The Ethical Fashionista's Guide To Winter

Written for The Good Trade by Alicia Taylor and Stephanie Hogg of Gather&See

To quote Jon Snow, winter is most definitely coming.  Autumn’s warm hues have faded, the days are shorter and there is a cooler edge to the air. It’s time to batten down the hatches and, when it comes to fashion, wrap up warm. But don’t let the dropping temperature get you down - instead embrace the opportunity to cozy up, get in the festive spirit and share the winter love. We’ve put together a guide on how to enjoy ethical fashion this winter, the key pieces that we can’t face the cooler months without, party season outfits to make a splash and how to shop for stylish ethical gifts. Snuggle up by the fire and delve right in!

Cold Comfort - Natural Textures to Keep You Warm

Nothing beats wrapping yourself up in natural fibres to keep yourself warm in winter. We love the earthiness of textured jumpers and knits for the winter months. Wools provide a softness that manmade fibres will never get close to, and are more environmentally friendly to boot. Throw on a chunky wool sweater with your skinny jeans or a feminine skirt for a contrasting look. We love Beaumont Organic’s April jumper with it’s nautical inspired weave, meanwhile Study 34’s V neck is classic and cozy at the same time.

For added luxury, A Peace Treaty’s blanket scarves are crafted by artisans in Peru using the softest baby alpaca - if you buy one accessory this winter make one of these beauties be it! From a fringed version to the bright and cheerful blue and red check number, there is something to tickle everyone’s fancy.

Be Inspired by Scandi Style and Embrace the art of Hygge

If anyone knows about how to do good winter style, it is the Scandinavians. In fact the Danes have a word for the art of embracing winter and all things cozy - it’s called ‘Hygge’. Hygge is about enjoying simple pleasures that soothe and make you feel warm inside - sitting by the fire, lighting candles, enjoying a hot chocolate or having a meal in with friends. Simple but heartwarming. Give yourself a little Hygge by lighting a few organic candles (see our Nathalie Bond Organics range for inspiration!) running yourself a bath and enjoying a glass of wine. No wonder the Danes are some of the happiest people in Europe! On a style note, look to some Scandi style for your wardrobe too. Woron’s sustainable underwear is designed in Copenhagen and is suitably minimalist. Kowtow’s jersey basics are a Scandi stylista’s dream and Danielle Foster’s clean lined, grey toned bags nod to the chic aesthetic seen on the streets of Stockholm and Oslo.

Tis the Season To be Jolly - Ethical Party Wear

The ethical fashionista loves nothing more than a good party, none more so than at Christmas. But what to wear?! Luckily there are now more and more ethical party options that will ensure you turn heads this festive season. Party trends to look out for include metallic tones, long length skirts and dresses and statement jewellery. Reformation has a swoon worthy selection of party dresses - check out the on trend Orion and Bordeaux maxi dresses in particular. Meanwhile at Gather&See British brand Blake LDN’s latest collection offers some elegant pieces which tick the box perfectly - the Pepe skirt and turtle neck combination is one of our hot favourites teamed with some A Peace Treaty jewellery.

Osei Duro’s statement print pieces make for great party wear - the Costa Rib dress with its graphic check print is great for dancing the night away - just match with a good pair of heels! The same can be said for Cus’s Harva dress and Seek’s statement Sara dress -  both great for the office party with colourful prints.

The Gift of Goodness

The art of giving good gifts is a hard one to crack. More and more we want to find gifts that are unique and really mean something. So it figures that choosing ethically and sustainably sourced gifts is the way forward. In doing so you are not only giving your loved one a thing of beauty and craftsmanship, you are also giving something back in terms of supporting the artisans and makers behind sustainable brands. If money is no object take a look at Maiyet for super high end luxury pieces that are ethically produced, their Peyton Tote is a sure bet. Gather&See features brands are fair trade and living wage meaning that the artisans are treated fairly and paid a living wage. If ever there was a time to support such brands, Christmas should be it. Our Gift of Goodness section helps you discover beautiful gifts from handcrafted jewellery from the Edge of Ember, Quazi Design and Hiro & Wolf toA Peace Treaty scarves,  TINCT handbags and Nathalie Bond Organics beauty products.  Christmas gifts made easy, and ethical!!

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