8 Online Fashion Shops Selling Amazing Preloved Clothes

Online Fashion Shops Preloved Clothes

Who needs new clothes when there are so many amazing preloved clothes out there conveniently available from online shops. Preloved clothes rock because they are great value and you get that little bit more for your buck. Buying preloved clothes is also a great way to get an  instant wardrobe refresh without having a massive impact on the planet. We think preloved clothes are the ultimate sustainable fashion and perfect for those that just can’t do without their fahsion fix.

Here are our top 10 online fashion shops selling amazing preloved clothes

Motel Vintage

Motel Rocks is a popular online shop, but did you know that they have a vintage collection. Packed with a great selection of vintage band t shirts and reworked vintage pieces, Motel Vintage has some great styles that combine retro prints with contempory shapes.

Rock My Vintage

If you are looking for some lovely and really wearable vintage pieces that have been carefully handpicked, then you should definitely check out the genuine vintage section at Rock My Vintage. They have a great selection of vintage dresses as well as jewellery and bags that can be used to give a stylish twist to more modern clothes.

Urban Renewal

For hip street wear, Urban Outfitters Renewal collection has some great vintage and preloved pieces for men and women including checked shirts, beanie hats, baseball caps and wax jackets.

Vestiare Collective

If you want to live a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget then Vestiare Collective is a great place to shop. You can pick up preloved designer pieces at a fraction of the amount that they would cost new. This online fashion shop has a massive selection and you will find clothes by just about every designer that you could imagine, it is also carefully curated to ensure quality and authenticity.

Buy My Wardrobe

Buy My Wardrobe is yet another amazing website where you can buy and sell designer clothing. Their mission to create a “trusted social shopping site with real people behind real profiles. A place to browse and be inspired as well as buy and sell pre-owned designer fashion.”

Oxfam Fashion

The online Oxfam Fashion shop now has a massive selection of preloved and vintage pieces at great prices. It features the top picks from Oxfam shops around the country. The site makes finding exactly what you want easy peasy with filters for brand, size, style etc. The prices are also pretty amazing with brands including Whistles, Ted Baker and Hobbs.

Harper and Lewis Vintage

The Harper and Lewis online shop has a great selection of vintage and preloved coats and jackets including leather, sheepskin and wax. Each piece featured on their website has a timeless style that will look just amazing today or tommorrow as it did 10 years ago in fact many of these pieces will actually have improved with age.

ASOS Marketplace

ASOS Marketplace is another great place to buy preloved clothes straight from the sellers wardrobe as well as vintage and indie labels from a variety of boutique shops. Not all of the clothes are preloved so try filtering your search for preloved or vintage to save precious time if that is what you are looking for.

Do you know of any other shops selling amazing pre loved clothes?

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A Sustainable Fashion Guide to London Fashion Week

People Tree

Sustainable fashion has, in the past, had a bad reputation for not being altogether fashion forward but that is definitely no longer the case with so many innovative and sustainable fashion brands now playing a key part in London Fashion Week and a large number of the brands exhibiting paying more attention to their eco and ethical credentials.

Tommorrow London Fashion Week begins bringing with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry along with plenty of amazing events and streetstyle. For industry insiders, students and fashion bloggers, London Fashion Week is the highlight of the fashion calender when they get to check out the collections for the season ahead. For those that want to be really fashion forward here is  a heads up on some of the sustainable fashion events that will be happening.

£15 Off at People Tree

Even if you can or can’t make it to the capital to join in the fashion week fun, the lovely People at People Tree are celebrating sustainable style this fashion week with £15 off and free delivery when you spend £50 on the new SS14 Collection. To take advantage of this fab offer just stop buy the People Tree website and enter SPRING50 during checkout. (This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion code has no cash alternative and is not valid on previous purchases.It ends 17 February 2014 at 23:59)

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

Vintage Fashion Fairs are a hot place to source inspiration for fashion industry types from students, stylish and models to designers, so why not get ahead of the trends by grabbing yourself a piece of vintage fashion. Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair has been running since 2009 and has around 50 stalls featuring some of the best vintage pieces from iconic British designers. You can also make a day of it by induging in a little tea and cake, get a makeover or ensure that your purchases have the perfect fit with their alteration service. The fair is open from 11am – 5pm on Sunday 16th February and tickets cost £4. Further details on the website here.

