70 years is a long time. What was living like when the queen took the throne? The world and how people live in it has changed at an incredible rate. For a start there was no internet, certainly no mobile phones and actual shops were the destination to buy everything. Imagine! It took more effort to acquire things so people just owned less stuff. The notion of a “disposable” lifestyle had not emerged either and so the ethos back then was very much Make Do and Mend.
Make Do and Mend was a must when clothes rationing was introduced during the Second World War. People were encouraged to do whatever they could to extend the life of their clothes. Anything from darning socks to washing nylons more carefully. This attitude went on to apply to everything and although they didn’t use the term, reduce, reuse, recycle this was the ethos of the times. https://www.victoryliving.co.uk/make-do-and-mend
Saving money is on all our minds now
As the cost of living crisis deepens today, making the effort to extend the life of something by repairing it when it breaks, is once again becoming popular. There are many places you can go to find tips on how to repair. Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution has some great tips on how to make a repair on clothes. Not just practical ones, but ideas to turn things into something creative, unique and individual. https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/article/how-to-repair-clothes.
It’s a lifestyle choice for us! And, if we all did our bit it would have a big impact – not just on our own wallet, but on the planet. Reducing consumption, waste and the cost of resources by Making Do and Mending, is a gift we pass forwards to the next generation. They will looking back in another 70 years!
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We can certainly learn a lot from our grandparents. So, dust off the sewing machine, buy more second-hand or turn something old into something new.
70 years leading the way
Even the queen rotates and recreates her outfits! According to Elizabeth Holmes’ book, “HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style,” the Queen’s outfits are recorded, and repeats are purposely spaced out. After she’s worn it a second or third time, the outfit is either reworked into a new design or reserved to only wear in private.
The Queen has lead the way for over 70 years. This weekend we hope you all celebrate in style. But don’t break the bank, it’s time together to reflect with loved ones.
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