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Finding summer clothing from home

I’ve never been one to update my wardrobe every season. I don’t follow fashion and hate waste, so throwing away clothing to start again doesn’t sit comfortably at all. But I don’t mind admitting that sometimes, this attitude puts me at a disadvantage. When my clothes are no longer wearable, they get cut up to become rags. If I’ve just stopped wearing them or they no longer fit, they go to a charity shop. Then, I replace things when I need them. Usually by shopping in a charity shop or buying one or two items I love and making them last. The problem is, I had a clear out over the Winter and now I have hardly any warm weather clothing. Now, we’re stuck at home and it’s boiling. If you find yourself in a similar position, here are some options for finding summer clothes from home.

Replacing summer clothes from home

Many online retailers are still operating and taking extra precautions to allow them to do so. I would strongly recommend supporting small online businesses who will be struggling to continue. I would also advise supporting the businesses you love. As an open water swimmer, I love the Selkie swim company. At present, I’m fine for t-shirts but when I need one, I’ll buy it from them because it’s a company I want to support. They are currently shipping twice a week so it is still possible to purchase from them.

Other companies that are deserving of support in my opinion are those going out of their way to produce clothing ethically and in line with the principles of fair trade. One such company still operating is People Tree. Their clothing is fair trade and vegan and there is a spring sale on the site at present.

Keeping costs down

Much as it is essential to support ethical companies where possible, our own finances have to come first. If you are struggling financially and need clothing to get through the lockdown, there are options available. Firstly, it’s possible to pick up inexpensive clothing from the supermarket or in with your online delivery. These can be purchased with vouchers such as clubcard points if you have them available.

Another option is to spread the cost by using pay monthly catalogues. This may be easier to handle than a one off payment, especially if you will have to wait until June to claim under the government’s scheme for the self employed.

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