6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains

6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains

Keep your clothes in your wardrobe and out of landfill with these nifty stain-shifting home remedies, shared by our friends at Love Your Clothes

Stains. They’re one of the biggest reasons great clothes get binned. But no longer will that chocolate smudge force you to say farewell to your beloved t-shirt. Never again will a splosh of coffee come between you and your suit. And, if you’ve just dropped a forkful of jalfrezi down your favourite jumper, don’t fret – it’ll be sorted in no time. All thanks to these simple guides, courtesy of Love Your Clothes.

1. Remove grass stains with… hand sanitiser

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Yes, even unsightly green marks can be tackled if you know how. Apparently, all you need to do is to squirt some hand sanitiser directly onto the grass stain, rub in and leave for a few minutes, before washing on a normal wash – about 30 degrees – with ordinary washing detergent.

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2. Remove chocolate goop with… milk

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Who’d have thought full-fat could be so useful? Using a bowl, simply pour the milk onto the chocolate splodge and leave soaking for 2-3 hours. The chocolate should then lift off the fabric. Wash on a normal wash and, if there’s still a slight mark, put it straight back in the washer for another cycle.

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3. Remove coffee sploshes with… egg

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Yes, egg. Crack into a bowl and beat with a fork, then apply to the stain using kitchen towel, rubbing in well. Then just wash on a 30 degree cycle. See you later latte. Farewell flat white. Adios espresso etc.

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4.Remove sun cream with… white vinegar and washing up liquid


Top ruined by yellowy sun cream stains? Apply some neat washing up liquid and rub in. Rinse in cold water, gently squeeze out the excess, then soak in a solution of half cold water, half white vinegar, for about an hour. Wash according to the care label and, if there’s still a bit of staining, repeat the process.

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5. Remove curry spills with… washing up liquid and lemon

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Madras mishap? First, remove as much curry as possible using a blunt knife or napkin. Rinse in cold water, pat dry, then apply some neat washing up liquid and rub in. Rinse in clean cold water and pat dry again. Finally, take half a lemon and squeeze liberally onto the stain, leave for half an hour then wash according to the care label. If there’s still a mark, simply repeat the steps again.

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6. Shift engine oil with… lip balm and cola

6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains - oxfam second hand september
Yes, random one this, but apparently it works! Place the stain face down on a paper towel, take a moisturising lip balm and simply rub it on – this should start lifting the oil onto the paper. Repeat a few times, then wash at about 30 degrees but, instead of detergent, pour a bottle of cola in the drum!

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Help keep more clothes out of landfill – discover how to shift other unsightly stains at loveyourclothes.org.uk

 

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Second Hand September: a month in your clothes

Second Hand September: a month in your clothes

We knew you’d do Second Hand September in style. But we downright LOVED your outfits. Here are 30 of our favourites – one for every day of this incredible, change-making month

You wowed in preloved Stella McCartney and Armani. Made a super-cool fashion statement in a dyed vintage nightie. Even introduced us to the wonders of original Beatrix Potter knitwear… If anyone needed proof that preloved clothing can be stylish as well as sustainable, you provided it. Throughout #SecondHandSeptember you shared look after trend-setting look, inspiring even more people to say ‘no to new’. Here are 30 of our favourites – there were SO many more. Please keep them coming – September may be over, but the positive impact of choosing second-hand never will be.


Not only did @jessicamurae share an entirely thrifted outfit, she included fab £1 jeans – a brilliant alternative to water-glugging new ones AND shared her top charity shopping spots.


There are lots of ways to say ‘no to new’ – @shinyshiny054 gave us 3-for-1, with her charity shop dress, ‘local clothes swap’ boots and decade-old jacket from her very own wardrobe 🙂


We had to include this one. Not just for the stunning #FoundInOxfam kimono – but also for Claire’s incredible hair!


This stunning blouse shared by @thestylebalance has already had three owners and counting – preloved, re-loved fashion at its best. Got something gorgeous that you barely wear? Share the love and pass it on.


Savvy swapping is yet another way you helped make #SecondHandSeptember so brilliant, with great finds like this polo neck dress shared by @betsysclosetswapshop

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Swooooooosh. The technical term for a skirt that rustles with your every move. CJ x . . Want it? It can be yours ♻️👉SEE LINK IN MY BIO👈♻️ (search under KnickersModelsOwn, where you’ll also see more of my donations). . Vintage @carolinecharleslondon skirt, circa 1980s. ‘Josephine’ lavender, silk pin-tuck pleated blouse. Vintage @lauraashleyuk cardigan all for sale. . @hm earrings, bare feet & knickers model’s own. . Supporting @oxfamgb #SecondHandSeptember #knickersmodelsown #secondhand #slowfashion #lauraashley #carolinecharleslondon Photo thanks @florajnoble. Shot at MK Point, Oxfam’s Southern Logistics Centre and home to their online shop.