London Ethnic Fashion Week Party

To celebrate both the first night of London Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day, London Ethnic are holding a party and charity gala in aid of London Kids at Sway Bar in the Crystal Room. The event will include ethical fashion speakers, live music, celebrity guests, goodie bags and surprises on the night. London Ethnic is a platform promoting and selling sustainable and ethical fashion by London designers. You can check it out here.

Ecoluxe

Ecoluxe will present the first luxury sustainable fashion show at London Fashion Week on 17th February. The Ecoluxe showroom will aslo showcase fashion for the season ahead from a range of designers and labels including Nancy Dee, The Duck and the Sesame, Fashion Cork and Green Embassy. Ecoluxe are dedicated to working with eco-conscious brands and designers who utilise ecologically sustainable practices.

For industry insiders, there is also Estethica the part of the London Fashion Week exhibition dedicated to ethical and sustainable brands you can find out  more about the brands exhibiting here.

We also think that developing your own unique and individual style is the only way that you can really be sustainable with your clothes. Here is some of the unique style inspiration that we got from the last London Fashion Week.


Will you be rocking sustainable fashion this fashion week?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion and Style Inspiration Round Up

Ethical fashion The Feather Tree

Image (Dress by The Feather Tree)

There is sure to be plenty of ethical fashion and style inspiration around this month as London Fashion Week swings into action with its very own ethical and sustainable exhibition, Estethica. For us this time of year is all about discovering new and exciting ethical brands with the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin in January and Eco Luxe coming up in February. If you just can’t keep up with the wealth of amazing ethical fashion and style inspiration out there, here is our little round up to give you a little helping hand.

The Ethical Fashion Forum brand preview was a great place to discover new brands. I have posted about an amazing brand that I discovered The Feather Tree, over on my blog Style Eyes. You can also check out the best of the Source Brand Preview according to Ethicalstyleblog.com and  all of the brands that exhibited at Brand Preview here.

Upcycled clothes are right on trend at the moment. You can find out more in this round up of the Guardian’s live chat on Upcycling. You can also check out lots of innovative upcycled designs in our recycled fashion section.

Over at a Sustainable Thread, you can check out the interview with Noorin Khamisani of the sustainable fashion brand Outsider and find out what she has to say about sustainable fashion from a designers point of view.

Last but not least, if you have a few minutes to spare check out this short film by Lorna Tucker featuring Lily Cole. Inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution, in association with the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), ‘Red Shoes’ is a short film featuring Lily Cole in an artistic dance interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Red Shoes. The film shows Lily dancing for truth, for freedom and for life.

Where are you getting your ethical fashion and style inspiration this month?

 

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Parka Jackets – Top 5 for 2014

Parka coats are super stylish, permanently on trend and great for this rainy winter weather right through to summer festivals. Here are my top 5 favourite parka coats for 2014, all stylishly sustainable of course.

Timberland Womens Earthkeepers Canvas Barn Parka

This Timberland Earthkeepers Canvas Barn Parka is a real investment piece that will last you forever (or there abouts). It is reduced from £210 to £168 in the sale!

 Timberland Womens Earthkeepers Fleece-Lined 2-in-1 Parka

If you prefer a slightly more rugged look, this Timberland Earthkeepers fleece lined 2 in 1 parka is made from organic cotton and recycled polyester. It is reduced from £240 to just £144 in the sale.

 Vintage mod parka

This Mod parka jacket at Harper and Lewis is just £29.99 and you can also get a 10% discount with code vintage10.

Army Surplus Parka Jacket

This army surplus parka jacket at Harper and Lewis is just £34.99 with a further 10% discount with the code vintage10.

