Scroll back through my outfit posts and you'll notice a pretty obvious trend - there's usually at least one, if not more, component of my outfit that's second-hand (whether that be ebay, vintage, charity shop or car boot sale). This is partly because I am a cheapskate and shop less than most people I know, but mostly because I was brought up to value things and not treat them as disposable.
I don't think that buying something from an ethical manufacturer and only ever wearing it once is any more responsible than going mental in a charity shop and buying tons of stuff you'll never wear, just because it happens to be cheap and secondhand. Admittedly both of those things are better than mindlessly hoovering up loads of tat just because a magazine tells you it's in fashion this year, but I still wouldn't recommend either of them, even if they do make you feel a bit more socially responsible than going on a spree in Primark. Everything in my wardrobe has to earn its keep - it doesn't matter where it's come from. I don't have the wardrobe space, the budget, or the conscience to wear things a few times and throw them away.
The boots are a perfect example of this. They were third-hand when they came to me - I swapped them with another blogger (whilst at a car boot sale, no less!) and she'd picked them up from either a charity shop or another car boot sale. Two years on and they're still going strong, with the benefit of one spot of TLC from my local cobbler when the heel snapped in half. Some people might have turned their noses up at shoes that other people have worn, or gone "oh dear" and binned them when they broke. I'm not getting rid of these beauties until there is actually no more wear left in them.
Top - ASOS via charity shop
Skirt - via Oxfam
Clutch - made from an offcut of the skirt
Boots - long and complicated history
Bracelets - shell necklace (had for donkey's years) and green bangle (present from Zoe)
Necklace - River Island sale
As I mentioned here, Oxfam is proving a fine source of vintage Welsh tweed skirts at the moment. They are too long for me but this is a good thing - a little bit of cursing later (ok, a lot. I am not talented at the crafty stuff.) and not only is the skirt a wearable length, the offcut is now a clutch bag! Revamping something that's locally made and vintage and from a charity shop into two things that I'll get lots of use from, that is ethical fashion.