As we near the weekend the time has come for our Fashion Friday segment. In this segment I’ll be giving tips and tricks about thrifting and sustainable shopping, specifically how to recreate the looks featured in our Fashion Friday segment on Instagram with sustainable options.
This week’s edition of Fashion Friday is particularly special as we are featuring our ever timelessly chic program coordinator Jennifer Dawson. Jennifer’s influenced by the classic looks of Coco Chanel, and her look for today is inspired by vintage fashion. Jennifer wears a vintage Holt Renfrew blazer with a beautiful abstract print she allows this blazer to be the star by wearing a simple black turtleneck, black Pink Tartan skinny jeans and black block heeled Zara boots. Appropriately for November she has also accessorised with a lovely handmade poppy by Angela DeMontigny. Jennifer’s look is sophisticated and classic and in order to achieve this look you need a few simple basics you likely already own and one show stopper that may be a bit more difficult to come by, so let’s get started with my recommendations.
First, we need to establish our base for the outfit, a black turtleneck and skinny jeans. It’s highly likely that these pieces are already sitting in your closet however if you’re looking for a refresh I have two great sustainable options! It would be easy enough to find black skinny jeans in a thrift store or a second hand store like Plato’s Closet that specializes in modern pieces of clothing but if you’re looking to buy something new Everlane is always a great option for sustainable basics. Everlane has a variety of jeans to choose from so everyone can find the perfect fit and style for their unique self, here I have picked The Curvy Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jean. As for the turtle neck I chose “The Cotton Turtleneck Tee” from Everlane. For the shoes I found an ethical brand called Able that focuses on creating empowering opportunities for women in the fashion industry. The boots are called “Celina Ankle Boot” and were handmade in Brazil.
For the final and arguably the most important piece of the outfit, the vintage jacket, I had to do some digging. I had a feeling a trip to my local thrift store wouldn’t do the trick, I knew I had to do a deep dive on the internet to find the perfect piece that would exude the same level of uniqueness as Jennifer’s gorgeous jacket however you could easily go on some shopping trips to several thrift sores or curated vintage stores to find the perfect jacket it might just take some time. Even though I found so many special pieces while searching nothing spoke to me as much as this vintage jacket I found on Etsy. The jacket itself is a fairly similar style to Jennifer’s although the pattern is more on the geometric side it still gives off an overall similar vibe.
Obviously if your looking to recreate Jennifer’s outfit it’s going to be difficult to find pieces that are exactly the same however that’s not necessarily the point, if you really want to exude her sophisticated style it’s more about taking inspiration and adding your own spin on it but don’t forget to add the red lip!
By: Geneva Webster