(this post is a partnership with the featured brands, all thoughts are my own)
One thing that I find challenging is wanting to – and getting requests to – showcase and share more sustainable fashion brands but being limited by the space in my capsule wardrobe. So this spring I decided to try a new project idea and partnered with 3 of my favourite European conscious fashion brands to shoot a lookbook. I created a mini “dream capsule” for spring with an outfit from each brand that could also be mixed together!
Each of these pieces are really lovely and could easily become wardrobe staples. I also wanted to have a mix of casual, dressier, and versatile pieces since that’s really important in my wardrobe.
Look 1 | Recolution
This incredibly comfy outfit is from Recolution, a German sustainable, vegan, and fair fashion streetwear brand. I met one of the co-founders this winter at the trade shows and really love their products, sustainability initiatives, and design projects like partnering with artists to create their graphics and prints. It’s also a favourite of my husband who owns a few pieces.
The hoodie is actually knit from a light, soft organic cotton yarn (GOTS certified) and I especially like the more fitted cut. I have a similar grey knit top in my wardrobe with just a crew-neck, but I actually think the hood adds a more unique element to the style and especially looks good layered under jackets.
The pants might be my favourite piece from the whole lookbook because they were just so damn comfortable. They’re made from Tencel (lyocell) which is a sustainable material created from eucalyptus wood in a closed-loop process and has a very soft, silky feel and drape. They’re a slim cut and have an elastic + drawstring waist, the material has a denim-like look while being way more comfortable than jeans. I also really love how they can easily be dressed up or down and when I need a new pair of trousers I’ll very likely replace them with these.
Look 2 | Lanius
The next look is from Lanius, a lovely womenswear brand I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know since moving to Cologne – I even interviewed the founder Claudia Lanius a few years ago! They always make beautiful pieces that could work for the office, events, or casual days.
When I saw this floral maxi skirt, I knew it would be the perfect statement piece in the lookbook and perfectly captures the cherry blossoms that are now out. It’s made from a gauzy lyocell fabric with a comfortable elastic waistband and pockets! Even though the print is primarily pinks and reds it also has blue, green, and black accents which is always helpful for versatility and having colourful pieces in your wardrobe.
The white top is an organic linen knit with a lace-up front detail. I’ve owned a plain white linen tee from Lanius for the last few years and it’s a staple in my summer wardrobe. Linen is one of my favourite materials both to wear and because it’s really sustainable!
Look 3 | Noumenon
Noumenon is a newer brand who’s founder Dena I also got to meet this winter. They are a passionately cruelty-free company and have a seasonless, “slow design” philosophy focusing on quality, longevity, and sustainable vegan materials. I particularly love their unique styles and how they utilize upcycled and deadstock materials.
This flared-sleeve jacket is actually made from deadstock furniture fabric! This makes it a really unique, one-of-a-kind statement piece while also being warm, durable, and sustainable.
The dress is another lyocell piece giving it that beautiful drape, and the loose cut makes it really comfortable and easy to wear. It’s a really versatile style and can be dressed up or down, you can also belt it, and wear the ruffle on the shoulders, off the shoulders or just on one shoulder (all shown in the video below). I also like the stripe detail along the sides which adds an interesting design element.
This was such a fun project to shoot and I hope you enjoyed seeing the pieces and learning more about these awesome brands. It’s also really important to mention that all of the brands not only are sustainable but are also transparent about their production and work closely with, and have ethical standards for their factories. 💚
You can see the clothes in action in the video! As well as some behind-the-scenes of the photoshoot and how I styled the pieces together to create some different looks and outfit combinations.
I’d love to know what you think of the lookbook and which look was your favourite!
All photos shot by Dennis Wilhelms Photography.