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Slow Fashion Faves: Summer Edition.

The sunshine is FINALLY here and we are soooo ready! The UK’s weather has been playing with our feelings lately but we’re eventually being blessed with sunshine and warmer days, and you know what that means… summer ‘fits babyyy!

Unfortunately, consumerism culture, fast fashion and social media have pioneered a world where many feel that they need to be constantly purchasing new clothes, always have the most on-trend pieces, even if they are just micro-trends, and never, ever outfit repeating. Thus, creating a world of continual waste and major damage to our planet, all at the hand of fast fashion. Fast fashion has an immense impact on our environment, from polluting our air and waters to using toxic textile dyes and generating huge amounts of waste. And lets not forget the terrible quality of these fast fashion pieces, that either fade or fall apart, and that just is not our summer vibe. To help out the conscious queens out there who are wanting to shop more sustainably this summer, we have compiled a list of some incredible slow fashion brands and some of our summer fashion favourites.

By Megan Crosby - Bea Mini Dress in Wild Flowers

Woman wearing floral dress stood on roadside

A floral dress is a summer staple, and we think this By Megan Crosby one is the perfect fit. This gorgeous mini dress is made from organic cotton poplin and is handmade to order by Megan and her fabulous seamstress, Georgie. By Megan Crosby is determined to make fun fashion fair for all - and we love that! The brand is a super cute alternative to the awful fast fashion giants, as well as one of the first joyful, funky slow fashion labels showing eco-fashion doesn't have to mean beige and boring clothing. By Megan Crosby only uses sustainable, deadstock, remnant or organic fabrics for their designs and works only with OEKO-TEX certified environmentally friendly dyes, and just like us, only uses 100% recyclable and reusable packaging. 

Monika The Label - The Bandana, Pink Tiger

Blonde woman wearing pink bandana

No summer wardrobe is complete without a hair accessory and this adorable bandana from Monika The Label will not only shade your head from the sun, but make you look super cool while doing so. It’s the perfect summer accessory for everyday wear, with a hint of Wild West inspo. Monika The Label is a love affair between Cali cool and east London grunge, Monika, the founder, is inspired by all things 70s, designing incredible sustainable collections for wild-hearted women. All Monika The Label hair accessories are made from the remnants of fabrics meaning no textiles are wasted - slow fashion for the win! What makes this bandana even more special? It's multi-functional and made from 100% silk satin. 

Sherbet Lemons - Matcha Beaded Bikini Set

Blue bikini worn on tanned blonde woman

Did someone say beach babe era? Summer means; beach trips, holidays, sunbathing and swimming but finding sustainable swimwear that is also affordable can be quite the challenge, but fear not honeys, we have found the cutest handmade bikinis from slow fashion brand, Sherbert Lemons. Sherbert Lemons is a handmade, made-to-order, small scale, bespoke fashion brand based in the UK, providing super cool clothing from sustainable roots, does it get any better than that?! The adorable prints, beaded details and multi-way designs make these bikinis the ultimate swimwear staples.

Isla Risa - Small Hive, Green Apple

Woman in purple jumper with green bag against brick wall

Obsessed in an understatement. These Isla Risa bags have taken Instagram by storm, these bags have been everywhere and rightly so - they’re incredible! The brand embodies joy, togetherness, warmth and humanity and their pieces are sculptural, tactile and just absolute works of art. In a fabulous range of colours and designs, these bags are perfect for every season and every occasion - that's why we love them! All Isla Risa bags are handmade by founder and award winning handbag designer, Emma Garner, making them super special and eco-friendly due to the small quantity production. 

Before July - Madeline Lilac Co-ord

Linen lilac trouser set

What’s a summer wardrobe without linen trousers? These gorgeous lilac linen trousers, paired with its coordinating linen puff sleeve top is a summer outfit dream, stunning for special occasions or dressed separately for casual outings. All Before July pieces are designed and handmade in founder, Elisa Jaycott’s UK studio. The brand releases 1-2 collections per year, creating timeless statement pieces that can be worn season after season, lasting wayyy longer than just one trend cycle. The fabric used to create all Before July pieces are predominantly dead stock, end of roll or 100% cotton fabrics - cute and conscious! 

These slow fashion brands are doing incredible things for the fashion industry and the planet. It’s time to ditch fast fashion and shop responsibly and consciously wherever we can because slow fashion and small businesses are the future.