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Izzy Hawks: Individual Style

Updated: May 21

A close friend of Idle Hands, Izzy Hawkens is a thrift champion who can effortlessly pull a killer look day after day. She is one of those stand out people that is unaffected by trend and dresses from her heart and for her soul. We chat about the portrayal of sustainable fashion in the media, how to win at shopping and her take on fast fashion.

IH: How would you describe your shopping habits?

Izzy: My shopping habits are so unrhythmic and people would be surprised that I really barely ever “shop”, although I’m always wearing something new everyday. I am constantly faced with the question “where did you get that?” and the only genuine answer I can think to give is either it’s something I’ve had since I was a kid, my mothers or Nonna’s, something I’ve made or bought from my local charity shop... at a push it will be from eBay as that’s were you can find every gem and almost something personalised.

IH: What do you look for when you buy something new?

Izzy: On the off chance I am buying something new, I look for quality. While I may not know, mainly due to the lack of accessible information available, which shops are sustainable or fair to their workers, I do take it into consideration before making any purchase. Can I get this elsewhere? On the whole, I’m looking for something that will last and isn’t just a disposable trend item.

IH: What are your top 3 favourite items and why?


  1. A £1 silk blouse I got from a garbage sale, it’s so classy, versatile and effortless and god knows what fashionista had it before me

  2. An old leather Burberry trench I came across in a charity shop age 12. I always had an eye for timeless pieces and although it was a bit big I couldn’t wait to wear it. At first people around me thought it was awful but then as they became more ‘fashionable’ they started to ask after it.... lol

  3. Some charity shop square-toed black leather boots I found which are so versatile and unique, the stitching is like nothing I have seen in any shop before and are so 90s

IH: What do you think of fast fashion?

Izzy: I really disagree with fast fashion because it creates a bad situation for everyone- both the producers and consumers... oh and ultimately the biggest victim, Mother Nature. While the ethics behind it all remains my largest concern and reason for abstaining, I am just as bothered by it creating what I call ‘spoon-fed fashion’ behaviour: if it’s on the shelves than it must be what everyone is wearing. I hold highly shopping for something after being influenced by a cultural inspiration like a film character or era. It’s cliche but no one really knows why they like something or wear it nowadays.

IH: What do you think needs to happen to make secondhand clothes as viable an option as the high street?

Izzy: Somehow end the stigma that shopping in charity shops means you’re poorer or of a lower class and that shopping for new items proves the opposite. Such petty close minded bollocks. What have we become?

IH: What image is conjured when you think of sustainable fashion?

Izzy: As previously stated, there’s not enough in mainstream media or general society to have a clear idea of what sustainable fashion entails but the words evoke more collaborative and ethical ideas. An industry whereby a pursuit of the next and the new becomes dormant and subsides for one that revels in something that has been made harmoniously and without guilt.

IH:How can we be more conscious consumers?

Izzy: Educate yourself. I am somewhat hypocritical in saying this as I haven’t but I have been planning on it. It’s simple. The information is out there, and if it isn’t, then you know what that means...

Ultimately, it starts with the individual.