I really wanted to add “so you don’t have to buy shit you don’t need” to the end of this title, but you know, SEO. So read on for an appropriate intro!

Warmer weather is finally here, and with it comes a bevy of new trends and styles that are competing for our attention. But, if you’re looking to minimize your environmental footprint and be a more conscious consumer, try these styling tricks that will make what’s currently in your closet feel like new. It’s a great way to practice slow fashion!

Knot It

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denim: H&M Conscious Collection, shoes: Steve Madden, shirt: Ca Va de Soi, sunnies: Dior from Merivale Vision Care , earrings: Club Monaco 

Got a shirt? Great – you’re half way there. Knotting a button down adds a fresh, summery, flirty vibe to any spring or summer look. If you’re more of a tee shirt gal, a little knot on the side to show some skin (or not, totally up to you) is a winner.  While I wouldn’t recommend either of these styling tricks for work (unless you’re in a creative field or casual work environment), they are clutch because they’re based on foundation pieces which are almost certainly already in your closet.

Wear a Dress Over Pants

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Dress: Forever21 – old, secondhand from a friend, denim: 7Fam, shoes: boutique in Spain, sunnies:Dior from Merivale Vision Care

Here is a styling trick to help you look completely on trend without shopping. Just take a dress and wear it over a pair of pants. KEY to making this look work: your dress should be loose and not too short (otherwise it looks like a tunic – which is fine, if that’s the look you’re trying to achieve, but it’s not, so …), and the pants should have some weight to them to properly contrast with the femininity of the dress – that means no leggings, try a denim or trouser instead.

Resurrect a Pair of Old Shades

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Top and Pants: thrifted, bag: vintage, sunnies: Kate Spade – old, from from Merivale Vision Care  

I love accessories for their longevity, and sunnies are no exception. I think we all have a pair that we haven’t worn in a year or two. Break them out, and don’t underestimate the power of a small change!

Cuff Your Denim Differently 

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denim: 7Fam, brogues: old, from WINNERS, tee: old – Adidas (love this one) , jacket: old, H&M Conscious Collection (love this one)

Maybe you don’t ever cuff your denim – in which case, just cuff that shit, period. It can give off a great, relaxed vibe. One large cuff can make your legs look shorter though, so make sure you roll with your proportions in mind.

Add a Belt 

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denim: H&M Conscious Collection, shoes: boutique in Spain, trench: Club Monaco, shirt: Ca Va de Soi, belt: market in Panama, clutch: secondhand from a friend, sunnies: Rayban from Merivale Vision Care  

When in doubt, add a belt! Another accessory which I almost never get rid of and happily accumulate, because it can totally change up an ensemble! It’s great for waist definition too. Add it to your favourite denim or belt your scarf, blazer, dress – or all three!

Thanks for reading, xo





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  1. Natalie says:

    Great post – such practical tips. I’m definitely gonna try the knot in my white shirt and gonna “cuff that shit”! xo

  2. alisa says:

    I love this post because as a pseudo ex-pat I currently don’t have the budget (or suitcase space for my eventual return) to splurge on a spring/summer wardrobe. I’m not yet brave enough to throw a dress on over a pair of jeans, but I absolutely love the idea to tie a knot in my shirt/blouse and will be trying it out on a safe expedition ie. to the local coffee shop! Thanks Alyssa 🙂 -Alisa

  3. Dominique says:

    I love all these looks, the one with the Adidas shirt in particular! So chic! That silk blue blouse – is it from Aritzia? I have one just like it!


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