Bargain clothing

Vintage bow tie and waistcoat

My model is posing for me again. She’s about to get another eco rating. This outfit consists of a basic white shirt. You can’t go wrong with them and I have said in a previous post that I buy school shirts. Both male and female school shirts. Why? They are made to fit from little ones to large teenagers. They are made to last and thus wash well. And they are bargain priced. The boys shirts are looser and give a slouchy fit whereas the girls shirts are more form fitting.

Next up is a pair of plain black trousers. I also buy school wear or hard wearing work pants. Same reasons as above.

The vintage bow tie is so cute. How could I not buy it? You could as easily make your own bow tie. Fold some wide ribbon into a bow, attach elastic to fit around your neck, and there you have a bow tie.

I bought the vintage velvet waistcoat at the same time. Both items cost me ZAR20. That’s about a cup of coffee at a cafe.

The necklace is home-made. A long piece of chain with a heart charm. The outfit is a touch masculine and I like that. A sort of dandy look.

So the shirt and trousers were bought new. The chain is home-made. The tie and waistcoat are vintage. Three out of five items are eco friendly fashion. My model’s outfit get’s a 60% eco rating. Mmmm, I have done better.

The Greenie Galleries at the top of this page have 100s of photos of older and newer projects showing multiple ways to make your own clothing and accessories. There are also ideas to recycle or upcycle.

See you soon.