Your Sustainable Summer Wardrobe: Sorted
By Talia Collective
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The White T-Shirt
The white t-shirt is a staple of all wardrobes, regardless of the season, and therefore perhaps the item most worth investing in.
This linen version from Oramai is a favourite of ours, cut from 100% GOTS Organic Linen and with a relaxed, loose fitting shape that makes it ideal for tucking in, hanging loose or pairing underneath other items. And of course, it goes with everything.
The Midi Skirt
A midi skirt is perhaps one of the most versatile items in your summer wardrobe and transitions seamlessly from casual daytime exploration to sizzling nighttime glamour with a change of shoes.
Our favourite is the acid green Margot Midi from Vernisse (the perfect colour for setting off a tan), made from 100% vintage silk organdy with hand-covered pink silk buttons and an adjustable thigh slip. All are made-to-order and available in limited quantity, as part of Vernisse’s mission to reduce waste.
The Slide Shoe
The slide’s popularity shows no sign of waning and we’re particular fans of Shekudo’s Ilamoye Slide Mule, made from traditional Nigerian Aso-Oke cloth and goat skin leather left over from the meat industry.
Made by local artisans in Lagos, Nigeria, they celebrate the traditional wear of the Yoruba people – the tribe of the country’s southwest region – with part of the profits going to support an organisation for at-risk women in Nigeria.
The White Trousers
White is your greatest friend when it comes to balmy summer days thanks to its heat-reflecting ability, and if you’re looking to cover up some skin, Oramai’s 100% GOTS certified organic linen trousers make an excellent choice.
The linen is breathable and fast drying whilst a relaxed silhouette, tapered bottoms and an optional matching belt make these a stylish option to suit all body shapes. If you’re looking to add an extra level of sophistication, pair if with Oramai’s matching longline blazer.
The Gold Accessories
Gold accessories are an iconic summer staple and the ultimate complement to salty, sun-bleached locks. Rebecca Manners’ Jawan Large Hoops are one of our top picks, bold enough to get you noticed but not so much that they’ll look over the top when you’re strolling down the beach.
They’re also exclusively designed for Talia Collective, so you can rest easy in the knowledge that no one else will be showcasing the same style!
The Carry-All Tote
Summer calls for seamless transitions from poolside lounging to city exploring – an art only made possible by a bottomless bag. Enter the traditional Sicilian coffa tote bag from beauty tycoon, Irene Forte, hand-plaited with palm wood fibres and decorated with recycled materials, 100% made in Sicily.
Once a staple in ancient rural farming traditions for its ability to hold a seemingly impossible quantity of sun-ripened olives and oranges, it is now a must have in any summer wardrobe.
The ultimate summer essential, shorts are great for running around a city or pulling on and off at the beach. The Etiquette’s high-waisted black jacquard shorts are a favourite of ours, made from leftover scraps from haute couture fashion houses.
Pair with a white t-shirt of linen shirt to stay cool and collected under the summer sun.
The Denim Jacket
An iconic summer cover-up, Alter Designs has taken its version to the next level with contrasting acid-wash panels made out of at least three upcycled denim jackets, meaning each one is unique.
The oversized fit makes it an easy addition to throw on over any outfit, adding edge to floral patterns and feminine shapes.
The Chunky Sandal
Chunky sandals serve up a similar dose of edge and are a staple item on this summer’s agenda.
Essen’s City Sandals are handmade in Portugal by local artisans from luxurious dark brown leather that softens beautifully with wear, and feature a memory-foam footbed and an adjustable buckle for ultimate comfort.
The White Shirt
Wonderfully versatile and effortlessly chic, a white shirt is ideal for throwing over sun-kissed shoulders or tying up into a knot over a skirt or pair of shorts.
Rakha’s 100% Gots certified organic cotton Holly White Shirt is slightly oversized and comes with a round buttoned neckline and cropped sleeves, for an added touch of sophistication.
