Another interpretation of ‘Upcycling’


Fashion-21st-century-ditzyWe live in fascinating times on our beautiful planet. Every now and then somebody will comment on some bizarre aspect of human behaviour and query what a visiting Martian would make of us and our ways.

Article about the £880 jeans ‘upcycled’ from two new pairs from the Sunday Times Style magazine.

I’d like to suggest it wouldn’t just be a passing alien that would be baffled, but 99% of the human population would probably consider cutting up two NEW pairs of jeans to make one new pair madness. And, what’s more, the totally sublimely self-regarding fashion elite call the process upcycling.

Can’t use the label upcycled for my gardening jeans, but they were definitely given a new lease of life when repaired with ‘recycled’ denim patches culled from an ancient pair of jeans. Another pair so old and falling to pieces that even I wouldn’t wear them for gardening.

What do you think? Okay, not such a flattering cut, but looking at the two photos, give mine a good hot wash to remove the mud, and, perhaps they’re almost on trend. Of course, they need to be styled with vintage leather boots and a perfect, crisp white shirt. Or perhaps not, and what about the other outrageously wasteful pair? At a mere £880, I think not, and, on principle most certainly not.


Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

7 thoughts on “Another interpretation of ‘Upcycling’”

  1. There is such a self indulgence to all this that just drives me crazy and it says they’ve sold out everywhere…I like your version much better and they’re actually useful too…and the vintage boots and crisp white shirt could come from a 2nd hand shop:-)

  2. Yes, I know what you mean. I read the ‘article’ and it made me choke on my Sunday morning coffee. I think much of the so-called journalism in the Style section is designed to poke you and elicit outrage. I don’t purchase this newspaper, but am handed this section to keep me up to date with the fashion world. However, more often than not these days I’ve already seen much of its fashion news on Instagram or Pinterest or from my student daughter who lives in London.

  3. OMG. I read this piece after cleaning out my wardrobe yesterday. I was very stern with myself and threw out a couple of pieces I’ve had for ten years+. They are still in good condition though, so off the op shop with them. Meanwhile . . . In another part of the planet. Phew!

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