Breton Baby

 

Let’s talk about ethical fashion. We could start where people typically predict your interest in fashion and style usually ends … upon entering the ‘tunnel of doom’ otherwise known as veganism. We could chat a bit about how a lifelong love affair with clothes, design, fabric and just about everything else needn’t cease to exist the minute you embrace a vegan lifestyle – trust me, it is entirely possible to love the planet and its inhabitants, and also obsessively covet that perfectly weathered chambray shirt you’ve had your eye on for age. It doesn’t have to be one or the other – you just have to be a bit more savvy about what you buy and adjust your spending/retail habits to suit. Being vegan does not mean subjecting yourself to a lifetime of unflattering harem trousers and tie-dye tees … and I ain’t even talking about those ironic 90s homages currently available in New Look neither. Ya get me?

 

There are so many ways around this fast fashion problem though, I almost don’t know where to begin but I guess this ‘Braintree Breton’, as I’ve henceforth dubbed it,  is a pretty good place to start. You could say it falls under the category of ‘ethical fashion’ given it’s organic cotton credentials (always a winner in my book), which is all well and good but as Stella McCartney once said (and I paraphrase here, ahem) ‘the designs have to speak for themselves’ – in a nutshell, it can tick all the boxes when it comes to sustainable fashion but if it looks pants, what’s the point? At least, I think that’s what she meant. Thankfully this tee ticks all said boxes and still manages to look chic – quick side note: size- wise it’s quite roomy so in my opinion you should opt for the next size down if poss.

 

In actual fact it has become something of a staple in my wardrobe since it arrived on my doorstep six weeks ago (I like to properly road-test these things) and my obsession shows no signs of waning just yet. Having paired it with dungarees, skinny jeans and even midi-skirts, I can safely say it’s a versatile little sucker (then again, I’ve never met a stripy top that wasn’t) although my current favourite combo has got to involve these new ‘Happy Birthday to Me’ Monki jeans (balloon legs are where it’s at yo!) and of course, this jaunty cap I bought whilst on holiday in Brittany. Yep, that’s correct, I shamelessly donned a Breton and lorded around the Brittany region like the Sailor Gal I am – or not, as the case may be, seeing I epically-failed to get my ‘sea legs’ whilst on board the ferry and spent the entire journey there and back lying horizontal in my cabin. Pass the sick bag please.

 

Ferry failures aside I had a pretty relaxing trip visiting my Husband’s folks and even though they were totally bemused as to why I was posing outside their kitchen window pretending to drink a cup of lukewarm tea, they also gave ‘The Breton’ two thumbs up. What more can I say? This one’s definitely a keeper.

 

WHAT I WORE … LILLI STRIPEY ORGANIC TOP – C/O BRAINTREE CLOTHING // TAIKI JEANS – MONKI // SANDALS – NEW LOOK (OLD) // NECKERCHIEF – H&M // CAP – CONCARNEAU (HOLIDAY FIND)

 

3 responses to “Breton Baby”

  1. Dianne says:

    I love the look, I just found your blog after looking for ideas to stuff mushrooms, glad I found you for ideas, motivation etc. X

  2. Elisa says:

    That is a great look, I’ve been following your blog pretty much since its inception and you’re usually a lot bolder when it comes to fashion then I would dare to be, but even timid me would copy that look in a heartbeat! (also seriously adore that teacup I am a sucker for pretty ceramics !!!) And I completely agree, no point in wearing the most ethically correct garment on your back if it looks like a Halloween costume or worse simply doesn’t suit you and thankfully ethical fashion is so ridiculously easy to come by nowadays, it really takes no effort beyond a mouse click or I guess swipe depending on your tech preferences 😉 thanks for sharing your inspirations! x

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