lou on BBC Radio Solent

Yesterday morning we were thrilled to once again perform live on air at BBC Radio Solent on the Al and Lou show. If you missed it, here’s a link to our performance so you can hear it again.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07ctj7g

We bravely attempted the title track written by Louisa and Steve from our new album we are working on at the moment. It was only learnt and rehearsed the previous day but as it was radio we were glued to our music (displayed on our phones and iPads!) to give us some extra assurance. After a brief chat we then performed our song Afternoon Tea which will also be on the new album but we knew this one usually goes well so we felt a little more relaxed at this point!

As ever, we were accompanied by the brilliant Steve Christie on keyboard and will hopefully be back on air again before too long!

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