One of the positive things about being in lockdown is that many of us have spent less money than usual. I can’t remember the last time I filled my Fiat with petrol and, of course, there have been no restaurant, theatre or cinema bills to pay over the last couple of months. Factor in the (mostly) balmy weather we’ve been enjoying and perhaps you’ll understand why my eyes have been flickering towards the just-arrived section on some of my fave ethical fashion websites. Am feeling the need to celebrate our impending freedom by ditching my lockdown casuals with something a little more eye-catching!
Outfits 1 & 2: Boden
Boden is a great place to look for vibrant summer wear. And their photography is excellent at showcasing how to wear their sustainable, ethically-produced clothes to best effect. My only gripe is that the models are all about 14 years old, but hey ho, we’re used to that aren’t we ladies!
If you are venturing out to a socially-distanced lunch in a friend’s garden anytime soon, this Carey fit and flare dress could be just the thing. Lots of great things about this piece apart from its classical colourway. It’s semi-fitted, mid calf, fully lined, and has a concealed back zip and side seam pockets. Am sure you have some navy shoes in your wardrobe already but, if you feel like really embracing the sunshine, check out these leg-lengthening yellow suede flats.
As a devoted trouser-wearer, these notched 7/8 Richmond trousers are right up my street. Machine washable, stretch cotton fabric, they are available in six other colours and three leg lengths. I would team them up with the same suede flats and a vibrant Bright Camellia silk shirt. Interestingly, I found this particular one for £22 less on the John Lewis website. Last, but definitely not least, these bar hoop earrings make a brilliant finishing touch.
Outfits 3 & 4: Thought
Every time I see someone wearing this pretty blue and white colourway, I can’t help but admire how summery and fresh they look. Remember the famous Zara blue and white maxi dress of last year? Well this super flattering shirt from Thought is made from 100% certified organic cotton and would look amazing with a white skirt or jeans. MORE INFO
If you want something roomy and cool to wear on one of those hotter days we’ve been having, then how about this striking multi-coloured exclusive print Antonilla tunic. Crafted from smooth, breathable Tencel™ it has a high boat neck, pockets and a relaxed A-line shape. MORE INFO
Every summer I invest in a fresh pair of white trousers. Highly recommend Robell Marie which pull on and are sooooo comfortable to wear. Thought also do a lovely looking pair of organic cotton tailored trousers. MORE INFO
Outfit 5: &OtherStories
Keep it neutral and chic with this ensemble from &OtherStories.
Balancing the need to keep cool and disguise less than youthful upper arms, this silk t-shirt with elbow length sleeves does the trick. MORE INFO
Front Tie Linen Blend Midi Skirt straight silhouette and invisible side zip. Neutral beige gives instant elegance. MORE INFO
Keep it youthful by wearing something like these Superga Cotu Classic plimsolls MORE INFO
Large straw hat to keep you looking and feeling cool: MORE INFO
Outfit 6: People Tree
As you all know by now, Annabel and I are huge advocates of colour and so, come on girls, be brave and make a splash with these co-ords in zingy orange (a colour that surprisingly suits most of us whatever our hair colour or complexion). Made from 100% organic linen. Linen is made from flax, an environmentally friendly crop which is free from GMOs and needs only rainfall to grow. All parts of the plant can be used, meaning zero waste, and it is biodegradable. The fabric is breathable, hard wearing and will soften with each wash. Montana wide legged cropped trousers and Arabella boxy linen top.
Wear with a statement necklace – we love Jewelled Buddha’ s upcycled, vintage, one-of-a-kind sari bead silk jewellery. MORE INFO Team with simple slip on sandals or take a leaf out of Coco Chanel’s book and co-ordinate with these £20 orange block heeled sandals from M&S.
If none of the above floats your sartorial boat, check out your favourite fashion brand websites as many of them have – or will have soon – heavily discounted sales. Especially useful if you want to treat yourself to a designer bag or other high end item!
Hope my style choices have inspired you in some small way. Lots more hand-picked fashion posts here.