Hemp hoodlamb Parka Jacket

If you are not a fan of khaki try this hemp hoodlamb parka which is made from hemp organic cellulose, a  great alternative to the chemical treatments used for most waterproof jackets. You can also get a £5 discount and free delivery at Zalando with code ZALANDO5ALL.

Do you love parka jackets?

I think they are a wardrobe classic, especially with the British weather being what it is!

With warmest wishes

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People Tree -10 Reasons I’m Loving Them for SS14

The Nautical Stripes

breton stripes

A Breton striped top always looks chic!

The Cute Cropped Cardigans

cropped cardigan

So perfect for layering over  shirts or dresses until the sun comes out. 

The Zakee Shariff Prints

Zakee Shariff Bird Print Top

Artistic prints are great for adding a bit of interest to a pair of jeans

The Flattering Tunics

Tunic

 

Wear it with jeans, jeggings or leggings. You can’t beat a tunic for stylish comfort and versatility.

The Simple Easy to Wear Styles

Stacie Button Dress

 Some times we all just need a little simplicity in our lives

The Slogan T shirts

Slogan T Shirt

Just saying it like it is!

The Colour Red

Red pocket dress

 It makes me feel happy

The Handcrafted Jewellery

Handcrafted Jewellery

Created by artisans

The Supersoft Organic Cotton

white organic cotton top

chemical free and feels great against the skin

and last but not least…..

swallows

bombolulu

The dedication of People Tree to creating beautiful wearable clothing whilst also helping people around the world to create a sustainable livelihood.

You can check out People Tree on Style is… or go direct to their website for full details of their amazing Fairtrade fashion.

What do you love about People Tree?

With warmest wishes

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25 Online Fashion Shops Selling Feel Good Fashion

We all want to feel good in the clothes that we wear and we are pleased to say that there are now plenty of online fashion shops stocking clothes that are stylish, sustainable and made with respect for those working in the supply chain. Great Fashion, no compromise!

Our definition of Feel Good Fashion: Clothes and accessories that make you feel good without compromising on style, quality or ethics. Clothes with which you form an emotional connection and that mean something special to you. Clothes that will feel as good next season as they did this season.

Here are 25 of my favourite online fashion shops selling feel good fashion

Seasalt Cornwall Celeriac Dress

Seasalt Cornwall

Beautifully made casual clothes with a nautical feel, inspired by the coast of Cornwall. Seasalt Cornwall are known for their fun and unique prints and supersoft lambswool knitwear. Ethically made in the UK and Turkey. I can vouch for the fact that Seasalt Cornwall clothes feel and look amazing.

Fashion Conscience

One of my favourite online fashion shops, selling a variety of fashion forward fair trade, vegan and eco friendly brands including SkunkFunk, Elvis & Kresse and Monkee Genes. Lots of colourful and unusual pieces to choose from.

Think Boutique

An intelligently and stylishly curated selection of fair trade, upcycled, locally produced and sustainable fashion including brands like Nancy Dee and Antiform.

Sappelle

An online fashion store stocking carefully selected ethical fashion inspired by Africa and sourced from brands, social enterprises and artisans from all over Africa. I would recommend checking out the striking tribal prints.

polo neck

Outsider

At Outsider, the philosophy is that good clothes don’t go out of fashion. Outsider clothes are high quality and made with attention to detail, they also look beautiful when worn.

Fashion Compassion

Fashion ComPassion

Working with ethically responsible brands and artisans from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Fashion ComPassion is an ethical online retailer with plenty of statement accessories. I particularly love the range of colourful and sparkly clutch bags.

Beaumont Organic

Luxurious organic clothing that is timeless, easy to to wear and soft against the skin.  I love the slouchy tops and knitwear.

Nancy Dee

Made in the UK using organic and sustainable materials, Nancy Dee is known for beautifully draped jersey pieces and contemporary classic styles. I love the flattering cut of Nancy Dee dresses.

Bibico

Bibico

Fair trade clothes made from natural materials for an effortless style. Bibico’s lace panelled tops and tunics are a really versatile and chic addition to any wardrobe.

