My criteria for great clothing is quite straightforward: it needs to be 1) comfortable (no cutting in anywhere) 2) durable (I have a busy, toddler-messy lifestyle) 3) good-looking but not too glamorous (it simply isn’t my style, if I had one!). Thankfully, this Fall I was introduced to Aventura Clothing when they asked me to come on board as one of their Canadian ambassadors. Based in the Sierra Nevadas, this lifestyle apparel brand has won me over, mainly because it fulfills my three criteria and because I like to support companies that are making efforts to product eco-friendly clothing.
By now I have tried a number of pieces for their Fall catalogue – some that I adore and others that I’d enjoy even more if I could make some small changes to them! I have outlined each piece below, as well provided a gallery with most of the clothing on yours truly. I’m shy when it comes to selfies, so I hope these do the trick!
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Bienne Tank and Dylan Top
Kinsley Jacket and Terni Infinity Scarf
Blake Skinny Jeans and Ciera Vest
Kinsley Jacket and Bristol Scarf
Blake Skinny Jeans
Amaris Dress and Lily Leggins
Dylan Top and Ciera Vest
Individual Product Reviews: Aventura Clothing
FYI, I refer quite a bit to sizing in my reviews. For the record, I’m 5’6″, 137 lbs. My shoulders may be a tad broader and arms a bit longer than a lot of women my size, so bear that in mind.
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Blake Skinny Jean ($82 USD) – I love these, and I rarely say that about pants. I am quite short-waisted so it is hard to find pants that hit me at just the right height. Made with organic cotton and Lycra, these are both comfortable and flexible. My new favourite pants.
Amaris Dress ($84 USD) – This dress is so soft and comfortable, it has been a ‘go-to’ for work meetings and dressier events. I ordered a small, and have found the shoulders to be a bit too tight. Over time they are loosening up, but perhaps a Medium would have been a better fit.
Lily Legging ($29 USD) – I love the pattern on these tights, and for the most part they are quite comfortable. These are definitely designed to be worn under dresses or longer tunic tops. I wish the waist belt was wider to help ‘control the top’, you might say. Really cute.
Terni Infinity Scarf ($45 USD) – Made of 100% acrylic this scarf is super comfortable and warm. I’m glad it doesn’t have an ounce of wool in it because I can’t stand the feeling of wool against my skin! It has definitely become a favourite as we move into colder temperatures.
Ziva Sweater ($92 USD) – I have rarely worn bold patterns or stripes on top, but this sweater changed my mind. It is very soft and drapes nicely, though I wish I had gone a size up in it to make it a tad more slouchy. It is dressy enough to wear to a meeting and casual enough to wear for errands around town. I love this piece.
Bristol Scarf ($29 USD) – The one pictured here is a different colour than mine, but I love this scarf for dressing up an outfit. It’s more about style than warmth, which is great for indoor wear. I’m not the “floral” type but I thought this was really pretty.
Ciera Vest ($109 USD) – This is a very functional vest for wearing over sweaters and tops of all kinds. I like how thin it is, since I already have some warmer down vests. I do wish the backside continued with the quilted pattern rather than switched to the knit panels on the sides and back. I’ll wear it a lot regardless.
Dylan Top ($79 USD) – I would LIVE in this top if it fit me properly! Again, I ordered small but wish I had ordered a medium because it is a bit tight across my shoulders. The arms are also too short, but I like to roll up the arms of shirts like this anyway. This top is very comfortable and made of organic cotton, so it’s soft, not ‘crisp’ like a lot of plaid shirts. I’ll still wear this top a lot.
Bienne Tank ($22 USD) – I love the feeling of this seamless tank. It is very comfortable and the colour goes perfectly with the Dylan Top. I can see it being very versatile, but the small is a bit too tight on me, so I’m only comfortable wearing it underneath other shirts.
Kinsley Jacket ($119 USD) – This has been my fall go-to jacket. It is quite casual, with the built-in cotton hood. I wish it was a bit longer in the back, but otherwise it fits well across the shoulders (which has been my main concern with other pieces). This one will stay in my wardrobe for years to come.
Narrow Grommet Belt ($32 USD) – I absolutely adore this belt, but it’s too big! I decided to go medium and on its smallest setting it is too big for me. Good to know for next time. Because of the style of the holes it’s difficult to punch new ones without affecting the look of the belt. I love the grommets – a very ‘rustic’ and cute accessory.
Thanks to Aventura Clothing for providing each of these items for review.