Sustainable Summer Dresses – My Top 5

The warm weather has finally arrived and sustainable summer dresses are the perfect choice for keeping cool and looking chic as the temperature rises. Our pick of sustainable summer dresses includes fluid modal for a relaxed and flattering chic style as well as cool crisp cotton dresses and light and airey linen pieces.

SkunkFunk Tabatha Dress

I bought this SkunkFunk Tabatha dress in the spring and have received countless compliments every time I wear it. The double straps and contrasting tones and textures adds an interesting twist to what is otherwise a very simple but flattering style of summer dress.

Eco Credentials
Made from Viscose. SkunkFunk strive to innovate by using fabrics that are both sustainable and durable.

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The Nancy Dee River Backless dress definitely subscribes to the ‘less is more’ approach to summer dressing. It’s drapey style and open back ensure that you will be cool as a cucumber all day and its loose fit conceals a multitude of sins . It can be dressed up with heels for the evening or dressed down with sandals for the beach.

Eco Credentials
Ethically made in the UK from 100% Modal

Braintree Koyari Dress

This fresh and flattering dress by Braintree Clothing is great for showing off a summer tan. Even when the sun goes down and it gets a bit cooler, it looks great layered with a bright coloured cardigan.

Eco Credentials
Ethically made from 55% hemp 45% organic cotton woven, which have been grown without the use if environmentally damaging chemical pesticides.

 People Tree Zandra Rhodes Tunic Dress

This People Tree Zandra Rhodes Dress combines a fabulous eye popping print with a super modern cut. Its loose fit makes it nice and cool when worn as a summer dress with bare legs and sandals but it can also be layered with leggings or jeans for other seasons.

Eco Credentials

Ethically made from organic cotton. People Tree is committed to creating sustainable clothing and using fair trade to create sustainable livelihoods for those involved in creating their beautiful clothes.

Motel VintageThe Vintage Vinnie Dress at Motel Vintage is  a cute choice for the hottest of days. It is available in a range of pretty vintage fabrics for a unique summer dress that you won’t see anyone else wearing when you are out and about in town.

Eco Credentials 

Motel Vintage hand picks unique vintage pieces from around the world and reworks them into something new. Upcycling is a great way to reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill and reduce your fashion footprint.

What do you think? will you be keeping cool in any of these sustainable summer dresses?

With warmest wishes

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5 Eco Holidays and Ethical Fashion Holiday Wardrobe Picks

The Forest Retreat

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Forest Holidays are as the name suggests are all about the forest both as a place to relax and unwind and reconnect with nature but also a beautiful and important environment to protect and preserve. The ethos of the company is to provide an enjoyable setting not only for their guests to enjoy today but for many more generations to enjoy in the future. The luxurious lodges and cabins are built to harmonise with the natural surrounds and they also continually strive to improve their eco friendliness and reduce their carbon footprint. The cabins are nestled in 9 stunning locations around the UK and are well equipped with everything you need for a cosy break including fluffy bath robes, wood burning stoves and hot tubs. Whether you are an adventure seeker or spa addict there are activities to suit everyone from canoeing, cycling, walking and climbing to in cabin spa treatments.

Timberland quilted jacket

Ethical Fashion Holiday Wardrobe Pick – Timberland Earthkeepers Quilted Jacket

The Diving Resort

Hamanasi eco resort
Hamanasi Dive Resort in Belize provides on of the most stunning places to dive in the world with one the most unspoilt barrier reefs and a huge variety of fish and wildlife. Whether you are interested in reef or rainforest habitats, this resort provides a stunning location to discover the areas rich biodiversity, learn to dive or simply to relax. The resorts environmental management policy focuses on reducing, reusing and recycling whilst encouraging everyone including guests to play their part in the process increasing their awareness and appreciation for nature and diverse cultures. The Belize Tourism Board has recognised the Hamanasi Dive resort for being the first beach resort in Belize to be Green Globe Certified.

