Sustainable top picks and styling tips from our Senior Buyer
This season we’re launching two new collections for pre-Autumn (Cultural Odyssey and Into the Woods), to take you from relaxed weekend wear to sustainable day wear. Cultural Odyssey takes inspiration from the fantastical tale of the immortal courtier, Orlando, by Virginia Woolfe. We echo the culture clash; East meets West – informing our print handwriting. From Tudor architecture to exotic desert scenes, softened with embroidery, indigo blues and gold highlights.
Shadows, branches, moonlight and mystery inspire our relaxed weekend collection, Into the Woods. We take to the forest to explore its bewitching silhouettes and spectrum of shades. Its beauty and twilight hour hues inspiring our easy-as-ever weekend wear.
There are so many pieces that we’re loving from pre-Autumn, so we’ve chatted to our Senior Buyer Ellie, to help narrow it down a bit. Here are Ellie’s top picks from the collection, along with some must-have styling tips to take you into the new season.
Sustainable top picks and styling tips from our Senior Buyer, Ellie
This is the perfect dress for the transitional weather – hemp is cool enough for the warm days and warm enough for cool days. This dress has the most flattering waist shape as well as comfortable pockets. The embroidered detailing on the hem and cuffs feels very special, and is inspired by Elizabethan architecture. I always get compliments on how beautiful these details are when wearing it. I also love how this piece can be dressed up or down – I would wear it with bare legs and some white converse for an office ‘running around’ day, and with cute ankle boots and tights for drinks in the evening. This dress is a real all-rounder.
A best-selling style and it’s easy to see why… I never want to take the Laurel Dress off, it’s so comfortable! This is a great ‘throw on piece’, in a soft and stretchy organic cotton loopback fabric. The waisted seam detail is really flattering and I love the little cuff details – think casual with a twist. I wear it with our extra thick leggings and a pair of white pumps for weekend errands.
Can you beat a white shirt? This one’s a complete wardrobe staple. It’s flattering, comfortable and I love the cropped sleeve length. It’s just the right level of unusual. I would wear with our Ditsy Ikat culottes and a pair of black Birkenstocks for a semi-smart work day.
The Sabine Jumpsuit is the most comfortable jumpsuit I’ve ever worn, and I love jumpsuits! The blend of bamboo and organic cotton is so soft and forgiving, draping beautifully. It has a flattering neckline and is a ‘pull on and go’ piece that takes minimal effort. This is a versatile item, but I would smarten it up with the Runda Jacket and ankle boots for a friends lunch at the weekend.
What makes the Eardly Dress so special is the unique digital print that we’ve used in blocks across the front. We sourced this art-inspired print from our archive – I’d say it’s a true hero from Into the Woods. This piece is easy to dress up or down with tights and boots or leggings and trainers for a more relaxed weekend look.
To take a look behind the scenes of our AW18 collection, click here.