Dressing has changed more this year than any other year I can remember. Lockdown had a lot to answer for as we all gravitated to wearing lycra. But as the months have gone on what started as making no effort has progressed to the "Zoom Meeting Top" and separates have made a resurgence.
Whilst dresses are easy to wear, skirts offer the option of changing the top half giving more choice for those video conference calls.
If a skirt is not you - you can still feel comfortable without having to wear jogging bottoms. Many stockists have added a comfort trouser to their offering. For example, Modstrom offers a tailored trouser in three styles (crop, flare or stretch ), made of a thick sweatshirt material - perfect for sitting at the dining room table in your make-shift office.
Whatever you decide to wear - from separates to a floaty summer dress, the days of tailoring seem to be over for the moment at least!
Chances are if you are still wearing shoes from a decade ago they will be ageing you. If you google "ballet flats" all the articles are from 2010. Loafers have moved on to: Nowadays think more "slipper cut" as opposed to those traditional loafers worn by Princes Diana in the minefields.
But the gamechanger of this decade is the Trainer. It modernises everything from a print dress to a suit trouser. For your first pair go for "box fresh" white or offwhite. We are big fans instore here of Superga and love white so much we have 3 versions - canvas, leather and bowling style
My gorgeous Grandmother was ahead of her time. She would have been 105 now but having suffered with MS from her late 40s always wore trainers. Sadly for her trainers were not what they are now - she would have loved the choices we have. Sparkle or suede, leather or canvas - there is something for everyone
Now all you have to do is choose which pair suits you best!
We just love helping our customers plan their updated wardrobes for each season. We understand the need to feel good in our clothes yet we want to make sensible purchases so we help to reduce our impact on the environment. That's where we can help. Look at your wardrobe and identify the gaps - do you need to freshen up your basics in white and cream - like one of our customers did.
Or do you need new tops for all those Zoom calls. Give us a brief of what you are looking for - we will select some items and put them aside for you to review. And don't worry if you cannot make it into the store - you can Shop with us using a video link.
We re-opened on MONDAY 29 JUNE and are loving seeing our customers in person again. Initially we are offering a "By Appointment" service in the mornings with "Walk-in Opening" in the afternoons. If you would like to make a 30 minute morning appointment (Mon-Sat) please email the shop: firstname.lastname@example.org or call during opening hours to book your slot. Otherwise we look forward to you popping in one afternoon to say Hi - we have missed you!. (We apologise if you have to wait to get in but we have precautions in place to keep our customers and staff safe). So what are the New Normal Shopping procedures at Vivaldi?
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!