Mixing Conventional and Conscious #EcoFashionFri

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by Yoli Ouiya on June 28, 2013

While eco fashion is something I celebrate, promote and embrace, sometimes there just isn’t enough of it to go around. Plus I’m not blind to all the other fashion brands and gorgeous collections that exist from affordable to couture. Occasionally on YGL’s Eco Fashionable Fridays, I’ll start posting outfits that show you don’t have to wear a burlap sack and sew together leaves to mix in some eco with some conventional and still be stylish and adorbs.

In today’s outfit I play the coy, sophomore high school student who wants to start a fashion blog.

Shirt: Jaclyn Smith Women’s Utility Shirt, Blue via Kmart
With the lightness of linen and all-purpose functionality, this shirt is a perfect addition for your summer wardrobe. I chose this particular color because in person, it reads as a thin denim shirt and who doesn’t like a litte bit of denim without the extra weight. Luckily, the utility shirts are still available and come in two other colors: sea green and rose.

Shoes: Mrkt Elyse Platform Sandal
Cork upper, 1″ platform, 4¼” rope heel, Synthetic sole
I scored these Cork Heels at DSW last year so they are no longer available online. But if you are lucky, you may be able to find a pair in a retail store as I’ve had such luck with DSW before.

Dress: H&M 2012 Conscious Collection 2012 Embroidery & Eyelet Lace Strapless Dress, Powder Pink.
Love this dress when I first laid eyes on it. It is comfortable, flirty, and light 100% Organic Cotton dress with the bodice lined with 100% organic cotton and the skirt lined with 100% polyester.

Hope you enjoyed my first conventional and conscious outfit post!

What are some ways you’ve combined your conventional and conscious aesthetic?


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Yoli Ouiya is a Green & Healthy Living Expert, Green Chef, Publisher and Editor in Chief of YolisGreenLiving.com. She is noted as the “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, and currently operates a boutique eco-lifestyle outfit Yoli’s Green Living Group. Black Enterprise included Yoli in its “Top 20 National Bloggers” of 2012, was named ‘Best in Green Living” by AllParenting.com, and listed as “Top 17 Black Woman Bloggers to Watch in 2013″ bu ForHarriet.com. With a certification in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell, she offers workshops, lectures, and organizes a variety of eco-chic green themed events in New York. She is currently on the board of directors for The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, a health and nutrition specialist for Harlem Children’s Zone, and co-authoring a book slated for completion Spring 2014.

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Alden Wicker June 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I love this–especially the cork shoes. I too mix conventional and eco-friendly too, quite often. ESPECIALLY H&M Conscious Collection. I think I cleaned them out in the spring!

I’m looking forward to seeing more of your outfits. :)


Yoli Ouiya June 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Thanks Alden! I think people get to realize that we gals love fashion just like the next gal. We just happen to throw some eco chicness in the mix.


Chelsie Diadhiou June 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I absolutely LOVE this dress! Even better is the fact that it is made with organic cotton. I’ll be heading to H&M soon to check out their Conscious Collection. Let’s hear it for fashionable, eco-friendly apparel!!


Yoli Ouiya June 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Thank you Chelsie. The conscious collection this year really focuses on tropical florals.


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