Ethical fashion; sustainable fashion; slow fashion, whatever you want to call it, rock the best summer wardrobe without feeling guilty this season
Talking sustainable fashion is not the same as talking sustainable food. Shopping or rather, eating organic chicken, eggs or grass fed beef is easier to swallow than asking your bestie if her latest must-have bag is made from pineapple leather.
But the whole ethical shopping thing has been bubbling away for a few years now and unsurprisingly some celebs are ditching designer brands for more eco-friendly fashion including Emma Watson, Lupita Nyong’o and Margot Robbie who have all been papped on the red carpet promoting an ethical, sustainable future in fashion.
But it’s not just happening Stateside and while you may think that it’s difficult to find fashion brands that are ethical, sustainable and stylish, it’s actually far easier than you think and we’re not talking frumpy and uninspiring fabrics.
Leicester-based Brooks & Sharpe showcase indie designers whose brands focus on ethical, eco-friendly, innovative fashion designs think less about following trends and more about making trends. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve just launched Klarna so you can buy it, try it, love it and pay later with this snazzy, modern tool. Get ready to look good and shop till you drop!
Here’s what I’m coveting from their current brands:
Saved the date but need a dress?
This gorgeous mustard Amber V Neck Wrap Maxi Dress
(£240) has jumped straight to the top of my ‘want’ list. The vintage 70’s vibes really comes alive in this statement yellow fabric (BTW yellow is everywhere this season). It cinches you in at the waist with its elegant wrap dress styling and features floaty bishop sleeves and a side split for an irresistibly feminine look. Tick, tick, tick! It’s perfect for the engagement drinks that I’ve been invited to this month, but do I dare show that much leg?
The must-have casual summer look
The oversized denim shirt is a must-have this season and I’m due a new one after wearing mine to death! They’re so comfortable and hide a number of sins (in my case, one too many salted caramel brownies) but they’re also super versatile. This cool blue Crooked Boyfriend Shirt
has a classic relaxed silhouette with an angled chest pocket (on sale for £129.50). It looks great with jeans and trainers, but can also be thrown over a skirt or even a dress when it gets chilly. Rock the casual look with this stylish Jaguar Print Saddle Bag
(£130). The perfect, every day animal print handbag, made from durable cowhide sourced from well respected Italian and Spanish tanneries.
The essential after work drinks outfit
Go from office to bar in style with these seriously versatile outfits. Let’s start with the colour – ahhh red! You can’t beat it and it really makes you stand out in a totally good way. Take this sassy Ava Shirt Dress
(£259) for instance – it’s perfect and professional enough to wear to work because of the shawl collar and belt, but as night falls, loosen the belt to accentuate that plunging neckline, throw on your heels and you’re good to go. Meanwhile, the Blossom Red Skirt
(£159) would also look great with either a white or black cami and don’t you just lurrrve the pockets?!
Pretty in pink
Subtle shades of blush and powder pink give an outfit that feminine touch and if worn correctly you’ll rock! These cigarette trousers (£125) are a limited edition and look smart enough to wear during the weekdays but can also be dressed down with pumps and a casual tee at the weekend. The Otus Skirt (£215) is a classic skater skirt made from hemp and organic cotton. I love the pleats that give it extra volume and a very flattering shape.
Do good – and look good doing it. Happy shopping!