Something my wardrobe has always lacked is good basics. You know those plain long sleeve tops and t-shirts that are easy to layer. And comfy clothes for the weekends which are nice enough to wear out and about but still casual. I guess this is because these types of clothes are just not as much fun to buy as pretty dresses and cosy knitwear. But they are essential pieces in my wardrobe. So when Fat Face got in touch asking if I wanted to try their anything but basic range I jumped at the chance to stock up on wardrobe basics.
Fat Face has become my go-to store for comfortable, practical clothes. They are regarded as one of the most ethical options on the high street and have made a commitment to keep improving. Which I think is brilliant. It’s so important that high street brands start making changes towards sustainability. We need to see more sustainable brands on our local high streets. Sustainable fashion shouldn’t be an exclusive club it needs to be more inclusive. Fat Face understands this and is doing what it can whilst remaining accessible.
A few weeks I popped into my local Fat Face store to check out the new autumn collection and to stock up on basics for the season ahead. After picking up a few pieces from the anything but basic range. I had a chance to explore the new collection which has so many lovely pieces. Including these black dungarees which have quickly become my favourite weekend pieces. I’ve been considering getting some dungarees for a while now. And after checking out the Fat Face website before visiting the store I knew I wanted to try them on. These were the only ones left in the store and were in my size. It’s like it was meant to be. They are seriously comfortable, there is nothing to dig in around the waist and no muffin top what so ever.
I’ve been styling them with a long sleeve Breton right now and will switch this for knitwear as the temperatures drop. The Breton shown in the photos is another pick from the Fat Face autumn collection. This is made from 100% organic cotton and is seriously soft. One thing Fat Face does so well is making new pieces feel like old favourites straight away. This was soft and comfortable right from the first wear. And perhaps most importantly it has been in the washing machine a few times and still feels as soft as the day I got it.
I consider Bretons a key basic in my wardrobe and wear them all year round. I find the cut of the Fat Face ones ideal for layering at this time of year. They are less boxy than traditional Breton’s which can be uncomfortable when worn underneath other items. Whereas these are cut more like a long sleeve t-shirt which makes them very comfortable as a base layer. And that soft organic cotton feels so good against the skin.
Whilst we’re on the topic of layering pieces I also picked up a couple of pieces from Fat Face’s anything but basic range. I chose a plain white long sleeve t-shirt and a plain white vest. These were picked with winter layering in mind. I prefer to wear something underneath my knitwear in winter. I find this more comfortable and it means I can get away with washing my knits less. Like with the Breton everything from the anything but basic range is seriously soft and feels so good against the skin. Like the Breton, they have been washed several times and still look and feel great. (one of the reasons I delayed this post was to give myself time to wear and wash everything mentioned)
Unlike the Breton, the anything but basic pieces are not 100% cotton. They are made of a Pima cotton modal blend instead. I would be lying if I didn’t say this concerned me. I tend to avoid blends where I can. However, this blend seems to work well. The modal helps the cotton maintain its shape and adds a little stretch to the fabric. The Pima cotton uses longer strands then traditional cotton which makes it softer and more durable. Personally, I would prefer 100% cotton (especially organic cotton) but I do understand why Fat Face are using this blend to create a more durable piece. Which is something our hard-working wardrobe basics need to be.
If you want to learn more about who made these pieces. Fat Face has recently visited the factory in Portugal and featured it on their blog. This is unusual for a high street brand and is great to see.
Disclaimer: this post is in collaboration with Fat Face who kindly gifted me all the items mentioned. As usual all thoughts and opinions are my own.