Ethical Fashion Collective - Braintree & The Basket Room

The first Friday of the month comes around quickly doesn't it?!  Well here we are and it's time for another installment of the Ethical Fashion Collective.  It's been so nice to see other people join in and add to the momentum of people who are sick of fast fashion and it's harm on people and the planet.  There is so much to say and share about this issue that I feel like once a month isn't enough, but alas - I must pace myself. This month I want to share with you a bit of an outfit post - something that is new territory for me.  I love love love fashion and style and playing with clothes but I wouldn't consider myself a bonafide fashionista at all.  I do, however, think it's important to practice what you preach and to try to promote the brands and companies that are doing things well in the slow fashion industry - even if that means getting in front of the camera yourself.

I have long been a fan of Braintree clothing, and I love how committed they are to ethical sourcing, organic fabrics and making sustainable fashion accessible to folks just like you and me.  There is such a great selection for men and women, including lots of really great basics and then some more on trend pieces.  Countless friends and family members have been recipients of their famous bamboo socks at Christmas time!

A virtual connoisseur of the grey t-shirt, Dave has been loving Braintree's Jimmy Hemp t-shirt. The quality is so strong and fits really nicely.  I strong-armed him into having his picture taken so you could see.  My Dave is the poster boy for the dad uniform: Skinny jeans, plain coloured t-shirt, trainers and a hoodie.  There is not much more to it than that, so having good quality items that see through a lot of wear and tear is really important.

Mel Wiggins Braintree Ethical Fashion Collective Dave Braintree T-ShirtMel Wiggins Braintree ClothingIt's no secret that I love a good jumpsuit.  Being a tall gal, I find they really work for me.  This organic cotton jumpsuit from Braintree is absolute gold.  It is such beautiful quality, really well fitted and I love that I can throw it on with Birkenstocks for everyday wear or a pair of heels for a night out with the girls.

Mel Wiggins Braintree Ethical Fashion CollectiveMel Wiggins Braintree Ethical Fashion CollectiveMel Wiggins BraintreeI just love that a jumpsuit is the whole outfit.  One piece, outfit done.  The only thing you really need to think about is a bag and shoes.  Somewhere in between Birks and heels is a pair of Lotta clogs (I got mine on eBay! Feel weird about second hand shoes? Don't judge, they were barely worn), and I thought this beautiful hand-woven bag would be the perfect accessory to finish it off.  I actually won this bag in a competition on facebook and am over the moon to be able to support and promote The Basket Room and Jigsaw who have collaborated to make these beautiful bags (also check out The Basket Room's incredible selection of baskets - swoon-a-rama).  Each one is made by women in rural weaving communities in Africa - ethical, hand-made and fairtrade.

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I really hope you check Braintree out and see for yourself the great quality and selection they have.  It's so important that we support brands that are intentional about having a positive and sustainable footprint in the fashion industry, especially when they are as accessible as Braintree are.

If you want to join myself and Victoria in promoting slow, ethical fashion you can do so by posting a picture of your favourite ethical clothing (it can be brands, vintage or thrifted!) or just generally shouting about ethical fashion on social media and tagging #ethicalfashioncollective so we can all share the love!

What do you think of when you hear 'ethical fashion'?  I'd love to hear your thoughts...

Big thanks to Braintree for collaborating with me on this post and to Ben from Angel & Anchor for taking the pictures.