Made from 100% GOTS certified organic linen and 100% natural Corozo buttons, Oramai’s Portofino Playsuit in cobalt blue is both striking and sustainable.
Featuring a loose-fitting silhouette, a tailored neckline, short hem and a tied adjustable waist, this design is perfect for both beach and city breaks and injects serious style with minimal effort.
The White Trainers
A year-round necessity, a pair of top-quality white trainers sets the standard for your entire wardrobe. So why not make it the sleek SJC from newly-launched footwear brand, Sans Matin, handmade in Colombia from leather sourced as byproduct from the meat industry. Featuring a 60% natural rubber outsole and a cushioned footbed, these ultra versatile shoes will take you from beach to city in comfort and style.
Ever mindful of its environmental and carbon footprint, Sans Matin sources all leathers, fabrics, footbeds, laces and packaging within two hours of the Medellin factory.
The Maxi Dress
Staying both cool and comfortable is the key when it comes to summer dressing, an aspiration made easy by the maxi dress.
Arkitaip’s Gerda Ruffled Slip Dress is an effortlessly chic and lightweight option made from sustainable and breathable linen, featuring a low V-back and spaghetti straps to show off the summer tan.
The Wrap Coverup
A top-quality lightweight wrap is a much-needed addition to any summer wardrobe when the sun gets too scorching.
Throw Aessai’s pastel striped Canoa Wrap around shoulders for a combined hit of shade and style, handwoven by South American artisans from organic cotton and merino superwash.
The Crop Top
Nothing says summer like a crop top and we love The Ethiquette’s statement purple Crop Top Cassis, made from Haute Couture duchess satin leftover pieces in its atelier in Paris.
Pair with shorts or a skirt, or under a shirt, for a pop of colour without having to bare too much skin.
The Strappy Heel
Transform any look from day to night with the addition of a strappy, summer heel. Essen’s Elevated Essential is simple yet stylish, meaning it goes with anything, and comes in a range of colours. Our favourite? The Champagne, perfect for adding some sparkle to summer nights.
Handmade in Spain, Essen supports local artisans and traditional techniques with all shoes exclusively made to order in an effort to reduce waste.
The Shirt Dress
A feminine take on the classic shirt dress style, Oramai’s Amalfi Dress in coral ticks all the boxes when it comes to style, making a statement and staying cool.
Made from 100% GOTS certified organic linen, it features a voluminous skirt, a fitted top, an adjustable waist and playful hem details, perfect for throwing on at the beach or staying chic in the city.
The Crossbody Bag
This summer is all about the crossbody bag. This hands-free summer accessory channels minimum stress, maximum style, especially when it’s BEEN London’s Cecilia Crossbody, handcrafted in London from luxurious recycled leather.
Featuring a top handle and wide adjustable strap, this modern take on a classic style can be worn either as a crossbody bag or clutch, and features an accordion structured shape to hold all the essentials.
The Slipper Shoe
Don’t overlook a slip-on, sockless shoe this summer, especially if it’s one of Flabelus’ ultra-colourful, vegan slippers inspired by traditional Venetian gondoliers.
Crafted from organic velvet, 100% aged linen, natural piqué and satin, these timeless slip-on shoes suit any occasion and come with a commitment to support dedicated local artisans and their age-old production techniques. Soles are also made from recycled bike tires which make them ultra comfortable.
The Co-Ord Set
Coordination is the ultimate style stamp and no one does it better than the master of summer linens, Oramai. Its blue and white striped Top & Bottom set is fun and feminine, featuring a flattering, strapless cropped top and belted shorts.
Made from – what else? – 100% GOTS certified organic linen.
The Midi Dress
What to wear when a mini is too little and a maxi is too much? You got it – the midi dress – your greatest ally for navigating the soaring daytime temperatures and cooler evening climes.
Arkitaip’s 100% linen Elisa Midi Dress is the perfect wrap design to throw on over anything, featuring an asymmetric skirt and an adjustable waist and sleeves for a perfect fit.