Green & Sustainable Style Edit – August 2016

So I had every intention of making this month’s look channel a festival friendly vibe. But in the end I veered towards something a little bit more urban. (Think sipping something cold sitting on the steps at Camden Lock on a hot London evening without a care in the world.)  Regardless of where you wear this outfit (and yesterday I wore it for a casual evening out on my holiday here on the sunny East Coast of Canada) you will look and feel great.  I dabbed a little diluted Idaho Blue Spruce oil behind my ear and for me – that comforting smell really finished off the feeling of completing the outfit for me.

OLOL Style Edit August 2016

The key pieces in the look this month are this Absolutely Bear organic cotton Maple t-shirt which I love and which gets gazillions of compliments.  This t-shirt is designed by a husband and wife team back home in London and they’ve put a lot of thought and energy into the design, quality and material sourcing for this top.  Its really lightweight so it helps keep you cool and it looks great either worn on its own or layered with a pale strappy top underneath.  I chose to wear it on its own paired with this organic Monki denim skirt and a vintage ikat jacket to keep out the evening chill.  To accessorise I recommend checking out the shoes and bags at Fashion Conscience – either online or in their lovely boutique in East Dulwich (near the station).  I’ve opted for this large vegan tote (cheap at £39) and these (non-vegan, but fair trade) flat Chloe sandals.  I think they’re a really special little independent boutique and I always pop in on my way past.

You know, as much as I love minimalism and capsule wardrobes, I really love  jewellery.  This month I’ve dug through my own jewellery box and have paired two strands of Guatemalan turquoise beads I bought on honeymoon a few years ago at the market in Chichicastenango with an antique Chinese talisman which we had turned into a pendant.  I would really encourage you to look at the jewellery you have and get creative with it.  Find the stones you love and that really resonate with you, and which are either second hand or which have been ethically sourced.  I always wear my sterling bangle which was a present from my husband years ago, but if you don’t have a bangle and like the look, I’ve found this similar one available from eco fashion  retailer, Komodo.

Finally – because its the height of summer and I have a fair complexion – I’ve opted to finish of the daytime version of this outfit with a fabulous large brimmed hat.  These hats are from London based online retailer Plum and Ivory and are ethically sourced, fair trade and made in Madagascar.  They also conveniently fold up so you can pack them in your suitcase and travel with them easily.  And at less than £23 I thought they were pretty inexpensive!  (I just wish I had their lovely model, Sarah’s cheekbones!)

And now I’m going to return to my own summer holiday!  I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and next week I’ve got a treat for you in the form of Dulwich yoga expert, Meredith Gunderson, sharing her yoga-inspired tips for keeping cool in summer.

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42 thoughts on “Green & Sustainable Style Edit – August 2016

    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      I don’t really do the Primark thing, not out of any snobbery (as I think they do get some cute things in) but I just can’t quite bring myself to get something cute and cheap when I know that someone is quite literally being worked to death to make it for me. I’d rather go without. That hat is a great focus piece too and shows that ethical fashion doesn’t have to be stupid expensive either.

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      I can’t say enough nice things about Absolutely Bear. They’re a great husband and wife team here in London and this venture is their labour of love. I get complimented on this shirt all the time and because of the way its cut in the front it doesn’t get that ‘dumpy’ look around the belly that alot of plain white t-shirts can get. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      Thanks Sam! I’m not vegan either, but it is just a lovely bag and its great that eco friendly options like this are available. So often vegans need to resort to plastics and environmentally unfriendly materials. I’m glad you enjoyed my choices this month! Let me know if you think of any other wardrobe ‘must haves’ that I should try to find in an eco-friendly version. 🙂

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  1. Beth @ Twinderelmo

    Ive got a thing for denim skirts lately! I’m in England though so we are going to be needing tights with then very soon as chilly autumn approaches x

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      Only the shoes and the bag come from Fashion Conscience but yes they do have some great things there. I’m not sponsored by them or gifted by them or anything like that. Its just a local shop which has a great online business which I really like.

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      The couple who run Absolutely Bear are just lovely too. They do other styles which aren’t organic but they’re all very very cool and fit nicely (I hate dumpy looking t-shirts) and they’re all environmentally sustainable.

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