Environmentally Friendly Tips to Curate a Capsule Wardrobe to Compliment Your Personal Style this Winter

Environmentally Friendly Tips to Curate a Capsule Wardrobe to Compliment Your Personal Style this Winter

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Winter fashion ideas that are anything but boring

Emily Hand, Contributor 

One of my favourite things about living in Toronto is the fashion. Diverse, bright self-expression can be seen at every turn, and I am constantly calculating outfits I want to recreate. As a student, I have struggled to develop a sense of personal style in such a fashion-forward city, whilst living on a student budget. That being said, I have compiled a list of items that will kickstart a personal closet that can be affordable, ethical, and environmentally friendly!

Leather is a staple this season. I’m fond of baggy leather pants, fitted blazers, and oversized jackets. Rather than sourcing new leather, consider buying second-hand. Thrift stores are always abundant in styles and nice brands, and I can assure that you will save money on a long-lasting product. If you want to make this trend more your own style, consider looking for colored leather to add something different. Pro-trip: check the men’s section. 

An oversized blazer is a staple. However, this also expands into oversized suits and silhouettes in general. The runways emphasize structured shoulders and tailored details. Luckily, this is another easy thrift find. When styling a piece like this casually or formally, I rely on @readwritethrift for style inspiration. Further, play with silhouettes! Try layering a tight-fitting top underneath an oversized blazer or a small sweater vest with baggy trousers to experiment with proportions.

Skirts are continuously seen on runways. The denim maxi and Miu Miu shorty are two examples of how the evergreen piece re-emerges in new ways. A little black skirt is the perfect Saturday night staple, and a denim maxi will be great for a Sunday farmer’s market, so I definitely recommend having options in your wardrobe. To get creative, play with hems, cargo, fabrics, and prints. Now, for the fun part. To change it up (and keep yourself warm), add tights! Investing in Sheertex is an environmentally friendly and unbreakable option, and don’t forget the leg warmers.

Is your outfit really complete without chunky loafers, fun socks, and colourful hats? No, I think not. Accessories are a great way to pick up a new hobby and contribute to the slow-making movement. Over the Christmas holidays, consider gathering some friends, grabbing some yarn, and learning how to knit! I can guarantee you can make a matching hat and scarf in no time. This is also a great way to curate your accessories to yourself through fit, colour, and style.

Of course, my article could go on forever, but I hope you enjoy searching for sustainable alternatives to staple and quality pieces. Most importantly, remember that style is an extension of yourself. Be bold, fun, and experimental, and enjoy every outfit you put on.