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Ethical & Sustainable Winter Uniform

By Lenny Balston, 15 Oct 2019

Baobab Avenue’s fab founder, Lenny, is a big believer in a minimal and sustainable wardrobe, her approach is to have a simple but sensational seasonal uniform. Here Lenny shares her wonderful winter wardrobe uniform.

One of the easiest ways to have a minimal and sustainable wardrobe is to have a uniform. I absolutely live an’ love the winter uniform notion. So this is my edit, for my default look for most of autumn and winter with various degrees of layering.

One of the easiest ways to have a minimal and sustainable wardrobe is to have a uniform. I absolutely live an’ love the winter uniform notion. So this is my edit, for my default look throughout most of autumn and winter. I mix it up with various degrees of layering depending on the ever-changing weather on this fair Isle.

Having a uniform drastically cuts down the amount of time I spend pondering what to wear. Let’s face it - we’ve all got waaaaaaaay more important things to do than standing in front of our wardrobes at a loss of what to don day after day. The other great aspect of a winter wardrobe is that it cuts down the amount of wonga I might otherwise lay out on crazy impulse buys.

In my experience clothes shopping became loads more conscious and considered when I’m thinking about developing a sensational sustainable seasonal uniform. It forces me to choose pieces which are versatile that I know I’ll love living in. I recommend basics that are quality and stylish rather than trendy (in this minute, out the next - is never gonna work in a sustainable wardrobe).

I've even been swayed from my all-black inclinations with rich dark tones! I reckon they reflect the season well - deep greens of the evergreen woods, charcoal grey and indigo reflecting cold winter night skies. Then there’s a pop of firehouse autumnal reds in this edit too in the form of the stunning tote bag.

I mix it up with shockingly snazzy socks, I’ve got a brilliant bamboo striped pair on as I type. Accessorising helps me keep the look fresh and variable - a beautiful belt, fun and funky jewellery. The layers beneath this cosy jumper depend on where I’m going and what I’m doing - but it’s roomy enough to work with multiple layers on.


The luxe forest green jumper is from Lowie - this beaut is crafted in Scotland from cashmere and merino lambswool. It's ohhhhhhh soooooo soft an’ lovely, Lowie also offers free repairs on all their jumpers!! I know, awesome commitment to sustainability hey? It means I know this lush number is gonna last a lifetime.

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The super sexy Slim Straight Jeans in indigo are by Community Clothing and made in their factory in Blackburn. It consists of 99% cotton and 1% elastane for that little bit of stretch. They go great with a colourful belt for a splash of cheer - check out our belts - my faves are the beaded ones from Bushbells and the recycled firehose belts from Elvis and Kresse ('cos they compliment my beautiful bag)

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The 100% merino wool hat from Silverstick keeps my noggin warm as the days get nippier. It’s made in Britain and the charcoal colour is neutral enough to go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe.

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The timeless tote bag by Elvis & Kresse and is made from 100% recycled materials, mainly recycled fire hose. It’s roomy enough for a laptop and is vegan to boot!

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The Etta chelsea style boots from Collection and Co are also 100% vegan and approved by PETA. They’re just the ticket this winter as they’re great for wearing with super cosy chunky socks. Not to mention great for when I've gotta dash for the train.

If you’re like me and love an’ live-in an ethical and sustainable winter uniform -please share! We’d love to see how you work yours.