The Moral Wardrobe: Abrazo Style Catalina Wrap

Abrazo Style Catalina Wrap, ethically produced
This post was sponsored by Abrazo Style and I was provided an item for review.

I'm in the middle of reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (I highly recommend it) and the main character, an immigrant to the US from Nigeria, points out that Americans use the word "excited" excessively. Well, I guess I'm playing into my cultural roots today because I'm awfully excited to be participating in another Abrazo Style collaboration.

I featured one of Abrazo Style's summer styles, the Lilia Dress, in June and proceeded to wear it over and over again to near constant compliments from coworkers, customers, and friends. All Abrazo Style designs are conceived of and created with the indigenous artisan communities of Oaxaca and Chiapas in Mexico. Artisans receive fair wages and access to a broader market, but it's also a good way to preserve hand embroidery traditions, which are at risk of being lost due to shifts in the market and lifestyle changes over the last several years.

Abrazo Style Catalina Wrap, ethically producedAbrazo Style Catalina Wrap, made in Mexico
Ethical Details: Catalina Wrap - c/o Abrazo Style; Top - Everlane; Jeans - old, re-dyed with indigo; Shoes - Etiko; Ring - artisan made

The Catalina Wrap Abrazo Style sent for review is one of those items I forget I really need until cold weather comes around again. It's the perfect added layering piece in both early fall, thrown on over a long sleeve top, and into the winter, layered between a sweater and coat. 

The wrap is "based on a traditional over-garment from Latin America called a 'ruana'. Two shawls are sewn together in back, leaving the front section open for wrapping in a multitude of ways." So far, I've worn the shawl in both ways shown in these photos and have received, yet again and unsurprisingly, near endless compliments. The quality and textural intricacy of Abrazo Style pieces are hard to see in their full glory in flat, digital images, but they're beautiful up close and in person. 

abrazo style artisan made catalina wrap

See the Catalina Wrap styled in two more ways by checking out sister features on The Peahen and Life Style Justice today. 

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Catalina Wrap Giveaway


Would you like to style a Catalina of your own? Abrazo Style knows everyone looks great in this wrap and is offering a giveaway to readers of StyleWise, Life+Style+Justice and The Peahen. One lucky winner will be chosen on 10/28.

To Enter:


  1. Sign up for Abrazo Style's Newsletter and mailing list here by scrolling to the bottom of the page and entering your email in the subscription form. 
  2. Comment below and tell us how you would style and where you would wear your Catalina Wrap if you won.

You must do both of these things to be entered to win. Only one entry per person. Contest ends at 11:59 pm PST on 10/27. Winner will be announced the following day. Open to international readers.

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