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Sometimes you want to put something cozy on, and yet still look a little … bodacious.
Can you tell I like black tights? I sure do. I recommend you skip the ones from Duane Reade and splurge on a pair from Wolford. Those things last forever, where a cheaper brand will run almost immediately. I’ve thrown ones from Kushy Foot, Uniqlo, Leggs and more in the trash. But I only ditched my Wolfords after wearing them for two winter seasons straight. Sadly, they were starting to pill.
The ones in the picture are not Wolford, unfortunately. You can tell because they aren’t solidly opaque the way Wolford tights are. Anyway, I digress. Tell me what you think:
IRO organic sweater dress, Yumi Kim collared shirt [not sustainable], J. Crew belt [not sustainable], Steve Madden shoes [not sustainable], vegan Cornelia Guest bag.
I discovered the new designer Avery by Wang through the recently defunct EcoSalon (R.I.P.!). She’s only shipped her first collection in late September. But her earnestness and class–just read her email updates–shows through in her pieces. They are simple, pretty without being saccharine, and possess a soft utility.
I preordered this washable silk dress, nervously crossing my fingers that this untested designer would deliver.
It arrived neatly rolled and tied up in its sash in a biodegradable shipping bag, which is so refreshing compared to the overdone packaging of most brands and stores! I slipped the soft silk on for a day at work. And I can say I’m so pleased with it that I’m going to order some of her simple silk tops next … when I build my shopping budget back up.
I chose this track because it’s soft, pretty and feminine and yet still cool–like this dress.
Dress, Avery by Wang; tights, Uniqlo (they ripped quickly, so I would recommend investing in Wolford tights that will last a whole season), oxford pumps, Steve Madden; vegan purse by Cornelia Guest, available at Compassion Couture; sunglasses, Eco Optics; wrap bracelet/necklace, Snash Jewelry, available at Artist & Fleas in Williamsburg or on Etsy; lipstick, Jane Iredale.
We’re solidly into fall, so this post could have come a bit earlier. But honestly, I need to space out the self-aggrandizing street style posts, which is why I waited so long to put this up. I hope you enjoy it regardless. There are some eco-friendly goodies in this one:
Fair trade striped top by LemLem, skirt by Topshop (one of the less egregious fast fashion stores); leather necklace by Brooklyn artisan, vegan purse by Cornelia Guest, available at Compassion Couture; Fendi shoes; Aid Through Trade bracelets.
This week I wanted something fun for this fun outfit. This song isn’t by any means new, but there’s a good chance you haven’t heard it. Enjoy!
I always complain about the lack of work-appropriate, sustainable fashion options. Solution! Amour Vert is my new favorite sustainable store.
For example, this new dress: it’s classic, and though it comes with a sash, can be belted or worn as a loose sheath. It feels so soft on the skin, and would work at the office or on a date. It’s just a pretty dress! (That also happens to be made in the United States out of Peace Silk.)
The website is full of stuff like that: chambray shirts, preppy skirts and striped tops make me want to get preppy. And there’s not a pair of oatmeal-colored, wide-legged yoga pants in sight!
As a 5’2″ lady who doesn’t want to starve herself, I jump at any opportunity to make myself look taller. Enter: the maxi dress. Not bad, right?
Maxi dress, Buffalo Exchange consignment; vintage purse, belt, American Apparel (an approved store); necklace, Urban Outfitters (a not approved store, but the necklace is three years old); sunglasses, Summer Raynes Oakes eco.
So many thunderstorms in NYC lately! (Which I absolutely love, of course.)
Summer rainy days call for ditching the flip-flops and silky dresses for something more cozy. So peep my third picture in my green street style series. This outfit relies heavily on finds from my hometown Annapolis, where consignment is less heavily picked over:
Madewell chambray shirt, $20 at Annapolis consignment shop; Reco upcycled jeans; Steve Madden wedge sneakers; Coach cross-body bag, $50 at Annapolis consignment shop; Blu Democracy bamboo racerback tank; heart earrings from Goodwill Annapolis; neon peach watch from Parisian fast fashion shop; Duane Reade Umbrella.
As you can see, not everything in my outfit is sustainable. I’m working on it.
This marks the second post in my green street style series, where I show how I mix eco-friendly items in with conventional items for complete style. Tell me what you think in the comments!
Kayu sustainable bamboo sunglasses, vintage love knot earrings (my grandmother’s), Korres non-toxic red lipstick, gold chain necklace of forgotten origin, 60′s vintage spring jacket from Angela’s Vintage.
Gold nail overlays from Sally Hansen (not non-toxic–sorry).
Red striped shirt from a boutique on Fire Island.
Photo credit: Trevor Wilson
Who doesn’t love street style pics? They rank right up there with fancy iPhone cases and mushy inspirational quotes for “Things 20-Something Girls Love.” (Note: This list is just in my head. And maybe on Pinterest.)
Now I have my own street style photography to share. But–here’s the green twist–I’ll point out the items in my ensemble that have some sustainable element, including:
- Made with sustainable materials like organic cotton, bamboo or PET
- Thrifted (the most fun type of recycling)
- Fair Trade
- Made in New York City
- From a Clean Hippie-approved store
I’ll also point out items that I wouldn’t buy again if I knew what I know now. That’s what being sustainable is all about: transparency. At this point it’s hard to dress all sustainably all the time, so I try to mix eco-friendly items into whatever I wear. But you’ll notice a couple of pretty offensive things, like tights from Forever 21. ::Cringe:: Don’t hate me!
Finally, you’ll notice some things show up more than once. A big part of being sustainable is reusing what you have in a lot of different settings. Purses are no different.
This is the first in a series. (And this one was taken before my new haircut.)
Peruse, pin, and enjoy!
Club Monaco F/W 2011 cardigan and button down; Buffalo Exchange 2012 thrifted sequined skirt; Michael Kors 2011 purse; Wolford tights (the best kind, these things last forever and look really nice); Steve Madden F/W 2012 heeled oxfords.
House of Harlow necklace.
To recreate this: 1. Split hair in half, tie one side off. 2. On other side french braid down the side toward the nape. Finish out braid to end and tie with clear band. 3. Repeat on other side. 4. Use third clear band to tie both braids together at nape. 5. Create space between band and head and pull braids through, loop them under and back through space one more time. (Like a topsy tail!) 6. Secure with lots of hair pins.
Decorative flower optional.