Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ethically Produced Activewear- Local Outerwear Tryout and Review

Ever wanted ethical, high-quality sports clothing made completely in the European Union? Want clothing produced entirely in the EU? Have no fear, for Local Outerwear is an awesome, ethical brand that specialises in sports, biking and street clothes for men and women. Their motto “Be local, wear local – in the woods, parks and trails of this world.” represents the naturalness and wholesomeness of their brand. Their main focus 

Here's what makes Local Outerwear stand out from other shops: 
  • 100% of their fabric comes from EU - this means that there are no sweatshop labour, no unethical materials and their materials help local businesses thrive and survive. 
  • 100% produced in the EU - again, this means that every single one of their items are high-quality and made to order using the highest-skilled labour and are produced wholly in the EU. 
  • Ethically sustainable and sourced - fast-fashion is definitely not sustainable, and Local Outerwear pledges to commit to ethical practices which is good for both the environment and the people who make your clothes. 
  • No brand in the actions and sports scene that does this - you'll have a hard time finding ethical sports clothing which are completely made in the EU, at least for the whole collection! Local outerwear has 4 special collections (bike, street, motocross and water) for their different sportswear categories! 
  • Super well-designed and well-made- all their designs are carefully curated by their team and are made so that sports clothes can be fashionable and durable at the same time! 

As a supporter of ethical fashion, I ordered a huge haul from Local Outerwear for both my family and I, and here is what I think of the things I received. 

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1) LS Jersey "Dirt"- I got this for my boyfriend because it is sporty, classic and has a cute raglan sleeve, which is rather stylish and fashionable for guys. I think raglan sleeves always give off a classic, "I don't care" vibe but also looks very good on sporty, athletic men who are always out and about. This jersey tee is long-sleeved, which is good if one is out during the cooler nights cycling or exercising. It also has a lovely smooth material to it, which keeps you cool when you sweat. It's really well-made and I'd definitely say that this jersey shirt is worth all the money.

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2) Wave Sweater- this is arguably my favourite item from my haul, because it is super soft (made from 100% cotton) and has the coolest design ever. It has a wave printed on the front and looks super sophisticated and chic, sort of like a street wear slash what Kanye West would wear on his rainy days. But this sweater is actually designed to give off a "street" or casual vibe, and it does the job very well. I got a size L but it fits for a girl too, as it's pretty nice in giving an oversized look. 

In terms of quality, the sweater is one of the best I've ever seen. It has impeccable stitching and is made from a very high quality fabric. Even the cotton is better than most of the shirts I own in my wardrobe! My boyfriend told me he wears this everyday, and I'm not surprised! 

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 3) Blue Jeans (Largo)- this pair of jeans was a men's pair for my boyfriend, who rarely wears jeans. I wanted to go for a dark wash pair as it's more classy and can be styled way more easily. I picked this because it was made from pure cotton, and looked really urban and stylish. In fact, this pair of jeans was awesome because it came in a really dark colour, which would get lighter as you wash it. It's also quite fitting, and I'd recommend getting your regular size. I love the quality and the style, and they all have a Local Outerwear sign embossed onto the jeans. Talk about fancy!

Now, I'm going to talk a bit about Local Outerwear's women's street wear range. I also bought 3 items for myself, and I've styled them in very simple, relaxed ways for you so you can see how they look. I'm 5'6 tall and I got sizes S and they fit pretty well. The first style I tried on was the Waves Sweater that I talked about above. It was super comfortable and oversized on me, but it still looks great!

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The 4th and 5th items I got for myself was this simple Plain T-shirt and Blue Jeans (Chula)- these were from their street collection so it's made to be relaxed, urban and chic. In fact, it reminds me of those cool street wear from Topshop or Urban Outfitters, only these were much better quality and exclusively made. I think the t-shirt is super soft and drapey, and is long so it fits well over a pair of jeans or leggings. It's also super simple and has a cap sleeve - I totally love it!

The blue jeans was also a lovely garment, as it was a dark wash which I'm sure would get lighter in the wash. Dark jeans always looks very elegant and more demure than lighter jeans, and I'd say they make me look more sophisticated and mature. I love how this look goes well together, and I walked all day in these jeans without feeling any discomfort at all!

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6) Sublime Sweater- the last thing I got was this beautiful, bold red sweater. Red's always an interesting colour because it can be worn with anything, but will still make you stand out from the crowd. I love the quality of this sweater- it was lined with fleece and feels super warm and comfortable. I wear this indoors and it just feels beautifully warm and lovely! Again, an excellent piece of clothing!

If you're an ethical fashion lover like me, Local Outerwear is definitely your shop. They're the only retailed with fabrics made 100% in the EU and they have whole collections for their sports series, so do check them out!

1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic brand. It is always exciting when an ethical brand makes beautiful clothes! I love that sweater. It is gorgeous.
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