Ethical Fashion: Dressing up Fancy with Elizabeth Martin

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I don't know about you, but I am getting a bit tired of all the ethical fashion brands that produce simple, minimalist basics. Sure, a good organic cotton t-shirt, well-fitting jeans, and comfy loungewear are essentials in everyone's wardrobe, but what about when you want to dress up for a more formal event, or when you want to make more of a fashion statement? I want to make the case for stylish and sustainable fashion which makes you feel just a little bit more fancy, with some help from the gorgeous lace and tweed collection by Scottish fashion designer Elizabeth Martin.

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This blouse and a-line skirt were made to be paired together, although they look great as separates too (I styled the top with high waisted black jeans, and the skirt with an off-the-shoulder top). They can also be worn like I am here- with a bralet and mini shorts underneath, to make more of a statement, or if you want a little more modesty, the two-piece looks just as good with a tank top and black tights or an underskirt. I styled them with bare legs and chunky boots as it was a warm day when I shot this with the help of Alice Cruickshank (aka Twenty Something City).

I would wear this outfit to a wedding or a more formal party, like a big birthday, a fancy dinner, an awards ceremony or launch event. The lace is a Scottish madras lace by Ayshire-based manufacturer MYB Textiles, and the cowl neck collar and waistband is made from Harris Tweed from Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Overall, I am thrilled to have found a formal, but fun, outfit from a local, sustainable designer! What do you think?

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Outfit details

Top: Elizabeth Martin Skirt: Elizabeth Martin Boots: Topshop (second hand)

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