MY ETHICAL WARDROBE: 3/4 LENGTH TROUSERS

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If my collection of denim jeans wasn’t enough of a clue, I’m a fan of skinny pants – as also evidenced by my three pairs of skinny 3/4 length trousers.

Obviously this is a style that works for me, and I’m pleased that I have homed in on my personal preference in the trousers department – you won’t find me in flares or boyfriend-style jeans, no matter what the trend of the day is.

However, even though I’m confident of my preferred type of trouser, through analysing my three pairs of 3/4 length pants, I learned an interesting lesson – even amongst trousers of the same style, not all trousers are created equal. While I love two of these pairs, the third pair I have only worn once or twice. Can you guess which?

An Ethical Wardrobe - 3-4 pants

1. Army green 3/4 length trousers

 Are they ethical? No.

Where & when did I get them? ASOS, 2012.

Where were they made & what from? Made in China, 95% cotton, 5% elastane.

What do I like about them? These are the one pair I’ve only worn once or twice. Did you pick it?

What don’t I like about them? The material of these has slightly less give than the other pairs and, as such, they are slightly tighter. They are also a higher rise rather than the other two pairs (and I find a mid-rise more comfortable around my tummy).

Do I wear them? No.

Verdict? Sell.

2. Blue 3/4 length trousers

 Are they ethical? No.

Where & when did I get them? Mango, 2012.

Where were they made & what from? Made in Vietnam, 98% cotton, 2% elastane.

What do I like about them? These are versatile, match well with other pieces in my wardrobe, work well as a transeasonal piece, and are light enough to wear in Canberra’s summer when I need something a little dressier than shorts.

What don’t I like about them? Obviously, these aren’t made ethically :-( …But I’m making this purchase count with a lot of wear.

Do I wear them? Yes.

Verdict? Keep.

3. Black 3/4 length trousers

 Are they ethical? Yes.

Where & when did I get them? People Tree, 2014.

Where were they made & what from? Made in a fair trade cooperative in Bangladesh, 100% Fairtrade cotton.

What do I like about them? As with the blue pair, these are versatile, go with everything and work well as a transeasonal piece, and strike a nice balance between dressy and casual; being black, they are even dressy enough to wear to the office on ‘casual Fridays’ :) They are also super comfortable.

What don’t I like about them? Do I wear them? Yes. All the time – so often, in fact, that the zip has recently broken and I need to replace it.

Verdict? Replace the zip and keep.


What do you think of my 3/4 length pants?

Oh, and for anyone who has been following my progress on creating An Ethical Wardrobe – thanks to your ideas on Instagram – I decided to sell the pair of grey skinnies from my post on my denim. Thanks for your help!

Coming up next in An Ethical Wardrobe series… casual skirts.

Yours Fairly,

Ashlee

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