It’s that time of year when we adorn our coat lapels and collars with bright red poppies to honour Remembrance Day on November the 11th. And, thanks to the annual Poppy Appeal, it helps raise the much-needed funds for The Royal British Legion – a charity specifically aimed to help members of our armed forces during and after their service.
Not is it a worthy cause, but it’s a campaign that unites the entire population. From an endless list of famous faces to your closest friends and family, everyone gets in on the poppy action. And this year, Millie Mackintosh is truly giving the campaign her all.
The 26-year-old is using her profile to raise awareness of the cause by a dress made with red poppies to launch the #MyPoppy campaign. The unique dress was custom-made for the Made In Chelsea star by British fashion designer Giles Deacon, whose original sketch took 72 hours to turn into a lurex wool black dress lined with 100 red silk poppies. Stunning, ain’t it?
And it’s not just Millie who’s getting in on the action. Hundreds of celebrities are set to take to social media to share why they wear a poppy in an effort to inspire the public to do the same.
So, if you’re looking for a way to make your own look standout, this could be it.
Of course, the paper poppies will be readily available at the till points of every major store in the next few days, but for something a bit special, you may want to consider investing in one of these beauties.
The Imperial War Museum has commissioned this beautiful crochet poppy for 2015’s campaign, which you can purchase on it’s website for £10, while Buckley London has unveiled these stunning, luxury alternatives to the brooch and accompanying jewels. Adorned with gems, these sparkly numbers will last way longer than their paper alternatives, and make an ideal gift for anyone who supports the Appeal, year in, year out.
With prices ranging from £10-£29.50, there’s never been a better excuse to do your bit for charity.
Mark the date in your calendars – November 11th is Poppy Day, and we’ll be wearing ours with pride.