an ethical outfit: summer exploring


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I love summer. When I lived in Florida, I never said that, but now I crave the humid air. I like stripping down the layers and going to the mountains in summertime, driving through dense fog and sudden rainstorms. In Charlottesville, we only get thunderstorms in the summer. I crave the temporary (albeit relatively safe) chaos of it.

On a warm day, I'd dress simply and load a crossbody bag with my camera before heading out to see what I can see.

The items in this look are:
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  • PACT Apparel Fair Trade Dress*: Hooray! Pact makes dresses now. I also like the navy and white striped one.
  • Warby Parker Haskell Frames*: Warby Parker has a lot more clear frame options since I last did a home try-on, so I've ordered another set of frames to try out.
  • Gift Yenta Fair Trade Backback: I know nothing about this company other than that they listed this and other items as fair trade. I like the look of this backpack, though.
  • Sseko Designs Ribbon Sandals*: Summer classics, in my opinion. I wear mine several times a week.

I'm trying to find a comfortable, purse-sized backpack for upcoming travel, so if you have any other suggestions, please let me know. 

8 comments

  1. I've always found ribbon sandals very pretty but not sure how comfortable they'd be to wear all day? Do the ribbons rub your feet?

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    1. They're quite comfortable once you find the ribbon arrangements that work for you. I love the chiffon ribbons because they're softer and I typically wear them just like they're shown above. I just bought thin leather ribbons, too, and they're actually pretty comfortable, as well, and a bit grippier so some ties work better with them.

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    2. Good to know, thanks!
      I've had shoes like this in the past but with much thinner, plastic coated (or something synthetic, I can't remember) straps. They were gorgeous but not exactly the most comfortable thing at times and the straps often slid down my leg. Very frustrating. Sounds like the leather ribbons may be the way to go :)

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  2. i have the mohop (ribbon tie) sandals, they are comfortable and versatile but i find when i take them off, i always have to re-ribbon them back on, ..... having said that, i have worn them so much in the past 7 years (when we have had appropriate weather) as changing a ribbon to match an outfit is all it takes............

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    1. Yeah; the most frustrating part is how hard they are to get on, especially if you've decided it's time for a ribbon change. I have to set some time aside to put them on, but I've found them perfect for summer trips, especially, because they're secure, versatile, and comfortable.

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