The pressure is on to keep up with the latest fashion and for what? So we look good? Look good to who? It was Thomas Tusser, a local poet and farmer, who coined the phrase a fool and his money are soon parted. How did a fool get together with money in the first place? Some dedicated followers of fashion like the King and his clothes look neither attractive or particularly wise when you consider the hole in their pocket.
Ironically today’s impoverished students who cannot afford the latest fashion will create their own, sometimes from reused clothing, and become fashion aficionados of the future. If they can do it now then why can’t we?
Fashion is not limited to the cat-walk but imagination. Reviving old clothes with natural dyes such as Indigo producing plants for blue, Weld for a strong colour-fast yellow and Madder for red, is rewarding, free of cost if you create your own dye, and unique. What more could a dedicated follower of fashion ask for?
Donating to charity
Despite recent media reports and the discovery of some charities not meeting reasonable performance expectations many clothing charities exist for this high-demand donation. Check your high street for local charities or put them in a local textile bank.
Enter your post code to find your nearest kerbside drop off point for textiles:
Clothing Charities on Twitter
- 25/05/13 11:50:
donating clothes that are too large for sick animals. I hope they fit. (@ RSPCA Charity Shop) http://t.co/YxUlHT0EnF
- 25/05/13 09:43:
@MrG_80 @higgo60 @crackersTHFC ill bring a load of clothes I was taking to the charity shop incase we ant got enough goal posts **
- 24/05/13 18:00:
@gfandfabulous Thanks. Fear the weekend will be worse as continuing sorting out Mum's clothes tomorrow for charity shop etc :-(
- 24/05/13 12:49:
@georgiahayde if u r bored with clothes y nt give them to charity or ophanage homes#bernados#oxfam
- 24/05/13 11:11:
@thatdeangirl it's partly why my charity-shop clothes, flat shoes and minimal makeup *feels* subversive (even if it *looks* "librarian")
- 24/05/13 10:29:
Nearly time to head to London and raid some charity shops with @alexsalamun for some 90s clothes :)
- 24/05/13 09:30:
Sorted out 3large bags of unwanted clothes for charity, i don't seem to have anything to wear now :/
- 23/05/13 18:55:
#eastenders do they shop in the charity shop for biancas clothes
- 23/05/13 16:11:
Love #vintage clothes shopping & afternoon tea? Make sure you pop by on Saturday 8th of June... http://t.co/2HvyysFd3j
- 23/05/13 14:13:
What i don't get is how is Africa so poor after how many years has their been charity adverts where is the money going +clothes people give?