With our new understanding of the impact that fast fashion has on the environment, rushing out to buy a whole new Collection for the Season is no longer appropriate. But that does not have to mean that we can no longer enjoy fashion - we just need to do so responsibly and have a mindful approach to shopping . By choosing one or two small straightforward steps that fit with our stye and lifestyle we can all make a difference. So what are the type of things that can you do to help?
Firstly look at what is already in your wardrobe - and "make do and mend" before working out what key new pieces you need. Lesley has always been a fan of a capsule wardrobe with many pieces being able to be carried from one season to the next.
Buy from Brands that look after their employees: know your supply chain. Lily &Me - one of our main suppliers is very much a family business - designing their collections in the UK whilst living, managing and manufacturing their collections in their own factory in Nepal where they know and look after their employees.
Invest in organic fibres wherever possible. For example, SOYACONCEPT another of our key suppliers is committed to ethical sourcing of materials for their clothes. They are making efforts to be more sustainable, having introduced organic cotton and are working to use sustainable viscose and bamboo to help make a positive impact on the environment.
Another option is to rent more and buy less - particularly for occasionwear when we will only wear our purchase for that one event.
Rest assured, there are many more options on how to look after the environment whilst continuing to be able to have our fashion fix!
With Spring fast approaching and the sales still on its worth considering what you may be able to add to your wardrobe to take you from winter to spring. But what are some of the trends?
Polo necks and crew necks remain a key item. A fine knit polo neck or crew neck is perfect teamed under a spring dress or shirt until it is warm enough to remove that extra layer.
WHITE JEANS & BLACK SKINNIES
For trousers - if you are brave dig out those white jeans and team with a chunky knit. White jeans look far more chic when worn in winter and wearing an item all year round can only be good for climate change. Black skinnies are also back - these should be teamed with knee high boots initially and as the weather improves wear with box fresh trainers by day and heels for evening.
KNEE HIGH BOOTS
Knee high boots were a winter staple and continue through until Spring when it will be time to invest in a pair of box fresh trainers. Knee high boots will update any skirt or cullotte style jeans or work well worn over skinny jeans - as our Princess already knows!
Who needs stiff fabrics when ruching is so much more comfortable - and what's more - more flattering.
We know our customers love to be comfortable but we want them to look stylish too. Many of our brands offer tops and dresses with ruching that can cover a multitude of sins! So whether its off for lunch with the girls or attending that Scottish rain-infused BBQ we have something to suit the occasion. Just ask the next time you are in.
The catwalks were full of top to toe White for this Spring/Summer - Lesley for one is not brave enough for this trend - what happens if she spills her tomato soup and does not have time to go home to change?!
We do however have more White in store this Season than ever before. Every brand has a white offering from a basic white T-shirt from Great Plains to Thick Lace tops from Adini for night time.
And for those who want to go for the full White-Out - Soyaconcept white jeans are now in store. What are you waiting for1
Spring 2018 has much to offer in the fashion stakes. You may not be ready to wear a completely see-through raincoat or a rainbow dress but this is the season to be adventurous.
Our version of the see-through Raincoat is from Skunkfunk. Slightly more wearable being opaque rather than completely see-through, this spot design print is a great statement piece for your Spring wardrobe
As for rainbow prints - this linen dress from Lily&Me is perfect for your summer holidays - but for UK dressing perhaps a top is enough - teamed with a pair of jeans?!
The choice is yours. Have fun experimenting - anything goes.