A public service announcement (PSA): Winter is on its way; if the dreary weather and sun setting before 5pm weren’t enough to remind you. But just because lockdown is keeping you (mostly) indoors doesn’t mean you need to, dare I say, suffer a life of pyjamas and dressing gowns all day, every day. We’ve come up with 5 fashion trends from sustainable and small businesses to revitalise those work from home Zoom calls, daily walks and socially distanced festivities this winter.
Neutrals are a stone-cold classic no matter the season, and winter is no exception. Timeless and easy to replicate, these tones are sure to warm you up this winter. Enjoy some much-needed time with friends outdoors, or rather, one friend outside your household, whilst staying cosy in chunky cream knits, quilted jackets and faux leather boots. We love this vegan, brown leather Mid Century Quilt Shirt from sustainable e-commerce brand, House of Sunny, who act against fast fashion by producing smaller collections, sourcing sustainable fabrics, and donating textile scraps and samples. Pair it with the Yours White PU Heeled Knee High Block Boots from online fashion brand Public Desire to add texture and compliment this effortless winter look.
Pretty in Plaid:
Every season brings a new print, and there’s no print more synonymous with the winter than plaid. This heritage pattern still feels current, and is popular in statement pieces like coats, headbands and co-ords. Get ready for whatever that unexpected Zoom meeting throws your way – and slip on a pair of sleek and stretchy, wide-leg jeans and a striking plaid blouse like the ‘Britney’ beige tartan blouse from Instagram fashion brand Rags and Ruffles, which handmake all their pieces for every order. And to make yourself feel really put together, add a pair of statement earrings for a dash of panache to those live-streamed presentations. And hey, no one will judge you (or notice) if you’re still wearing slippers under your home office desk.
Look Good in Loungewear:
Let’s face it, we’ve had our fair share of quarantine fails; haircuts, burnt banana bread and drinking before 5pm… on a weekday. We’re not judging. But looking good in lockdown doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Ditch the moth-eaten pyjamas and treat yourself to some chic loungewear, which is a happy (and comfortable) medium between having nothing to get dressed up for, and “post-lockdown” clothes. Think comfy tracksuits with an added bit of va va voom – ruffles, waffle knit, and paper bag waistlines are all in fashion this season and will make you the envy of any stockpiling supermarket Karen. Try out the Lacey co-ord tracksuit set for size from the independent fashion brand, Designed by Georgia Beth. Available in our favourite monochrome classics black and cream, all featuring adorable puff sleeves and fleece-lined fabric; what’s not to love?
Christmas Day Comfies:
Whatever your Christmas looks like this year, we’re here for ya with the best in festive fashion. If your Christmas wish is quality time with family, opt for a chunky-knit cardigan with an effortless glitzy midi skirt, like this super on-trend Leila Gunmetal Metallic Pleated Skirt from Sugarhill Brighton, designed in the city using 100% organic cotton. Or if waking up with a hangover is likely to be at the top of your list, opt for silk PJs to add a touch of festive glam whilst staying comfortable this Christmas. Our faves are the custom made ‘Rose’ set from independent fashion brand Bespokebybella, which comes in festive red and features a short sleeve ruffled top and matching shorts, perfect for those morning-after hot flushes. No matter where you’re headed this Christmas, don’t forget your mask! We love this Glitter Mask set from Velvet Hove sure to make you stand out at any socially-distanced Christmas work party, available in white and pink, black and gold, or silver and white from their website or in store.