We've seen it all on Pinterest... Just a handful of wardrobe essentials and voila, 20 different looks just from mixing and matching pieces! Don't we all wish getting our outfits together is always that simple?
Watch our resident fashionistas, Tin and Mae, unbox and review some of these pieces from Candid Clothing.
From the packaging of the products itself, this social good company makes it clear that it stands for sustainability. The items are wrapped neatly in recycled brown paper tied together with reused thread. The clothes themselves don't come with a brand label tag - eliminating yet another unnecessary component.
Curating a capsule wardrobe is aligned with ecological and ethical thinking, and here are some simple and sustainable pieces to start with:
"Make The Shift" Black Dress
Designer Karl Lagerfeld said it best:
“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”
There's a reason the "Make the Shift" dress is always sold out. It really is one of the easiest-to-wear wardrobe staples out there! No need to overthink your #ootd, just throw it on and you're all set.
Even better, this LBD is made with wrinkle-free Korean fabric (Yaaas, no need to iron!) and has a front pocket that's just the right size for your phone or keys.
Its boat neckline and perfect length makes it classy and appropriate for smart casual events (Think: Lunch with in-laws), plus it works with sneakers, wedges, doll shoes, flip-flops, pumps - you name it! Aside from black, this also comes in other colors like olive green or dark blue.
Shop here: Make the Shift Dress
Bamboo V-Neck Tee
What's a capsule wardrobe without a classic neutral tee? While the five-piece French wardrobe suggests a crisp Oxford blouse, we think a light breathable shirt would work much better in our tropical climate.
This basic v-neck shirt is made with surplus bamboo cotton fabric, which has anti-bacterial and moisture-wicking properties. The relaxed fit adds to the breathability of this piece, making it wearable for a busy day without locking in sweat and pollution.
Wear it over jeans or shorts, even under a jacket or cardigan for colder weather. There's no limit to the number of ways you can jazz up this versatile closet staple. This comes in light gray and rose blush colors.
Shop here: Bamboo V-Neck Tee
Wear it to work or take it to the beach. It's a tank top for the weekend or a flowy shirt for a night out. Perfect for layering, too!
With one side having a square neckline and the other with a scoop neckline, this relaxed fit camisole made of lightweight crepe fabric is another versatile piece you can keep reusing. Mix and match with your accessories that work with either neckline. This comes in navy and black.
Shop here: Reversible Cami
The Philippines is home to clothing factories of many international brands, but it's more costly for these big companies to repair rejects, even if these are just minor defects like untrimmed threads, misaligned buttons or missed stitches.
Sam, the amazing #GirlBoss behind Candid Clothing, hails from the garment capital of the Philippines - Taytay, Rizal - and was exposed to the ins and outs of the industry at an early age. Since then, she has made it her mission to run a clothing line that ensures fair working conditions to garment makers.
These figure-flattering slacks are given second life by skilled mananahis (sewers) instead of having them discarded or destroyed. Even better, Sam hires mananahis that have worked with actual clothing brands to make sure the quality of their work is topnotch.
These slacks are made of stretchable material and come with a garterized waistband for a more comfortable feel.
It can also be worn full-length until below the ankle or folded up for a cropped look. These come in khaki and navy, as these neutral colors are best paired with plain or printed tops.
Shop here: Reclaimed Slacks
Our team received interesting feedback on Candid Clothing products, saying that the clothes aren't THAT much different from those sold by fast-fashion retailers.
But isn't that a good thing? Even if you can't see the difference, the garment makers that enjoy better working conditions and the environment that has one less piece of waste to deal with definitely can.
Candid Clothing builds personal relationships and works directly with skilled garment makers, providing training opportunities, fair pay, and flexible work schedules.
They take extra steps to reduce waste by using factory surplus fabric, and training communities to create upcycled accessories from fabric scraps, creating effortless stylish staples that won't hurt your wallet.
Check out items from Candid Clothing here.