THROWBACK THURSDAY - 3 WAYS TO WEAR A SUMMER DRESS

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An oldie but a goodie. Some inspiration on how to style up your summer dress in a multitude of ways. Just add detail. This particular summer dress was found in Trinity Hospice.

Heres the dress I’m starting with

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Look 1 - just add cork platforms and fashion a bow shaped belt from an old scrap of material. I chose this contrasting blue sailor stripe. But a bright peppy floral would have worked just as nicely. 

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Look 2 - perfect something a little more posh - add a homemade corsage and some delicate pointed pumps.

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Look 3 - Add a cute sweatshirt over the top of the dress. Tie it’s belt round the outside for a more casual, summery look. Finish with a statement necklace.

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BACK OF THE WARDROBE’S SUSTAINABLE SUMMER SUITCASE

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Is your summer suitcase packed? We wanted to give you some inspiration before you go off on your hols this year. So, we pulled together a capsule summer suitcase utilising statement pieces we all have lurking in the back of our wardrobes. 

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Our sustainable suitcase aims to show how it’s possible to get more wears by changing things up - ‘Old clothes new ways of wearing them’ style-ie. When we get to our holiday destination, we can’t wait to rock an old  full length Hawaiian skirt - now transformed into a little mini honolulu dream (evocative of this summer’s hawaiian trend). We’ll be hot stepping it to the beach in our up-cycled gold couture trainers and we have sweetened the suitcase up with embellished sunglasses.

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You will need: 1) a glue gun, 2) pretty gems 3) your old sunnies.
Check out our creatively paired items that make for perfect summer outfits and we don’ stop at utilising our work out gear for a sports luxe look. We use traditional swimming cosies as tops and even add embellishments that can be used over and over to create different looks.
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Here we’ve altered a full length hawaiian print skirt that’s been hanging around in the wardrobe for a while. We think it rocks in it’s new ‘mini’ form.

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Never fear if you’re on a budget or are a holiday fashionista with a conscience, you needn’t buy brand new.

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Dig deep for old gems, DIY, and combine with vintage or charity buys for a sustainable summer suitcase like ours.

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My current fave - utilising my sport gear for a summer luxe sport look. Just add gym joggers and a sports crop top or swimming cossie under a sheer over garment. Team with customised sunnies and sandals. Et voila.

Pastel sandals - Shelter (Camden High street)
Wicker weaved bag with flower embellishment (Shelter Camden High Street)
Denim Shorts £3.99!! - Traid Camden (High street)
Glitter sandals - Traid Camden (High street) Carvella 
Orange jelly gladiator sandals Traid Camden (High street) Office
Red silk rainforest bomber - Blonde Fox Vintage 
Pink Hawaiian bomber - Blonde Fox Vintage 
White dress - Blonde Fox vintage
All other items (straight from the back of the wardrobe):
Lakers kids top - from my childhood. Up-cycled into a crop top 
Gold trainers - Up-cycled old white trainers 
hawaiian skirt - altered (originally a charity shop item)
Pink bodice - Very old American apparel leotard
detachable flowers - found in wardrobe and off of a hat.
All photos by Nuraan Kariem
N.B I had very little time to organise this post before I flew away on hols - hence I have not been able to feature some sustainable designers that I might have wanted to. please do get in touch for future blog stories!
Stay tuned to the fb page for more summer capsule suitcase inspo.
Emma x 

STYLIST’S PICK

My latest nail art and jewellery crushes…enjoy. 

Nail Art images - Refinery 29, Jewellery - Michelle Lowe - Holder - beautiful sustainable jewellery made from offcuts and gorgeous scraps of material.

IN SUPPORT OF FASHION REVOLUTION DAY

Fashion Revolution Day is a call to arms to not just people in the fashion industry but to you, to me, to everyone - to stand for change. This is not a gimmick, it is already a global movement that is sweeping the world thanks to the campaign leaders, and sadly in part to the realization that spread in the wake of Rana Plaza which brought home a harsh reality. Too many brands and high street chains are mass producing clothes and accessories for very little at the cost of the people making them. In the case of Rana Plaza, 1133 people lost their lives and nearly double this were injured. Gallingly, Some of the brands, did not even know they had been producing clothes in the building and many still might struggle to tell you exactly where each piece of their clothing comes from and what happens at each and every stage of the production process. It’s important that both the brands we buy from and we as consumers understand how our clothes are really made and that we start asking who is making them.

 

We at Back of the Wardrobe are joining the revolution and making a stand for more transparency and awareness and you can too!

 

Yesterday I gathered fashion and lifestyle bloggers and designers who heard the call to join the revolution too. Everyone was asked to pull from the Back of their wardrobe to find clothes that they hadn’t worn for some time. I asked them to be creative in fashioning an outfit they could wear #insideout to show support. Then we pretty much just hung out and chatted about why Fashion Revolution Day is so important.

I have said before that I support the idea of ‘thoughtful’ fashion and making good use of the things we buy and the items we have in our wardrobe already. I believe it is important to recognise that whilst it is not realistic to never ever buy new, we can challenge the relationship that we have with our clothes more often. Perhaps we can ask where they come from, who made them and whether we can get more than one or two wears from them. Sustainable and ethical fashion brands are growing in strength and number - this way of doing things, this way of moving together consciously to ask for change is the future.

 Lucy Siegle recommends, don’t buy it if you can’t get 30 wears. I say, if you’ve already bought it, it’s easy enough, and more often than not fun to revisit a piece and see how you can style it up to get more wears!

Check the Facebook page for ideas on getting more wears this week and feel free to share our shoot images below supporting #FashionRevolutoonDay.

 

We are making a stand for more transparency in the fashion industry and you can too. 

How can you join the revolution?

 

It’s simple just… 

Be inquisitive and investigate where your clothes were made? Wear your clothes inside out on the 24th April, share this post to show your support!

Use Instagram / Twitter / Facebook to post a picture of yourself:

1) Wearing: your clothes inside out

3) Ask: ”WHO MADE YOUR CLOTHES?”

4) Link: all the brands you are wearing

5) Use: the hashtag #insideout

The revolution starts now but it can’t end this week we must keep asking questions and endeavoring to make good use of the clothes we already have. Treasure your clothes and #getmorewears.

Emma xxx

P.s watch out for out tweets asking #whomadeourclothes featured above.

Thanks to all these lovelies for supporting by contributing to this shoot:

Shoot concept, Art director and style co-ordination - Emma Slade Edmondson @backofwardrobe
Photographer - Claire Pepper  @claire_pepper
Make Up and Hair  - Amy Conley @amyconleyMUA
Make Up and Hair - Holly Jordan @hollyjordan93
Nail Artist - Metta Francis  @nailsbymets Nails By Mets 
Assistant - Kate Anderson
Blogger models - 
Emma Slade Edmondson - @backofwardrobe
Danielle Ward - @LittleWardLove A Little Fash Bird Blog
Abadesi - @Abadesi Cloak and Swagger Blog 
Chi Kalu - @I_am_Ms_Chi & @ALondonSteal  A London Steal Blog
Designer models - 
Tida and Lisa Finch of Finchitidda Finch -  @FINCHITTIDA 
Katie Jones - @K2TOGDESIGN K2togdesign.co.uk