There is so much pressure to start something new or head in a new direction at the start of a year. We know it’s not a ‘real’ feeling and it’s probably just an excuse for someone to sell you something, but the pressure is there none the less although, given what has happened over the last year the start of 2021 had a slightly different vibe to it.
Pandemics have been a part of human history since the dawn of time it just so happens that we’re living through one right now. Hopefully, we’ll learn from it but that’s doubtful given our history, however, one thing’s for sure Covid-19 has changed the way we live for the foreseeable future.
I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a small swimwear collection since Hidden Beneath started. I don’t have any experience with swimwear apart from wearing it so creating a line will be a steep learning curve for me but one I am willing to take on. I’d like to do a line with lots of crops and full costumes with a few triangle bikinis thrown into the mix. I was a swimmer in my teens, and I got to a national level so for me swimwear has always been function over fashion and that’s what I would like my line to reflect.
One of the best reasons to have an open wardrobe is that I have to look at all my clothes every day. I can continually monitor what I am wearing and what I am not wearing which in turn helps me to acquire clothing more consciously, so from a sustainability standpoint, it is very helpful. When I am in the market for new clothes (which is getting rarer the older I get) I find it easier to visualize what I have and what goes with what. It has also become easier to put aside items that I no longer wear for whatever reason as they are always there in front of me and not stashed in the back somewhere collecting dust.
Climate anxiety is definitely something I’ve slowly acquired and it’s not hard to do either. The news is full of politicians rolling back climate change policies and features telling us that we only have 12 years to sort this mess out - that’s WE the average person by the way, not the CEO’s drilling the ocean floor, burning the Amazon and pouring chemicals into the waterways and atmosphere.