Autumn signals, in my opinion, the greatest seasonal mash-up, both in terms of weather and wardrobe. There’s still plenty of sunshine about but a fresh chill in the air, which comes as light relief after a muggy London summer. Wardrobe wise, it’s bare legs and boot season.
For the second instalment of my posts for Outsider, I’ve worn their staple black woollen polo neck over an old Zara dress. I like the more feminine shape of the jumper with the draping of the satin contours and billowed sleeves. Short skirts are few and far between in my book, but this much leg on show feels just about acceptable when it’s combined with generous upper-body coverage.
This week the Campaign for Wool are celebrating Wool Week 2014 with various talks and demonstrations going on, championing wool as a desirable and sustainable material. Lots of British retailers are involved so keep an eye out. Incidentally, this jumper is made from a Merino wool knitted jersey, which is lightweight, beautifully cosy, and renewable and biodegradable, to boot.
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Don’t forget it’s #buybritishday today Friday 3rd October.
Here’s a selection of our made in Britain styles for you to choose from…
The aim of Buy British Day is to encourage folks to buy more British-made products, created by Make it British.co.uk
Here’s a guest post by A Sustainable Thread’s Rachael Cooney…
In our current summer-autumn hiatus, I find deciding what to wear can be a little hit and miss, but I’ve found this classic shirt dress to be the perfect transitional piece. Loose and light, it’s also really easy to layer up as the weather grows cooler.
I wore this beautiful Outsider dress for the majority of my holiday in France this summer, thrown over a bikini for lunch, and then later out for dinner with a red lip. Now, come September it’s proving itself to be even more versatile.
I love the subtly feminine feel that comes from the fitted cut at the top, which then gives way into the high-low skirt. I’ve layered it over jeans on days where it’s been cooler but recently the sun’s intermittent appearances means I’ve been going bare legged and wearing it underneath dresses and jumpers.
This is probably my favourite way to wear it; here I’ve paired it with a vintage chequered dress and Birkenstocks, and a classic Brereton top and black ankle boots. The shirtdress is made from high-quality organic cotton responsibly sourced in India and aside from the great social and environmental benefits of the organic farming process, the material itself contains no harsh chemicals and on a purely selfish note, feels incredibly soft and luxurious to wear.
The dress is now definitely a go-to fixture in my wardrobe. Although I do love a white shirt-dress, I actually think black is an easier colour to wear all year round, and also more fitting come evening; cue the many more outings…
Enjoy 15% off this and all Outsider’s organic cotton styles this month as part of the Soil Association’s Organic September. Just use code ORGANIC at the checkout.
Have you seen the cool film From A Confined Space made about Outsider?
Our classic shirt dress with obi style belt and pleat detail is one of our most versatile items. It’s available in several colour options. This dress will work whatever you plan to get up to…
A walk in the great outdoors, a bit of grunge glam, out and about on your bike or on a night out - it’s up to you how you style this dress.
It’s made ethically from luxurious organic cotton sateen and fastens with shell buttons. The tailoring is done in India at a factory we’ve visited and approved.
Throughout Organic September enjoy 15% off this dress and all our organic cotton clothing styles online.
From desk to dinner or energetic day out, this shirt dress is ready for anything. How will you wear yours?
Organic September is the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic. It’s an initiative created by the Soil Association with the goal to make one simple point: if we all make small changes as consumers, we can create a big difference to our world.
This month is a time to remind ourselves that through our shopping habits we have the power to influence change. We are all encouraged, in at least one area of our lives, to spend money on an organic alternative. As Rob Sexton, Chief Executive of Soil Association Certification says: “If everyone makes a small change like switching to organic milk or choosing an organic moisturiser we can make a huge difference to our planet. Organic farms support 50% more wildlife, with 30% more species - that’s more birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, bats and wildflowers.
A small change can make a surprisingly large difference - the average family eats enough bread in a year that if just 12 families make the small change to swap their bread to organic, an area of organic land a quarter of the size of the Wembley Stadium football pitch would be a haven for wildlife.”
To help celebrate Organic September we have created an Organic Edit within our online boutique and are offering 15% off all our organic cotton styles. Just enter the code ORGANIC at the checkout.
The Edit includes styles made ethically from 100% organic cotton, certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The whole supply chain, from field through manufacture to final fabric, is fully certified.
The Soil Association explains the reasons why organic textiles are kinder and cleaner:
- Organic fibres are grown without the use of harmful pesticides or genetically modified organisms and so they promote a healthier farm and environment
- Harmful manufacturing chemicals in organic textile production are forbidden, so it’s better for local wildlife, animals and people
- Social conditions are better in organic textile factories - organic cotton production can help farmers find a way out of poverty
- Animal welfare is at the heart of organic systems
- Organic textiles don’t contain allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemicals
We hope this will inspire more people to choose organic where possible, and when you do you can enter the following competition…
The Soil Association have teamed up with Organic September sponsors Good Energy to offer one lucky shopper a year’s free supply of electricity. To be in with a chance of winning you simply need to visit www.soilassociation.org/win and tell them the organic product you bought this September. No proof of purchase is necessary although, as ever, terms and conditions apply – see here for full details.