Ascension

An online fashion store with timeless contemporary style ethical fashion. Ascension stock both their own label clothes and brands like Komodo.

Maude and Tommy

A boutique in York selling a great selection of responsibly gorgeous fashion including brands like Himilaya and Sam Ubhi. Luckily for us they also have an online fashion shop.

The Keep

An uber stylish boutique in Brixton stocking some great brands with a story to tell including Studio Jux, Lowie and Maitri and clothes to cherish. Don’t worry if you don’t libe in London though, they also have a great online shop.

Braintree Clothing

Feel good fashion made from sustainable fibres including bamboo, organic cotton and hemp. I am loving the chilled out boho vibe of the collections.

Ethics Girls

A great selection of ethical fashion brands including Lowie, Outsider and Kuyichi.

People Tree - Erin Top Red

People Tree

One of the key pioneers of ethical fashion, People Tree make Fairtrade and organic clothes. They are my favourite place to buy ethical workwear but they also have some amazing casual clothes and party dresses.

Komodo

Komodo clothes feature classic shapes with artisan finishes. I just love their gorgeous knits.

Online Fashion Shops - Sara C

Sara C

Sara C’s stunning nature inspired prints are featured on simple contemporary styles made from sustainable fabrics to allow them to really stand out. I am completely in love with the whole collection.

Annie Greenabelle

Annie Greenabelle

Annie Greenabelle’s flirty and feminine clothes are sold in some of the biggest fashion retailers including Topshop and ASOS. If you want to shop the whole collection which is made ethically either in the UK or abroad from organic and sustainable fabrics, you just need to check out their very own online fashion shop.

Howies

Recycled and organic outdoor and casual wear that doesn’t  compromise on style, performance or practicality. A good place to stock up on organic jeans and t shirts.

Rapanui

A cool eco brand from the Isle of Wight. Rapanui make great organic cotton t shirts, using renewable energy , simple!

Wall Luxury Essentials

A socially responsible brand making luxurious clothes. I love their elegant a line raincoats, so perfect for the British weather.

Zalando

Whilst not all of the brands at Zalando might be considered ethical, they do stock a good variety that are including Skunkfunk, A Question of, People Tree and Kuyichi.

Online Fashion Shops - Peruvian Connection

Peruvian Collection

If you really want to spoil yourself, Peruvian Collection is the place to go. Their alpaca knit capes and coats are perfect for cocooning yourself on the coldest of winter days.

Liv

Luxurious and eco friendly homewear and clothes for men and women. Classic and chic styles by brands including Outsider.

Yoox

Yooxygen is the name of the eco friendly and ethical fashion department at Yoox. It is also the home to Master & Muse, an exclusive collection of socially responsible clothes and fashion accessories curated by Amber Valletta.

What do you think? Which are your favourite online fashion shops?

With warmest wishes

 

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6 Online Fashion Brands Making Serious Style From Rubbish

Rubbish is usually viewed as something pretty negative but actually after discovering some innovative online fashion brands that are breaking new design ground and become some of the most exciting pioneers that the fashion industry has seen, I think I am starting to see it as something pretty cool!

Here are 6 fab online fashion brands making serious style from rubbish!

The Plastic Bottles

Timberland Earthkeepers Trenton Tall Boot

Timberland are a big offline and online fashion brand using serious amounts of rubbish to make their clothes. I was pretty astounded to learn that literally millions of disgarded plastic water and soda bottles are used to make Timberland Earthkeepers products from the linings to laces, uppers and even faux shearling and faux fur. Timberland haven’t just used the old bottles as they are, they have had to be pretty to clever about it to make sure that the resulting products lived up to their high style and performance standards for their outdoorsy clothes. ReCanvas™ fabric is just one of their clever little innovations, it is a material with the look and feel of cotton canvas that’s made from 100% recycled PET.

