Cents of Style: Ethical Outfits with Florence Provencher-Proulx

Cents of Style: Ethical Outfits with Florence Provencher-Proulx

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Unamiliar with the eco-fashion trend of upcycling? It is the simple concept of converting manufacturing rejects (end of roll fabric, discarded/process leftovers, etc.) or old clothes into entirely new articles of clothing. 

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Florence Provencher-Proulx, the face behind Etude Pour Les Cinq Doigts, definitely knows how to satisfy my hunger for evolving concepts in style. Turning obsolete items into unique, unpredicted pieces, Florence is re-imagining the ways clothes are worn and made, one garment at a time.

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Jordan Cropped Jersey & Upcycled Striped Shorts (above)

Mixing high fashion items with low, the Boat People Vintage model's distinctive urban edge and eco-style is a perfect example of thrift no longer being reserved for Halloween costumes and ugly Christmas sweaters. 

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Upcycled ‘Shakira’ Top & Upcycled Vest (above)

Even with the most basic sewing skills, you can cut, stitch and transform forgotten pieces into endearing outfits for yourself. Infusing jolts of luxury into inexpensive new perspectives, Montreal style icon, Florence, shares exactly how accessible overhauling your wardrobe can be.

Here are my favorite ethical looks presented by the upcycling architect herself:

1. DIY Folded sleeve top

Paired with Antique Boro Japanese Pants (below)

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Play with the cuffs, shoulders on basic pull-overs and layer your clothing in unexpected ways that nonchalantly reveal what's underneath.

2. DIY Scrap Denim Belt (below)

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Find inventive methods to re-work old denium (shown here as an accessory) in ways that can easily transition into fall. 

3. Upcycled Denim Top (below)

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It is all about reversing the predictable way of wearing your garments and adding daring handmade cut-outs to long or oversized pieces.

4. Upcycled Sleeveless Blazer (below)

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Don't be shy to bare all the lining and shoulder pads beneath the sleeves of your thrifted jackets/blazers. I am absolutely in love with the unfinished aspect of this look.

For more inspirational looks by Florence click here.

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