As the lockdown eases we can actually start to have a summer, and for some of us this means finally shedding the work from home sweats! No judgment from us, we’re totally in the same boat too, no matter how comfy those leggings are its time to ditch them.
Staycations in the UK are now the new thing to help relieve your cabin fever and hopefully catch some rays. Since July 4th hotels and campsites have opened, giving us a chance to have a change of scenery. What goes hand in hand with a new location? A chance to finally showoff that new aesthetic you’ve been building up on Pinterest.
If you’re looking for ways to rejuvenate your look (sustainably, of course) and to claim the last months of summer, here are our top picks:
JADE Swim is a fab swimwear brand that combines minimalist aesthetics and innovative shapes to create bikinis that are always in style. Even better, the swimsuits are made from ECONYL – regenerated nylon fibers. Owner and fashion editor Brittany Kozerski has created a female run company, which supports young women, as well as creating sustainable beachwear. This is a top pick if you’re hitting the beaches!
Paper London is another great example of a sustainable beachwear company. They also use ECONYL, but also use REPREVE yarn. REPREVE is made from 100% regenerated plastic bottles for those of you who aren’t in the know yet! Their ready-to-wear also heavily features linen due to its biodegradable properties - super eco and super stylish. Not only that, but the brand is also involved with Project Biodiversity and Beach Sweep. Now that’s eco friendly beach fashion.
If you’re not planning to chill in the water, check out Made By Celeste. Celeste Burgoyne is a designer who hand makes garments to order, meaning there is no sweatshop in sight. Her collection screams minimalist chic and is perfect for that little city break you’ve been putting off. Personal favourites of mine are the tier dresses and reusable gingham grocery bags, so simple and so stylish.
Another new designer is Cat O’Brien; Cat’s aesthetic is heavily influenced by history, which will have you feeling like the fabulous Victorian woman you were always meant to be. Since lockdown Cat has released a summer influenced collection, totally made from dead stock fabrics and totally sustainable. It includes stripes and corsetry galore, perfect for living the quaint English seaside holiday fantasy.
If you love pattern and print, check out Sindiso Khumalo. The sustainable textile designer creates gorgeous fabrics by drawing upon her Zulu and Ndebele heritage for inspiration. Her lookbook includes beautifully printed maxi dresses and denim co-ords, perfect for a socially distanced day out. Khumalo also works very closely with NGO ‘Embrace Dignity’ which helps women leave exploitative sex work and in the process teaches them embroidery and quilting textile skills.