Former fashion editor – for 15 years – of Metro newspaper, Bel Jacobs has developed a unique profile within the fashion industry that includes a deep interest in both emerging creativity and the role of fashion in society as a marker of identity. In her role at Metro, she has interviewed some of fashion’s most most high profile figures including Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino Garavani and Vivienne Westwood. Underpinning her work is a profound concern in environmental and ethical issues within fashion and beyond. In her blog, she has covered a broad range of ethical initiatives including Alex Noble’s EMG, Joe Corre’s anti-fracking campaigns and Katharine Hamnett. ‘As it currently exists, the fashion industry is unsustainable. What excites is this wellspring of growing ethical awareness across so many sectors,’ she says. ‘That companies as diverse as EMG, People Tree and Fashion Revolution can all be working towards basically similar goals can only be good – for people and the planet.’ Here, she picks her favourite items from the spring collection.

Orla Kiely Birdwatch Shirt Dress, £90:
‘Orla Kiely’s designs are always so lovely – and the shirtdress, probably one of the easiest pieces in the summer wardrobe, is going to feature heavily this season. I can imagine slipping this on and going – well, just about anywhere.’

The Birdwatch Shirt Dress can be found Here

Virginia Chambray Dress, £85:
‘I have a soft spot for Chambray, the lighter cousin of denim. But whereas conventionally produced denim can be catastrophic on the environment, you know this pretty knee length dress with contrast hem is just as easy on the earth as it is on the eye.’

The Virginia Chambray Dress can be found Here

Savanna shorts, £28:
‘I can’t help it. The moment I see navy and white stripes, I think of summer and beach combing and long evenings with views. These fair-trade certified organic cotton shorts in easy jersey with drawstring waist are ridiculously comfortable and flattering.’

The Savanna shorts can be found Here

Keely Jacket, £145:
‘You can’t underestimate the handiness of a straight cut, tailored jacket – as easy outerwear in summer to a basic of your workwear wardrobe. Pair it with People Tree’s Nicolette cropped trousers for an androgynous look that’s right on the button.’

The Keely Jacket can be found Here

Triangle stripe scarf, £40:
‘Light cotton scarves are perfect for the shifting weather patterns of summer and this one is so pretty, with white around the neck and shoulders to light up the face and  a gently abstract design to add interest to its fringes.’

The Triangle Stripe Scarf can be found Here

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