The Old Fire Hoses

Elvis & Kresse

Old fire hoses might seem pretty useless but design duo Elvis & Kresse make good use of them along with a range of other waste but reengineering them into some very stylish accessories. Just recently online fashion brand Elvis and Kresse announced that there bags will be available through the Donna Karan shop in New York as part of a long term collaboration to promote their shared goals of consious consumerism.

Rubber Inner Tubes

Reclaim Bags

Reclaim Bags was founded by Sophie Postma whilst studying Fashion and Innovation at Leeds college of Art. Old recycled rubber inner tubes are turned into really cool bags which are sold by the mega online fashion retailer ASOS as well as www.wears-london.co.uk.

Bottletops

Bottletop bag

When it comes to intelligent design, the Bottletop idea is hard to beat. Take a load of old can ring pulls, then create work for empoverished people around the world as they use an intricate method of crocheting to make the ring pulls into fab and funky metallic bags. Not surprisingly the Bottletop brand was conceived by, Cameron Saul after being inspired by a bag made of bottle tops in Uganda, along with his father Roger, the founder of luxury brand Mulberry.

Fishing nets and carpets

Online Fashion - Auria Swimwear

Diana Auria launched her swimwear brand Auria London after completing a contour degree at London College of Fashion in 2012. Her swimwear has been sold at some pretty hip online fashion retailers including Yoox, Fashion Art Music and Urban Outfitters. The amazing fabric used to make the swimming cozzies and bikinis at Auria London is completely unrecognisable as fishing nets and carpets but that is what it is actually made from. The last collection was a collab with illustrator Margot Bowman featuring a fun cloud print.

Fashion Industry Waste 

From Somewhere

Surplus fabrics and offcuts from design houses could be destined for landfill if it wasn’t for the pioneering fashion label From Somewhere which was started in 1997 by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci. The pair have worked on a number of high profile collaborations incuding Topshop and Speedo. The philosophy of the label is to create fashion-forward design; bringing quality and craftsmanship to “exquisite rubbish.” Not only can customers shop From Somewhere website for ready to wear but they can also order items that are made to order from the online fashion trunk sales on the site.

What do you think seriously stylish or a load of old rubbish? how about both!

With warmest wishes

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The First Ethical Fashion and Style Inspiration Round Up of 2014!

From Somewhere

Along with welcoming in a brand new year, this New Years Eve brought fresh hopes for more change in the fashion industry. Whilst much has happened in 2013 and many new and exciting ethical fashion brands have emerged proving that there is no need to compromise on style or ethics, there is still a long way to go. We are really pleased that there are so many inspirational people out there that are helping to inspire and spread the word that we don’t all have to be perfect but making a few small changes to your shopping habits can make a big difference. So for the first ethical fashion and style inspiration round up of 2014, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite posts and websites.

I have been reading Style Bubble for many years in fact it was Susie’s amazing blog that inspired me to start blogging over 6 years ago. I was really pleased to read Susie’s interview with the very inspirational Orsola Castro of From Somewhere and to read her thoughful commentary on the subject of ethical fashion in her post Half Arsed Ethics. Susie makes the very valid point that whilst the ‘perfect’ guilt free wardrobe may be unattainable for many, but that caring a little is better than not caring at all.

Over at Feelgood Style, Becky Striepe has written an interesting post about Ethical Fashion and Why Shipping Matters. She features the TED talk by Rose George and explains one aspect of why buying locally could be the most ethical and sustainable option. If you are the look out for clothes that have been Made in Britain, please check out this section on style-is.co.uk.

On the subject of ethical fashion, I think just about everyone is in agreement that it needs to both feel and look amazing. Rachel Manns is a very talented photographer that is excited by sustainability and dedicated to ethical fashion brands. Rachel works as a UK correspondant for Peppermint Magazine and also for brands including Luva Huva, ethical lingerie and Brothers We Stand, ethical menswear. You can check out her latest photographs for Luva Huva here.

Can Fashion Change the World? at the V & A was a talk by Lucy Siegle and Livia Firth which unfortunately I was unable to attend. If you are interested to know more about this talk and the Green Carpet Challenge that was initiated by the pair, you can read all about it in this article for Impact, the University of Nottingham’s student magazine in this article by Rachael at sustainathread.blogspot.co.uk.

