Designing a happy wardrobe

I didn’t see myself squeezing into another capsule challenge so soon – having spent 6 of the coldest weeks in just 6 items of clothes for Labour Behind the Label at the start of the year – but this was too good to resist… 10 items, 10 days, easy right? Ah, but this time the count includes shoes. And this challenge calls for the most out there, fun, fashiony pieces, hence the name #GlamCapsule to show that our wildest eco-glitter filled dream where fashion and sustainability hold hands and skip into the sunset can be a reality. 

Designed to prove that sustainable fashion doesn’t just do neutrals, the Glam Capsule is the brainchild of fellow Ethical Writers & CreativesElizabeth L. Cline and Benita Robledo.

I’ve never been a capsule wardrobe kinda woman because a career in fashion has given me A LOT of clothes, but I am eager to make my wardrobe sustainable and one way of doing that is by giving more life to the things I already own. 

So at the start of #zerowasteweek, here’s to reuse and designing happy wardrobes by wearing all the beautiful things we usually save for best. Wear, don’t waste and put your clothes and accessories somewhere you can see them [like in this ex museum display cabinet below].

And if you reaaaallly want something happy and new [or new for you], here’s some reclaimed and ethical ideas to get those fashion juices flowing…

Slip dress made from upcycled vintage silks We-Resonate

Jacket made from surplus furniture fabric Noumenon

Rose gold plated recycled silver Millie Hoops Gung Ho x Chalk Designs      [£5 from every purchase goes to Friends of the Earth]

Vegan snake Lulu boots Beyond Skin

Reclaimed Museum display cabinet Retrouvius

Above, I am wearing an ’80s dress from Revivals 42 St Peter’s St, Canterbury, UK, Paul Andrew shoes, ’60s bag from Wolf & Gypsy Vintage and sunglasses from Klasik

©Photographs Reclaimed Woman & courtesy of the brands featured

 

 

Colour analysis for a confident conscious wardrobe

Wardrobe dilemma – It’s summer and all I want to do is break out playful printed dresses when our British climate plays ball, but switching between boots and sandals, bohemian dresses and woolies doesn’t make my winter white skin feel ready.

Wardrobe solution – The unpredictable climate doesn’t mean you can’t have confidence when swapping between seasons, if you know the colours that suit you.  I just had my colours analysed and it turns out I am Spring.  I know what you’re thinking, sounds dated.  Like a service suited to a generation that hasn’t grown-up with wardrobe apps and WhatsApp to share fitting room try-ons with fashion friends.  But I cannot recommend Adonica Simmons, who analysed my colours highly enough. 

I am undergoing a wardrobe detox, but as a woman that has worked in the fashion industry for years, I thought the only lessons yet to learn were about making more ethical-conscious choices.  

It’s a stereotype, but it’s true that most style-conscious women, particularly in fashion PR come clad in black, navy and grey (excluding the obligatory colourful bag and/or fun phone case).   So I particularly recommend colour analysis for fashion women, that yes, know the style rules, but perhaps not the confidence building colours that personally apply for them.  

Adonica Simmons is founder of Global Style Services, which helps women and men save time and money, by refreshing their existing wardrobe in a myriad of ways.  It’s said that 3 out of 5 items of clothing purchased end up in landfill or incineration within the same 12 months, so I can’t think of a better service if it helps us find more fulfilment from the fashion we buy.

I met Adonica as a fellow styling volunteer for Smart Works Charity and like me, she left her corporate job to start her own business.

“Many years as a professional woman in the IT world taught me that the daily task of getting dressed should not be underestimated as it has a direct impact on how you feel and perform, as well as how others engage and respond to you.” – Adonica of GSS

Colour analysis is the difference between compliments like, wow I love that outfit, to wow, you look well.  After applying what I learnt from Adonica, 2 people in the space of 2 weeks complimented me on my teeth.  They’re not that great, I am after all still British, but with better knowledge about which shade of red suits my skin.

Check out my conscious shopping edit below for Spring women like me and see Global Style Services for your own colour analysis, personal styling and more.

Dress Beautiful Soul London

Kosas lipstick in shade Thrillest from  Revolve

LA based organic cotton underwear brand Pansy  – high on my list to shop when I can try before I buy.  See here for global stockists

Peggy-Sue bamboo socks Thought

Vegan Hologram Daphne espadrilles Beyond Skin