A Week Of Outfits With Sustainable Fashion Advocate Candice Tay
The Good Trade's Week of Outfits Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention. Each woman takes her own unique approach to slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Candice Tay, who documents her personal journey toward a more intentional life in her blog!
Aside from ethics and sustainability, the next most important traits I value when it comes to my wardrobe are comfort, fit, and quality of garments. From there, I build my wardrobe by slowly adding pieces that can be worn in multiple ways and throughout different seasons. Another way I try to limit my consumption is by living with seasonal capsule wardrobes in addition to a core capsule that does not change from season to season.
When it comes to my style, I really love a classic and minimalist aesthetic. I also enjoy the contrast of pairing feminine pieces with more masculine pieces. I love supporting ethical and sustainable brands as well as local brands when I can, and it excites me to see fashion moving in a more positive direction. One goal I have for myself is to try to shop more vintage or secondhand when I have closet gaps to fill, as I know that is the most sustainable way to shop. It’s definitely something I’m still working towards.
This is an outfit I often gravitate toward from day to day. I work in a casual environment, so this is me on a typical Monday morning, enjoying my cup of coffee. I enjoy wearing button up shirts undone like this to give my outfits a more laid-back feel. It’s also great as an added layer for warmth. This denim shirt stolen from my dad’s closet is my favorite because of how worn-in it is, making it super soft and comfortable to wear.
I’m all about the monochromatic outfits. This is a typical outfit I tend to wear when I have those “I don’t know what to wear” moments in the morning. Monochromatic outfits never fail me! Since it’s Spring here in Canada, I’m still wearing some transitional pieces and slowly making my way to my full spring capsule. I’ve paired a thin turtleneck with some more warm weather-appropriate linen pants.
Here I am getting ready to head out the door for a busy day at work! I love mixing my old pieces with new ones that I discover. This cream cotton turtleneck was stolen from mom’s closet and is a piece I wear all the time. It’s great for layering in the cooler months and makes a nice transitional piece when it starts to warm up. I’ve also been loving this linen duster from Whimsy + Row, made of deadstock material.
Now that the weather has started to warm up and the days are longer, I’ve really been enjoying going outside, taking neighborhood strolls, and breathing in some fresh spring air. It’s still rather chilly so you won’t see me outside without a jacket or coat on. This wool coat was gifted to me for my last birthday and I can definitely see it being a closet staple for a long time.
Since I work in a casual environment, I pretty much wear my entire closet throughout the week. On Fridays, which are date nights with my husband, I will sometimes dress up a little. By dressy, I still mean comfortable, so these wide leg chinos paired with a super soft oversized shirt is my kind of dressed up outfit.