I generally wouldn’t be seen dead in proper practical outdoor clothing. Even when we go camping in our old VW camper van Roberta, I much prefer to go for a dress (usually from a charity shop) worn with leggings. But I have been finding myself more and more drawn to the Timberland collection of clothing which seems to perfectly combine style with practicality. After last summer’s horrendous and changeable weather I can’t help thinking that I could do with some more practical clothing, but most outdoorsy brands don’t really work for me in terms of style or sustainability.
Timberland has a kind of urban feel to it that means most of the pieces could work equally well for city life and camping in the great outdoors. Timberland also have great ethical and sustainable credentials and are really transparent with plenty of information about their ethical and sustainable performance on their website.
The Timberland Earthkeepers shop (which you can check out on style-is.co.uk) represents the most eco friendly of all of their products. In 2012 they recycled millions of plastic bottle to make shoes and they are innovating with new fabrics using recycled plastic which include SmartWool® faux shearling, Polartec® fabric, and Bionic® canvas. What I really love about Timberland is that it is also high quality, well made and won’t go out of fashion. It is just the sort of clothing that I would keep for ever or at least a very long time.
I also love that the colours of most of their clothes are quite neutral, meaning that they go with everything. This is particularly important as Mr S keeps a close eye on the amount of clothes I pack when going in a campervan trip.
Here are some of the pieces that have caught my eye (all featured on style-is.co.uk)
The Earthkeepers® Abington Waterproof Parka importantly has a waist which gives it a bit of shape. I also love khaki, it is a really versatile colour. I could wear this with all sorts of outfits from a floral dress to jeans and t shirts.This Timberland Earthkeepers® Cotton/Cashmere V-Neck Sweater could be layered over a dress, leggings or shorts for sitting outside glass of wine in hand and Mr S busy with the BBQ on a summer’s evening after the sun goes down. It looks great, goes with just about everything and the super soft cashmere would be a lovely comforting treat.
These Timberland EK NORTHPORT F/L OX women Trainers are as practical as trainers but do look too much like trainers (if you know what I mean). Again a great neutral colour that I could wear with most of my camping outfits.
What do you think? are you a fan of outdoorsy clothes and would you wear Timberland?
With warmest wishes
I have said it many times before that if you are looking for affordable ethical fashion then the sales is a great place to buy it. Most ethical fashion doesn’t follow trends, but sets its own style so it doesn’t really go out of fashion.
As time goes by the savings get bigger and so if you have the nerve to wait for that piece that you really want you could bag yourself some really affordable ethical fashion in the sales. Of course you may also miss out, so it is up to you whether you take the risk. Anyway as the sales have been on for some time so there are now some fantastic bargains to be had.
I am a big fan of Melissa shoes especially the flats. I have a pair which I wear all the time and when they finally wear out, I would love to replace them with these which are (obviously) from the Vivienne Westwood Melissa collaboration.
I love the colours and ruffles of this Edun dress. It has been reduced from £309 to £139!
I love this vintage (1930′s) beaded handbag. Amazing colours and art deco design.
This Sleuth jumper by Seasalt Cornwall would be the perfect thing for camping, especially early on on the season when it is freezing cold. I am really tempted as it is reduced to £60.
Finally for Mr S, I love this Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers® Wilmington Long Snorkel Jacket. Again great for camping. There are some really great bargains from the eco friendly Earthkeepers range in the Timberland UK store.
You can also find lots more affordable ethical fashion on the sales page at style is… Do you shop the sales early or wait to try and get a super bargain?
With warmest wishes
Timberland EK Bethel Buckle Mid Lace Boot
My pick of winter boots from Spartoo shoes for this month definitely has to be from the Timberland Earthkeeper Collection. The Timberland Earthkeeper Collection is a great example of how a big brand can implement sustainable practices and still make great products. I also love how practical, durable and long lasting Timberland boots are but they are also very stylish and the traditional styles are iconic.The Earthkeeper collection features at least 50% recycled materials with their lining s being made form plastic bottles and the soles from Green Rubber. They also have an ergonomic insole for amazing comfort.
Whilst the yellow boot is the most well known Timberland design, they also have many other styles so don’t be put put off if the Lumberjack look is not for you.
Timberland as a brand are committed to reducing the impact of their operations and are really transparent with their website clearly detailing both their goals and progress with regard to both social and environmental. The metrics that they are measure include all aspects of their operations from use of eco conscious material to environmental performance of their tanneries, emissions at every stage of the process and social performance of factories. I definitely feel confident that Timberland are not just paying lip service to the issues of ethics and sustainability.
What do you think of Timberland, would you wear them?
I hope that you are having a good week.
With warmest wishes
A good pair of winter boots or shoes is an essential part of my winter wardrobe with key requirements usually being warmth and comfort, an on trend look, versatility to go with a variety of items in my wardrobe. When the weather gets really cold I love to wear a longer pair of boots either with a skirt and tights or for tucking in skinny jeans or leggings. I also love a pair of ankle boots with a small heel for wearing with boot cut jeans and trousers. Over the last few years I have been particularly taken with wedge ankle boots which are probably the easiest type of heel to walk in and great for adding a bit of height.
Here are some of my favourite winter boots at Spartoo.co.uk (which by the way all have a minimum impact on the planet!)
Timberland are a well known brand that have really made a big commitment to sustainbility particularly with the Earthkeepers Collection, they also happen to have some fantastic winter boots. I love these EK Bethel Buckle boots from the Earth Keeper Collection. They have a recycled sole and ergonomic insole and are made from at least 50% recycled materials.
Another favourite eco brand of mine is Dream in Green. They have a strong commitment to sustainability and they always have some great styles. I love the vintage feel to these Brigno boots which is a result of the vegetable tanned leather that has been used to make them.
These boots by Snipe which are great for a casual weekend outfit. Snipe shoes boast both friendly product design and manufacturing processes.
What do you think? do you like an of these boots or brands?
With warmest wishes