It’s layering season in Vancouver. As you can see, I’m currently obsessed with faux fur. I made this faux fur grey vest (for fabric and pattern details read here) and layered it under this H&M coat. I absolutely love the drop shoulder and faux fur collar detail. I went up two sizes as I wanted an oversized fit.
Speaking of H&M, did you know that they recycle used clothing (no matter what brand or material) and even leftover fabrics pieces?! Donated garments are sorted into three categories: rewear (sold as secondhand), reuse (turned into other products) and recycle (turned into textile fibres).
This garment collecting initiative was launched back in 2013. Since then H&M has prevented more than 55,000 tonnes of clothing from ending up in landfills. The surplus then goes towards social and recycling projects.
What’s more, for every bag of clothes/fabric that you donate, they give you a $5 off voucher for your next purchase (over $30).
Pretty cool huh? You can read more about this at H&M Sustainability.
photos: Vancouver, Alexandra G
Happy mid-November everyone! It’s starting to get really chilly here in Vancouver but once in awhile we still get some (warm-ish) sunshine. I find it still warm enough to wear my DIY ripped boyfriend jeans as long as I wear boots and layers of clothing.
I bought this pair of vintage Levi’s from a thrift store (it was originally dark blue). I didn’t know how to sew at the time so I took it to a tailor to get them altered as it was just a little bit big on the hips. Then at home, I bleached and distressed them myself. I find that the distressed jeans sold at the stores often doesn’t look natural on me. The holes or rips would be in all the wrong places. So what I did was to put on the jeans and marked where I want the most distressing to be. For example below the knees would be the most worn-out part so that was where I made the rips. Then I just throw it in the dryer and voila perfectly distressed jeans. For more details on the bleaching and distressing process, check out my first ever post here.
When I was in London last year, I got this suede Rino and Pelle jacket from Mary’s Living and Giving thrift store in Portobello Market. It is a boutique charity shop of new and pre-loved clothing from brands and designers ranging from Alexander McQueen to Zara. Proceeds from each item sold are donated to Save the Children. I love buying fashion that makes a difference. Let me know of any charity boutiques that you think I should check out!
Jeans – vintage Levi’s, bleached & distressed by me (details here: http://www.thatsewcute.com/?p=60)
Jacket – Rino and Pelle
Bodysuit – Topshop
Boots – Geox
photos: Vancouver by Esther
Fall is my absolute favourite season for fashion. Even though the days are shorter, the weather is still warm enough for a light coat. Light, drapey coats are some of my favourite pieces of clothing. They are easy to style and layer.
This fall I love pairing my homemade camel coat with embroidered Topshop shorts and these gorgeous Steve Madden over the knee boots. Black over the knee boots are warm and make any outfit sexy. As for the coat, I used a Burda pattern, it was simple and easy. Check out my camel coat: sew easy post for more details.
Enjoy the beautiful autumn weather! Til next time!
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photos: Vancouver by RY
Usually summer calls for bright colours such as yellow or orange. However, I’m currently obsessed with grey and blush muted tones to keep me cool this season. I sewed this grey skirt back in winter but its slitted and airy so it transitions well into hotter weather. (Check out my post about the skirt fabric and pattern details in ‘Finished Pieces’, Fleece Skirt Self-Drafted) To brighten up the whole look, I added some white such as this off-shoulder top and sneakers.
This blush coloured Rino and Pelle jacket is made out of a single layer of suede, so it’s perfectly light for summer. Got it for a steal at a Mary’s Living and Giving thrift store in Portobello Market, London. Make sure to visit this store when you’re in London! It is a boutique charity shop of new and pre-loved clothing from brands and designers ranging from Alexander McQueen to Zara. Proceeds from each item sold are donated to Save the Children.
I love discovering charity boutiques and buying fashion that makes a difference. Let me know of any cute charity boutiques that you think I should check out!
Jacket Rino and Pelle
Bag Straw the Label
photos: Vancouver by Tomo
Here it is, my current favourite outfit for an fancy night out! I’ve posted about the beige wrap skirt earlier and here is the black version. I sewed this one better I think and the black serged edges looked much nicer than the unsightly white edges of the beige skirt. The two skirts are fairly identical except for the fact that I moved the cut out hole to the side seam instead of the front left side. Moreover, the fabric is different even though both are knit jerseys. For this skirt, I managed to get my hands on natural, bamboo knit jersey fabric. It is much heavier than the polyester knit that I used for the beige skirt but it is also a much better quality. So far, it has not pile at all..yay! Now I’m on the hunt for more bamboo knits!
