Illustration by Laura Redburn
Most of you will know that I'm a big fan of ethical clothing company People Tree. We've been working together now for a number of years and it's always an honour to collaborate with them. They are a brand that I respect so much as well their founder Safia being a real hero of mine. I was so thrilled to be part of the book 'Slow Fashion - Aesthetics meets Ethics'.
When they asked if I'd like to take part in the '5 looks challenge' I thought it would be really fun to document it over on my IG and see how hard it was to wear only three pieces plus two accessories through the week.
Being a mum, and especially a mum to a baby means that keeping my clothes clean during the week is a bit of challenge in itself I think so as part of this challenge I was also allowed to mix vintage pieces into the week if needs be. I'm currently on day three and so far have managed to keep to the three pieces but I imagine that I'll be needing a new T-shirt tomorrow if I'm honest. Whilst my wardrobe isn't 100% ethical I do try and mix it up with ethical brands/vintage and long lasting well made high street items. Regardless of the ethical issue I find that lots of 'fast fashion' is so badly made that it would never last a year let alone become a vintage piece. Some of the vintage dresses I own must be fifty years old by now which I find amazing. I love the idea of passing down my clothes to my daughter and they still be made so well and made to last.
This is the first look I posted on Monday
I chose the 'Swallows Print' Tee and the 'Uma Corduroy Skirt' which I bought in a size 12. I thought that the skirt could be a staple for the week and that I could also pair it with a vintage Tee when this one got grubby hands on it!
On Tuesday I wore my second outfits which was the Cassandra Shirt Dress which is unfortunately sold out now but the Shelby Shirt Dress is cut in the same way which is really flattering I think.
The accessory I chose was this navy striped hat. I love that at this time of year you can pull of a beanie and it means you don't have to wash your hair for another day ;) essential when it comes to the school run I can tell you!
I'll be posting my last two looks tomorrow and Friday so do check out my instagram if you want to see how I wear those. Don't forget you can get 15% off full priced People Tree items with code TLQ15 if you want to grab any of these pieces or others!
P.S People Tree are actually running a Crowd Funder campaign right now to develop their Tencel collections. Originally all their items are made with Organic Cotten but by using Tencel which is 100% recyclable they can really develop their collection and designs with a different material whilst still treating their workers fairly. You can read more about the material and the crowdfunder here!