Ever since I began on my journey back to Catholicism, my style has been changing. However, it wasn’t really until last year that I started to consider that wearing tight mini skirts might not be in keeping with the faith that I was (and am) aiming to strengthen. Now, this is all well and good but trying to find a nice skirt which is not made out of viscose or polyester and doesn’t cost the earth is quite a challenge! I have had a bit of an addiction to ASOS for quite a few years, but I am buying fewer things from there because although they do mid-length skirts (though many of their skirts and tops are eye-wateringly small…), they are often made out of materials, like viscose and polyester, which are cheap and, in the heat, extremely uncomfortable. Why bother making a skirt out of these materials? It frustrates me so much. Furthermore, I sometimes read the odd fashion magazine and see a skirt worn by a model advertised as being made out of viscose and costing well over £1,000 (it will sometimes literally say ‘Viscose skirt’. Wow, what a way to sell it to me…)! I think to myself, ‘You must be joking?’. I expect pure silk (at the very least) for that much money (not that I have £1,000 to spend on a skirt)!
Once again, I am on a quest for some nice clothes (actually, when am I not looking for nice clothes?) and I came across this site: http://www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk/ * They are having a sale right now and although the clothes are not dirt cheap (even in the sale), if you consider that they are all cotton, well made and will therefore probably last you a lot longer than something for half the price which is of inferior quality, I think it makes them worth the money (isn’t it awful that something made out of cotton is a treat nowadays?). Their style is not unlike that of Boden, but Boden have now adopted this practice of using cheap materials for their clothes and I find that their clothes are ridiculously expensive for what is essentially a high street brand. £79 for a viscose skirt? I think not.
Check out that site, ladies! I’m just off to buy myself something nice 🙂
* My family do not buy anything from China because of their one-child policy. I advise you all to do the same. I feel it is only right to avoid buying things from China as much as you can. Sometimes, it is a bit of a sacrifice because there is just nothing else to buy except for that product from China, so you just have to give it up, but you must buy with a clean conscience too! In their FAQs, they say that the clothes are manufactured in India, Sri Lanka, Turkey and China. When looking at an item of clothing, in the ‘details’ part, you can see where the item of clothing is made. So far, all the skirts I have looked at have been made in Sri Lanka or India, which is a relief.
I can’t be 100% sure that the people who work in the factories making these clothes are treated as well as I would be happy to be treated by my employer, but I know that I have a better chance of buying clothing which has been made by people who are being paid a decent wage and are not working in dangerous conditions if I buy from a company which puts an emphasis on good quality clothing which uses fabric which is ethically sourced. These are things we have to consider!