Image – Dress by From Somewhere (designer label created by Ethical fashion pioneers Orsola De Castro and  Filippo Ricci)

I hope that you are having a fantastic 2014 so far!

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Style Inspiration – The Christmas Round Up

Not long to go until Christmas and I was very pleased to take a little break from eating mince pies and writing cards to check out some of December’s best and most sustainable style inspiration from some of my favourite bloggers. I hope that you enjoy reading these posts as much as we did.

The lovely Xenya of Green Stilettos has recently been interviewed for the Ecoist. You can check out the interview, the Zeitgeist Wears Green and beautiful photographs by Anoush Abrar over on her blog.

On Fair Enough blog there is a fantastic Christmas gift guide with 10 lovely Christmas gift ideas (all ethical and sustainable) in case you haven’t managed to get all of your your Christmas pressies yet.

In her post Wearing Gudrun Sjodens Eco Fashion on Eco Chick, Starre checks out the comfy, fun and fanciful clothes of this designer and shares why she loves them.

Over at Diamonds & Daisychains, Kate has posted  a very honest letter about her struggle to be ethical and why she feels it is so important.

Kindness by Design introduces the Keep Boutique, a carefully curated selection of fashion that is both environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.

On Treehugger Greta Eagan of FashionMeGreen talks about how you can wear sustainable clothes without sacrificing style.

City Girl at Heart posts about Hiro and Wolf Fair trade accessories for people and pets. Another great brand to check out if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet. You can check out the video about the brand above.

Where have you been getting your style inspiration this month?

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5 Fashion Films To Check Out This Christmas

Here at style-is.co.uk, we love a good film and whilst the story line is obviously of upmost importance, we also love checking out a bit of film fashion. Films are a great way of getting a little inspiration for your own personal style either from the actresses with the most iconic styles or just the fashions from past decades. Christmas is a great time for curling up on the sofa in front of the tv and watching films so we though that we would share our 10 favourite fashion films for you to check out this Christmas.

Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn is possibly one of the biggest style icons of all time and this is one of the most iconic fashion films of all time. For anyone looking for inspiration on how to wear fifties fashion, this film is for you. Dirndl skirts and espadrilles are the order of the day but also look out for cute blouses, hats and neck scarves!

Get the Look! 

TOMS Wedges

TOMS Wedges are a great modern alternative to the espadrilles Audrey Hepburn wore. Wear them with a full skirt for some vintage glamour.

Love Story


For all of the romantics out there, this film is  not only known for its cheesy storyline but also Ali Macgraw’s preppy style which was commented on by Calvin Klein as ‘exemplifying this great American style. Look out for bobble hats and stripey accessories.

Get the Look! 

bobble hat

Throw on a bobble hat with your winter coat for a little Preppy seventies style!

Annie Hall

If you are wondering where the trend for women wearing masculine clothing came from, it could well be this film. Said to have come from actress Diane Keaton’s own wardrobe, this film features an ecclectic selection of clothes including vintage baggy men’s trousers and fedoras.

Get the Look! 

sustainable trousers

For a modern take on this masculine look check out these slouchy trousers by SkunkFunk.

Clueless

For a little nineties style inspiration Clueless is a great place to start. The Alaia mini dresses, suits and knee socks were staples for Dionne and Cher

Get the Look!

Motel Rocks mini skirt

 

Wear this Andrea mini skirt by Motel Vintage with a pair of knee socks for a really Clueless style.

The Great Gatsby

This film featuring Mia Farrow was made in the seventies but set in the twenties. It features some amazing flapper style dresses. A more recent version of this film was also made this year and is also well worth checking out if you haven’t already seen it.

Get the Look!

skunkfunk dress

This SkunkFunk dress gives a nod to the dropped waist styles of the roaring Twenties without looking too much like fancy dress.

Which fashion films inspire your style?

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