FashRev 2016: Second hand outfit inspiration #haulternative

Malorie Bertrand, founder of Either/Or, shows you how to shop your #FashRev wardrobe for your own take on inspired street style in her #haulternative.

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Street style shots are very, very good and very, very bad. On the bad side, they’re evil reminders that you lack any style, have a terribly boring office job that doesn’t let you attend fashion week, and are always in need of a new piece of clothing. On the flip side, street style shots are helpful inspirations that can turn your outlook on your drab closet from blah to wow.

Since I’ve stopped shopping at mainstream fashion stores for almost two years now, I’ve relied mainly on second-hand stores, clothes swaps and Pinterest to help me add life to my wardrobe. That’s why I chose to take part in this year’s Fashion Revolution Day (FashRev) “haulternative” activity by teaming up with the lovely Sasstainable and sharing my 2hand outfit inspiration story.

I browsed through Pinterest’s street style shots and found two outfits that I identified with and that I’d wear myself. I made sure to pick outfits that I could easily mirror using clothing that I already had in my wardrobe. I recently purchased a white turtleneck from Value Village (the spring weather here in Ottawa hasn’t been so springy) and it lent itself so well to putting these two outfits together.
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When it comes to work clothes, comfort is king. But, I do try to follow the tip my dad told me once: don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want. I’ve built a simple work wardrobe made up of cigarette pants and turtleneck sweaters, which I’ll dress up with a blazer or scarf. My go-to looks are simple, made up of mostly solid colours and clean lines. I’m not into ruffles or dress suits.

This outfit appealed to me because I like that it can transition from work to running errands or grabbing a drink. It’s smart, comfortable and boyish with its cropped pants and loafers. This outfit reminded me of my cute suede jacket that had been tucked away for the winter. I paired it with my new white turtleneck and high-waisted trousers by Toronto-based KAZZ Clothing. I don’t always feel comfortable wearing tight pieces to work, that’s why I like this jacket. It covers up but is fitted, so I don’t look frumpy.
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This second outfit inspiration shot called out my name the minute I saw it. I’ve always had a soft spot for late 80s fashion and nothing says late 80s to me than white turtlenecks and high-waisted, white-wash jeans. These are almost mom jeans, but this girl gives me the impression she could make a moo-moo look terribly stylish. My version of this outfit differs slightly with the tighter turtleneck and a different belt. Otherwise, it’s pretty spot on, don’t you think? I actually wore this outfit all day after I took the picture. We finally had a nice weekend where you didn’t need a coat, but it wasn’t warm enough to wear short sleeves.

These are but two outfits that I can put together with this turtleneck. Other options are to pair it with my black, pleated, knee-length skirt; my grey cigarette pants and grey blazer; or jeans and my linen blazer.

Shopping is fun, but it’s just as fun shopping your closet and putting together new outfits you hadn’t thought of before. I encourage you to try it this week. Shop your closet, take everything out, try everything on and browse Pinterest for some outfit ideas. You’ll look at your clothing in a whole new light without opening your wallet.

Read my #haulternative style story, “Fall in love with Fairtrade Fashion #30wears”Join me on Twitter @Sasstainable on April 24th , 2pm EST for our #ChatSasstainable hangout hosted with Malorie of @shop_either_or. We’ll be discussing all things sustainable and ethical fashion. 
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About the Author

Angela is founder and editor of Sasstainable, an insider voice on sustainable lifestyle and ethical luxury. In 2013, she completed her MSc in Environmental Management at the University of London, at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy. Her passion for the environment grew out of her family's rural property in Raglan, Ontario, now a designated Natural Heritage System area in the Ontario Greenbelt. In 2009, she was granted Ryerson University's Top 30 Under 30 Alumni award, because of her work as a motivational speaker. She inspired over 30,000 high school and university students across North America. She is a published writer, contributing articles to Geez Magazine, Eluxe Magazine and Feelgood Style, among others. She enjoys fashion, cooking, art and yoga. She served on the board of directors for Toronto Zooshare Biogas Co-operative and Toronto Green Community. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada, with her 3 year-old daughter, Charlotte.

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