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Dreaming of Christmas treats

October 29, 2015

Christmas is approaching (Christmas! Christmas!) and I’m starting to think about parties and what to wear. Ever since I began my quest for ethical-only clothing I’ve been super selective about what I buy. Generally I’ve been working with what I already have, mixing things up and trying out new outfits, but this year I think it’s time to treat myself to something special. I always try to pick pieces that will work in a number of ways, and for a number of different occasions, so being able to dress up an outfit for work or a party, and dress it down for a cinema date or Sunday roast with friends, is exactly what I’m looking for.

I’ve got quite a few Christmas parties to go to this year (our office Christmas party, my freelance Christmas party, Christmas dinner with friends and, of course, the big day (week) itself) so I need an outfit that will work for all of them, or at least some of them. Obviously I’m not complaining!

The outfit

Great Plains dress


I love the quilted geometric design on this dress – the colour is beautiful and the shape is really fun. This dress would work really well paired with a bright pair of tights, or with classic sheer or black tights and a pink heel. It’s definitely on the smart side, but I think the grey gives it a subtlety that means it’s still versatile.//

Two outfits

Dress//Top + Trousers

You KNOW I can’t resist an oversized dress! There is something so cute about this one – the sleeves are a great length, as is the skirt, and the polkadots make it really fun.//I love this look – short trousers, ankle boots and a smart top. It’s casual, it’s smart, it’s cool.//


The accessories



This coat looks perfect for both day and night. The colour is classic (and called toffee!), the pockets look amazing (that totally changes everything, right?) and it works with both jeans, black leggings or layered over a dress and tights. Plus it isn’t wool!! It’s like a dream.//Nothing like a bit of sparkle for a night out!//I love the cut-out design in this fairtrade necklace.//A pair of classic black heels. Can’t beat them.//

And of course, you also can’t beat coming home after a night in heels and getting straight into some comfy pyjamas…



Buying ethically can be tricky at first – it’s kind of like going vegan. When you first embark on the adventure it can feel like you’re constantly researching and checking and sighing, but I’m slowly gathering a bank of brands that tick all the boxes. Everything I’ve featured above, as far as I can possibly tell, is ethically sound. Let me know if you have any other suggestions in the comments below. Happy festive shopping!

This post was put together in collaboration with Great Plains. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Elise and Life permalink
    October 29, 2015 11:10 pm

    Oh I love that black dress! I’ve never really given Great Plains a proper look, I’ll need to fix that! :)

    • November 15, 2015 3:12 pm

      Definitely have a look through their Christmas party dresses – so many lovely pieces to choose from!

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