Pachacuti Fair Tra

Ethical Fashion Holiday Wardrobe Pick – Pachacuti Fair Trade Fedora at People Tree

The City Spa Break

Eco friendly city spa

If you are looking for a city break and spa with plenty of eco credentials, then you should definitely check out the Yu Spa at the Apex City Key Hotel in London. The Apex Hotel Group have won numerous awards and accolades for their comprehensive environmental policies which include sustainable building, food and energy. After checking out the vintage delights of London (definitely the greenest way to shop) or checking out some of the gems in our Sustainable Fashion Guide to London, you can chill out in the Spa and a completely natural treatment by Elemis or take a dip in the ozone treated (rather than Chlorinated) water in the swimming pool. The hotel and spa have numerous innovative ways of saving power and water and minimising their chemical use and waste from the LED pool lights to the ultra violet cleansed hot tubs.

 dress Bioneuma

Ethical Fashion Wardrobe Pick – Dress Bioneuma Natural Fashion

The Conservationist’s Working Holiday

Whale watching
For those that want to do more than just minimising the impact of their holiday on the environment and actually want to use their time to make a positive difference to the world, there are a variety of conservation holidays available depending on interests including brown bear watching or dolphin conservation in Greece, Tiger conservation in India and elephant conservation in Thailand. Responsibletravel.com offer a good selection of conservation holidays and are committed to responsible tourism and allow their customers to make a real connection with the real connection with the people, the landscape, the culture, the food and the environment of the places that they visit rather than just staying in a normal tourist resort.

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Ethical Fashion Holiday Wardrobe Pick – Komodo Fair Trade Trousers

The Staycation

You don’t neccaserily have to jet off somewhere hot to have a lovely relaxing break, a staycation can be a much more eco and purse friendly option. Why not enjoy the gorgeous summer weather by packing up a picnic and getting out and about in some of the local areas that you usually never have time to visit. If you fancy venturing slightly further afield in the UK check out inspiredcamping.com for camping and glamping inspiration.

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Ethical Fashion Holiday Wardrobe Pick – Ethletic Fair Trade Trainers 

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Boho Style at Braintree Clothing for SS14

We are loving Braintree Clothing for their pretty and boho style for summer 2014 and we are pleased to offer a fantastic 10% discount on orders from the Braintree Clothing website with the discount code SPRINGPARTY. Just click on the link above to view and shop the full collection including plenty of boho style.
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Braintree Clothing SS14

 

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Braintree Clothing are committed to making beautiful and timeless clothes whilst caring for the environment. This natural clothing company started using sustainable fibres like organic cotton, hemp and bamboo back in the 1990′s in Sydney, Australia. The are now based in London and continue to innovate and innovate by creating the best natural and organic fabrics available. The Braintree clothing range has expanded from just a few t-shirts and beach pants to a full collection of wardrobe essentials including the boho style collection for SS14 which features dresses, skirts, trousers, t shirts and accessories. They also have a great range of super comfy and colourful bamboo socks.

Braintree Clothing is always produced ethically and with sustainability in mind. They only work with suppliers who agree to a Code of Conduct, which means their workers have safe conditions, a living wage and are free from harassment.

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Fashion Revolution Day #InsideOut – 24th April

Fashion Revolution Day

In case you hadn’t already heard, April 24th is Fashion Revolution Day.

On 24th April 2013, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the
Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.

Fashion Revolution Day aims to help to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future for fashion. This year the theme is #InsideOut

You can get involved by

  • Being Curious – Choose an item from your outfit and wear it #insideout all day
  • Finding Out - Write a letter/email, Facebook or Tweet the brand concerned, ask them Who Made Your Clothes?
  • Do Something - Tweet: Today I’m wearing my (shirt/dress/T-shirt etc.) #insideout because I want to ask @(brand/retailer) Who Made My Clothes?

You can also find out more and help spread the word here:-

The Fashion Revolution Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

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30 Ethical Fashion Loving Blogs to Check Out

Ethical fashion blogs
Blogs are the new magazines! they are a great place to go for style inspiration, independent product reviews and a unique and fresh take on the world. Here are just some of the amazing ethical fashion loving blogs that we love for their unique and informative approach to fashion showing that it is perfectly possible to look great without compromising on ethics.

Bexceptional

The newly relaunched blog is an ethical fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog by Oxford Masters Student Bex Hall.

One Green Dress

The Brighton based ethical fashion blog by Oxfam Fashion Blogger Amelia. This blog features Amelia’s outfits, challenges and lots more.

Sasstainable

Sassainable is the sustainble fashion blog of now Toronto based Angela Wallace. It covers all of the latest industry events as well as food, life and travels.

Green Stilettos

A stylishly concious blog written by Xenya, Green Stilettos puts the glam in green and covers fashion with a little bit of food, lifestyle and beauty thrown into the mix.

The Green Eye of Fashion

The Green Eye of Fashion feature a handy ethical fashion directory as well as interesting and informative commentary on the many issues affecting the fashion industry.

