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Guest Blogger of the Month: Chivalrous

Guest Blogger of the Month: Bob Larking

What is the name of your blog?


Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

Chivalrous was started firstly just as a way for me to get my thoughts out and quickly it became clear that my thoughts were most of the time on fashion! I focus on male fashion, I enjoy particularly moulding a classical style with a modern edge. I also enjoy putting quotes at the start of most of my posts – I like to share little bits of literary wisdom and cinematic glory with my readers! :)

Why is sustainable fashion so important?

Like most other products, clothes are have to be made, and the environment is affected by these choices of materials. So that is one reason which clothes we buy is so important – Are we using precious and damaging fossil fuels to create our clothes? Or are we using more sustainable, degradable materials good examples of which would be organic cotton and hemp?

The second issue relates to ourselves and our buying habits. For myself, my current wardrobe is pretty concise – I can mix and match with success and ease and also know that what I am wearing is of a quality that will last me, and if it doesn’t, I’ll make repairs. I really disagree with throwing out your closet as each fashion changes – making sensible purchases which will last you a long time and have multiple uses will inevitably be a plus for nature.

How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

I’m a big fan of giving a classical, sharp look a modern edge. Subtleties are often the key and underrated!

What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

One company’s philosophy I really admire is that of Cock and Bull Menswear. Produced locally in England and only using organic fabrics, they really restrict their impact on the environment. They also make some cracking clothes.

What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable fashion products?

Chose carefully for quality and re-usability and check what the item is made out of. If you decide to throw clothes out, take them to charity shops – at least they then get reused.

What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

Bob's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Bhalo Cloudgazer Skirt (£80), Bhalo Half Half Blouse (£65) and Palestyle Blue Caviar Shoulder Bag (£485). Bob's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Bhalo Cloudgazer Skirt (£80), Bhalo Half Half Blouse (£65) and Palestyle Blue Caviar Shoulder Bag (£485).

Although I don’t usually come up with women’s outfits, I think the following work pretty well together. I can imagine this as a beach/dinner outfit somewhere where the sun doesn’t stop shining. The outfit is not that bright, but I think the skirt will give a peaceful and gorgeous sense of the sea, the top blending in with it perfectly and the blue caviar shoulder bag gives a splash of glamour without being overpowering.

I’d just like to say thank-you so much for having me on as your monthly blogger this month and all the best to yourself and your readers! :)

Check out Bob's Chivalrous blog!

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