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Preloved style gurus like Caroline Jones played a huge role in #SecondHandSeptember, inspiring us all with covetable vintage outfits like this one. Get following for oodles more.


The final week of #SecondHandSeptember and the cracking outfits just kept on coming… We were mightily impressed by this super-hip look shared by @armadioverde

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Actually had to put trousers on first thing but back in the shorts now, yessss! Winning at life! I wonder apart from the obligatory postie and PE teacher does anyone else actually wear shorts for most of the year in the UK?! When’s your transition date?!😂 shorts @hm tshirt @parttwo shirt very old& belt vintage from @oxfamgb #secondhandseptember #hm #parttwoclothing #vintageclothing #vintageclothes #secondhandclothes #charityshopfashion #mumstyle #mumfashion #mumsover40 #whatimwearingtoday #overforty #fashionoverforty #overfortystyle #styleoverforty #over40 #styleover40 #over40andfabulous #fashionover40 #styleover40 #over40style #over40fashion #fortynotfrumpy #ootd #ootdfashion #outfitoftheday

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We love this laid-back daytime look, shared on Day 5. Fancy recreating it? You’ll find loads of check shirts and shorts – for women and men – in the Oxfam Online Shop. Just add tights for winter!

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All dressed up with somewhere to go. I was fortunate to be invited to a Exeter bloggers event hosted by Exeter @johnlewisandpartnerspr So what’s a girl wear to her first Instagram bloggers meet? The pressure of being surrounded by a bunch of exceptionally stylish women! I choose to wear a £1 thrifted vintage nightie which I dyed grey. Wearing with a vintage oversized wool blazer, oversized on account of it being a menswear. I paid £10 #hospicecareshops Style gurus @annacascarina and @styledby_mutha_clutta have posted recently on the different styling options for an oversized blazer. I think it’s going to be a wardrobe staple for Autumn. So if you are looking for sustainable or affordable version of that @arketofficial jacket, don’t be afraid of checking out the menswear in your local charity shop. My boots were bought in the spring from @egoofficial They are my go to boot for finishing off an outfit. #SecondHandSeptember @oxfamgb #secondhandfirst#secondhandnotsecondbest #choosereused @sarahwearsthis #rockingthethrift @stylemeonashoestring #chazzerqueen @hijacstyle #mycharityshopoutfit @sarahrobinslikestoshop @mrs_oakie @preloving_it #charityshoppingaddict #thriftedandstyled @addielee_hatfield @nataliamode #fashtagfriday @finlay_fox @gingermumstyle @shellandthelittlies #fashionflauntfriday @keepingitrealat40 #kimsfeelgoodfriday @thefeelgoodmum #feelingfabulousfriday @justleftmyforties_ @permanentlyinapickle #fetchingfridayfashion @fetchingfifties #fridayfashionfreestyle @being.just.jude #thriftyfashion #thriftingfinds #tentdress #buffetdress #mydress2day @bowstreetstyle #oversizedblazer #blazerglory #thriftqueen #styledsustainable

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It was once a £1 vintage nightie. Then @thecannyfashionista got her hands on it and turned it into an incredible statement dress, fit for a fancy event. We like. A lot.


Hannah helped spread the word about #SecondHandSeptember and proved you can holiday without buying new too. We love her sundress, #FoundInOxfam for £3 – search the hashtag for more great finds.


What do you do when you find a fab Stella McCartney dress in Oxfam? Put it on and shrink yourself down to fairy size for the ultimate autumnal Instagram pic of course. Got to love @leapofcharly


Of course it’s not all about the outfits… @thedelightful.mrsb knows all about the power of preloved accessories. Check out this stunning necklace ‘beautiful quality and it goes with absolutely everything’ 🙂


Once you discover the wonders of second-hand fashion, you can spot preloved gems pretty much everywhere. This stylish look shared by @alterszura was sourced in Bristol and Amsterdam.