Vogue – The Green Style Blog

If you want to keep up with all of the major sustainable developments, collections and initiatives in the fashion industry then The Green Style Blog is definitely one to follow.

Oxfam Fashion Blog

Written by a team of fashion blogging volunteers, the Oxfam Fashion Blog is packed with DIY tutorials, vintage shopping and style tips and lots more.

Moral Fibres

Moral Fibres is a UK based sustainable lifestyle blog written by Wendy.  The blog aims to show how it is possible to live a sustainable lifestyle without compromising on style.

Dresses on  Clothes Line

Written by student and Oxfam volunteer Ron, Dresses on a Clothes Line is a diary of her outfits, DIY projects and charity shop finds illustrated with some lovely phootgraphs.

Made to Travel

Made to Travel is the blog of New York based Jamillah. She writes about ethical shopping and other things that make her happy and also posts her outfits.

Meet Me at Mikes

Meet Me at Mikes is an Australian Sustainable lifestyle blog featuring posts on a range of subjects from DIY’s to ethical fashion, art and design and delicious recipes.

Sadies Wardrobe

Sadie’s Wardrobe features a fantastic ethical fashion guide to Paris aswell as plenty of outfit and DIY ideas.

The Ethical Hedonist

The Ethical Hedonist is a luxury online magazine that puts the wow factor into going organic, local, artisan and sustainable.

Ecouterre

Ecouterre covers everything that is newsworthy about ethical fashion design from the latest collections to the truth behind the greenwashing.

October Rebel

October Rebel is a style blog by US based October. It features beautiful outfit photographs with a large helping of ethical fashion.

Ecosalon

Ecosalon combines posts on conscious culture and sustainable fashion. It features more in depth looks at how ethical retailers really are as well as updates and previews of new designers and collections.

Trendition

Trendition is an online hub for ethical and sustainable lifestyle aiming to promote and inform in a fashion forward way.

Ms Wandas Wardrobe

If you want to make sure that you are informed about all of the latest news surrounding ethics in the fashion industry, then Ms Wandas is definitely the place to go.

All My Goodness

All My Goodness is a blog with plenty of inspiration for  consumers to lead a more conscious life and to help smaller sustainable companies take the next step.

Style and the Start Up

Have you ever considered starting your own ethical fashion business? if so this is definitely a great blog to check out. It covers sustainability, style and start ups in equal measures.

Eco Chick

A well established US based ethical fashion blog written by Starre Vartan, Eco Chick covers fashion, beauty, art and home.

The Owl and the Accordion

The Owl and Accordion is written by vintage and crochet lover, Vicky. It features posts about her life, DIYs and children’s clothes all illustrated with beautiful photographs.

Clothes, Camera and Coffee

Clothes, camera and coffee is written by student Rosalind. It features beautiful photographs, intelligent commentary and some lovely vintage clothes. Rosalind’s writing has also been published in Vogue and the Guardian.

Green Glitter

Green Glitter is a blog with news, reviews and posts about eco living, fashion and beauty.

Dimples Diaries

A blog by Fashion and Culture Journalist Student Hannah, Dimples Diaries combines great style with sustainable and ethical fashion including brand reviews, outfit pictures and lots more. Hannah is also taking part in the Green Challenge.

Diamonds and Daisy Chains

Diamonds and Daisy Chains features articles and posts on a variety of different topics from food to fashion and pregnancy to parenting. It has a particular focus on ethical shopping.

The Conscious Collective

The Conscious Collective is a blog by Emma and Stacey and features some great edits of the seasons latest collections with a strong focus on ethical and sustainable brands.

Ears and Whiskers

Ears and Whiskers is the blog of designer, sewer and vintage lover Sophie. Sophie is on an ethical fashion quest to discover the stories behind the materials that she uses and the clothes that she loves.

Eco Warrior Princess

Eco Warrior Princess is an Australian based fashion blog written by Jennifer Nini. She aims to raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry, promotes ethical and sustainable fashion

Very Nice Threads

Written by Christine de Leon and Huffington Post blogger, Very Nice Threads is a streetstyle blog with plenty of ethical fashion focussed editorial thrown into the mix.

The Last Straggler

Freelance writer and researcher, Zaena Miller shares her love of print, fabrics, cuts and colours and shows how we can all be both stylish and responsible.

And you could also check out my blog www.ethicalfashionblog.com which features outfits, reviews and general chat about my life.

