Welcome back to the Ethical Fashion Collective! Today is our first proper day for showcasing brands, style and info on how we can all be a bit more mindful of the clothes that we buy. I think my main goal here is to dispell some of the myths around ethical fashion and also keep myself accountable for the items that I buy. Spring cleaning and nesting in the last few months was the best time for me to clear out, downsize and donate so much junk in my closet and I feel more determined than ever to only buy clothes that I love to see when I look in there. Clothes that represent me, my ethics and style.
Sometimes that will mean saving to buy really well made, quality staples. Sometimes that will mean working a little harder to find the right item of clothing instead of what will do for now. Sometimes that will mean being patient and not getting on board all of the trends.
There are so many amazing ethical and fairtade clothing companies that I am going to be highlighting in this collective, but to ease us all in gently, I thought I would look at one of the High Street shops that seem to be scoring well in terms of their contribution to important fashion ethics: New Look.
If I need to scratch a fashion itch and I'm needing to scratch it quickly, New Look is my go to shop. Yes, it is still fast fashion, but of all the high street shops, they score really well in terms of their compliance in supply chain transparency. Here's a little table from Ethical Consumer (great site for looking at the most ethical options for pretty much everything) outlining some of the major brands and where they stand. Some of the findings might surprise you...
As you can see, New Look ticks almost all of the boxes, so it definitely gives me peace of mind that whatever money I spend there is held accountable. Anyway, I thought I'd pick some of my favourite staples from New Look that I know will get me through the Spring and Summer (and beyond).
Clockwise from top left:
+ Floaty tops - not only do I need my wardrobe to be flexible because of breastfeeding, I am also finding floaty tops much more comfortable on my post-baby body. I bought this one the other day and really love the colour. It's on sale here.
+ Lightweight linen - linen is my jam right now. It is so classy and earthy and this dress is perfectly light for throwing on under a cardigan in the summer or with tights in the autumn. I bought it also in the sale here.
+ Casual playsuits - breastfeeding friendly, comfortable and fun. Playsuits are so cute and I plan on living in them this summer on holidays! This one can be found here.
+ Dressy jumpsuits - again, the wrap over types are perfect for popping a boob out to feed and this one in particular is perfect for a night out or a wedding. Find it here.
I feel like those are some good staples for the months ahead - pieces that can be worn over and over with lots of options for dressing up and down. I'll also be calling upon my trusty stripey tops, just like the one seen below which is also a New Look number (found here).
Why not join myself and Vicky from Owl and Accordion on the first Friday of every month as we share our favourite style and thoughts around ethical fashion. It doesn't have to be a blog post, it can be a tweet, IG or facebook post using the hashtag #ethicalfashioncollective. We can wait to see what you share as we encourage each other to keep our style mindful!