It's July already! How's summer treating you? What have been your biggest wardrobe champions this season?
We've loved seeing your photos of Gold is a Neutral bags out and about, around the world! Our fave model and all-around wonderwoman Tash recently took her Dhaniben clutch to a wedding and we love how she styled her outfit. I often think of the muted, almost denim-y Dhaniben fabric lending itself well to a low-key, casual look but seeing it paired with this fabulous tiered pink dress and heels highlights how brilliantly versatile these generously sized clutches are. Apparently you can fit five phones and a fancy camera inside one too!
To celebrate this versatility, we've put together some summer looks that show off our bags alongside pieces from our favourite sustainable brands, based around five different seasonal events that you may have in your calendar.
Think of them as mood boards, as opposed to shopping lists. I love to dream up these looks, but it's important to remember the 'buyerarchy of needs' and all the ways you can put together fresh outfits without thinking you need to splash out a lot of money. Shop your own wardrobe! Put unexpected things together, make some alterations. Swap with or borrow from friends. Buy second hand! Did you know Oxfam has a searchable online shop? You can give a whole new life to garments that are still in great condition. Don't even talk to me about my passion for buying secondhand clothes on eBay. The postman definitely knows when I'm in town!
And when you do decide to invest in something new? Buy less, and buy better. Bring home something you'll love for 30 wears and beyond.
Inspired by the outfit Tash rocked just a few weeks ago, we love how the Dhaniben looks with this elegant pink dress and light, neutral accessories for a summery wedding. Isn't it a great idea to be able to rent hats and fascinators too?
Bag: Dhaniben handwoven clutch by Gold is a Neutral
Dress: Cabo dress in Blush by Reformation
(For a maxi-length alternative, check out the Callalily dress in Blush, again by Reformation)
Shoes: Esperanza Ankle Strap Pump in Moonlight by Bhava, a brushed pale gold that's a perfect neutral (these are vegan!)
Hat: Let's Play hat by Rachel Black, available to rent from Rent the Races
Confetti: Natural biodegradable petal confetti from Shropshire Petals
Nail polish: Nail polish in Pink Moon by Pacifica
Never. Too. Much. Colour. Am I right?! I'm seeing sunkissed skin, bougainvillea, house wine, old wooden tables, and not a care in the world. Pretty sure there's halloumi cheese involved too. Embrace a tropical palette and give the sun something to smile at.
Bag: Sherbanu hand dyed clutch by Gold is a Neutral
Dress: Emilie dress by Mara Hoffman
Sandals: Cornelia Geogold flat vegan sandals from Beyond Skin
Hat: Classic fedora hat with khaki band by Pachacuti
Sunglasses: Twiggy sunglasses in Tortoise by Sticks & Sparrow
Earrings: Tunda earrings in Orange Poppy by Artisan & Fox
Lipstick: Neon Angel and Voila lipsticks from Ilia
Sand between your toes
Whether it's St Ives or St Tropez, stuff your beachy essentials into a clutch for a fuss-free day out. You can fit more in there than you'd think! Sustainable swimwear is increasingly stylish, with innovative fabrics meeting chic designs; this swimsuit is made entirely from recycled water bottles.
Bag: Mumtaz hand dyed bag by Gold is a Neutral
Shorts: Newport shorts in Cayman by Reformation
Swimsuit: Maria cut-out one piece swimsuit in Curry by Esby
Tank top: Racerback tank in Jenifurr by No Nasties
Sarong/throw: Shimmer Stripe Textile in Peach/Navy by Kara Weaves
Flip flops: Fair trade natural rubber flip flops in Rainforest Brown by Olli
Sunglasses: Amber sunglasses in Crystal Blush by Sticks & Sparrow
Festivals, flags and flowers
Ah, the British music festival, where you could just as likely find yourself wading through fields of gloopy mud as you could be baking under the sun. Shorter hemlines leave nothing to trail along the ground, while these super lightweight 'barefoot' shoes can be rolled up and squeezed in your bag if the wellies need to take over.
Bag: Sakina hand block printed bag by Gold is a Neutral
Dress: Mango Triangle dress by Olio
Sunglasses: London sunglasses in Electric by Dick Moby
Wellies: Women's Tall Adjustable Gloss wellies in Magenta by Rockfish Wellies (made with natural rubber from sustainable sources)
Shoes: Primus Lite in Neon Red by Vivobarefoot (vegan! Made using approximately 17 recycled PET plastic bottles)
Jacket: Klitmoeller Jacket by Vildnis at Gather & See
Nail polish: Nail polish in Sea Monster by Pacifica
The Hundred Acre Wood
Countryside, fresh air, lazy lunches, daisy chains. Stash your sandwiches and Pimm's in this capacious basket while the Salma clutch keeps your smaller treasures safe. Bonus points for a post-picnic nap under a tree or going paddling in a river!
Bag: Salma hand embroidered bag by Gold is a Neutral
Trousers: Lantern cropped trousers by Ella Moda at Sancho's
Shoes: Wata White Pierre vegan sneakers by Veja
Top: Helina Pompom Detail Vest Top by Thought
Sunglasses: Brighton sunglasses in White Havana by Dick Moby
Jumper: Sinead Rib Jumper in Navy by People Tree
Basket: Market basket in Natural by Bolga Basket Weavers at The Little Market
Throw: Mustard Stone Symbol Knitted Throw by Safomasi