One party...and we’re worn out


IM­AGE con­scious Brits will spend £3.5bil­lion on new clothes for the Christ­mas party sea­son – but 8 mil­lion items will only be worn once.

A third of us wouldn’t be seen dead in last year’s party out­fit, a new study shows. And 65 per cent buy at least one new item, spend­ing an av­er­age £106. But a quar­ter of those won’t wear it twice.

The re­search by Ox­fam was to high­light the cost of “fast fash­ion” – high speed, low cost man­u­fac­tur­ing based on celebrity looks.

It leads to 92mil­lion tonnes of cloth­ing waste be­ing dumped in land­fill ev­ery year – that’s one truck of tex­tiles per sec­ond.

Su­per­model Kate Moss, singer Una Healy, Killing Eve star Jodie Comer and de­signer Stella Mc­Cart­ney all back Ox­fam’s sus­tain­able party wear cam­paign.

Singer El­lie Goulding do­nated a lit­tle black Is­abel Marant dress, said: “When you fall out of love with an out­fit, let some­one else fall in love with it.”

Ox­fam’s Fee Gil­feather said: “Our shops are stocked with glam­orous pieces which help save the planet.”

BACK­ING Una Healy

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