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Why we love Riley Studio

Why we love Riley Studio

At Thread, we love spotlighting brands that have recently landed on our site – and we consider it a bonus if they happen to be sustainable. Cue Riley Studio, a gender neutral brand that aims to make conscious consumerism the norm, not just a buzzword or a box tick. Going beyond making their products with recycled materials or, failing that, responsibly sourced natural fibres, all of Riley Studio’s garments come with a lifetime guarantee. Plus, there’s the option of repair or taking part in their recycling programme whereby your old clothing can be put back into their production cycle. Pretty impressive. 

And, alongside all of this, the clothes are just really quite cool. The aesthetic feels modern but classic and with a tasteful colour palette consisting of earthy and wearable tones, you can pretty much create the entire backbone of your wardrobe just from this one brand. Like we said, their clothing is genderless and it’s their considered silhouettes and cuts that manages to make each piece truly versatile. 

It’s also worth noting that each piece is shot on both men and women, showcasing the subtle details that nod to their easy dressing approach. Whether it’s buttons on the ankle hem of a trouser that allow for the leg shape to be altered or the shorter cuts on knitwear, the longevity and adaptability of each item is hard to miss. Which is good, because you’re not going to want to overlook anything about this brand. 

Two of our stylists’ favourite looks

A fresh warm-weather outfit

A newfound taste for al fresco dining calls for a warmer-weather look that still incorporates some light layering – you know, just in case. Our suggestion? Reach for Riley Studio’s organic cotton pocket shorts and heavyweight t-shirt (which alone saves over 750 litres of water), and you’ll create a classic daytime look that highlights their use of timeless shapes and styles in neutral, pared-back colours. And for your finishing touches, throw on a cap with some small embroidery and a workwear jacket that is slightly boxy in fit to add some personality to your look. Because even though these pieces work on just about anyone, there’s no reason you can’t make them feel like your own. 

A stylish rainy-day look

When the sun isn’t playing ball, adopt a slightly heavier look by switching out the shorts for trousers. Then team it with a camp collar shirt and finish it all off with a weather-proof anorak made from waxed cotton, which basically means it’s guaranteed to keep you warm and dry. The trousers in particular get extra brownie points from us for their adjustable leg opening, making for an even more versatile building block of your wardrobe. Not to mention, their elasticated waistband which gives added comfort as we hesitantly transition from a year dedicated to joggers.

More styles we love

1. A bright striped shirt

Even your go-to shirt can take its cues from the sunshine this warm-weather season. The good news with this one is even though it boasts a bold denim stripe; it goes with just about any bottoms in your wardrobe. Chino shorts? Check. Relaxed trousers? Check. Denim? You get the idea. Oh, and it’s great for layering too.

 

Photographed: RILEY STUDIO Co-Ord Track Jacket (£90)

2. A versatile track jacket

Toby says track jackets are “one of the most underrated outerwear styles.” And we’d agree. This one in particular is great for its neutral shade, which is super wearable for anything you’ve got in the diary. Layer it with other pieces or, when the weather isn’t feeling as temperamental, use this as your outermost layer. For bottoms, the world’s your oyster, but it’s worth noting that these come with matching track pants if you want to make life super easy.

3. A sage green pocket tee

“Sage green is one of my favourite colours for the season,” says Toby. While it’s a little more interesting than your classic black, white or navy it still feels neutral enough to fit in seamlessly with the rest of your wardrobe. The long-sleeve means it’s perfect for the transition season and, it’s made from recycled cotton, which means it's good for the environment and your wardrobe. That’s a lot of wins.

4. A fresh white sweatshirt

Although we’re slowly moving towards a life with less comfy clothes – truly – you can never have too many sweatshirts. You could get these from pretty much anywhere but one from Riley Studio means “it’s got more eco-conscious clout than your current go-to,” in the words of Toby. We’re sure you know the drill with this one: style it with something equally as comfy on the bottom or go for something that feels more tailored for a perfect blend of smart and casual.


Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Photography: Courtesy of Riley Studio