Thank goodness January is over! Now it’s February it’s time to start coming out of hibernation mode and stop donning ourselves in our massive oversized jumper that has several stains on it. Put it in the washing machine and get inspired by this month’s celebrity: Lorde – singer, song writer and record producer from New Zealand. She visited UK last September as a part of her ‘Melodrama’ World Tour, and the album was nominated for a Grammy Award this year. Her dream-pop indietronica music about young adults’ struggles and thoughts appeals broadly to international listeners.
Lorde has a quirky style that’s both fashion forward and playful. In this photo, taken on her trip to Paris, she wears classic pieces like a hat and delicate cardigan, paired with modern cut trousers and white platforms. Love Lorde’s outfit? We’ve recreated her look for you using our favourite conscious brands.
Clyde Black Gaucho Hat: Rêve En Vert
Rêve En Vert, founded in 2003, is an online retailer of sustainable luxury fashion. They stock a great range of garments, including smart blouses and blazers, sunglasses, and active wear. They have curated a selection of conscious designers which is great because you can browse without worrying about the environmental impact of their products. Rêve En Vert is passionate about delivering conscious fashion and driving awareness about it. They even have a special deal with parcel delivery companies on carbon-neutral postage, use green courier options, and offer bicycle delivery within London.
This black hat is handmade in New York from a blend of wool and felt. The label produces everything within the state, and sources their fabrics from ethical suppliers, mainly from Italy. The hat is definitely an investment worth making as it’s simple and elegant and can be worn with many different outfits for many different occasions.
Pink Cardigan: Armed Angels
Armed Angels are an eco and fair fashion brand that aims to use as sustainable resources as possible whilst making fun and stylish clothing – they have you covered, selling everything from everyday basics to an outfit perfect for evening activities. They’ve made it their mission to combine fair working conditions and sustainable, high quality materials with beautiful design, and are big advocates of fair fashion instead of fast fashion, not chasing the latest trends and instead focusing on modern, contemporary collections.
This pink cardigan is made from 100% organic cotton and is great for layering up in the winter and as a light cover up when the weather gets warmer. Cardigans like this are great because you can wear them buttoned up as a top or over a cute t-shirt or vest top and can take you from day to night.
Black Bra: Luva Huva
Luva Huva is a lingerie brand based in Brighton – just like us! The founder, Joanna, with a textile background, created a sustainable and environmental friendly solution to underwear. Her designs are beautiful, delicate and feminine, inspired by the rustic Suffolk countryside. The small team of Luva Huva makes the items from scratch in their studio with the responsibly sourced materials. They also take care of packaging with a handmade touch.
This supportive soft bra is made from bamboo jersey and stretch mesh and is ideal for extra support. Shopping for a bra can be difficult at times, but Luva Huva offers custom sizes if you can’t find yours in the chart.
Black Trousers: Sancho’s Dress
Sancho’s is an English company, based in Devon. Founded by Kalkidan and Vidmontas in 2014, the label carries organic clothes for working women and men. The sustainable, natural fabrics are sourced from certified suppliers and the shop also offers accessories and gifts from organic and fair-trade producers.
These organic, smart-looking trousers are made from a blend of cotton and elastane, which makes them really comfortable to wear. The trousers come with a well-fitting drawstring waist and taper towards the ankle. An absolute staple for anybody who needs to look elegant without compromising comfort (win win in our eyes).
White Sandles: Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney is an undeniable pioneer in sustainable luxury fashion in the UK. Her signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity won her millions of loyal customers since she first started her label in 2001. The brand does not use any leather or fur in their designs, and Stella is committed to sustainability throughout all of her collections. She regularly speaks out about the environment and provides great advice and tips on how to be more conscious on her website.
These beautiful white sandals have a sustainable wood platform wedge, chunky rubber saw-edge, and strap fastening with a squared off toe. They are incredibly well made from non-leather, cruelty-free materials. If you’re looking to splash the cash on an investment for life, these sandals are your perfect choice. Ideal for dressing down smart trousers and adding summer vibes to any outfit – or look out for second hand pairs on ebay.
Or for a more dressed down, daytime look (or if it’s raining), you could replace the heels with a pair of sustainably made Veja trainers.
We hope we’ve inspired you to stride through February in Lorde’s fresh take on fashion and style with these great brands that are passionate about positive change in fashion. Sustainable and ethical clothing doesn’t have to be dull, and although we are a huge fan of evergreen pieces, this doesn’t mean you need to compromise on beautiful clothing and personal style.