Oversized blouse + boyfriend jeans- Zara | bag- New Classics | aviators- DKNY (more options) | sandals- Loeffler Randall c/o Shopbop | bracelet- Chloe
Hello, and happy Friday! I'm so glad the weekend is here, even if that just means cleaning, sorting and organizing for this girl... still, there's just something psychologically pleasing about a Friday, you know? I guess they don't call it 'Fri-yay' for nothing. Anyway, there's a couple things I wanted to touch on in this post, starting with a few of my outfit details and then getting into the true matter at hand — fabric. First, let's talk style. I picked up this blouse from Zara recently, and although I'm trying to avoid that store as much as possible, something about this piece really spoke to me — probably its frumpy, crazy-art-teacher vibe, coupled with the fact that this shade of light green is barely a step up on the excitement-meter from beige — you know, something along those lines. I'm feeling a pull towards sloppier silhouettes these days, but what I really wanted to highlight about this blouse is the fact that it's made of Tencel. 'What's Tecel?' some of you may ask? Good question.
Tencel, or Lyocell, is a natural, man-made fiber created from the cellulose found in wood pulp that can be spun into fabric with minimal environmental impact, including water and energy use. It's known for its luxurious look and flattering drape, while being super light, breathable and comfortable to wear. Most Tencel fabrics are machine-washable and wrinkle-resistant, and generally are quite colour-rich as their fibers have high absorbency to dyes. Oh, and they're also biodegradable. #TheMoreYouKnow
In other news, these sandals were a recent Shopbop score — they're by Loeffler Randall, who employ craftspeople in Brazil to create their gorgeous line of footwear. I'm all heart eyes every time I look at their shoes, and because I'm trying to be mindful of where my clothing and accessories are made, I feel good about supporting them. My foldover bag is another sustainable accessory, mindfully-made by SMK in South Korea (and stocked by my favourite sustainable retailer, New Classics). Making the switch to responsibly-made fashion is a long process, but it's one that I'm committed to and really excited about... there are just so many amazing brands out there doing it right (here are six to get you started) that the future of fashion and it's environmental impact suddenly doesn't seem so bleak. What we choose to spend our money on makes a difference, and there's some comfort in knowing that we as consumers can incite change — let's do this! (Zara blouse purchase notwithstanding). xx
***Editor's note: See below for an amazing comment providing more information about Tencel.
Photos by Ashley Antonio
Photos by Ashley Antonio