As the Street Style Huntress, I've always been very focused on finding looks that are unique and showcasing that you don't have to spend a million dollars to look great. I've been a huge supporter of sustainable fashion for a long time, and a lot of my personal clothing comes from local, vintage and consignment businesses, which I hope continue to flourish and make an impact in our city and beyond.
I had the great opportunity to put together three ladies looks to showcase sustainable style and four retailers that are part of this year’s Sustainable Style YYC event, and present these looks on Global TV. These looks also serve as inspiration for what to wear to the Sustainable Style event on April 12th.
A bit about the event, REAP & participating businesses...
Sustainable Style YYC is presented by REAP Business Association and First Calgary Financial as part of Down to Earth Week. It’s the 8th year of the festival and the 3rd year of Sustainable Style YYC. REAP is a not-for-profit association for locally owned and sustainably operated businesses.
REAP’s members are at the forefront of the new economy, demonstrating that business can make a fair profit while contributing to healthy and prosperous communities. Collectively, they represent more than $4 billion in annual revenue, more than 7,500 Calgary area jobs, and $8.5 million in annual charitable donations.
About the featured looks...
Look One: Tory Burch Dress and Wedges - It can go from day to night, so you can wear this to work and then show up to the event. It has a great 70s vibe, cool pattern and the belt brings it together beautifully. The long sleeves are great, and you can pair this with a great trench or bomber.
Look Two: You can wear something more casual or go dressy. Look two is a combination of rock and roll and a bit of glam with the leather top and sparkle skirt.
Look Three: This lavender dress has a great shape and interesting detail. Add a statement shoe, and you’re ready to go. I topped it off with a great and unique jacket from Dreamboatlucy, local designers who's clothing and accessories I adore!
Studio Intent: Recently moved to a pop up shop model, but they are continuing to showcase ethical & Canadian made clothing from independent designers. http://www.studiointent.ca
The Clothing Bar: A local consignment store in Calgary that just recently opened in Marda Loop. Most of the clothes above were pulled from The Clothing Bar - thanks again ladies! http://theclothingbar.bigcartel.com
Tribe of Lambs: An online non-profit jewelry brand creating opportunities and bright futures for HIV positive Children in India. And their pieces are amazing! https://tribeoflambs.com
Mañana Imports: Handcrafted folkart, crafts, jewelery, gifts and clothing from around the world and of which a key aim is to offer fair trade fashion items. Find them in Kensington! http://mananaimports.com
Some elements of a sustainably stylish product...
-Organic Textiles & Materials: Fabric from natural sources or fibers grown without any pesticides and/or toxic materials.
-Recycled/Upcycled/Vintage: Created with reclaimed, recycled or re-purposed materials, or vintage fashions second hand garments originating from a previous era.
-Second-hand goods: Previously owned fashions; dealing in or selling goods that are not new.
-Low Impact: Dyes made from vegetable matter or with processes using less (or no) water. Non-toxic fabric finishes.
-Local: Designed and constructed in the Calgary area.
Tickets are available for Sustainable Style at www.belocal.org.
The event is April 12 at Civic on Third (130 – 3 AVENUE SE) from 5-7 pm.
I'll be at the event photographing all the stylish attendees, so I hope to see you there!
For more information, please visit belocal.org!