Welcome to our imaginary online boutique! Allow us to introduce you to our carefully critiqued selection of ethical, eco and animal-friendly clothes, handpicked with the conscious fashionista in mind. We’ll be showcasing three outfits featuring brands with a heart for you to peruse. Each of these outfits is focusing on the relaxed, chilled, afternoon-at-the-park-sitting-in-the-shade-under-a-tree-reading-a-book vibe, to be specific. If you are familiar with any other ethical brands that you don’t think get talked about enough, do leave us a comment below, as we adore discovering new brands. For more inspiration, check out our blogs on Summer Outfits, Beach Outfits, Wedding Guest Outfits, and Spring Outfits. Enjoy!
- Baby Long Horn Tunic in Black & White by Symbology, £68.18. This relaxed loose-fitting tunic as handmade by female artisans in India who are whizzes at block printing. Symbology tell us that this particular craft is drenched in tradition, passed down through the generations. For the animal lovers, this bull symbol could also serve as a conversation starter for why we need a worldwide ban on the cruel practice of bullfighting. Read World Animal Protection’s info to find out more.
- Triangle Stud Earrings in Brass by Made, £20.00. Handmade in Kenya, these earrings could easily be worn everyday with all outfits, forever and ever amen. The warm hue quietly matches the gold buckles on the boots, and as they’re small studs, they hit the casual vibe on the nose. (We’ve mentioned Made many a time before, so do read our previous bios on this awesome brand.)
- Hold On To Hope Limited Edition Tote by The Tote Project, £22.70. The Tote Project is just ace. Fay Grant and Michelle Chavez founded this little project to empower survivors of human trafficking. Their fair trade bags are sewn in India by women who have made the choice to journey out of the sex trade, and 20% of their profits go to Two Wings to help survivors of human trafficking in the US of A. It’s made from 100% organic cotton canvas, with water-based eco-friendly inks. What’s not to love?
- Monroe Jeans in Grey by Monkee Genes, £65. Monkee Genes are the go-to brand for ethical jeans in the UK. This relaxed pair is rough round the edges, so would work a treat with these boots. Ideal for days in the great outdoors.
- Biker Boots in Black Faux Leather by Beyond Skin, £155.00. These classic boots have casual written all over them. Lined with 100% recycled faux leather and decorated with two gold buckles, these boots are jeans’ soulmates. You can pre-order your pair now for an August delivery and get a £20 early bird discount. Snap up your size while you can!
Pure & Simple Stripes
- Sailor Shirt in Blue and White by Zady, £35.97. This nautical tee looks crazy comfy, and is made from 100% pure USDA organic cotton grown in Texas, dyed with low impact dyes and then sewn at an employee-owned factory Opportunity Threads. Beautiful inside and out.
- Lil Skinny Chinch Jeans in Storm Grey by Kuyichi, £101.59. Grey jeans should be a staple of every wardrobe. They work a treat with colour schemes in the colder hues, from duck egg blue to deep dark turquoise to dusty lilac. This particular pair is made of 97.9% GOTS certified organic cotton picked in Turkey, which is pretty darn good! Organic cotton is totally pesticide free, avoiding the damaging costs of pesticides on the surrounding soil, water, wildlife and communities.
- Free Spirit Pendant in Brushed Brass by Made, £25.00. This clean cut necklace was designed and handmade in Kenya. The strips of metal work shooting out at every angle would work well to break up the strictly horizontal lines of the top.
- Dandy Chelsea Boots in Brown Faux Suede by Beyond Skin, £155.00. You can’t go wrong with a pair of Chelsea boots. In brown faux suede, these boots are ideal for lighter outfits where black faux leather just wouldn’t work. All our shoes are handmade in our little factory in Alicante in Spain, and they’re all PETA-approved vegan. This boots are currently in stock, so don’t delay! These Chelsea boots sell like hot (vegan) cakes!
- Nicky Berry Tunic in Sienna by Seasalt Cornwall, £59.95. I feel chilled out just looking at this tunic. It’s cut from pure linen and has rolled cuffs, a gentle shirt collar and a little pocket for pennies and pens. And that colour! Bellissimo. Match with a messy up-do and some wood-framed sunnies and you’re golden.
- Lil Skinny Chinch Jeans in Storm Grey by Kuyichi, £101.59. Recognise the jeans? They’re the same as above, because they’re so gosh darn versatile. Read above for more info about the jeans.
- Paper Pieces Bag in Blue and White Print by Kowtow Clothing, £49.23. This fabric bag is made with 100% certified Fair Trade organic cotton twill, and is adorned with Italian-made recycled hemp buttons, leaving no box left unticked. The beauty of this bag is that you can wear it as a backpack or a tote, due to some clever trickery with the straps. The artisans that create these bags have a living wage, unions, sick pay, paid holiday leave, medical insurance, lunch subsidies, a social security fund, overtime pay, free transport to the factory and a 5% housing allowance, so you can rest assured no one is being exploited for this accessory.
- Nova Cardigan in Grey Marle by Kowtow Clothing, £90.89. Staying with Kowtow, this oversized cardi is made of 100% certified Fair Trade organic mid-weight cotton jersey, ideal for when the sun sulks behind a cloud and you’re left in subzero winds in an open field in the cold until it returns, as is typical in UK summers.
- Statement Cuff in Silver-Tone Brass by Made, £30.00. An easy addition to add a little shine to this outfit, from Made. Each bracelet is individually moulded into a curve.
- Charlotte Brown Faux Suede Loafer Style Block Heels by Beyond Skin, £99.00. These sweet shoes are casual incarnate, with loafer-style detailing on the upper and a wood block effect on the heel. They’re lined with breathable faux leather and are now in stock, chicas!
Images courtesy of Kuyichi, Made, Kowtow Clothing, Symbology, The Tote Project, Stella McCartney, Monkee Genes, Zady and Seasalt Cornwall. Converted prices for items in different currencies were accurate at the time of writing, but are most certainly subject to change.