January brings with it, a large dose of the post-Christmas blues, and a harsh reality check. As normality quickly returns, and the New Year speeds ahead, the festive season becomes just a distant memory. Now that we’re nearing the end of the first month of the year, we think it’s safe to say that 2015 is successfully underway!
For many, the start of the year is a time for creating well-intentioned resolutions and, although it may be a couple of weeks late, we have a proposition for you; why not make 2015 the year you, and your wardrobe, become more ethical?
For those of you who are unaware, People Tree are partnered with Fair Trade artisans and farmers in the developing world, to produce ethical, and environmentally sustainable, fashion collections. Our products allow you to not only look good, but also feel good, knowing that the items you wear were made with respect for people and the planet.
To help you begin your adventure into revamping your wardrobe, we’ve compiled our top twelve wardrobe essentials. These high quality pieces will give you a great set of basics, enabling you to create a huge variety of chic outfits throughout this year, and for years to come. Let’s get this ethical endeavour started!
1 – A White Shirt
If there’s one piece in your wardrobe which can be paired with absolutely anything to provide an instantly polished look, it’s a crisp white shirt. Our Miranda Pocket Shirt in Eco White (£75), made from 100% organic cotton, can be added to any outfit to give a ‘put together’ look – even if it’s just an illusion!
2 – A Black Cardigan
Never limited by outfit, occasion or season; a simple, black cardigan is a great little cover up to throw on whenever you may need it. Our Grace Classic Cardigan in Black (£60) is a great fitting, staple piece, which everyone should own. Made from 100% fair trade and organic certified cotton, this is the cosiest cardi you’ll ever have.
3 – A Crew Neck Sweater
A versatile crew neck sweater is the perfect piece to create layers during the transitional months. Our Lana Jumper in Grey (£60) is a lovely, lightweight knit, which will become your best friend on those days when the weather just can’t make up it’s mind!
4 – A Pair of Black Leggings
A great base layer for any outfit is a pair of black leggings. Whether worn under a dress for extra warmth, or put together with an oversized jumper for a cosy, casual look, our Black Leggings (£26) are a necessary addition to your wardrobe. Here at People Tree HQ, many of us are convinced that our own brand leggings are of incomparable quality, with some members of staff getting a new pair every season – just in case our stock ever runs out!
5 – A Statement Dress
Everyone needs to own a statement dress which they can put on and not only look, but also feel, like a million dollars! Could our Orla Kiely Wallflower Tea Dress (£90) be the one? We think so. Just one of the beautiful items from the Spring/Summer 2015 Collaboration with the fabulous Orla Kiely, this dress is great for a range of occasions; from Sunday lunch to a summer wedding, this will make you stand out from the crowd.
6 – A Pencil Skirt
Nothing is better at taking you from a day at the office, to an evening with friends, than a figure-hugging pencil skirt. Our Magda Pencil Skirt in Black (£42) is made from 95% fair trade and organic certified cotton and 5% elastane, to ensure you’re comfortable all day long.
7 – A Statement Necklace
Bringing a basic outfit to life is easy peasy with a bold, statement necklace. Our Double Circles Necklace (£45) is carefully hand crafted, by skilled artisans from the Bombolulu Workshops in Kenya. For every 100 pieces of selected Bombolulu Jewellery People Tree sell, we will donate a wheelchair to a disabled child in Kenya.
8 – A Little Black Dress
An absolute essential for every woman’s wardrobe is the little black dress. Our Naomi Party Dress (£125) can be easily accessorised, and suits every figure. The feminine, fit and flare shape emphasises the waist, to give an extremely flattering silhouette. Whatever the occasion, if in doubt – go for an LBD!
9 – A Plain White T-Shirt
This garment needs no introduction – a plain white t-shirt is the ultimate classic. Our Nina Textured Top in Eco-White (£42) is made from a medium weight jersey, allowing the fabric to skim your body, without being too close cut. Whether tucked in or out, layered or worn alone; a white tee will always provide you with a comfortable, yet chic option.
10 – A Long Sleeved Top
A simple, long sleeved top is perfect to wear on a cooler day when it’s just too warm for a jacket. Aim to build a colourful collection, starting with neutral hues, which will make outfit building a breeze. Our Hallie Tee in Black (£32) is a great place to start; with its scoop neck and tapered hip, it has a casual yet elegant fit – what more could you want?!
11 – A Pair of Statement Earrings
Equally as show-stopping as a statement necklace, but more suitable for higher neck lines, are a pair of statement earrings. Our Triangle Earrings (£22) are absolutely stunning, and perfectly frame the face. Great worn for day or night, these are sure to get you noticed for all the right reasons.
12 – A Pair of Black Trousers or Jeans
Versatility and timelessness are qualities which a good fitting pair of black trousers, or jeans, possess by the bucket load. Our Kate Slim Fit Trousers (£65) have a skinny fit and high-rise waist, which effortlessly elongate your lovely legs.
Perhaps some of these items aren’t quite right for you? If that’s the case, head over to the People Tree website now to browse a wide variety of styles; you’re bound to find something which is better suited to you and your personal look – enjoy!