Do you know of any other ethical fashion blogs, please tweet them to us @style__is

With warmest wishes

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Win A Pair of Faux Suede Loafers by Wills Vegan Shoes

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We are delighted to be giving all of our visitors the chance to win a pair of Faux Suede Loafers by Wills Vegan Shoes. Wills is a fab brand creating high quality footwear that is both animal and human friendly. Will Shoes are made in Portugal using a faux leather microfibre that is both breathable and durable. Wills is all about the latest fashions at fair prices. Those involved in making Wills Vegan shoes are paid according to European guidelines and the shoes are also certified by the Vegan Society.

So for the chance to win this lovely pair of Faux Suede Loafers, just enter our giveaway using the Rafflecopter below.

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Our Top Ten Floral Dresses For Spring and Summer

There is nothing as classic and timeless as a floral dress for spring and summer. Floral prints are colourful and eyecatching. This spring and summer there is a great choice of floral dresses around which perfectly combine classic and contemporary style that could work well for any thing from afternoon tea to a day in the office.
Alice Vintage Floral Dresses

First up in our list of irresistable floral dresses is the Alice Vintage Floral Dress by People Tree. The colours of this dress are amazing can’t fail to brighten up your day.

Lois V Neck floral Dresses

This Lois Anenome print dress is perhaps our favourite of all  of the floral dress for spring and summer. It is sunny and bright with a fun contemporary print, what’s not to love?

Simeon Farrar Rose Leaf Dress

For those that don’t really do ‘florals’ this People Tree Simeon Farrar Rose Leaf dress features one of the most discreet and unflowery prints we have seen on any of the floral dresses around this season.

All of these People Tree dresses are made from 100% organic cotton by socially responsible businesses and enterprises in India that are helping people to find a way of poverty.

 Savannah print freesia dress

Another beautiful combination of colours this Savannah Print Freesia dress by Adini is made from a very wearable jersey fabric. Adini clothes are made with respect for people and planet, you can find out more on our Adini page.

emily print lily dress

This Emily print lily dress (again by Adini) is great for anyone that prefers a more subtle print on their floral dress. It would look lovely paired with sandals and a denim jacket for warmer spring days.

Skunk Funk Floral Print Dress

If you want a floral dress that is right up to the minute and not too girly, this SkunkFunk dress is perfect. The layered assymetrical skirt gives it a modern feel. It would look great with a pair of fairtrade trainers.

sustainable floral print dress

This Belate Sustainable Floral Print Dress by SkunkFunk offers another great alternative to traditional floral dresses.

SkunkFunk is a great label for anyone that cares about how their clothes are made but also wants a fresh and unique look.

Ruby Rocks Jungle Dress

Whilst not a traditional floral dress, this Ruby Rocks jungle print dress is definitely a head turner. It feature tropical flowers, plants and birds and will earn you countless compliments. Ruby Rocks clothes are made in a small ethical factory in Bali.

vintage floral maxi dress

There is definitely nothing new about floral dresses and if you are a fan of vintage fashion, you should be able to find some great choices. This 1970′s floral maxi dress is the real deal!

Edun flLast but not least this pretty layered dress by EDUN features an abstract floral print. It would look great with tan coloured wedge sandals. Edun is an ethical fashion brand that works to bring about positive change in Africa.

Which are your favourite floral dresses for spring and summer?

Need some more inspiration on how to wear your floral dress, check out this streetstyle post at Elle.

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New Orla Kiely Prints for People Tree

Orla Kiely has been designing some wonderful printed dresses for People Tree for a number of seasons now. The latest collection of Orla Keily Prints at People Tree features something with variation on the cute flower girl print in monochrome, ochre, pink or multi colours.

Orla Kiely People Tree Flower Girl Dress

The silhouettes of dancing girls on this flattering People Tree Orla Kiely smock dress are inspired by pretty fuscia flowers. Layer up with leggings and a denim jacket for spring or wear with bare legs and strappy sandals for the warmer summer weather.

 People Tree Orla Kiely Shirt Dress

This Orla Kiely ochre shirt dress has a retro feel about it. It would make a great spring work oufit especially for offices with air conditioning. Wear with classic court shoes, a trench coat and add a vintage handbag for a super stylish look.

