A Week Of Outfits With Conscious Lifestyle Blogger & Life Coach Hailey Noa
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 Hailey Noa, a conscious living blogger and life coach!
// ABOUT HAILEY //
Age | 32
Location | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Occupation | Influencer, Life Coach, Yoga Teacher
Where To Find Her | Instagram and blog
Favorite Brands | Matt & Nat, Alchemist, United Wardrobe (secondhand website), Jan ‘n June
I have always loved fashion. As a child I dreamed of becoming a model. Although growing up I never really pursued my modelling dream, I kept my love for fashion and beautiful items. This led me to be a big shopper. Every week I bought something new. Often it was cheap fashion, that I didn’t really love.
After years of unconscious fashion consumption, it became clear to me that my shopping behaviour wasn’t aligned with my sustainable and ethical values. My road to a conscious and sustainable lifestyle began 10 years ago when I became a vegetarian (and later vegan) because of my love for animals. It was then when I discovered that the meat industry is terribly polluting. At that moment I decided that I wanted to live as sustainable as possible.
Nonetheless, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I became aware of how polluting and unethical the clothing industry is. Ever since that realization, I have been on a quest to make the fashion industry more ethical and sustainable by creating awareness around the issues. Also, I do what I can to inspire others to make sustainable (fashion) choices.
It is my life's mission to make a positive change on the world and the lives of others. I truly believe that living consciously and sustainably will contribute to a happier life. It will bring you more in touch with yourself and the world around you. Making conscious and sustainable choices isn’t only good for yourself, but it is good for the earth, and the people/animals that were involved in the process. This will rub off on you and make you feel good. This is the message that I spread on my website www.haileynoa.com. Being more conscious and sustainable in your fashion choices is a big part of that.
I don’t buy as many clothes as I used to. I try to only shop for new clothes when I really need them. Of course, I am still human, so every now and then I go shopping because I want to upgrade my wardrobe. This doesn’t happen more often than once every four months.
When I shop, I always first look for ethically made clothes or secondhand clothes. If what I am looking for isn’t available (or affordable) ethically or secondhand, I sometimes do shop at “regular” fashion brands.
When I started my sustainable fashion quest, I was really strict when it came to buying from ethical fashion brands. This made me lose my joy in fashion, because many of the ethical brands that are available in The Netherlands are not my style or in my budget.
Because I believe that joy is the biggest indicator that you are on the right path, I decided to be less strict. If there are no ethical options but I am sure that the quality is good and I will wear it at least 30 times, I buy at regular brands. And you know what, this decision did bring back the joy in my sustainable wardrobe, so I am super happy with that!
Winter is coming, so I already like to get cosy with a warm cardigan. This beautiful bright cardigan is vintage. I love the colour and the eighties look! I finished the outfit with black jeans from Mudjeans. I upgraded my heels with the shoes accessories from Bootiez. My clutch is by the brand Mind Your Bag and is made from leftover fabric from the furniture industry.
As a teenager, I was obsessed with elephant bell bottoms: pants with wide legs. After years of searching, I finally found a great pair with the largest legs that I've ever seen! My 14-year-old self would have been so jealous of me! They are from the ethical brand Nobody Has To Know. My necklace from Picaflor is made of Ivory Palm.
I can really appreciate a good upcycle job! The top I am wearing is a great example of that. This is an old curtain that has been upcycled to a top! How great is this, right? I combine it with an H&M skirt, that I have worn more than 30 times and my favorite pair of Matt & Nat shoes. My jewelry is made of old copper and it’s from the brand By Biek.
Although I am a huge fan of black clothes, I have to admit that ocher yellow is also becoming one of my favorites. I have borrowed this jacket from the fashion library in Amsterdam. I love that this way I can easily swap my clothes, whenever I want to spice things up! I also love this vegan bag by Denise Roobol. I am combining this with my favorite bamboo top from Royal Bamboo and black jeans from Kuyichi.
This bright blue top is vintage. I love how sophisticated it makes me look because of the little tie! I am a sucker for the leather look. This pair of vintage shorts that I borrowed from the fashion library really finished my look!
I can always appreciate a good trumpet sleeve! This denim top from Nobody Has To Know is a great example of how ethical clothes can be timeless and on trend at the same time! They have been produced in Amsterdam at a social work place. This only makes me love it more! My skirt is secondhand, and I love how shiny and soft it is! I finish the look with my vegan Matt & Nat shoes!
Black is my happy color! This outfit has it all! My leather-looking skirt is from Costes. Although it is not an ethical brand, I wear it all the time! I always feel great when I wear this skirt. I got the heels at a clothing swap that I organized in 2016. No one wanted them, so I happily volunteered because they are great! Do check out the tights that I am wearing from Swedish Stockings. They are made from recycled nylon. My headband is an old scarf that I gave a second life by using it as a headband! I love how it finishes the outfit.