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Two Autumn Outfits For Work

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Hello hello!  Hope you all had lovely weekends!

I’ve been enjoying the last of my lazy maternity leave weekends (well, as lazy as life with two kids ever gets) as I’m off back to work very shortly indeed, which includes working every other Saturday.  It could be worse though – once upon a time I worked in bars and retail and never got a weekend off, so I can’t really grumble at working two Saturdays out of four.

As I’ve spent the last 10 months in casual breastfeeding friendly clothes, and the last 7 months prior to that in maternity clothes, there’s a good portion of my wardrobe I haven’t even looked at in a long time.  This meant I spent a little bit of the weekend sorting out my work wardrobe to see what fits, what doesn’t, and what just doesn’t work anymore.  I’ve also bought a couple of ethical bits and pieces this year that I thought I’d share:

Wendy Moral Fibres

Dress – Braintree Clothing* / Leggings – Braintree Clothing* / Boots c/o Gudrun Sjöden

Braintree Clothing are on to a winner lately, with all of their lovely prints and designs.  I picked this beautiful dress up just this week.  It’s really soft and easy to wear, and will work well just being thrown on in the morning when I’m trying to get myself and my kids out the house and to everywhere we all need to be by 9am!  It’s quite roomy – I’d size down if I were you.

I’m wearing it with my favourite Braintree Clothing leggings – they’re also really soft, stretchy, keep their shape and aren’t see through, like some other leggings.

The boots are a new addition from Gudrun Sjöden.  My old faithful boots have recently died a death (RIP boots, you and me did everything together in the 5 years we had together) so I had been keeping an eye out for a pair of flat easy to wear boots.  This pair are so comfortable, with a lovely springy sole, which feels like it gives a little bounce to my step!

moral fibres blog

Cord Dress – Bibico (no longer available in green, but available in grey) / Bag – c/o Kakaw Designs

Now, I actually picked this cord dress up from Bibico way back in the January sales and have squirreled it away until now as I wasn’t able to wear it.  It was love at first sight, as I really liked the cut and shape of it, and truth be told I have a bit of a thing for green cord.   I know cord gets a bit of bad rap, with the whole Geography teacher look thing, but I just really like it.  I do have a degree in Geography after all, so maybe it is a Geographer thing?  If you’re not convinced on cord, also know that it’s pretty cosy, which is a must for chilly autumn mornings.

The bag is from Kakaw Designs, and is handmade by traditional Guatemalan artisans using locally sourced materials, both custom made and repurposed.  It’s roomy, practical and gorgeous (but not trend driven), and is pretty much the perfect size for carting round my work paraphernalia.  It’s sturdily made, and something that’s going to be part of my wardrobe for a long long time to come.

Kakaw Design’s philosophy and story make for really interesting reading, and it’s pretty cool to know that your purchase directly helps support and sustain the traditional Guatemalan skills, and helps support communities and families.

My acorn necklace was a birthday gift from my partner (probably from Etsy).  He has pretty good taste like that!

I’m off on my travels this week, but I do have some posts lined up for you, so have a good week and see you soon!

Fashion, Life & Style

What I Wore

I thought I’d share another ethical What I Wore post as the novelty of being able to wear regular clothes still hasn’t worn off 3 months in!  I’m hoping with a bit of practice I’ll be a bit less awkward in front of the camera too – I have to say I’m definitely much happier behind the camera!

people tree parka

Pistill Dress c/o Gudrun Sjödén /  Annie Casual Parka* c/o People Tree

This Pistill Dress from Gudrun Sjödén is a new favourite – super soft and really easy to wear.  Unusually for a dress it doesn’t even need ironing before wearing, which is always something I value highly!  Nothing I hate more than ironing.  Just pop it on and out I go, which these days is a blessing.  I love the mixed patterns of the dress too – it gives it a bit of cheekiness!

The Annie Parka from People Tree was something I received during my pregnancy, but I found that wearing a parka whilst pregnant was not the most flattering, shall I say.  Thankfully, with my body almost back to relative normality the parka is actually very flattering and pretty much perfect for spring.  Light and providing just enough protection from April showers, it’s my go to jacket at the moment.  To be honest, with the great Scottish track record of weather, I’ll probably be wearing it all the way through from now until Autumn!

I’ve got some interesting ethical fashion articles for you, while I’m here:

Firstly, in case you missed it, this post from Ethical Consumer magazine on Are Any High Street Shops Ethical?

This post on Can We Afford To Shop Ethically? made for a solid read.

The Child Labour Experiment – the title says it all really.

Am I A Fool To Expect More Than Corporate Greenwashing from Lucy Siegle is an interesting read about H&M.

And finally, Fashion Revolution Week runs from 18th to 24th April.  Don’t forget to ask retailers #whomademyclothes.