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!

Our Essential 2019 Events Calendar

We can’t believe we’ve hit April already! It’s been a brilliant year so far but there is still so much to look forward to in 2019. Here’s a list of things we’ve got in our diary for the year ahead.

APRIL

ANNA’S PICK: Saturday 30th March - Wednesday 26th June - BP Portrait Award 2018 Exhibition at The Discovery Centre.

Monday 29th April - Saturday 4th May - Winchester Fashion Week

MAY

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th May - Mary Berry on the British Pullman

Friday 10th May - Clare Martin & Ray Gelato at Theatre Royal Winchester

With our good friend Mary on board the Belmond British Pullman

With our good friend Mary on board the Belmond British Pullman

JUNE

HANNAH’S PICK: Tuesday 4th June - Ballet Central Open Class at Theatre Royal Winchester

Saturday 8th June - Ginchester Fete

JULY

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th July - Hat Fair

AUGUST

Friday 23rd - Monday 26th August - Big Bike Bash

SEPTEMBER

Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd September - Winchester Jazz Festival 

Winchester Jazz Festival 2016

Winchester Jazz Festival 2016

OCTOBER

LOUISA’S PICK: Friday 27th September - Saturday 5th October - Winchester Comedy Festival

Saturday 12th October - Hampshire Coffee Festival

Winchester Comedy Festival’s line up for 2019

Winchester Comedy Festival’s line up for 2019

NOVEMBER

Saturday 9th November - Winchester Bonfire & Fireworks

DECEMBER

Thursday 5th - Saturday 7th December - Christmas Makers Market at The Nutshell

Thursday 19th December - The Spitfire Sisters at Theatre Royal Winchester