#EthicalOOTD: Summer Layers

This is my super casual go-to summer outfit for times I don’t feel like wearing a dress. The cropped jacket is handy when it gets windy and chilly—there’s been a lot of sporadic rainstorms in Toronto this summer.

Most of the pieces I have worn in fashion posts before. The only new addition is a grey scoop neck T-shirt from The Row, made in the USA. I bought it from a consignment store in Toronto called Haute Classics. I don’t think this particular colour is sold anymore. It’s very sheer (hand wash it) and the most flattering cut. If you also don’t feel like spending $300 on a t-shirt (even though it’s the most luxe shirt ever), The Real Real, an online luxury consignment store, usually has a bunch of shirts from The Row.

I have to say, this had been one of my more challenging photoshoots. I thought it would be easier to do outside shoots in the summer, but I live in a touristy area and everybody’s out to enjoy the weather. I get pretty self-conscious when a lot of people are staring at me as I get my picture taken. My comfort zone is definitely behind the camera. And writing, and other quiet-people activities.

Nobody’s forcing me to be a fashion blogger, of course. I do love fashion. It’s fun to show off my style and see people respond to it. The style section of this site and on Instagram gets more attention than anything else, so I know people are hungry for more information and styling tips on ethical fashion. This motivates me to get out of my comfort zone, so I thank you guys for that. I’ve come a long way, and I suspect I’ll get more comfortable in front of the camera as I keep doing this. I think a fear I have is becoming a full-blown narcissist, but as long as I’m not posting a million selfies on my Instagram and I’m sharing my other interests, I think I’m safe for now.

JACKET — MILK IT (see it with other outfits). Sold out – see other jackets from MILK IT

T-SHIRT — THE ROW SABEEN SCOOP NECK

DENIM SHORTS — URBAN RENEWAL (see it with other outfits)

ESPADRILLES — MAISON DE L’ESPADRILLES (see it with other outfits). Similar style from Saint James here.

PURSE — RACHEL COMEY BAAN BAG (see it with other outfits). SS/16 – sold out. 

SUNGLASSES – SAINT LAURENT (see it with other outfits)

Photos by Tiantian Zou

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