Starting her blogging career in 2007 with sustainability always at the forefront, @tessmontgomery has flourished through modelling, becoming a Mom, and sharing her love for new sustainable brands and capsule wardrobe styling.
Read on to explore her tips and tricks for creating your own capsule collection, why sustainability means so much to her, and what we can all do about it. Plus, shop all the details via the LIKEtoKNOW.it app…
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a blogger/content creator since 2007. I focus mainly on creating a sustainable, timeless wardrobe, beauty and skincare for us over thirty, mindful influencing, and Mom life (because I have a two year old Son at home). I’m also head of creative talent at X influence, a creative marketing agency for influencers over thirty.
What are you wearing today?
I’m wearing a two-piece by Mara Hoffman. It’s a top and a little skirt, and it’s through Net-a-Porter’s sustainability edit NETsustain. I am SUPER excited about this because such a big business (Net-a-Porter) has actually realised that we want sustainable fashion. It’s amazing, and I’m hoping that all the other shopping destinations will follow suit. I’m also wearing my Golden Goose sneakers that I haven’t taken off through Summer.
Why is sustainable fashion so important to you?
Fashion is such a big industry, and it’s a really dirty industry too. If we look at the amount of clothing we throw away each and every year, it’s mind boggling. Since I became a Mom, I kind of realised that if we actually want to have a world that our Kids can grow up in, we’re going to have to do something. The brilliant thing about fashion is that it’s very consumer led so if WE, as consumers, ask for sustainable fashion, brands are eventually going to realise and give us what we want.
Tell about your Price Per Wear strategy...
Price per wear is basically about going to a retailer, and when you have found an item you like, instead of actually looking at the price tag, you think “How often am I going to use this?”. Because lets imagine, you find a cocktail dress and it’s from a high-street brand and you want to wear it but it’s a bit trend led, around $40 and you might end up wearing it twice. That is a cheap dress but you know what? It’s really expensive because you actually spend $20 per wear for that dress which is absolutely ridiculous. So that is why price per wear is all about buying something you love instead of something you like. It might cost a bit more, but in the end you’re talking pennies instead of dollars because you’re going to be wearing it over and over again…
What is the most cost effective PPW piece your wardrobe?
So my most price per wear effective piece this Season has been my Aspiga linen dress. I wasn’t 100% sure about how often I would wear it, but I’ve worn it to the office, to meetings, it’s a sustainable brand. I’ve literally worn it, and worn it, and worn it, and I’m able to wear it all the way through fall because of the long sleeves. Another best purchase has been my Golden Goose sneakers. They were a little bit of a treat but the same rules apply, the price per wear is insane!
My all time best price per wear item is actually my Louis Vuitton eclipse bag. It was a gift from my Mother on my eighteenth birthday. You might think that’s a little indulgent to gift your daughter this expensive, but if you look at price per wear, my Mother was very clever because I’m now thirty-six and I’m still using it.
Whenever you buy something you should imagine yourself wearing it for three years. If you wear it over five, it’s a wardrobe hero. I’ve been wearing this for eighteen years so it’s a wardrobe super-hero!
How should we start a capsule collection?
To make your own little capsule, sustainable and timeless wardrobe, I would go for three key pieces. Everyone needs the perfect white tee. It’s really hard to find the perfect white tee in general, let alone a sustainable option. But I’ve done the hard work for you – this is Theo & George. They make the most amazing T-shirts I’ve ever worn, and they’re sustainable ‘you can thank me later’.
The second item is a pair of blue jeans. My faves are from People Tree, they are straight, a little high-waisted. You’ll wear them forever. The PPW is amazing.
The last item would be a black slip dress (a favorite of mine is by ninety-percent). You can wear them with heels, or sneakers. You can dress it up or down with accessories. It’ll be perfect for fall and a really great piece for your wardrobe.
Most indulgent purchase?
The one thing that I didn’t think was indulgent… well actually I knew they were indulgent, but I thought will I actually use these enough to make sense of it…. are these Theo & George cashmere leggings. I know it sounds so luxurious, and it really is. I have worn them sooo much, the price per wear is so good that I’m seriously considering getting another pair.
Any accessories that will never go out of style?
I recently got the new Monica Vinader Ulta necklace, and the reason this is such a sustainable piece (it’s not because it’s a sustainable brand) is because it’s incredibly versatile. You can take apart the little links, and make them into all different lengths of necklace, or even a bracelet if you fancy. You have tiny little charms which you can hook wherever you want. The idea with this is that you can constantly wear this, and make it look new every time.
What small steps can we take to create a more sustainable wardrobe?
Number 1: obviously buy from sustainable brands, and also know your sustainable fabrics. This dress from people tree is made from lyocell and I had no idea what that was before I started doing my research. So just knowing your fabrics and brands can make a difference.
Number 2: quality over quantity. But what you love, buy a little bit less, spend a little bit more on it.
Number 3: buy pre-loved, and sell pre-loved. So I found a fantastic Stella McCartney (another sustainable brand) in a beautiful little pre-loved shop. The good thing about buying brands from pre-loved shops, is that you can usually re-sell it and get some of your money back. Imagine, you’re building a wardrobe and anything that you don’t like, you re-sell and get some of your money back. You can’t say no to that.
Fave content creators to follow in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app?
Two influencers that I really love are @hannahstraffordtaylor – she’s a dear friend of mine. I love how she puts together her outfits, she has super adorable children and she really has an eye for fashion and styling. Another is @thefashionbugblog, who has a similar style – beautiful beautiful items and she also buys quality over quantity, and she also has children – so perhaps there’s a trend going on here.
What will we see next from your LIKEtoKNOW.it profile?
I’m going to focus on autumnal/fall content and have a little look in my wardrobe to do a little mix and match and a try on session to decide what my style will be for fall. I’ll also make a wish list about what I want to buy. I’m always going to be hunting down great new sustainable brands to show you guys. I know that Happy Nature, Kate Hudson’s brand, is coming over from the US to the UK. What’s brilliant is that it’s such an affordable price point, so I’m really excited for that. You must follow me, and you won’t have to do any of the hard work.