If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed I was taking part in the People Tree 5 looks challenge last week. The idea behind the challenge is to prove that less is more. It’s so rare to come across a fashion brand encouraging its customers not to buy new every season and to enjoy what they already own. Because of this, I jumped at the chance to get involved with People Tree’s 5 looks challenge. It also helps that People Tree is an amazing brand with a responsible and sustainable approach to producing fashion.
The rules are very similar to those of the 10×10 style challenge I took part in last year. Except for this time, it was over a shorter period and with fewer pieces. I picked 5 pieces from People Tree 3 garments, one jewellery pieces and one accessory to mix and match over 5 days. I was allowed to add pieces from my wardrobe as long they weren’t from a fast fashion brand.
My People Tree Pieces
One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about this challenge has been learning a little more about where my clothes come from. Each People Tree label tells you the story behind your garment and positive impact buying it has on the local community.
Kendall Shirt Dress – Made from organic cotton at Mandala Apparels Private Ltd, India which is a dynamic social business set up to support local people and help protect the environment.
Amina Jumper – This was hand knitted in Nepal by Kumbleshwar Technical School. KTS enables over 2000 hand knitters to earn a fair price and receive technical training. The women working here earn enough to send their children to school and even university. Profits are also used to help run a local orphanage and school for 250 children.
Selma Flared Skirt – This was made by Creative Handicrafts which is a dynamic fair trade organisation which helps women achieve economic independence through training and creative jobs. They support 750 families in the slums of Mumbai with a livelihood programme, sponsorship for children’s education and a micro-credit scheme.
Beanie Hat – This is made with organic cotton from Chetna Organic. The hat was made by Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills, a pioneer in organic garment manufacturing in India which combines high-quality tailoring with a fair deal for farmers and workers.
Circle Necklace – Handmade by Bombolulu, a Fair Trade social business in Kenya that creates beautiful jewellery. Bombolulu provides opportunities for people who have physical disabilities.
Oh and did I mention everything I styled as part of this challenge is currently in the sale. You better be quick if you want anything as the sale ends soon.
Biggest Takeaways from The Challenge
Creating 5 outfits from only 5 pieces is a lot harder than creating 10 outfits from 10 pieces. Especially as there were only 3 actual clothing items.
It feels good knowing every part of your outfit does good.
I have fallen in love with organic cotton and now want to buy only organic cotton. This could all be in my head but I swear organic cotton is softer than normal cotton.
Having less really gets the creative juices flowing
What were the key factors that made it work?
Planning ahead of time made a big difference. When all my People Tree pieces arrived I tried them on straight away and came up with a few combinations. I wrote these down and used them as a guide each day.
Choosing pieces I could layer. The shirt dress proved itself to be an incredibly versatile piece. I was able to wear it in several different ways.
A lean colour palette. I wanted to avoid bold colours and statement pieces so I would feel more comfortable repeating pieces throughout the week.
What were the best things about it?
Knowing what I was going to wear each day. There was no humming and hawing in front of the wardrobe. I was able to get up and dressed without too much thought.
Sharing my outfits on Instagram and seeing everyone’s feedback. I’ve loved reading all your comments on my outfits and being part of such a positive challenge.
Feeling like I was really making the most out of every piece. Nothing was left out and I was able to style every piece into at least one outfit.
What would you do differently?
I think I would make sure every piece worked together. Unfortunately, the skirt and the jumper didn’t look great together. I felt the pattern clash was too much for my personal style. If they had worked that would have been another easy outfit to wear.
I think if I was to do it again I would spend more time promoting the challenge before starting. A few people have said they wanted to do it and it would have been nice if we could have all done it together.
What was your favourite outfit?
This is a tough question as I loved every outfit I created. If I have to pick one I think I’ll go for the Kendall Shirt Dress worn with the Selma Skirt. It felt good to be wearing a smarter option again and I love the flared shape of the skirt. I can’t wait to style this skirt in other ways and think it will be a great addition to my wardrobe. Along with the skirt, the Kendall shirt dress is another great wardrobe addition. As you can see from the pictures it is an incredibly versatile piece and will work year-round. Expect to see it in lots of future posts.
So in conclusion I 100% agree with People Tree that less is most definitely more!
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with People Tree. As usual all thoughts and opinions are my own.