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Je me glisse dans le feed pour soutenir l’initiative #secondhandseptember #oxfamgb avec un #closetedit de #vintage et de choses perso. Le vintage a longtemps été une passion avant de passer la quarantaine (vintage myself). Jamais totalement abandonné pour son charme et ses détails. J’aime l’idée de seconde vie à tout et l’histoire d’un vêtement. Pour contrôler le vintage, aller vers les mélanges : une pièce chic + une pièce choc + un basic. Associer couleurs, motifs. Ne pas hésiter à le pimper ou le faire reprendre par un couturier pour que ça tombe parfaitement. Tips : pour les sacs, on fait des bandoulière canons, ça leurs donne une autre dégaine . . . . . #closetedit #secondhandseptember #closettherapy #stylerehab #lessbutmore #slowlife #reload #styletips #wardrobestylist #sustainableliving #update #outfitinspiration #slowlife #slowfashion #vintageshirt #vintagebag #buysecondhand

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This beautifully chic look had to make the top 30. Merci beaucoup @closet_therapy_paris for bringing us a blast of Parisian style…

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Desperately clinging onto the last bits of sunshine! I’ve loved wearing these #preloved @boden_clothing shorts I picked up from @ebay_uk at the beginning of the summer. They fit really well and go perfectly with my #samplesale bargain from @scampanddude and my new blue nails! 🦋🐳🐬🐟 . . Still enjoying a few days away with the fam before the #twins start reception. We are taking advantage of our @nationaltrust membership today with a visit to a property called @thevyne_nt it’s really beautiful and they have a great adventure play park for the kiddos to run around in. . . Have your kiddos gone back to school yet? I can’t quite decide which emotion I should be feeling about them starting full time school. What I do know is that I’m really proud of the little people they are turning into. They have been a pleasure to spend time with this summer. 🥰 . . #schoolrunmum #prelovedfashion #alltheblues #familytime #growkngup #thriftedfashion #secondhandseptember #slowfashionseason @oxfamgb @fash_rev #summersun #lovemyfamily @sidders72

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You can’t beat a bit of preloved Boden. These shorts were a great way to finish off this simple but stylish look – and make the most of the last of the sunshine. Big thanks for sharing, @mumdrobe


In Erin’s own words ‘couples who thrift together, thrive together’ and these guys certainly looked happy in their super-hip second hand outfits, shared on Day 29.

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Pink and green should never be seen! Especially when you’re in fuschia pink in a green field with bulls nearby! Yep! Beyond the camera lens’ line of sight in this pic from my trip to Colonsay were grazing cattle. . In the local hotel we saw a notice advising that bulls were out in the fields grazing with the cows at this time of year. And now on reflection I’m wondering about the wisdom of traipsing through a field nearby dressed head to toe in the same shade of hot pink as a bullfighters cape!! The word foolish springs to mind. . Doing it for the gram ladies! Doing it for the gram… . . One for @maman_de_cinq and her Pink Edit for #mygrabngostyle . . Vintage dress and basket bag #kathrynvintage @shopkathrynvintage . . #slowfashionseason #sfsambassador @slowfashionseason @collaction_org #secondhandseptember @oxfamgb #bellsandwhistles @girlwithbellsandwhistles #truevintageootd @truevintageootd #thursdaystylefiles @stylebykpa #notsavingotforbest @lynnlovesshopping #sparkleupthursday @womenwithsparkle #mumafierce @glamamuma #mummygotstyle @mummygotstyleuk @mywardrobe_daily #reclaimyoursass @emmas_closet73 #rockingthethrift @stylemeonashoestring #tbt #mystylephotochallenge @mystylephotochallenge . #vintagechic #vintagestyle #styledbyme #ootdfashion #vintageclothing #truevintage #vintagefashion #truevintagestyle #80sballgown #pinkballgown #pinkdress #ootd #sustainablefashion #slowfashion

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Throughout the month, you showed us that you really can find preloved clothes for every occasion – check out this stunning vintage gown, shared by slow fashion ambassador @veshoevius


Throughout the month, you continued to share loads of ways to say ‘no to new’, be it charity shops, clothes swaps or, as with this pretty dress, a quick click on Depop.


With just days to go, @stephnimmo picked up this great shirt for just £3. What better way to see out a month of ‘no new’? Fancy working some paisley into your wardrobe? Search the Oxfam Online Shop now.


Described as probably her ‘best ever second hand purchase’, @annabel_czyba snapped up this chic cashmere Armani jacket 15 years ago. And it looks as fabulous as ever.


It’s a jumper. With Jemima Puddleducks on. How could this not make the cut? @cyclingkirst was lucky enough to bag this original Beatrix Potter jumper in tip top condition.


Callie spotted this amazing skirt in a charity shop years ago, now teamed with a £2 second-hand jumper to create yet another covetable #SecondHandSeptember look. Search the hashtag for more.


Brights are huge news this season and we love this berry red slip dress worn by slow fashion queen @restylethemother Start following for vast quantities of vintage inspiration.

