clothing swap

style swap: my favorite ethical dress

Today's post is brought to you by Julia of Fair-for-All Guide. Julia and I thought it would be fun to do an ethical style swap, so we each chose our favorite fair trade dress to style for each other's blogs! Enjoy the post and check out Julia's blog to see my outfit.


This dress reminds me of summer weddings, especially when I wear it with a string of pearls. Since I don't have any weddings on docket this year, today I paired it with a cubic silver necklace and paper bead bracelet to play along with the vibrant semi-geometric print.

One of my favorite things about this dress is the super-long sash. It's probably a good seven feet long and I have to wrap it around myself multiple times, which adds more visual interest to the waistline. The dress itself is a very simple shape, basically just a big sack with understated detailing around the neck until you add the sash.

The drawstring hem of this dress puzzled me to no end when I got it. I didn't notice it in the online images when I bought the dress, so it came as a surprise. I like the slightly gathered shape it gives the skirt, even though it is a little bizarre to have a bow dangling down the side of my leg.

I've thought about attempting to make a similar dress out of extra-large t-shirts, but I haven't taken the plunge yet. The existing hem of a t-shirt would be an excellent sheath for the bottom drawstring.

This is only one of several dresses I have from Fair Indigo, all of which are wicked comfortable and versatile, but this one is my favorite. I don't wear it as often as I could since the print is so memorable, but the fact that I tend to save it for important occasions just serves to make it more special.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ethos Paris brand purchased from Fair Indigo
Necklace: From Indianapolis fair trade store Global Gifts
Bracelet: Bead for Life
Shoes: Oka B.


Thanks, Julia! To check out my post, head over to Fair-for-All Guide.

the moral wardrobe: clothing swap

Finally, my clothing swap dreams have come true! I've wanted to attend or host a clothing swap since I first heard about them years ago, but it just never came together. But my friend, Natasha, who's moving to Austin, asked a few of us if we wanted to go through her old clothes before she donated them and I asked if she'd like to do a clothing swap instead. We headed over to her house last weekend with a couple bags of clothes each and laid out our goods for our friends to sort through. 

clothing swap

It's rather embarrassing to see how much one person can accumulate over time, but it's also a lot of fun to see your friends in your old clothes. A shirt can look totally different on someone with a different frame and I think we were all pleasantly surprised that, despite our varying sizes, we all found something that suited us. We donated the rest to the thrift shop where I work.

menswear inspired outfit
cropped jeans look
Ethical Details: Cardigan - secondhand via swap; Top - made in USA; Jeans - thrifted; Ear Cuff (not shown) - secondhand via swap

I got this cardigan from my friend, Greta. It's been funny watching her husband slowly realize that all of his wife's friends are wearing her old clothes.