How’s the weather where you are?
It might seem a very British question, but when it comes to our wardrobes, it’s also a very British problem. Otherwise known as Fool’s Spring, Sprinter is that joyful time of the year when the weather likes to catch you off guard. For who hasn’t wrapped up for winter recently, only to end up sweating through a daily walk lugging a huge and unnecessary puffa jacket?
The struggle is real, but we’re here to help, with our round-up of the ten sustainable style items we’ll be layering up throughout the season. Yes, that’s right – a capsule wardrobe of real clothes for leaving the house in again. We’re excited too…
The perfect white tee
While a white tee might not seem like a lavish or exciting buy, finding the perfect version is no mean feat. Ethically made in Portugal from soft organic cotton, this mid-weight version hangs perfectly, won’t go see-through or twisty after one wash, and is ideal for layering under every iteration of spring jacket and jumper. Nailed it.
The colourblock trench
A trench coat is a shoulder-season staple, but this pastel colour-blocked update takes the joy up a notch. Unlined and lightweight, it’ll keep you dry without adding lots of extra warmth or bulk, and with Palones’ focus on worker welfare, waste reduction and archive fabric use, you can be sure you’re investing ethically too.
The straight leg jean
Another staple that’s far harder to secure than it should be, the perfect straight leg, ankle length jean has been eluding us for a while. And now, here it is, from sustainable fashion’s newest online upstart, Aligne. Made ethically in Turkey from 100 per cent organic cotton, using 50 per cent less water than traditional denim and no toxic dyes, we guarantee these will offer a much more confortable transition back into jeans than those skinnies would…
The supersoft hoodie
We’re not suggesting you ditch the sweats just yet, and a grey marl hoodie is surely a staple, lockdown or no. This shrunken version from unisex brand Les Girls Les Boys is ethically made in the softest 100 per cent loopback cotton, offering a slim fit that’s ideal for layering under all manner of coats and jackets. What’s more, we can vouch these wash up as good as new, making them a genuinely lasting buy.
The wear everywhere sneaker
We were living in trainers long before lockdown and see no sign of that changing any time soon. However, after months of doing literally nothing but walking, walking and walking, we could use a sneaker upgrade. Enter, Veja’s sustainable Campos, which are sleek, stylish, comfortable and go with, quite literally, everything. Sorted.
The new season dress
On paper, an oversized dress boasting huge sleeves and a louder than life print might not sound like the most versatile purchase. And yet, ask any of the style crew who regularly snap up Kemi Telford’s limited-edition creations and they’ll tell you, these dresses get more than a little wear. Whether layered over thin knit polos and under tank tops now, or paired with sneaks or sandals in summer, this is dressing happy at its most smile-inducing.
The slogan sweater
We’ve developed something of an obsession with Fund’s beautifully-made, 100 per cent cashmere, carbon-neutral knits, and now might finally be the time to invest. With a host of ideal-for-now slogans – ‘That’s enough’ or ‘What the Fuck’ anyone? – these investment knits are made to order. If you can choose your base and embroidery colours plus your wording in less than 98 hours, you’re doing better than us…
The khaki jacket
We adore Sezane’s vintage-inspired range, which seems to have French insouciance imbued in every stitch, and this Willa throw-on is our latest everyday favourite. A stylish update on that most versatile spring classic, the khaki jacket, it’s made from 100 per cent GOTS-certified organic cotton, created with the attention to ethics and aesthetics the brand is known for. A true affordable investment.
The classic Breton
It’s a classic for a reason, but a classic Breton is anything but boring, and this one comes with impeccable ethical and environmental credentials. Wear alone for a laidback weekend look, or layer under dresses for an extra layer of warmth as well as an on-point print clash. We wear ours constantly under our Kemi Telford dresses and we’re all the happier for it…
The sellout tank top
If you’d told us a few years ago that we’d find ourselves lusting over a new tank top every week, we’d have laughed you out of the room. And yet, here we are. This Adele tank has sold out multiple times, and for good reason. Made from a hardwearing blend of sustainable recycled yarns in the most versatile stone hue, we’re throwing ours over every dress we own until temperatures pick up.
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