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Living my best matchy-matchy life✌🏼. • • Hee hee 😏. I’m actually trekking up a mountain today, so will be off grid for the remainder of the day! I’ll be back tomorrow with my day 7 outfit of the #basicallyunworn10x10 challenge! • For today, I’m throwing it back to another picture from our June trip to Quebec City! And a photo of one of my most worn pieces from my summer capsule… which was this thrifted silk dress. I literally lived in it on that trip – wearing it 5 of the 10 days we were there! And also wore it an average of 2 days per week all summer. It’s exhausted from all the wear lol but I’m not at all tired of it! 🙋🏼‍♀️ So, guess what? I’ll be adding it into my fall capsule!! • Happy Labor Day! Hope you have a wonderful day! • #thevillagelook #thestorybehindthelook • • [OUTFIT DETAILS:] Dress (Wilfred @aritzia) ~Thrifted White tee (@forever21) ~Thrifted Hat ~Thrifted Necklace ~Thrifted • #secondhandseptember @oxfamgb #secondhandfirstseptember @junkyardjournals

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Charity shops are just brilliant for basics – and a black dress like this one can be styled up in SO many ways. Perfect for daytime with a simple white tee… and matching backdrop.


A charity shop bargain circa 2018, Kate says she loves this skirt more every time she wears it. We can see why. Find more striking florals in the Oxfam Online Shop now.

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My pledge for #sewyourselfsustainable is not to buy any new clothes or fabric this month. Fabric should be easy as I already have planned this month’s project with fabric in my stash. Not buying new clothes may be a little more tricky, as after a year of very limited shopping I have a number of gaps in my wardrobe. . . However, since this challenge is is coinciding with @oxfamgb ‘s challenge #secondhandseptember , I’m going to have a look in some charity shops to see what I can find. . . I did start the year thinking I would stop buying ready to wear clothes altogether. This has not been feasible but I have managed to limit my shopping to things I wouldn’t be able to make myself/second hand items. In total I have bought: 🔹A swimming costume (pictured here with a skirt I refashioned/upcycled from an old sundress) 🔷A jacket (pictured with my Culottes.. I have virtually lived in this jacket at work over the summer so was a good purchase – if anyone has a suggestion for a similar pattern I would love to make one in black) 🔷A white cami Top with a patterned edge to go with my linen Ava skirt 🔷And two charity shop items – a dress and a top. So not a bad effort to reduce my consumerism

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Upcycling was ANOTHER way you made #SecondHandSeptember rock. We love this bold print skirt, refashioned by @sewistandthecity from an old sundress. Find more great upcycling ideas here


Big hand to the Oxfam GB Yemen team, rocking their finest second hand clothes in support of our month of ‘no new’…


It’s chunky. It’s peachy. And it was #FoundInOxfam for just £7. We’re loving this super-cosy knit – thanks for sharing, @brixcollective_ Read our blog for more great autumn-winter looks


Half-way through the challenge, preloved style blogger @hannahxelliman celebrated by sharing this gem of an outfit. Like her style? Check out Hannah’s top tips for charity shopping


In the words of @switchoff.ie ‘Coat: 20 Shirt:5 Wellies: 2 Sustainable fashion: PRICELESS’. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

5 tips for a quick fashion fix

5 tips for a quick fashion fix

How to find something you love in your lunch break

Fee Gilfeather is a self-confessed charity shopping addict with a wardrobe filled to the brim of incredible thrifty finds. And with years under her belt working with Oxfam shops, she really knows her stuff. Here she shares her top tips for finding something you love when time isn’t on your side.

Charity shopping is a great way to spend a leisurely day out. Take a friend, stop for lunch and plenty of coffees and you’ve got a pretty perfect day. And everything you buy is saved from landfill and it’s all for a good cause. Win win win!

But sometimes you don’t have the time to browse, you might only have half an hour to spare on your lunch break or simply can’t resist popping in when passing by (I’ve often dropped into a charity shop on my way to a meeting). Your time for mooching and trying things on is limited, so here are my top tips for getting the most out of charity shopping in a hurry.

1. Know your style favourites

 

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Are you usually found in jeans and a shirt? Or are you more skirts and tees? My wardrobe is full of knee length dresses so I often make a bee-line for the dress rail first as the best use of my quick visit is to find a good quality, long-lasting favourite that I can wear again and again. I’ve also got a growing collection of bright 70s print shirts which are easy to spot on a rail from across the shop floor!

2. Know your colours

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Many charity shops display clothes by colour (called Colour Blocking in the trade) which means a shopper in a hurry doesn’t have to cover every rail to find their treasure. I’ve learned that blue suits me and that I should steer clear of yellow and orange.

