Whilst a lot of us abandoned our bras in the first week and will have to be surgically removed from our leggings when lockdown is lifted, as the weeks roll by it might be time to invest in pieces that will take us from isolation to life as we once knew it. We’re talking comfy, stylish, work-friendly, drinks-ready outfits that we can invest in, knowing they’ll work for us in weeks and months to come. And when we say investing, we mean sustainable, ethical brands who are investing in their supply chains, creators and designers – and in turn, the longevity of your wardrobes. Here are some of our favourite brands, and the pieces that are pulling us out of our lockdown lethargy.
Jumpsuits are the perfect investment right now; they’re comfy and can take you from day to night and back again with a simple change of shoes (or slippers). This jumpsuit from Thought will last from lockdown to office-wear and through to after-work drinks thanks to its classic cut and colour, and at £59.95 it’s a bit of a bargain. We also can’t get enough of the print on this dress, inspired by Venice. Great for when we’re, quite literally, dreaming of Venice and the days when we can start booking holidays again. If you’re still enjoying loungewear, take a look at their For Life At Home edit. Dress is £59.95
Komodo make boxy basics (aside from the odd tropical print to mix things up), and this classic oversized white shirt will never go out of style. Pair it with fitted black trousers and brogues (or better yet, these slide on sandals from Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather) for a smart yet comfortable work outfit – whether your commute has been from your bed to the lounge or included the joys of being squashed into a stranger’s armpit. For something more casual, roll up some chinos, don trainers and add a chunky textured brass cuff from People Tree. Shirt is £55. Cuff is £20.
Speaking of versatile basics, we love this stretchy pencil skirt from Ninety Percent. Who doesn’t love a flexible waistband. The company share 90% of our distributed profits between charitable causes and those who produce their collections, and their #DressBetter campaign encourages shoppers to consider how their clothing is made and by whom, and to support sustainable, ethical brands. It invites you to challenge and engage with brands who aren’t meeting expectations, who are funding poor working conditions, and aren’t meeting minimum wage or maternity requirements. Pencil skirt is £45.
You know how every piece of clothing is just better with pockets? What if we told you that this L F Markey Midnight Dress by I Love Lowie has FOUR. And what’s even better than that? It’s 100% biodegradable. This is the perfect statement dress to announce you’ve emerged from lockdown a more fabulous, radiant version of yourself, whilst giving you plenty of room to feel comfortable, carry lipbalm, change for the vending machine and your purse while you get the next round in. Dress is £170.
The beach-side photoshoot might have made us swoon – but not as much as the prints from independent Polish brand, imprm. We can’t get enough of the colour palette in their oversized Bondi shirt! Style it over leggings or skinny jeans for a day look that will last through to impromptu post-work drinks (remember the days when you used to keep a pair of heels under your desk?), layer it over a fitted skirt at any length that takes your fancy, or embrace the oversized look with wide-leg black trousers and statement jewellery – like these spring earrings from Bar, an ethical and sustainable jewellery brand from former Burberry designer Sophie McKay. Bar are currently donating 10% of their profits to The Trussell Trust – visit their Sustainability page to find out more. Bondi shirt is £76 and shipping is £10 to the UK. Spring earrings are £420.
Finally, for true versatility it has to be the little black dress and the Iman Rib Dress from People Tree is certainly one of those. Perfect for spring and summer, you can wear it through autumn and winter too with the help of thick tights and a chunky knit cardigan, and for more casual wedding receptions dress it up with this pink blazer from House of Sunny. They’ve chosen not to use placement print on the design which not only saves up to 40% of wasted fabric, it means that every blazer is unique. Dress is £69. Blazer is £119.