The wardrobe diaries #7: one week of outfits

Recently we got a full lenght mirror for our apartment and, aside the undeniable practicality of finally being able to see ouselves from head to toes before heading out and the minimal but effective decorative function, I must say that I’m having fun with it a bit and started sharing outfits on Instagram.

So, when I started taking these pictures, they weren’t intented to become blog post material but simply to be shared through my Instagram stories. And then I figured I could share them on the blog as well dspite them not being exactly “super professional” photos as I like these outfits a lot and always like the idea of sharing the perks of a sustainable wardrobe. This “wardrobe diaries” series was meant to become a little space here on the blog to chat about minimalist wardrobe and sustainable fashion, hopefully to give you some style inspiration and more importantly to show you that you don’t need to have a huge collection of clothes in order to have a versatile, curated wardrobe that still feels like “you”. 

If you have been following me for a while, on Youtube, Instagram or on the blog (or all of them, yay!) than you know how I feel about fashion. Our clothes and accessories shouldn’t be something that caused harm to the people making them or to the environment. But fashion can be something we can still be able to play with when deciding to make more sustainable choices: I want to underline the fact that being a more conscious consumer doesn’t have to feel like a huge restiction when it comes to express yourself and your identity through your clothing, but quite the opposite indeed. And even if your finances are a little tight, you still have the possibility to create a wardrobe that is more aligned with your style and your identity without spending a fortune. As much as I am a big supporter of ethical sustainable brands and small businesses, I ackowledge that the price point may not be for everyone. Well don’t worry because sales, send hand stores, swap parties or hand me downs will become your best friends!

The outfits I’am about to show you are a mix of ethical sustainable pieces I had for a while, second hand pieces or even something I had to repair (I don’t know about you, but ALL of my jeans after the first year or so need to be repaired in the inner thigh area because the fabric wears out a lot. Taking them to an alteration shop for a fix allows me to extend their life a bit at least for another six months). These are outfits that I wore to work as well as in my free time (I work in a very casual environment so luckily I don’t need any formal or specific attire for work and can wear all of my wardrobe, always). The outfits do not include any bags or outewear as I wore pretty much the same things on top of these outfits (my Kanken backpack and my super duper Everlane ReNew Parka jacket). If this is meant to become something that I do on a regular basis, I’ll make sure to include the whole outfit combo in the pictures.

DAY 1
When I got this black shawl I wasn’t 100% sure of it, but I wanted to experiment with it a bit before deciding it is not for me. And I must say, I quite like the end result. I paired it with this white linen long sleeve shirt (and a tank top underneath for a bit more warmth) and some simple skinny blue jeans.

Black shawl: second hand (hand me down)
White linen shirt: second hand (swap party)
Belt: H&M (7 years old)
Jeans: Everlane
Black oxfords: second hand (originally from Dr. Martens)

DAY 2
I don’t know why I have never put this combo together because honestly I love it. Actually I do know, I am mostly a jeans / pants gal, but definitely like a dress or skirt if I’m in the mood for it! This super cute white cropped turtleneck sweater pairs really well both with high waisted pants and dresses. I wore it on top of this organic cotton black maxi dress and kept things very simple with one of my all time favorite necklaces (and actually one of the very few jewerly pieces I own) and my trusty vegan black books.

White cropped turtleneck sweater: second hand (originally from American Apparel)
Black maxi t-shirt dress: Love Stories Market (local shop in Bali)
Black boots: Dr. Martens
necklace: handmade in Estonia

DAY 3
Same sweater, different vibe. I personally wear clothes multiple times before washing them, especially sweaters considering how delicate they are. So, unless I sweat like crazy or spill something on myself big time, I rewear my clothes with no shame at all. It is about time we break apart this social belief that we must wear something different every day. So there you go, the same white sweater (probably even with the same long sleeve shirt underneath for layering) paired with light wash jeans.

White cropped turtleneck sweater: second hand (originally from American Apparel)
Belt: H&M (7 years old)
Ligh wash boyfriend jeans: second hand (mom’s wardrobe, hand me down)
Chunky necklace: second hand
Black boots: Dr. Martens

DAY 4
Throwing an old favorite in the mix. This checkered organic cotton shirt gives me major grunge vibes every time I wear it and works very well in multiple seasons because it can be layered underneath a sweater (as I did in the next outfit) or on top of a thin top. Here I used it as a cover up for a classic black t-shirt and left it unbottoned. I paired it with skinny jeans to balance the slightly oversized fit and long lenght of the shirt.

Black cotton t-shirt: Organic Basics
Checkered black/grey shirt: Armed Angels
Belt: H&M (7 years old)
Necklace: handmade in Estonia
Jeans: Everlane
Black boots: Dr. Martens

DAY 5
I usually don’t like super bold pieces, but can make an exception every once in a while. When I saw this sweatshirt with this faux leather moon design I knew it was a great addiction to my wardrobe. Here I paired it with the same checkered shirt, same jeans and same shoes from the day before. Plus, a little red lipstick which has never hurt anyone, right?

Black swetshirt with moon design: second hand
Checkered black/grey shirt: Armed Angels
Jeans: Everlane
Black boots: Dr. Martens

DAY 6
This oversized sort of black kimono / cape is one of my absolute favorite pieces in my whole wardrobe. It was designed and made here in Berlin from a local fashion brand and it is very well made and has been holding the years and the wears very well. I love pairing it with slimmer silhouettes and play with layers a little bit, snce this has a short sleeve.

Black kimono: Say It Berlin
Striped long sleeve top: armedandels
Belt: H&M (7 years old)
Ligh wash boyfriend jeans: second hand (mom’s wardrobe, hand me down)
Black oxfords: second hand (originally from Dr. Martens)

DAY 7
My final outfits of this “one week of outfits” features, yes, you guessed it, items I have worn before during the week. Re-wearing items you have already worn is such an eco-friendly and mindful way to play with our wardrobe and use resources more responsibly. I simply added this cozy oversized cardigan to change things up a bit and make the overall outfit vibe more comfy.

Grey long cardigan: second hand
Striped long sleeve top: armedandels
Belt: H&M (7 years old)
Ligh wash boyfriend jeans: second hand (mom’s wardrobe, hand me down)
Black boots: Dr. Martens

I hope you have enjoyed this “one week of outfits” post. Let me know if you would like to see more posts like this in the future, in the meantine don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see what I’m up to.
I’ll talk to you soon!
Jen

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2 Comments

  1. MICHELLE LEE
    February 18, 2020 / 18:28

    Love this Jenny! 🙌

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