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Sustainable swap shop! 7 ways to help the planet

Fashion doesn't have to be fast. Infact it's a win-win shimmying into a dreamy new buy, but knowing you are helping the planet at the same time, right? Meet Shalize Nicholas, from Madia & Matilda, leading the pack in zero-waste fashion she shares her top swaps for looking good this season.

It may seem like a drop in the ocean, but changing the way you shop can have a big impact on the environment. Step forward Designer Shalize Nicholas, based in Stroud she’s the rather inspiring owner of eco-aware clothing and homewares label, Madia & Matilda.

Creating clothes from pre-loved garments and textiles, she has bags of experience having worked under designer Greek-born fashion designer Mary Katrantzou in Paris, no less.

Each piece this funky young brand sells is made from cloth sourced from around the UK, and then hand crafted into something fabulous. Slinky dresses and chunky knits don’t come more sustainable that that we say!

Want to see her 7 top picks this season? Read on …

Lily Pleated Skirt

This floaty number will pair up beautifully with anything festive, team it with a gorgeous baggy cashmere sweater or sparkly top. Just gorgeous.

Buy it now: £24

Angelica Top

A loose fitted slinky jersey top, worn best with some chinos or with dark denim. This style is an essential effortless blouse.

Buy it now: £30

Linda Midi Dress

Go casual but chic at your Christmas do this year with this elegant dress in very vamp red! We love it.

Buy it now: £29

Ellen Cigarette Trouser

With a slim silhouette, these day to evening trousers scream Audrey Hepburn! Dress them up or go casual with a crisp white blouse.

Buy it now: £20

Jemma Cowl Neck Dress

Muddy Stilettos def needs this one. And so do you. This slinky evening number will be perfect for those glammy work dos.

Buy it now: £30

Printed Canvas Shopping Totes

Do your shopping sustainably with these sweet plain canvas tote bags, upcycled from previously loved curtain material in 100% cotton.

Buy it now: £6

Rent your clothes

Why buy new when you can rent each month and help the planet? For a monthly subscription of £65 per month you can have a wardrobe that will turn heads from day to evening. Create a dream ‘virtual closet’ of 10 pieces and have 3 sent to you each month. A great way to step off the fast fashion hamster wheel and help the environment!

Rent your wardrobe now: £65

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