I’d also like to gush about this exquisite MANU ATELIER bag! Originally its my sister’s bag but its so so beautiful that I just had to snatch it from her haha. I absolutely love the rectangular design, chain strap and supposedly non-scratch leather. I can’t testify whether its true that the leather is resistant to scratches because I’m too scared to try! (My sister will kill me if I scratched it)
Anyways, I also have to mention this top which I also snatched from my sister. We were in London during the summer so of course we had to check out PRIMARK! I’ve vowed to myself to minimize buying fast fashion but this top is just gorgeous! I’ll definitely wear it for several years…with the permission of my sister of course..
photos: London by AC
I came on just recently on the Instagram train, opened my account on February of this year. Needless to say, I have never entered a giveaway contest until about two weeks ago. I was browsing fashion bloggers and discovered SUMBAL CHAUDHRY‘s account, she’s this fabulous Fashion/Lifestyle blogger from Toronto. The first picture in her feed that I clicked on was a giveaway contest in partnership with RUDSAK, a Canadian brand which features sleek and edgy winter outerwear and leather goods. I’ve always loved Rudsak’s rock n roll aesthetic. Anyways, the contest prize was this beautiful PALM CARRYALL bag in Black. I didn’t think too much about the giveaway when I liked the picture and followed Sumbal. A week or so passed by when I received a private message from her, telling me that I’ve won the Palm bag giveaway! I couldn’t believe it, it was such an incredible surprise. She asked for my address and two days ago, I received the bag in the mail.The Palm bag is definitely more beautiful in person. It has three interior compartments and made of beautiful Saffiano leather with cross hatched texture and sleek wax finishing. It also comes with detachable shoulder strap. And oh the hardwares…they are these gorgeous silver zippers and buckles. I especially love the zippers, they look luxurious and open super smooth. To match Rudsak’s rebel chic aesthetic, I just had to wear the bag with my DIY BOYFRIEND JEANS. A style rule that I like to follow every so often is matching bag and shoes. So I paired the Palm Bag with BUENO‘s Umay sandal bootie in black. They were handmade in Turkey, the buttery and soft leather made it super comfortable to wear. To top it off, I wore TOPSHOP‘s Petite funnel necked body suit in white.
Pictures: Vancouver, by RY
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I went to Portland two weeks ago and splurged on this DALIA Large Leather Backpack in white. But hey Portland is tax-free so I felt that my splurge was justified haha. I love the oversized knot detailing at the front and drawstring closure. I’ve never been interested in anything from MICHAEL KORS but this one caught my heart. And I never thought that I would buy a white bag! There’s always a first time for everything I guess. I always fear that white bags would get dirty quickly, but the Dalia is made of pebbled leather that you can clean easily. As with all high quality leather however, the bag does weigh quite a bit.
Clogs are so in this Spring, they’re popping up in all of the fashion magazines, especially leather ones. I was so happy to have found this super comfy pair at CLARKS, the LEDELLA CLUB in Nutmeg. I’m always on the hunt for comfortable platforms shoes and clogs. Clarks shoes are comfortable in general but these ones are the most comfy, believe me. They have padded soles lined with non-slip suede. I can walk in them for hours without feeling the slightest discomfort.
I paired my DIY distressed boyfriend jeans with ARITZIA’s CREVIER knit top in Corvid. Its made of a fine rayon blend that feels silky and cool enough for summer. Since the material is pretty thick, it also wears great for spring and fall. I can’t wait to pair this beautiful green, blue-ish hue with black and browns in the fall.
Oh and my last and final splurge in Portland was this pair of MAUI JIM’s KAWIKA sunglasses in Tortoise/Antique Gold. I have terrible eyesight, so high quality, polarized sunglasses are a must for me. I am the biggest fan of Maui Jim sunnies, hands down they have the best polarized lenses. Once you’ve tried them on, you can totally see the difference compared to other brands.
Photos: Space Needle, Seattle by RY
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OPELLE Vanda bag, an ethically, hand-crafted, luxury handbag line based in Toronto. They select top-grain natural leather with minimal chemical processing. I’ve had this bag for 3 years and it is still as buttery as ever. And I love its lead-free brass hardware details!
IVIDO jeans Push Up High Waist Jeans in black. They are stretchy jeans that are cut in a way that lifts up your butt! Very figure flattering and comfortable. Made with love in Colombia, sold in Vancouver.
This bodysuit was from Forever 21 which I bought back in 2012! It is surprisingly well made and lasted a long time! In recent years, I stopped shopping at Forever 21 because the low price and fast turnover made me impulse buy clothes which wouldn’t even last a month before it goes out of fashion. But this bodysuit was an exception. It wears well with so many of my skirts and pants, definitely one of my wardrobe staple!
Vintage ROTARY Men’s Gold Plated Watch which I bought from designervillage.com for less than $70. I’m a sucker for oversized, gentleman style watches! I got these pearl earrings at The Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York, THE MET STORE. Pearl earrings are one of my all-time favourite accessories as they are such a classic.
Photos: Gastown, Vancouver by RY