Synergy Organic Clothing

The Moral Wardrobe: Sporting

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It may come as no surprise to you, but I'm not much of an athlete. In high school, I was (much to my surprise) recruited for cross country by my PE coach, but I chose vocal ensemble and the high school pageant as my sports instead. Don't get me wrong: I believe in the value of exercise, I just prefer to get it through my daily work tasks. That's a major perk of working in retail. There's always something to lift and push, and plenty of opportunity for extensive walking. 

Despite my lack of interest in gyms, I quite enjoy the athletic-inspired details on this Synergy dress from last summer and my new OESH sandals. Both items are wearable, relatively versatile, and make me feel confident. Fun fact: the soles on my shoes were 3-D printed on machines fabricated by a group of badass women here in Charlottesville. I'll be doing an extended feature on the company soon. 

ethical review bonanza: summer edition

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I've purchased a fairly high volume of new ethical goods recently thanks to a combination of an awesome ebay gift card and site sales. I thought I'd review them all in one fell swoop to give you an idea of what did and didn't work for me.

1. Fair Indigo Organic Sleeveless Shirt Dress  


This looked a little big out of the bag, but I washed and dried it and now it fits really well. My coworkers liked it, too. It hits right at the knee and you can unbutton the lower buttons if you want to make it a little more vacation ready. Fair trade, organic.

2. Fair Indigo Organic Scoop Neck T-shirt  


Heavyweight, soft pima cotton with a bit of stretch. I like the dimensions on this, but the small fits a little big. I kept it anyway, because I think the length and arm holes would be too cropped in a size smaller. The fabric is really high quality, too, so I think it'll be a closet staple for a long time. Fair trade, organic.

3. Pact V-neck Tee  


I love the white and navy stripes, but this felt too tight at the hips and the v dipped too low on my small chest (didn't want to expose myself!). I returned it, but if you have a straighter frame (and maybe bigger boobs), this might be awesome on you. Fair trade, organic.

4. The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow in Mon Cherry  


I love this eyeshadow. It leans a bit pink on my skin, but it contrasts beautifully with my hazel-brown eyes without being in-your-face. Slight shimmer. Uses community fair trade Marula oil.

5. The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum  


I have used this sparingly so far, but the good news is that I haven't had an allergic reaction! I have really sensitive skin, particularly under my eyes, so that's really saying something. The serum adds a bit of moisture and smooths out and brightens my skin immediately upon application. I'd recommend layering this over your regular moisturizer because it's not quite strong enough to do it alone. Uses community fair trade aloe and Soya oil.

6. Oliberte Hirari Booties  


I ordered these two sizes up from my normal size (I typically wear a US 7 and I got a EU 40 in these). They're comfy and beautiful and have a great sole. I got mine on ebay, but they're currently available at the link I provided. Fair trade.

7. Synergy Organic Clothing High-Low Peacock Skirt  


I'd wanted this skirt ever since I saw it all over Floyd Fest last summer. I got mine in a pretty plum color in one size smaller than normal (a size small) and it fits great. The lightweight, stretch cotton is comfortable and the front length hits at the knee, which makes it more versatile than most high-low skirts in my opinion. Fair trade, organic.


All in all, some pretty good experiences! I've been working to replace everyday basics this summer as my old things deteriorate and pill. I feel confident that the things I ended up keeping will stand the test of time, which is such an important part of the ethical shopping process.

giveaway: $50 Synergy Organic Clothing gift card

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Synergy Organic Clothing is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky Style Wise Blog reader. With $50, you could get this cool muscle tank or a fun high low skirt (and dozens of other things). Or, you could get a significant discount on the Beatrice Dress, which I wore in Monday's The Moral Wardrobe post.

To enter, just complete the form below. Note that the first entry is mandatory, but all other entries are bonuses! Plus, you can come back here and tweet about the giveaway once a day for extra entries.

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Open to international readers. Contest ends at midnight Saturday, June 27. Winner will be randomly selected and notified by Monday, June 29. 


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the moral wardrobe: Synergy Organic Clothing Beatrice Dress

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Synergy Organic Clothing started out as a yoga wear company, but quickly expanded to include comfortable, versatile stretch cotton looks for almost any occasion. They've committed to using organic textiles, low-impact nontoxic dyes, and fair labor practices for all of their products and they still manage to offer fashionable, affordable, figure flattering clothing!

Jules at Synergy sent me the Beatrice Dress to review. I own one other piece from Synergy since I walked in a fashion show featuring their products at Floyd Fest last summer, so I had an idea of what size and styles would suit me best. Because I'm pear shaped, I opted to go one size up in this dress so that the super stretchy fabric wouldn't pull at the hip. When I pulled the dress out of the bag, it looked a bit too big up top, but it quickly conformed to my body, so I think I made the right choice when all is said and done. I'd say Synergy clothes best fit a straight figure, so if you have a few curves, pay careful attention to the size chart. Petite people may want to size down.

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I wore this dress to explore the quaint little mountain town of Crozet and do a wine tasting at King Family Vineyards last weekend. It looks a bit dressy, but it feels like pajamas, which means perfection. 

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The Beatrice Dress is priced at $66.00 and is available on Synergy's online shop. Synergy Organic Clothing is offering a $50.00 gift card to one lucky Style Wise Blog reader, so check back Wednesday to enter the giveaway!

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floydfest style revolution

This weekend, Daniel and I headed off to the boonies of Floyd, VA for FloydFest, a folk music festival in the mountains. I got free tickets in exchange for modeling in the first annual FloydFest Fashion Show. The festival prides itself on sustainability, so all garments featured in the show were handmade, fair trade, and organic. It was great to be able to touch and see items from the headlining brand, Synergy Organic Clothing. I wasn't sure how flattering their stretchy, organic knits would be, but it turns out they look good on everyone.

The show's aesthetic was inspired by The Hunger Games, complete with fire pits at the end of the runway and epic opening music. Models were grouped as District or Capitol. Guess which one I represented:

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I really enjoyed wearing cool outfits and walking the runway (I got to wear a ball gown made of feathers, complete with feather gloves and a headdress!), but I don't think I'll go back next year. Big festivals in the middle of nowhere aren't my thing. It's a mixture of geographical isolation and social over-stimulation. I wouldn't say I'm agoraphobic exactly, but I'm definitely agorannoyed.

I'll post outfit shots if I can get my hands on them!

I'm just happy to have a long stretch of being at home after a month of endless traveling.

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