Ethical fashion made easy. Some say ethical fashion is hard to find, but those people just haven’t found our blog yet. This week, we’ve been double busy working on our latest collection for Spring Summer, and last week we had a tidal wave of gorgeous brand new designs washing through the office. Aside from gazing lovingly at our latest creations, we’ve also been daydreaming what outfits would work with each pair, as is only natural. Here’s some inspiration for ethical fashion outfits you could create with our new shoes, all matched with ethical and vegan garments, of course.
For those casual days at work when the temperature starts to kick in, this understated outfit has an edge of metallic glamour.
- Newport Quilted Tote in Silver Metallic, Jill Milan. Jill Milan is an exclusively vegan brand, with all of her bags and apparel created using completely cruelty-free materials. As another luxury vegan label, this bag is handmade by their atelier in Florence. Plus, there’s 20% discount on your first order, which is always welcome news!
- Haily Super Skinny Soho Rinse, Kuyichi. Kuyichi uses organic cotton, Tencel and recycled PET fabrics throughout their clothing range. The GOTS certified organic cotton they use necessarily involves making sure working conditions for those working in the factories are the best they can be. They are also part of the Fair Wear Foundation, an organisation devoted to improving conditions for workers in garment factories. Just scrolling through their FAQ section is the perfect example of how much they value transparency, which is very valuable for the discerning shopper. All this makes them a firm ethical fashion favourite.
- Print Roll Neck, Osei Duro. As a brand, Osei Duro is Fair Trade and values the principles of small scale production and artisanship. This top was handmade in Ghana by tailors who were paid a Living Wage and is 100% cotton. We like its magnified check pattern and cool blue tones.
- Lissa Silver Sandals, Beyond Skin. These live-in silver soft tumbled faux leather sandals have a breathable faux leather lining and a resin sole, and were handmade in Spain. Being silver, they can be matched with so many different colours, but we love them with these deep blue jeans and blue check roll neck. Plus when you pre-order, you get an early bird discount of £20 too (you’re welcome!)
This elegant outfit would give a subtle touch of glamour to your work wardrobe, giving the snakeskin heels the perfect frame.
- Sunday Tote II in Navy, Angela Roi. This wing-shaped structured statement tote is all kinds of beautiful. Made using animal-free materials, Angela Roi also donates a portion of their profits to different causes depending on the colour of the bag. Blue supports the Colon Cancer Alliances, which raises awareness for this illness. We love the joining up of the world of charity and the world of fashion. Kudos, Angela Roi.
- Orzo Bamboo Jersey Dress, Komodo. This simple dress in deep red is made using organic bamboo fibre, which gets maximum sustainability points. Bamboo fabric keeps you cool in high temperatures, and warm when it’s cold. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, and doesn’t need fertilisers, pesticides, or much water at all. Its yield is 10 times that of cotton. Very good news indeed for ethical fashion.
- Molly Snakeskin Mary-Jane Heels, Beyond Skin. Our retro block heels are now available in faux snakeskin, and are certain to trigger plenty of shoe-compliments. The warm tones of the upper on these shoes works well with the deep red of the dress, making this a good evening outfit, best matched with a gold statement necklace or long earrings with a hair up-do.
Bright, breezy and feminine, this look would be the ideal choice for a romantic summer date. We can almost picture the Piña Colada to go with it…
- New Canaan Clutch in Blue Faux Skin, Jill Milan. The vivid blue works well with the vibrant yellow of this dress, making this outfit a near-complete feast of primary colours. This clutch was handmade with Italian faux skin.
- Lemon Diana Dress, Stella McCartney. How cute is this dress? From the frilly sleeves to the curved hem to the stand collar, every detail is perfect. it’s made with organic cotton, and is part of Stella’s ongoing commitment to eco-friendly and ethical fashion.
- Arty White Sandals, Beyond Skin. A personal favourite of ours, these chunky heeled sandals are stylish by design and because of their simple colour, are super versatile. They’re made using luxury Italian faux leather, and could quite easily become your go-to shoes for all occasions. Matched with some Coral pink painted toes, these sandals would render your feet very photogenic. This style also has a £20 discount on pre-orders.
Rock & Roll Chick
This fun bold outfit would make a good enough reason to have your own BBQ, just so you can wear this to it.
- Motorcycle Jacket in Black, Jill Milan. This razor-sharp cool jacket is made using sustainable faux leather. It’s part of a collection created by celebrity stylist Laura Spinella and is made proudly in the US of A.
- Haily Super Skinny Soho Rinse, Kuyichi. Same jeans as before, but of course this outfit would work with any colour of denim.
- Jules Bucket Bag in Wine, Angela Roi. This clean and simple bag definitely has the potential to be used everyday with all manner of outfits. As we mentioned before, this brand donates to each cause depending on the colour of the bag, and wine red supports the Keep A Child Alive organisation raising awareness for HIV/AIDs, a very worthy cause indeed.
- Majorie Navy Floral Wedges, Beyond Skin. These PETA-approved vegan wedges work so well with the faux leather jacket and denim. The bold floral pattern is trés eye-catching, and adds femininity to this look without looking out of place. J’adore!
This outfit can carry you from the office to the bar, with the playful floral patterns of the shoes complimented by the deep orange tones of the panel of the bag.
- The Kelsey Dress in Black Linen, Vaute Couture. This flared dress is both work- and BBQ-friendly, made with organic cotton and organic linen, and cut and sewn in New York City. The shirt dress is very on-trend right now, and as this style is fitted, it’s one of the more feminine designs on the market right now. Plus, the benefits of buying ethical fashion are always twofold – this dress made by heroes of vegan fashion, Vaute, so buying this dress is a win win situation. You get a pretty dress and help the cause in one fell swoop.
- Flamingo Navy Crossbody Bag, GUNAS. This little bag is the winner of InStyle Magazine’s Best Green Handbag of 2015 Award, and it’s clear why – the colour blocks of navy, white and orange work so well together! It’s made using saffiano faux leather and is 100% vegan.
- Caya Navy Floral Courts, Beyond Skin. We’re smitten with these fun floral kitten heels. They have a faux leather bow detail on the pointed toes, and ooze summer vibes. In this outfit, these bold flowery heels are centre stage, complementing the simplicity of the dress. Perfect for parties and weddings, these heels have a £10 discount on pre-orders.
Taking part in the Ethical Fashion Movement
The Fashion Revolution campaigns for fair pay and safe conditions for garment workers, and sustainable materials. Fashion Revolution Day is on the 24th April 2016. Find out how you can take part on their website.
Images courtesy of Stella McCartney, Vaute Couture, Osei Duro, GUNAS, Angela Roi, Jill Milan & Kuyichi.