For Whom Do We Dress?

Quarantine is presenting me with some fashion issues?  Without my daily school run runway, I’m afraid my motivation to style my outfit is somewhat lacking. No-one is going to see it, appreciate it and applaud it. Whats the point?

I’ve always felt like fashion is my creative platform, that if I put together that outfit that makes my heart sing then I can conquer anything and achieve everything. You can see my dilemma.  I still have things I would like to get done that need me to be creative and motivated so why can’t I get out of my sweatshirts and leggings.On the other side of the ‘Stix’, Penny was spotted via Instagram, dancing in her garden in a beautiful dress whilst clearing out her garden shed!

I called her keen to talk this through. “Surely washing your denim shorts or your gorgeous cotton dress is the same thing” she said ‘ There’s no one occasion you can dress for in quarantine and you don’t know how you’re going to feel on the morning so just put on what you feel like wearing” .

Nodding in agreement I hung up, however, for me fashion shouts out how I’m feeling and my intention for the day…… far my sportswear is one rabbit hole I can’t seem to climb out of.  I blame my childhood (sorry mum) I was bought up in a world of play clothes and Sunday best and never the twain shall meet.

Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m painting a bleak scene of sports socks and slides but there is a flip side to my predicament.  I love my sportswear, these comfortable ensembles are multitasking and I’ve been productive if not prolific. The time I would take agonising over what to wear has instead been a time for reflection.

So to go back to my original question……..

These few weeks in lockdown have made me realise my at times obsessive routine and preparedness  is my foundation for taking on the day’s challenges.

The interaction, the people and the vibe and is a big thing for me,  it fuels my creativity and no amount of getting dressed up during lockdown is going to change that.

Until a semblance of normality is restored I’ll carry on wearing my much loved and much lived in leggings and saving dressing up for Instagram.

Leggings and yoga top Sweaty Betty


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Woven Store

In our quest to find the best slow fashion brands we were introduced to Alby from Woven the Agency.  She has considerable experience as a buyer of fashion and working with ethical and sustainable brands. So, in our view no one is better placed to launch the Woven Store online. Four seasonal collections that work alongside each other – how better to explain it than to use Alby’s own words, ‘4 edits, 4 seasons, 4 life!’


In the name of research (lucky us), we spent the day trying on and putting together outfits from her new Spring/Summer collection.

We share the same principles when choosing an outfit but have different styles, so there are no arguments when it comes to picking our favourites!

Penny: for me it was all about the gorgeous fabrics, flattering shapes and items that were super versatile. My base layer for all my chosen outfits was a white linen buttoned long sleeve from vicandbert.  To begin with, I styled it under this gorgeous silk jumpsuit. A dream to wear, with or without a layer.

And then under this shirt and with these jeans. I love the oversized jeans look, drawn in with a good belt. These jeans are the perfect waist height, and just the right amount of baggy!

When accessorising for summer, for me it’s a plain tan leather bag. I am not one for changing my bag with my outfit, so it needs to go with everything.

Nikki: I’d describe my style as workwear minimal. I like hardwearing fabrics, clean lines with a traditional feel. One of my favourite pieces is this Hannah Wessel dress. I love it’s versatility – the ties can be worn at the front or back, creating different looks. For me, it affords the perfect combination of function and elegance.

We’re huge advocates of sustainable fashion, and we think it’s important to ask #whomadeyourclothes. The biggest thing for us is to think before you buy – this way you’re less likely to throw an item to the back of your wardrobe, so buy less and wear more. At Woven Store the aim is to work with brands that embody and support the slow fashion ethos. ‘4  lifestyle edits’ that work seamlessly together, creating a beautiful, ‘less is more’ feel to your home and wardrobe.

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Ideas on how to navigate your December wardrobe!


‘Tis the season…… panic (as most of us do) when it comes to your seasonal wardrobe. What do you wear on Christmas Day when cooking that turkey, to the school nativity, or the mums’ drinks that looks effortless and doesn’t resemble tinsel?

After much discussion our prerequisites are:

  1. Time is precious so plan and try on in advance of your night out.
  2. It’s still you but with added sparkle.
  3. Dont panic buy. Even when it’s reduced, unless its thought through and feels great, 9 times out of 10 it won’t work!
  4. Comfort is a must! Many an evening has been ruined by a torturous shoe and too tight a trouser.
  5. Layer Up – it might be practical advice, but there’s nothing worse than sitting at someone’s dinner table who’s warm blooded!

With the above in mind, here are some of the things that we’re going to be wearing throughout December.


The Statement Skirt

Just add a t-shirt or a knit to make it work for any occasion.

Penny wears skirt from Anthropologie


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The Boiler Suit

There’s no deliberation over which top and bottom – the best stylish time saver ever!

Nikki wears boiler suit from Spryworkwear


It’s winter! Investing in some faux fur is an easy way to add glamour whilst keeping warm.

Penny wears leather skirt from Finery London

The Fail-Safe

The one item in your wardrobe that is a ‘fail-safe’. It’s not fussy, the length is perfect and it falls just right, hiding and hugging all the right places.

Nikki wears dress from Ganni


Layering up in a luxurious fashion.

Penny wears dress from Lilou and velvet jacket form Warehouse



Finish off with some gorgeous lippy (his one’s from Trinny London) with sparkles and a squirt of your favourite perfume, and you’re good to go.

After all ’tis the season to be jolly and anything goes…… long as it’s got an elasticated waist!









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Out of my colour zone!


Is anyone else out there a serial navy or black wearer?

It’s fair to say, unless you’re Iris Apfel this season’s colour combinations may have sent you scurrying back to black. Turquoise and mustard; lilac and mustard; lilac and blue; and to top it all off, neon. 

Our winter wardrobe seems to follow the shorter days and more challenging weather. However much we covet those Instagram squares of colour that make us smile, we both still reach for our comfort blanket of navy/black. 

So, we took some time to examine our wardrobes, and decided to focus on pushing the boundaries of colour. 

For us, neon is a step too far (we were there first time around!), but in the words of that style icon Iris “Life is grey and dull; you might as well have a little fun when you dress”

So, is there something in the psychology of wearing colour? Does yellow really make you feel happier? Do you have a more optimistic, energetic and creative vibe when you wear orange, and is red symbolic of passion and power?

We’re not sure that wearing those colours evokes passion or optimism on our school run some winter mornings, but we have discovered dressing brighter (than your mood) can be uplifting and make you smile even on the dullest of days!



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