Last year, I made a pledge to only buy second-hand clothing or vegan fashion from sustainable brands. As a vegan who cares about the environment, I knew I had to think more about how my clothes were being made, who was making them and how they were being treated. Furthermore, I would much rather support a small sustainable brand than a big corporate company. When looking for a vegan skirt, one of the first slow fashion brands I came across was Thought. Thought clothing used to be known as Braintree and are based in the UK. I purchased a lovely sustainable hemp skirt and since then a few more items from Thought have entered my new green wardrobe. This is my Thought Clothing vegan skirt Review.
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I received no incentive to write this Thought review. All opinions are my own. I just wanted to write this blog and share with you why I like Thought Clothing so much :D!
Thought Clothing is a brand that, as their name suggests, puts a lot of thought into their products. When I go to buy an item I need, I look for brands that treat their workers fairly, use sustainable materials, are timeless and affordable. I also avoid animal products in my purchases meaning I look for vegan fashion. Whilst Thought Clothing is not a vegan brand, they have plenty of items that are vegan. Thought’s slogan is “contemporary fashion and sustainability go hand-in-hand”. They also ensure that their materials have been sustainably sourced, value long-term partnerships and give back to the environment. Oh and they are also pretty affordable compared to many other ethical brands.
I had had my eye on the Kikii Rayon Floral Midi Ocean Blue skirt from Thought for a while. I loved its fresh blue design. The length of the skirt was perfect too not being too short nor too long. I am also a huge fan of items that go in at the waist whether that is a skirt or dress. Yet I also like items that are not too tight around the tummy. No one wants to feel uncomfortable after eating tons of vegan waffles, vegan pancakes or other vegan goodies haha! I love skirts that let me hide that vegan food baby.
What was my vegan skirt from Thought made of
I had a look to see what the skirt from Thought was made of. The skirt was listed to be made of hemp. I had touched a hemp bag before in Berlin but was not sure how I felt about getting a skirt made out of hemp. Would it not be horribly scratchy? What is hemp again?
Hemp is a plant. It is actually much better for the environment compared to cotton. It uses far less water, is hypoallergenic, UV-resistant and needs no pesticides to grow. This sounds pretty cool! Yet I was still not sure if it would be a rough material. The reviews listed that the skirt was soft and that it was actually hemp blended with rayon. Okay, so now I needed to find out what rayon was!
Rayon is a material made from wood pulp. The skirt I wanted was therefore made from a plant and a tree. That sounded better than polyester! It turns out that rayon is a bit of a shapeshifter. Rayon is incredibly versatile and can imitate other fabrics such as silk, cotton and wool. If rayon could imitate silk, it should made my skirt feel soft. Now I needed to find out where the materials used in this Thought skirt came from.
Thought state on their website that they source natural, sustainable materials and upcycle leftovers whenever possible to reduce waste.
They also proudly declare that we have one planet. Thought support Trees for Cities. Trees for Cities work on national and international levels to create lasting change in cities such as growing food with children and revitalising forgotten spaces. They have also supported the Marine Conversation Society and The Woodland Trust. On Thoughtful Friday they donate 50% of their sales to charity. In December they also donate a pair of socks for every pair that they sell. Thought really are quite thoughtful to the world in which we live.
The more I researched into the company, the happier I was that I would be supporting a brand that truly was ethical. From which materials were used, how they were sourced, the way their workers are treated to how the goods are packaged.
I clicked purchase and waited until my vegan skirt from Thought Clothing arrived.
Unboxing my Vegan Skirt from Thought Clothing
I was pretty excited when the door rang a few days later with my skirt from Thought.
The skirt arrived in a pretty grey package. The mailing bags from Thought Clothing are made from recycled, FSC certified paper.
Inside was a lovely message from the creative director Rachel with a 10% off my next order voucher along with my ethical skirt!
The first thing that I loved is that there was no plastic involved with my order from Thought Clothing. The message was on paper, the tag was made of card and string and the skirt was loose. So nice to see a brand actively trying to reduce their plastic consumption and being more zero-waste-friendly.
I pulled out my vegan skirt and tried it on. I loved it.
Why I love my new vegan skirt from Thought Clothing
It was quite soft yet firm. I loved the length and it fit nicely at the waste without stopping my air flow. Also, the ethical skirt from Thought clothing had pockets! I love dresses and skirts with pockets! I don’t understand why all vegan skirts can just have pockets.
The pockets were a great size and the print was very pretty. The only thing I was a little disappointed with initially is that the pattern on the skirt did not match the pattern on the waistband. As a fan of the sewing bee, I knew that the person who designed this would have lost a mark for not pattern matching. Nonetheless, the pattern was still lovely. Thought Clothing state that a huge amount of thought goes into their vegan skirts. This skirt was designed by Lee Miller. Their designers find inspiration in galleries, nature and their vintage archive. What a great combination of inspiration.
I tried a few different shirts and jumpers on to see what would work best. In the end I quite liked the white shirt against the blue as it really let the colourful ethical skirt stand out.
A few weekends later, we went on a trip to the pretty town of Haworth in West Yorkshire this was the perfect time to show off my new vegan skirt to the world!
It was a brisk September day so I paired the skirt with my white shirt and also took a blue jumper for extra warmth. I opted to wear plain black pumps with the skirt but threw some hiking boots in the back of the car as we planned to go to Goit Stock Waterfall on the way home.
I felt very pretty all day in my skirt. The wonderful blue colour of the vegan skirt from Thought looked great against the dark bricks. I knew I would enjoy wearing this skirt a lot!
Since purchasing my vegan skirt from Thought, this ethical item has enjoyed outings to bluebells as well as the seaside. I really like the length of the skirt as it is not too short or too long.
I have since purchased another item from Thought when I saw it was on sale. The dark bamboo blue top from Thought looks lovely with the skirt.
I am very satisfied with my first ethical skirt from Thought Clothing. It is a vegan skirt, very comfortable and very pretty. The only thing I would say could be improved upon would be that the pattern should match the pattern on the waistband. It is a very minor point and for the price, this vegan skirt from Thought is an item I know I will cherish for years to come.