Orla Kiely print tea dress

This Orla Kiely print monochrome tea dress combines a classic and feminine dress shape with a bold and eye catching print that can’t fail to capture peoples attention. For a modern twist, wear this dress with a brightly coloured pair of Ethletic fairtrade baseball boots.

pink dress

This pretty vintage style pink dress features a subtle variation of this seasons dancing girls Orla Kiely Print for People tree. It would look great worn with a pair of strappy sandals and for cooler days simply add a cosy hand knitted cardigan.

Each of the People Tree Orla Kiely Print Dresses and clothes is from Organic and Fairtrade cotton by a co operative in India. As with all People Tree clothes each piece is carefully handmade by artisans to ensure a beautiful piece of clothing that you can treasure for many years to come and also to provide a sustainable livelihood for those involved in the creation of the clothes that live in some of the poorest parts of the world.

You can check out the full collection of Orla Kiely prints for People Tree Collection as well as plenty of other amazing prints on our People Tree page.

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Our Top 5 Ethical Trainers and Sports Shoes

Trainers are a key piece of footwear and whether we are wearing them for sport or fashion, we want to be able them to look good. Whilst there are plenty of ethical footwear brands to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to look for something as specific as ethical trainers or sports shoes.

So here is our pick of ethical trainers and sports shoes which we love as much for their design as their high performance.

Veja

veja

From a style point of view, we love Veja, for their retro style ethical trainers look great with jeans or dresses. They are made from eco vegetable tanned leather, organic and fair trade cotton and wild amazonian rubber. The brand also manufacture their trainers with respect to their workers.

Ethletic

ethletic ethical trainers

Ethletic are another great ethical trainers brand with a commitment to creating fashionable and functional footwear without exploiting people or the planet. Their classic baseball boots are timeless in style and available in a range of different colours. Ethletic shoes are made from organic cotton and FSC natural rubber from sustainable rainforests.

Timberland

Timberland have definitely nailed that balance of ethical footwear with style. Their selection includes fully functional ethical trainers for running and hiking as well as street wear styles for negotiating the urban jungle.

Timberland Earthkeepers Northport Oxford

The Timberland Earthkeepers Northport Oxford and Chukka shoes are made from premium full grade leather, with recycled PET laces, mesh, lining and footbed covers. The outsole is also made from 15% recycled rubber.

Eartheepers Greeley Casual ethical trainers

For those that are keen to get active whilst minimising their environmental impact,  Earthkeepers Greeley causual shoe is made from leather from a tannery that is rated silver for water and waste management processes. It also uses recycled PET in its manufacture.

Patagonia

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Patagonia have a great selection of outdoor clothing and sports shoes whether you are more interested in fitness or fashion or both. Patagonia as a brand have a strong commitment to transparency and also to recycling and reuse of their products.

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Fashion and Food For Fairtrade Fortnight

Today Fairtrade fortnight kicks off. An annual event to promote Fairtrade products which provide a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. There are now more than 4500 Fairtrade products including fashion made from Fairtrade cotton to bananas, chocolate, coffee, pineapples, peanuts and even silver and gold.

For a product to display the Fairtrade Mark it must meet international Fairtrade Standards, set by The Fairtrade labelling Organisations International (FLO), for environmental, labour, and development factors.

By buying Fairtrade, you can be confident that a fair price has been paid for the goods, and a premium beyond this which allows the producers to cover the cost of production and plough money back into their communities in the form of social, economic, or environmental projects. Here are some great Fashion and food that you can treat yourself with this Fairtrade Fortnight. We would also recommend checking out Ethical Superstore for a great selection of products including Fairtrade fashion with 20% off Fairtrade labelled products.

fairtrade fashion

People Tree are pioneers of Fairtrade Fashion creating beautiful wearbale clothes using organic and Fairtrade cotton. People Tree also follow the principles of Fair Trade in every aspect of their business. Here are just a few of the lovely pieces from their SS14 collection.
Alice Vintage Floral Dress
Daphne Cropped Zip Up Jacket
Ella Flora Gather Skirt

Fairtrade Fortnight

Green and Blacks Milk Minature Collection - a great little treat for anyone who can’t make up there mind which flavour they like  best.

Ubuntu Fairtrade Cola - This combines a refreshing flavour and great ethical credentials.

Divine Chocolate Covered Brazil Nuts – a great little gift or treat with Brazil nuts from peru covered in delicious dark chocolate.

Clipper Instant Hot Chocolate Sachets – a comforting treat for the coldest of winter days.

Have a great Fairtrade Fortnight. Will you be treating yourself to any Fairtrade fashion or food goodies?

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