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Another season of London Collections: Men has come and gone. I’ve been to a total of 19 runway shows, presentations and exhibitions in the space of four days – days where I really wished spanned more than 24 hours and I’ve seen quite a number of A-list celebrities.

secondnature003Words: Oliver @oliverinstead / Photos: David

However, among the glitz and glamour, the lights and the liveliness of it all, it’s easy to lose any senses you might hold of fashion…

 

As much as I wish differently, my current circumstances at the moment do not allow me the luxury of a Christopher Raeburn sweater or a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. Regardless, I do not agree with the notion of style needing to cost a fortune (at the same time I don’t condemn those who do) and I have learnt to utilise and plan my spendings wisely and creatively in order to get the most out of my money in the fast-paced world of fashion.

secondnature001Jumper & Shirt: H&M | Trousers & Backpack: Topman | Loafers: Borgo Mediceo

Apart from the usual shop-the-sale and support-local-charity-shops, another great money saver I like to share and urge you all to participate in is the H&M‘s Long Live Fashion garment collection programme.

secondnature004All you have to do is raid through your wardrobe, pick out enough unwanted garments (just clothes and home textiles, no shoes or accessories!) to fill a standard carrier bag and drop it in one the many H&M stores near you. In return for your kind gesture, you’ll then receive a £5 voucher to be redeemed next time you shop more than £30.

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Both of the H&M items featured in this post have been traded in this fashion.

As I said, the sales are one of the greatest things about the UK high street and H&M definitely has some of the best ones out there… speaking for myself, I just spent two vouchers today and bagged four more sale steals you will soon see in my June Best Buys video.

secondnature005So what happens next? Depending on the wearability, your donation will be passed on as secondhand goods, used to produce energy or they will be processed into raw materials and given new life as recycled products. The aim is to make use of every fibre available and create absolutely zero waste.

 

secondnature002As the slogan goes: do not let fashion go to waste! A battered vest, a ketchup-stained shirt is worth more than you imagine. Remember the earth will not provide us with a second nature, so it is our responsibility to make it our secondnature to do our bit, however small it may seem to protect the environment and maintain balance between what we love and what we need to live on – let’s keep fashion fun for us and sustainable for our planet.

 

Love, Oliver

*I am NOT getting paid by H&M or any organisations for this post but if you like more info on the programme, click here to visit the official page.

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12 Comments

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    Ruth Fishwick
    June 18, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I love those trousers, they’re fab! I haven’t visited H&M in a while… may need to take my bf on a little shopping trip!
    Ruth Writes x

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      Oliver
      June 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      H&M is one of the most ethical fashion brands in the world so yeah, support them! 😀

      Oliver x

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    Holly at RockOnHolly
    June 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    LOVE this outfit!! So cool. The H&M scheme sounds awesome too… I hadn’t heard of that before! Great idea xxx

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      Oliver
      June 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      It’s a fantastic idea! And it’s great for the environment!

      Oliver x

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    Joana
    June 21, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Lovely shoot location! Also… Does this work in every H&M shop? How come I have never heard of this before??!!

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      Oliver
      June 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      As far as I’m aware, yeah, there is a collection point in every H&M I’ve been to… even some foreign ones! 😀

      Oliver x

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    Nisha
    June 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I always take my unwanted clothes to a recycling station or charity shop, but I’ll definitely try and take them to H&M next time.. What a great way to encourage people not to waste old clothes. They definitely should work on promoting it more though, as I think a lot of people have never heard of the scheme? Great outfit too, those trousers are fab x

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      Oliver
      June 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Nisha! No, I don’t think they promote it enough… there are similar schemes on the High Street like TKMaxx for example, but they don’t give back like H&M do. And after learning the unattractive truth about charities, I now find it hard to trust them… but yeah, do try to support this! The voucher combined with some sale picks, you can really get your money’s worth!

      Oliver x

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    average chap
    June 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Brave lad with those trousers! Nice shoot location and jealous of the LCM diary! I like the initiative – will have to find out what they are doing with the clothes afterwards. Refugee camps? Great. Camden Thrift Shop? Not so cool.

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      Oliver
      June 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      I’m pretty sure I’ve read somewhere that they go towards helping those who are really in need of these resources so yeah, you won’t find your old clothes in a thrift shop… well, not in Camden anyway. lol

      Oliver x

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    Stacey
    June 22, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    This is amazing, I have a pile of clothes waiting to get rid of! Thanks so much for sharing – and I love how you styled these trousers! xx

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      Oliver
      June 22, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Stacey! You’re welcome, I’m happy that more people are now finding out about this! Please feel free to pass the message on to more peeps!

      Oliver x

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