Where has the year gone? It's mad to think that Christmas is already sneaking up on us. With that in mind, it's time to start thinking about gift ideas. And where better to than to shop local, small businesses?
I'm not sure if it's just that I'm getting older (and hopefully wiser), or the overhaul of Black Friday emails in my inbox, but it's really gotten me to thinking about fast fashion and how much we waste during the Christmas season. I'm finding that opting for something handmade, custom, and spending that little bit more means having something that will last. That's why I was really excited when IDentity Lingerie* got in touch to see if I'd be interested in trying out some of their gorgeous products.
Based in Lincolnshire, UK, Identity Lingerie are a family-run and environmentally friendly fashion brand specialising in satin pyjamas, nightwear and wrap dresses. All products come with a lifetime guarantee and are made using ethically sourced materials and are inclusive of all body types - so you can enjoy them for longer. One of the biggest benefits of their handcrafted artisan pieces is that each product can be even customised to suit your shape. So it's hardly surprising that I was super excited to receive a selection of their products in time for the festive season and share some great gift ideas with you.
One of the first products I fell in love with on their website was these stunning long sleeve satin pyjamas in this burgundy paisley design* (pictured above) - the perfect gift for any loved one. Both the pattern and gorgeous fabric makes them feel premium and easily the most luxury pjs I've ever owned. As a curvy so-and-so, I was a bit worried about sizing but it's great to see that IDentity do such a range of sizes. I'd recommend sizing up for a comfy, looser fit.
Another set that caught my eye was this gorgeous red lace sheer bralette* and matching knickers. Again, the quality feels great and I absolutely love how they look. To help give you some size reference, I'm a 38F but the XL fits great and is super comfortable! Each style is available in a variety of colours and the team are really helpful if you have any questions about sizing - yet another benefit of ordering from a family-run, small business.
So, whether you're looking for a sustainable, ethically sourced gift this Christmas - or even just to treat yourself, I'd definitely recommend trying to shop small and purchasing from a handcrafted brand so you can not only enjoy it for longer, but help out a small business.
A huge thanks to IDentity Lingerie for sharing these gorgeous products with me. It's always great to find new local businesses. But tell, me, do you have any favourite small business you love to shop with? What are some of the steps you've taken to ditch your fast fashion habits? As always I love reading your comments so please do share your thoughts below.
Until next time,
*Disclaimer - These products were gifted to me by IDentity Lingere for the purpose of content creation. As always, all opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the brand.