#MoreWithLess Challenge with MATTER
For me, a huge part of the equation to "Sustainable Fashion" is making use of what I already own no matter where these pieces originally came from. I have clothes from college that I bought from fast fashion brands that I still wear today. I have conventional leather, hand-me-down bags and cashmere sweaters from unknown brands gifted by my grandmother (from when she was young) - pieces that connect me to her when I'm not with her, and pieces that have aged gracefully, stood the test of time in terms of durability, and transcended trends that have come and gone with their classic styles. And then of course, I have a section of my wardrobe with consciously made pieces that I've bought or been gifted from my past few years working in the conscious fashion and lifestyle world.
So when my partner brand MATTER invited me to participate in its #MoreWithLess Challenge, it was a hell yes from me! The team challenged me to style one piece I already own in three different ways, and I decided to work with the organic cotton, artisan made pants they had sent me over a year ago. Here are 3 looks I've created with them.
With these pants being a statement piece, I decided to wear a simple black top to go along with the print, plus a neutral-toned pair of shoes close to the color of my skin tone. I love that these booties also have bold black trims on them, so they "ground" the look without having the bold print, black top, and my dark hair feel too heavy!
Because the print itself is quite bold, I still wanted to keep the rest of my second outfit muted. This top emulates the dune-color of my sandals. And though it's a relaxed, loose-fitting top on top of wide-legged pants, I was able to tie it at the waist to accentuate my waistline.
Going along with the same idea of keeping the rest of the outfit simple, I tossed on this old white crop top (to go along with the white from the pants), dune-colored mules that complement my skin tone, and an up-cycled brass bangle to add shiny texture to the look. I actually lounge around my studio in this outfit, too, so I also wear look this without the bangles and shoes. :)