Lily and the Lamplight and Miracle Eye both make such beautiful clothes, I don’t know which piece to talk about first! I’ve never bought from Lily and the Lamplight before, but I’ve had my eye on their animal print skirts for a long time. I don’t usually buy skirts in this style or length. The A-line cut doesn’t always sit right on my plentiful hips, but I think I get away with it here. My comfort zone is definitely with knee length or maxi skirts because then I feel good about wearing them to work! I am not anti-mini-skirt in the slightest, but I find it distracting to be worrying about my hemline when I’m trying to get on with my day.
I actually asked the makers to add a couple of inches to the bottom for me, and I’m glad I did. It’s amazing ordering from handmade local businesses, who can tailor their clothes to your specific size. My other faves (Miracle Eye and Velvet Cave) offer the same service! You’ll be pleased with me – I tried something new and wore this short (for me) skirt to work a couple of times and it actually wasn’t too bad. I feel very office-bitch chic in it, which is definitely a new experience for me. I’m usually more scruffy pyjama chic, which has its place too.
I’ve been a long-time fan of Miracle Eye. I visited their irl store in LA last September and came away with as much as my credit card would allow. This amazing handmade jacket is the best of a very excellent shopping trip. Their store is a haven for 70s-style vintage obsessives like me. I spent two hours browsing and trying things on, serenaded by the Beach Boys on vinyl. For some reason we had a very mild weekend in January which allowed me to wear this as my main coat, but it is generally too cold for that. I am itching for spring jacket weather so I can live in this thing. It is the faux-fur-tapestry-suede jacket of my dreams. I feel like I should be in Almost Famous, and it even has practical pockets!
If you remember, one of my resolutions this year was to stop buying clothes from sweatshops. This week I bought new clothes for the first time since December. I picked up a vintage slip dress and ordered a handmade pair of cord flares from Velvet Cave. I know that’s not a small amount of shopping for two months, but I do feel like I’ve been buying less since I made that decision! I’m having a severe fishnet shortage and I still can’t figure out whether M&S Made in the UK tights are safe to buy – any advice out there?
I’m feeling strange about posting these shoes on the blog since they were almost certainly made in a sweatshop. When I’ve thought about ethical fashion in the past, shoes haven’t been a consideration. I now realize that all of my shoes were probably made in unethical conditions and, you know, I need to wear shoes. Ethical shoe companies are few and far between so I suppose I’ll scour Etsy for some vintage stomps when I’m in need of a new pair. I hope you’re enjoying updates on my sweatshop-free journey. Progress is slow so far!