Shopping In Your Wardrobe

sustainability May 29, 2020

As the fashion giant Gucci announced this week that it will axe over half of its seasonal fashion shows from the runway circuit I was clapping out loud at my desk.
What does this statement potentially mean and why does it make me so happy?

Typically there are five major catwalk shows in the brands annual calendar. Not only is this now going to be reduced to only one in the Spring and one in the Autumn but they are also pledging to make “seasonless” clothes, dropping the...

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Are luxury brand names worth it?

Uncategorized Apr 24, 2020

What’s in a name?

I’ve been meaning to pen this blog for quite some time and now seems to be more appropriate than ever, as we find ourselves evaluating what really matters to us in life, in the midst of COVID 19 lock down. With brands across the fashion spectrum cancelling orders in factories in some of the worlds poorest countries, leaving workers with no income, hundreds of thousands of people are now faced with starvation and the fashion industry has hit a new low.

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Spring stay at home capsule wardrobe ideas.

Uncategorized Mar 27, 2020

This is my super simple 1, 2, 3 principle to create a capsule wardrobe.

Using only six core pieces and a few accessories you can create a whole range of different outfits to suit your day. Just because we are on homestay doesn't mean we shouldn't be showing up in a great outfit ever day!

This really simple principle also shows how much more creative we can be with much less. 

Step 1: Choose one warmth item. What you chose is about your style and your days. It might be a cardigan, a...

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What to wear when you have nowhere to go.

style advice Mar 27, 2020

No one could have imagined at the start of this year that we would be where we are today because of the COVID19 pandemic crisis.

It’s impacting all of us in direct and ripple effects daily. All sense of norm has gone; priorities and values have shifted as our lives revolve around staying at home, everyday. No makeup, no hairdos, PJ’s all day long if we want. It may even make us question why we put in so much effort previously to go out the door. Was it for others or was it for...

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Dreaming of shopping sustainably on the High Street.

sustainable fashion Feb 28, 2020

This week was my first trip of the season to London, slightly later in the year than normal but I have had to supervise my recovering pup, who wasn’t allowed to go play rough and tumble with his girlfriend at the dog sitters; confined to restricted exercise post op. It’s not easy keeping a dogs enthusiasm for adventure and playfulness subdued for 12 weeks! At half way through his recovery I thought I could chance a little getaway to research and browse this seasons high streets...

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How Much Are Your Clothes Worth?

sustainable fashion Jan 31, 2020

I was ironing a pair of jeans last night that I had resurrected from my collection of ‘out of sight clothes but not out of the house clothes’.  They had been deliberately put in a storage bag then tucked away in a fairly inaccessible cupboard above my wardrobe, not deemed worthy of a space in my day-to-day wardrobe for over five years.

Why had they not actually left the house with other items donated to charity over that time, especially when I hadn’t worn them in so...

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The Sustainable Look Good Do Good Christmas Gift Guide

sustainable fashion Nov 29, 2019

As we launch full speed ahead into December this weekend and all that Christmas brings, I've put together my pick of the more traditional Christmas clothing gifts for friends and family.

I've dug deep to find items that are of great quality and are perhaps a little different to those you find in your high street. Most importantly - each of them has a sustainable or ethical story so you know that you are doing good at the same time by supporting these brands. Browse the whole range...

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5 Top Tips On How To Buy Sustainable Fashion

sustainable fashion Nov 02, 2019

With so much talk about the need to be more sustainable but so little product available that is clearly identifiable as such, I've put together my top 5 sustainable fashion shopping tips.

1. There’s nothing more sustainable than shopping in your own wardrobe.

Zero miles of carbon emissions getting you to and from the shops. If buying online - even if it is second hand, this will mean packaging and transportation of said new (or new to you) purchase to your door. And this...

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Top Tips - How To Buy Quality Clothing This Season

garment care style advice Oct 09, 2019

As the temperatures start to tail off, dressing in warmer clothes or more layers kicks in. But what about the quality of our clothes? If we want our clothing to last longer and be more durable, how can we tell good quality from poor? It's not simply a matter of buying something more expensive. It's possible to find really good quality items in High Street chains, but you need to know what you are looking for. As a designer specialising in clothing specifically worn to go to work, quality is a...

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The Style Gap

style advice Sep 27, 2019

I read an excellent article by *Arianna Huffington on the Style Gap between men and women with an overall message of “find something you love and wear it…again and again and again".

She refers to how much easier it is for men to get dressed and ready, even to make appearances on stage than women do. The Silicone Valley brigade male gets it even easier with the ‘uniform code’ amongst Techpreneurs being hoodie, t-shirt, jeans and sneakers.

Steve Jobs was famed for...

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