I recently discovered a common element in all of my favourite style icons.
It’s the unexpected.
I love the first impression of confusion – a lace skirt with a rock concert tee? A pinstripe suit with a pair of old sneakers? Yes, and yes. Because there is absolutely no discrimination between labels, brands, or origins of clothing, styling options are endless. When creating an outfit from the clothes you already have, mixing and matching high and low pieces is a great styling hack. I think it also gets us into the habit of realizing that no matter where they were purchased, or how much they cost, no garment is disposable, or should be seen as such. All of our clothes should be worn with love, creativity, and above all – they should make us feel great! What do you think, am I going overboard?
Anyway, this week’s #ootd features a mix of highs and lows. Some jeans bought at the Hudson’s Bay (about 2 years old), a white blazer that I purchased at H&M two years ago – and still going strong – plus some of my favourite Nordstrom purchases; a Toria Rose boa and AGL booties. Both of which were on the higher end of the budget and purchased last fall.
But wait, isn’t this supposed to be a sustainable style blog? Yes – and in this case, for someone just beginning to explore the world of sustainability in fashion, sustainability to me also means “slow fashion”. As in, purchasing pieces that you love and can see yourself wearing for a long time. If you’re still not sure this is what you’re into – read here.
Also – a quick note regarding the boa; I purchased it knowing that it was real fur, but knowing that this was a piece I would have absolutely forever. Still, as I had purchased it last season and prior to my new focus on sustainability, I took the opportunity to write Toria Rose, the company who produces these scarves to ask about sourcing and production. And wouldn’t you know it, the owner himself called me from Chicago. I felt better after being told that the animals used for these scarves are also used for meat – a more holistic approach to sourcing, and that the supplier is a trusted supplier in China whom the designer has been working with for 5 years without any issues. While I will be more mindful of fur going forward, I’m not going to let go of this item simply because it isn’t “certifiably” ethically sourced – the fact that the owner called me and gave me all of his honest knowledge on the production is a testament to the research, diligence, and care that went into making this product. I’m not perfect – I don’t think anybody is – but this was a great learning for me and my quest to continue learning about sustainability.
Blazer: H&M (old but found this one) / shirt: EXPRESS / jeans: William Rast (old but these are cute) / booties: AGL at Nordstrom (old but OMG these are adorable) / Scarf: Toria Rose at Nordstrom / bag: Naked Vice at schad / sunnies: Kate Spade (old but these are cute!) at Merivale Optometric / Rings: vintage, W Jewelry at Magpie, and Mejuri / belt: Banana Republic (old, but here’s another one)
Thank you as always for reading! xo