Red, White and Blue Outfit for a Royal Celebration

In today’s style diary, my old outfit of the day is made up blue, white and red to match the Union Jack flag, created from items already in my own wardrobe. Chic and sustainable, I am sure our new King who cares about sustainability and protecting our planet would approve.

Red, white and blue outfit – the details

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Hints of red and gold accessories complete the look

Simple outfit styling (without looking like a union jack flag)

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A chic and simple (and comfortable) union jack inspired outfit

Sustainable and chic – blue, cream and red outfit inspiration

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Blue, white (cream) and a hint of red outfit with gold accessories

Sustainable outfit details

This red, white, and blue outfit that is made up from preloved pieces. All shopped from my own wardrobe.

Style notes

  • The foundation of this outfit is a cotton blue dress, which I purchased preloved on Vinted and wear on repeat. It’s a loose style which is perfect for those days where you don’t want to feel self conscious about a bloated stomach. It’s 100% cotton and this style is often available preloved on sites like Vinted and eBay every year.
  • To add a pop of red to the outfit I’ve used a spare pieces of fabric from a shirt alteration done by The Reclaimery to create a cute hair tie. Not only is this a sustainable way to reuse materials, but it’s also makes for a simple stylish accessory, and I’ve matched my lips to give that extra boost of red to my outfit.
  • To keep cozy, I paired the dress with a cream jumper over my shoulder and tied in a cute knot at the front. I picked up the jumper years ago at a clothes swap event in Stratford in 2018 or 2019. It’s an old fast-fashion piece, but I have found this style of knit to be really versatile, so I am keeping my eyes peeled for a version in soft white in natural materials (not polyester) and when I find it I will pass this jumper along to someone else.
  • Accessories are by one of my favourite ethical jewellery brands called Loft & Daughter (previously gifted)
  • The bag is really old, I found it at the back of my wardrobe, it must be 10-years old. It’s a simple leather bag with gold chain and it’s perfect for the summer months.
  • Finally, I added a pair of trainers from an independent footwear brand that are over 4 years old but still going strong. These are leather and have a little bit of a flatform sole that give me an extra inch in height! They aren’t from an ethical or sustainable brand, but I was in dire need to a pair of comfy white trainers. This is a great example of imperfect sustainability.

Sustainable style is for everyone

By investing in timeless pieces that can be worn over and over again, you can reduce your fashion footprint and save money in the long run. I cannot fail to mention how amazing clothes swaps can be for updating your wardrobe without needing to buy anything new, it’s another great example of how to find hidden gems and reduce waste by participating in a more circular economy. If we all work together to reduce clothing waste we can help to protect our planet. 

So there you have it – a sustainable, stylish, and patriotic outfit fit for a royal weekend, and many more summer events this year too.

Don’t be afraid to embrace outfit repeating and get creative with your fashion choices. You can always get in touch with me to do virtual styling if you need some creative guidance.