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.
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.