Ethical 366: The £51 ethical capsule wardrobe

So – No new clothes for the whole of January and February 2016 means that I’ve accumulated my two months of £26 budget to blow on establishing a new-to-me ethical wardrobe – for £52 or less.

I’m a full-time working mother with a need for professional attire so I can’t blow the budget on hippy style rags or a variety of t-shirts and leggings – this wardrobe needs to be functional, professional and on point for my personal style.

Sourcing from a variety of charity shops I’ve put together a base wardrobe of nine items – an overcoat, a pair of shoes, two dresses, a skirt, a pair of trousers, a shirt, a sleeveless blouse and a vest top.

Starting with my favourite items – this amazing bright green frock coat and patent leather Mary Jane’s. You’d be forgiven for thinking that these items were the most expensive buys of the wardrobe – both originally from M&S’s Limited Collection and have an amazing quality to them.


The coat was a bargain – reduced from £12 to an unbelievable £6 from a Helen & Douglas House Hospice shop. The skirt is constructed with swathes of canvas material, lined with a contrasting silky grey fabric, with puff ball 3/4 length sleeves, and a thick belt cinching it in the waist to prevent it being off-the-scale blousy. The brand new shoes, with a quirky kitten heel, were also £6 from the RSPCA.

For a feminine and romantic off-duty look I picked up this Navy blue butterfly embellished dress, again from the RSPCA for £8.


Businesswear bargains were found at the Willen Hospice  shop – I picked up a striped TM Lewin shirt for a mere £4.50 and a pair of M&S tweed trousers for £4. The sensational Ralph Lauren blouse, mis-marked as a size 6 (it was actually a US 6 – aka right in my size) was a mere £6.50 from Cancer Research UK, teamed with an RSPCA bought grey Warehouse skirt for £3.

The final buys were a cute top for £3, again Cancer Research, and an amazing body con dress (the hangar really doesn’t do it justice – but this will be shown off in a future post) from a Mercy in Action shop – incidentally the best, most boutique charity shop I’ve ever visited – for £10.

And so – I’ve come in at £1 under budget – to be rolled onto next month’s budget. Want to see how I’ve worn it? Well I started the Ethical 366 challenge yesterday (Tuesday 22 February)…Pictures to follow…

  • Made any amazing charity bargain buys? I’m always interested to see – share them in the comments below or Tweet/Facebook with #ethical366


  1. paupertoprincess · February 27, 2016

    That blue dress is fantastic!!

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    • lilithinfurs · February 27, 2016

      The body con or the butterfly print? The body on one pulls everything in at just the right places – definitely not officewear….

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      • paupertoprincess · February 27, 2016

        Yeah that one – it looks like itd be amazing on!!


      • lilithinfurs · February 27, 2016

        It is – just looking to style it up appropriately! The £26 limit gets eaten up fairly fast when I impulse buy high value items! That said I don’t regret the upcoming month’s impulse buy….

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      • paupertoprincess · February 27, 2016

        Hehe, yeah £26 is a very tight budget! But you have to buy some statement pieces that being you joy 🙂

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      • lilithinfurs · February 27, 2016

        Just that! All day every day! I’m finding the key to slow fashion is choosing items just because you love them…

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  2. You have had some beautiful things here!! The coat is beautiful, I love everything, the colour, the shape everything!


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