The clocks have gone forward, spring is here and summer is just around the corner. And that means we're getting out the clothes that we'd tucked away during the winter in readiness for our spring and summer adventures!
If you're planning ahead for what clothes to take on holiday, a weekend trip or to a festival, you might be thinking about buying something new.
But what if you could buy unique, sustainable clothes that are also affordable? It turns out there is a much easier way of shopping for your favourite brands without having to worry about whether they're sustainable!
Where can you find affordable and sustainable clothing for holidays and festivals?
We've all been there...
Before any good trip away, you have to pack. This is when you realise that one of your favourite summer dresses doesn't fit, or maybe that top has seen better days.
The most sustainable clothing is already in your wardrobe. Don't be afraid to repair, alter, or upcycle your existing clothes so that you can love wearing them again. Try visible mending, embroidery, painting or even cutting and sewing!
But if you are missing something from your wardrobe and you don't want to turn your tablecloth into a dress then your next best destination for affordable and sustainable clothing is to hit the (second hand) shops.
Here’s Why to Buy Preloved - Hear Us Out!
The joy of buying preloved clothes is that you can find your favourite brands at much lower prices. Buying something from a second hand shop or a charity shop is still more sustainable than buying new, even if that item claims to be made using recycled materials. It takes far less energy in terms of transport and production to buy second hand, rather than to buy new.
And you can even shop preloved from the comfort of your own home, with no shortage of options across eBay, Depop, Vinted, as well as these alternatives.
Need some more inspiration for your holiday wardrobe? Check out our Spring Into Life collection, which has plenty of colour and style, with lots of clothes ideal for taking on holiday and enjoying all over again when you get home. All of these items are preloved but in good condition with plenty of life left in them. We've got over 90 items for you to browse! Enjoy.
M&S Beige Floral Linen Blend Trousers
Versatile, unique and colourful, these linen blend trousers can be fastened with the drawstring and have an elasticated waist. Perfectly comfy for a walk, family holiday or getting out and about in town.
Warehouse Navy Blue Floral Tea Dress
Don't forget your dress! This Warehouse dress has a delicate floral pattern on a navy blue background. It has a cut out section at the back with elasticated waist panel and three buttons at the top.
NEXT Peach Stripe Lightweight Sweatshirt
With three quarter sleeves and roll up tabs on the arms, this sweatshirt from Next is perfect for layering up on holiday if you need to.
Brand New Autograph Stone Linen Long Coat
Don't forget your outer layer! Autograph is a fantastic M&S women's fashion brand, and this coat is certainly no exception - offering you style and comfort for wherever your travels take you.
Thought Abstract Crop Jumpsuit
Perfect for those summer festival days. An easy to wear super comfortable jumpsuit from ethical brand Thought with short sleeves, drawstring waist and cropped leg.
Zara Cold Shoulder Floral Top
Party on in this preloved pretty cold shoulder sheer floral top XL from Zara. The body is lined but the long sheer sleeves are not. There's a long tie at the neck and a frill across the bodice.
NEXT Red Sheer Stripes and Circles Shirt
A shirt with a difference, with a dipped hem and ties at the front in a wonderful red colourway. Effortless style for your next gig!