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Make your Summer 2016 look more sustainable

Make your Summer 2016 look more sustainable

The sun is shining and it’s time to embrace the fashion trends of Summer 2016.

The slip dress is back and looking slinky, Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney have got us checking out gingham and backpacks are making a comeback.

If you want to keep up with the catwalk but make sure you’re doing your bit for people and planet too, then check out our handy round up of more sustainable Summer buys:

Pack it in

Burberry made the backpack the backbone if its spring/summer 2016 collection and with everyone from Versace to Chanel stocking them, it’s safe to say that this practical bag is back in style.

As you would expect from any spring/summer collection, big bold prints are back and the floral trend continues into the summer. We’re loving this on-trend floral tapestry backpack from Fairtade brand Hiptipico, who reinvest their profits into the local Mayan community who produce their handmade collection of bags.

Asos Backpack

Snap yours up from Asos Eco Brands.

Make sure you check out their ‘Backpacks that Give Back’ programme too – if you buy a backpack direct from Hiptipico they give 10% of every purchase to a scholarship programme to ensure that artisans’ children receive a high-quality education.


Stripes of all sizes

Classic stripes have had an update this season, spanning a whole spectrum of colours. Expect to see a lot of big, bright and bold brightening up our wardrobes!

Monsoon have faced ethical problems with their supply chain in the past, but they have an ethical compliance team in place who regularly checks that their factories are abiding by their Code of Conduct – which sets out minimum requirements for working conditions, pay and employment rights.

striped maxi skirt Monsoon
This bold maxi skirt is perfect with its on-trend stripes.


Loving the lace

Lace has taken centre stage all over the catwalks as this feminine trend is still going strong. Now that the sun is shining, don’t feel you have to restrict this to evening wear – team it with feminine florals for a stylish day time look.

Lace blouse H&M
Check out this airy chiffon blouse from H&M’s Conscious collection.


Toucan play that game

Animal features have been appearing on the runway for a while but this season it’s all about walking on the wild side with clear animal prints forming one of the more intriguing trends. Gucci features all types of snake prints across their collection, and you can get in on the action with this Fairtrade certified cotton Toucan tee.


This on-trend cotton jersey ticks two boxes with the blue stripes and cheeky toucan print from well-known ethical brand People Tree.


A touch of silver

It wasn’t the biggest spring/summer colour trend on the runway but many designers added a touch of sparkle to Paris Fashion Week with shimmering silver fabrics.


Bring a futuristic touch to your summer look with our silver scarves – the perfect ethical accessory to update your outfit. They’re hand woven from beautifully soft silk by artisans in Cambodia – made under Fair Trade principles with profits reinvested into helping Cambodian women start their own sustainable businesses.


With bomber jackets and denim making a comeback, underwear as outerwear on the rise and a whole range of prints from pretty florals to block brights, Summer 2016 has got something for everyone.

Trends are changing all the time and it can be hard to keep up and keep it ethical. Check out our introduction to ethical fashion if you’re wondering where to start.

If you’ve found some ethical fashion gems for the Summer, we’d love to hear about them. Tweet us a photo @LoveLittleLotus and help us share the love.

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