3. Don’t always rush it

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I use my ‘leisurely’ charity shopping days to learn what colours and styles I like, what to look out for and which brands are likely to fit me well in the changing room. One year I tried on several different dresses in my local hospice shop and found a beautiful Hobbs dress for £20, it would have been over £100 new. Since then I’ve found two other similar Hobbs dresses and now if I see this brand I know it’s worth trying on.

4. Basic layering

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It can take time to try on a range of interesting dresses or outfits to find the one that suits, and with an afternoon free it’s worth the effort as those are the treasures that will make your wardrobe unique. But it’s not all about the key stand out pieces, when pressed for time I look for wardrobe staples – if you know your size you can quickly find plain long sleeved tops or tees to complement any outfit, often without needing to try them on. Over the years I have collected several M&S thermal tops which I wear under dresses in winter.

5. Have a wish list for homewares

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It can be hard to take it all in when a shop has a fantastic collection of bric a brac. If I don’t have time to explore the shelves thoroughly then a quick scan for some key items will do! I’m currently looking for a butter dish for my mother-in-law and a Pyrex bowl for home. And I collect vintage ‘Taunton Vale’

Hopefully with these tips in mind, you’ll never need to pass by a charity shop again!

 

Who takes the heat for the climate crisis?

Who takes the heat for the climate crisis?

Farmer and textile maker Hooran talks about food, flooding and fighting poverty.

 

“Yesterday, my daughter fainted in assembly,” says Hooran. “Her teacher told her to start eating fruit in the mornings before she comes to school so she has enough energy. It made me so upset to hear that, because we barely have enough money to buy roti (bread). Fruits are a long shot away.”

This is what life on the frontline of the climate crisis is like for Hooran in Badin, Pakistan. She’s one of the 1.8 million people living there who endure frequent floods, but also drought-like conditions caused by a lack of water and changing rainfall patterns. All of this means it’s harder to grow crops, feed livestock, and get by from one day to the next.

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“My children are not healthy,” says Hooran. “They are quite weak because of the lack of nutrition available to them.”

This is worlds away from the childhood Hooran remembers.

“Growing up, I used to go to school, cut wood to earn money, and help my mother with the chores. In our house there was livestock, farming and my mother’s tailoring business, and all of this meant we had multiple sources of income. I had a very happy childhood because of this.”

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But as the years went on, the weather became less predictable – and so did the harvests. “Our crops started decreasing. We used to grow rice, sugarcane and cotton. When the farming started to fail, we started selling the livestock to survive.”

In 2003, a cyclone caused flooding that destroyed all of Hooran’s crops and land. The climate emergency is making extreme weather like this more and more frequent.

Oxfam is helping people prepare for climate change, deal with its effects, and adapt when disaster strikes.

In Badin, we’re focusing on supporting women, young people and people with disabilities to develop new farming methods and learn other skills to make a living.

Hooran learned new practical skills so she could earn money beyond farming.

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“I learnt how to stitch, make soap bars and gurda (a local drink made from sugarcane). I chose to be a part of the training to learn how to sew undergarments. I wanted to make it better for women and girls here when they go through their period. We have to suffer through really unhygienic conditions because we don’t have the resources to buy pads, and they are so expensive. So I want to start making these undergarments so they can use them during this time.”

She’s also learned how to grow vegetables even under the unforgiving conditions that the extreme weather brings.

“Before the training we could only buy stale vegetables, but now we can grow our own fresh vegetables with our own hands… now we are free from that stress.”

Farmer and textile maker Hooran talks about food, flooding and fighting poverty. - second hand september oxfam

There is still much work to do but Hooran is adapting fast so she can earn a living. This shouldn’t have to be her reality.

It is a fact that the world’s poorest people have contributed the least to the climate emergency, yet they are suffering the most.

Urgent action is needed to save our planet.

By not buying new clothes for 30 days, you’re helping to reduce the harmful effects fast fashion has on people and planet.
Find out more about our work and how you can support people who are already facing life-threating repercussions of the climate emergency.

 

Photos: Khaula Jamil/OxfamAUS

3 outfits, 3 super styles

3 outfits, 3 super styles

Whether you’re after a vintage look or timeless florals – you can find it second hand. And Bel Jacobs and Alice Wilbyare are here to prove it.

 

Bel Jacobs and Alice Wilby are sustainable fashion stylists, environmental campaigners and great friends. With a love for styling each other, they visited Milton Point – the home of our Online Shop to rummage through the rails, create outfits and try new styles. After all, who doesn’t love playing dress up?

You can find something truly one-of-a-kind, shop in a way that’s kinder to the planet and raise money to help people beat poverty around the world. So when someone inevitably compliments your outfit, you can feel extra fabulous.

 

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