As is the case with most bloggers, I started Style Bee as a creative outlet where I could share my love for fashion and design.
I began focusing on responsible style at the start of 2016 when I just couldn’t take any more of the fast fashion mindset. I’d become increasingly interested in slowing down, shopping thoughtfully and building a closet I could feel good about for years, not just seasons.
My closet used to be a source of anxiety for me but since I let go of the need to ‘keep up’ and constantly ‘add’ it’s become a source of contentment and satisfaction. Having only functional pieces I love to wear makes getting ready a pleasure instead of a dilemma!
My outfits usually start with one piece that I’m excited to wear. Then I build on that item with another piece that I feel compliments it well. I’ll pick my shoes and bag next and finish the look with a touch of jewellery and if needed a great top layer. Coats, blazers and vests are my favourite way to finish a look!
There are so many wonderful options when it comes to responsible brands now but Elizabeth Suzann has been a long-time favourite and I love Garmentory for shopping all the best indie boutiques and discovering new designers.
The 10×10 Challenge
The 10 x 10 Challenge is an exercise I established in 2015 to help encourage myself to get more creative with my clothes during a 30 day shopping fast I was on at the time. The concept is essentially a micro capsule closet that you work with for 10 days, trying new looks and styling your clothes in ways you might not otherwise try.
The basic guidelines are:
- pick any 10 items from your current closet
- style those items into 10 different looks
- use 10 days to do it
- have fun and donlt take it too seriously!