In a world so consumed by creating more efficiency to circumvent an ever-growing whirlwind lifestyle, we have forgotten the core basics to just, well, live. The basics to take a moment and appreciate. The basics to reflect. Have you ever questioned just how ‘sustainable’ this lifestyle and today’s world really is?
Look around and you will find that everything and everyone is purposefully running towards something. In an eagerness to accumulate and experience as much as possible, we have been entrapped in this fast ‘movement’, if you like. From fast food to fast fashion, there is a steady escalating need to discard and reinvent. However, with an increasing fast pace comes with an almost identical need to step away and slow things down. We are seeing it everywhere around us. A simple example is how mindfulness has suddenly taken over the world. Or, as further evidence, is the cumulative interest in slow fashion and sustainable fashion. It seems that more and more people would rather buy items that are classic and will last a long time.
Fashion should be about choosing a piece that can be worn countless times, styled differently and still looking good in years ahead. – S9 Muses.
So, how do you go about building a timeless collection? One of the most common fashion tips for building a great wardrobe is to base it on timeless ‘foundation’ pieces, and adding one or two ‘trendier’ pieces each season – with the intention that these trends will surpass their timeframe and eventually join the realm of timeless classics. The key is to selectively invest in the craftsmanship involved in each piece, because only when we appreciate the value of an authentic piece that has been carefully and painstakingly produced to achieve the quality desired, can we cherish this piece for many years to come.
Upcycling. Recycling. Restyling. Repairing. Each garment has a story to tell; let its story evolve. – S9 Muses
This is sustainability and this is what we at S9 Muses wholeheartedly promote and wish for our followers to embrace. We’ve listed our five favourite key pieces that allow the freedom of styling to suit your personality. Not constrained to age, body shape or other such restrictions, these have been specifically picked to suit every one of us.
Undoubtedly the most elegant garment of all. So versatile, the sari has evolved over the years in to fun, frivolous choices to appeal to the younger generation, as well as witnessing the current revival of age-old techniques, such as using handlooms to produce handwoven textiles. The sari can be draped in numerous styles, from the simple elegant sari, right to the dhoti drape, and needs no occasion to flaunt it. Wear it with a traditional blouse or add a contemporary flair, such as a belted shirt; this garment will surprise you with endless style opportunities.
Such great staples to invest in. Wear them loose; wear them wrapped around your body and closed with a belt. Wear them over jeans; over a dress; over a sari; over a shirt or sweater. Wear them in balmy weather; wear them in hot weather; draped over your shoulders to protect you from the sun; wear them in cold weather over a sweater and tight around your neck. Whichever way you wear them, they look fabulous.
Jackets complement many outfits and are perfect as cover-ups or can be styled individually as tops. We’re prone to colder climates most of the year in the UK, so jackets are a great staple for any wardrobe. They come is various cuts and silhouettes, prints and colours. Your choice of picks is endless. Invest in different styles and cuts and you’ll be amazed with the choice of ensembles you have.
The ‘less is more’ approach to dressing, these key pieces are a fantastic way to create a visual interest to your ensemble, using onlLeft to right: Sirina necklace by Aditi Amin, Check Mate hand-embroidered earrings by One A Day, Kantha silk scarf by House of Wandering Silk.y a few certain accents. The trick is to focus the attention to one beautiful piece. A bold necklace, interesting earrings or even a beautiful scarf. Effortless styling.
There is nothing more comfortable that an exquisitely cut, great-fitting shirt. There are so many styles to choose from, and so many variations in cuts and accents. Like the jackets, shirts can be worn with many ensembles, tucked in or out, belted, tied up in a waist knot, layered over other tops…the possibilities are endless. A classic white shirt is an obvious wardrobe staple. However, as we like to say here at S9 Muses, “Don’t be afraid of colour; don’t be afraid of prints; for experimentation is always more fun than plain ordinary.”
About S9 Muses
S9 Muses are curators in fashion and provide handpicked collections from new-age, trendsetting, luxury designers who advocate fresh ideas and empower women from all walks of life. S9 Muses started as a passion for fashion when two friends, hailing from the quaint yet bustling town of Thika, Kenya, and now settled in London, had an idea to curate quirky and affordable luxury collections to offer to the discerning UK clientele. On their travels, they fell in love with the design aesthetics and the flexibility that Indian fashion allows. Most of the designers they work with are based in India.
Promoting ethical fashion, S9 Muses strongly believe in sustainability and the inestimable joy that only slow fashion harbours. Providing timeless pieces of clothing, ethically made, everyone from the designer to the artisan is appreciated for their talents and time.
For further details visit www.S9Muses.com