Prince Charles, vintage clothes … and me!

So, Prince Charles … you may have heard of him? He’s the one with the royal connections … and well known for talking his plants to health and happiness. Well did you also know that he loves vintage clothing? He recently shared his fashionable thoughts with Vogue magazine.

Of course you already know about the lovely online vintage store (Bess Georgette) that I own with the even more lovely Teresa. We were recently invited to contribute our thoughts on the environmentally-friendly nature of vintage clothing for a story by ABC News … how exciting!!

While I’m sure Prince Charles is a fan of the classic style of vintage clothing, his main interest in encouraging people to ‘go vintage’ is from an environmental perspective. He says, ‘I believe fashion has a role to play in helping to confront some of the environmental challenges we face. For this trend is not only about an attraction for retro design and the charm of the old, it is very much about the future.’

Rather than take a negative approach to his environmental campaign and focus on what we should NOT do, Prince Charles is wanting to take a more positive approach through fashion. He says, ‘Vintage clothes and upcycling are just the start because they save scarce resources and avoid waste. Fashion clearly makes people feel good, but now it has to do the world good, too.’

He speaks about an idea which I completely adore, of fashion ‘contributing to the creation of a virtuous circle, with nature protected at the centre.’ย Regardless of what you think of the man personally, I think he has some pretty good ideas from an environmental point-of-view …. ideas that make my green heart very happy!ย Gosh … it’s not every day you and your business appear in an article with Prince Charles is it?

(PS. Be sure to check out the comments on the ABC News article … some people are awesomely funny and they don’t even know it!).


  1. Rellacafa

    I LOVE the idea of recycling clothes, not just wearing vintage but also refashioning op-shop finds and cutting up clothes and using the fabric for things like bags and toys. Unfortunately, my obsession means that I accumulate recycled fabric much more quickly than I manage to sew it into things…thankfully that’s what cupboards are for ;P

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caf – There’s definitely a lot of fun to be had with recycling clothes, and I definitely agree that it isn’t just about wearing vintage, but also refashioning op-shop beauties into something even more unique. Once you set your mind to it the opportunities for creating with something pre-loved are practically endless. I’m just itching to get myself back out on the op-shop trail … it’s been too long since I’ve indulged in a little secondhand shopping. It’s so impressive that you’re sewing things … my sewing skills leave a lot to be desired, but remembering how to sew is on my list of things to achieve in the not-too-distant future! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jess

    Awesome! I saw the article about him encouraging people to buy vintage!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – Prince Charles can be quite surprising, and on reading the article he contributed to Vogue it seems that he’s held onto quite a lot of his favourite older clothing (still his vintage clothing collection is probably worth about a squillion more dollars than my own). ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. jason

    great stuff, tracey – i’ve been buying vintage since high school (out of pure necessity) and now my step-daughter is into it – it’s a tradition now!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jason – It’s awesome that you’ve been buying vintage for so long (even if it’s just been mainly driven from necessity), and it’s fantastic that your step-daughter is getting into it – vintage clothing is certainly undergoing a resurgence in popularity. I’m just wishing I got onto the vintage band wagon sooner … now I just have to make up for lost time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Poppy

    You learn something new every day! I never knew he was so green minded. =]

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Poppy – I was also surprised to discover that Prince Charles is interested in vintage clothing, the only green tendencies of his that I was aware of was in relation to his ‘talking to plants to make them grow’ idea – and I think scientists actually determined that talking to plants DOES have an impact on their healthiness … go figure! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Gabrielle Bryden

    Wow, what a great article – congrats. I wore mainly hand me downs from St Vinnies when I was a kid – I wrote my poem ‘accidentally green’ about that very subject Here’s to vintage clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thanks so much!

      I don’t remember going to op-shops as a kid, but I certainly recall getting quite a few hand-me-downs from my brother … I’m pretty sure that’s what older siblings are for! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I just read your ‘accidentally green’ poem – I LOVE IT!! I’ll be keeping a copy of that one handy for inspiration … thanks for sharing it, such a beautiful poem. I always find so much in your words and memories to connect with.

      Yes, long live vintage clothing!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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