29 January 2017

ECO FASHION | Simplifying Your Wardrobe With P.I.C Style's Eco + Ethical Capsule Collection

Part of living slower is living with a smaller closet. It's the type of 'rule' which strikes fear in the hearts of most hoarders and shopaholics who often purchase things they don't actually like - items which neither suit their bodies, style, nor their daily lives - and are kept closeted after one wear in fear they might one day be needed again. 

In a recent study by U.K based charity shop, Barnado's, it was discovered that most women have adopted a "wear it once" policy to their wardrobes, wearing each purchase only seven times before discarding it. According to the same survey, of 1,500 women interviewed, 33 per cent consider their clothing "old" after having worn an item three times or less.  

The idea behind a capsule wardrobe mitigates hoarding requirements and reduces the call of consumption by encouraging you to choose a collection of essential items of clothing that ignore the so called 'fashion trends' and are diverse enough that they can also transform to be worn through multiple seasons, thus reducing some of the 10.5 million tons of clothing Americans alone send to the landfills each year.

The slow living cues offered by this way of wardrobing have inspired many, myself included, to live better with fewer fashion finds. In turn, it has also inspired conscious clever brands like London-based newbie, P.i.C Style, to design with the 'less is more' definition in mind.  

P.i.C Style was created with the intention of doing fashion the right way; informing people of what their clothing is made of, where it comes from, and who makes it. Their label, P.i.C Style, is consciously (and capsulely) designed and lovingly made in limited edition runs in London out of fabrics which are locally sourced, sustainable, organic or select stock material.

Their collection gives you a rotatable and interchangeable wardrobe from a selection of eight beautiful pieces, allowing you to create over 50 looks in total. They were kind enough to lend me their creations which easily mixed with one another and a collection that the Canadian ethical store Either / OR had lent me, to show you some of my preferred combinations with my existing wardrobe.
This pinafore dress has a detachable bib front to transform itself into a high-waisted skirt. It is structured but stretchy, easy to dress up or dress down, and made in London with organic fabrics which are sourced locally. 
Shop It Here > http://pic-style.com/product/bethnal-pinny/
Worn as a jumpsuit or (by detaching the bib front) high-waisted cropped trousers this piece is super easy-to-wear and flattering with its contemporary and versatile style. It too is made in London with organic fabrics which are sourced locally. 
Shop It Here > http://pic-style.com/product/hackney-jumpsuit/
With its dip back hem and box pleat detail, this shirt is a sweet and timeless piece which can be worn with just about everything. It's made from 300-thread count percale cotton in London. 
Shop It Here > http://pic-style.com/product/hoxton-shirt/

This sweatshirt is amongst the most comfortable I've ever worn and they kindly let me keep it after sending them a bit of a love letter about it. It's an effortless piece which features zip side splits and a boxy relaxed fit which will undoubtedly slide with simplicity throughout the seasons. It's made with locally sourced organic fabric in London.
Shop It Here > http://pic-style.com/product/kingsland-sweatshirt/
This super flattering A-line skirt is structured enough to tuck a sweater into, but delicate enough to feel casuale. It's made with organic fabrics sourced locally as well and would be a perfect addition to anyones capsule wardrobe. 
Shop It Here > http://pic-style.com/product/london-mini/

I borrowed this style in ivory and cream and it's one of those items you woudl wear again and again. The beautiful lace detailing on the front and back creates an elegant feel and the 100% organic bamboo silk is soft to the touch. I found the relaxed fit super flattering and they went with anyting tucked in or out and loose. It looked great layered as well.
http://pic-style.com/product/de-beau-cami/
Shop It Here > http://pic-style.com/product/de-beau-cami/

You can shop P.I.C Style's entire capsule collection on their website here: 

PHOTOS: Shane Woodward
SPONSORED POST: This post is sponsored. I only work with brands if their morals on ecology and ethics align with mine and if I do / will genuinely use their products as a part of the green lifestyle I'm doing my best to live. I don't receive any editorial direction from brands I work with, opinions and story direction is all mine.

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