The Moral Wardrobe: Love Justly Kimono Jacket

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This post was sponsored by Love Justly and I received an item for review. I have an ongoing partnership with Love Justly, so stay tuned for more.

When I was a teenager, someone told me I dressed like a "middle school art teacher." At the shop where I work, people ask me if I'm an artist because I dress like one. I don't know if that's supposed to be a compliment, but I always take it as one. I wouldn't say I'm an artist in the traditional sense, but I do like putting together outfits. Curation and color sense are components of art, right?

Regardless of where I fit into the "artist" spectrum, I certainly do appreciate art in many forms. It's safe to say that half the reason I'm intrigued by the fair trade movement is because it puts art and artisanship front and center.
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This kimono-inspired piece by Symbology, for instance, was block printed using traditional techniques in Rajasthan, India. Symbology pays a living wage to their employees in India and the West Bank with the specific goal of preserving traditional craftsmanship while making modern, wearable silhouettes.

I like the soft, flowing cotton rayon and the sheen of the peacock feathers. It makes an all black, Steve Jobs-appropriate outfit turn into something that maybe an awesome middle school art teacher would wear!
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Ethical Details: Kimono Jacket - c/o Love Justly; Sweater, Boots, and Jeans - thrifted; Turtleneck - Everlane

Since Love Justly partners with ethical brands to offer discounts on past-season and overstock products, you can snag the Symbology Kimono Jacket in a number of colors for $38.49. One of the best features of the site is that you can shop by brand, so if you really like the look of a particular product, you can see similar items quite easily and learn some background about the company while you're at it. 

Brand awareness has been so important for me when trying to shop ethically, so I appreciate that Love Justly offers itself as a resource for discovering brands. Even though it's an outlet site, it doesn't try to disguise labels, which means if you really like the look of something, you can scope out this season's offerings easily.


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Love Justly Offers Ethical Fashion at Unbeatable Prices

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This post was sponsored by Love Justly and I received an item for review. I'll be partnering with Love Justly on a few more posts, so stay tuned.

One of the biggest challenges of overhauling my lifestyle to make more ethical purchases was the higher price point of fair trade goods. Of course I wanted the makers to be paid fairly and work in safe buildings. Of course I wanted more transparency and a focus on sustainable textiles and processes. But I was a couple years out of college, working as a barista making $9.00 an hour, and married to a grad student husband. His meager stipend and my part time job hardly paid the rent and grocery bills!

How can you ensure that producers flourish when you're not exactly flourishing yourself?

At the time, my best option was to thrift and shop clearance sales at ethical retailers. But there weren't that many ethical fashion brands offering regular discounts, which makes sense because most of these companies were cutting their own profit margins to be able to provide living wages to their employees. 

Now, there's another option...

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Introducing Love Justly...

Jenny Foust, founder of Love Justly, didn't always plan to open an ethical boutique, but after searching high and low for discounted ethical clothing and accessories and seeing the gap in the market, she took action. Love Justly offers a range of overstock and past season items from popular ethical brands like Passion Lillie, Hands Producing Hope, and Liz Alig at reduced price points.

For her, and for me, offering ethical fashion at a lower price point isn't an excuse to over-consume - we still have a responsibility to make smart choices - but it helps create buy-in for those who don't necessarily have the income or frame of mind to take the plunge into conscious consumerism.

What I've realized as a result of working with dozens of brands over the last few years is that once I can actually see, feel, and wear a fair trade garment or accessory, I really can tell a difference in quality, and that makes me want to invest in higher priced, ethical goods every time I need or want something. It's worth the extra money.

But when you're used to shopping fast fashion, it's difficult to imagine how much of a difference quality makes. I had never even felt a good quality textile until I started down this road. So having access to popular ethical brands at a lower price point is a huge step in the right direction. Once you know it's worth it, you can justify the price the next time you need to buy something.
  Love Justly Discount Ethical Clothing and Accessories Ethical Details: Top and Cardigan - thrifted; Boots - Po-Zu; Tassel Necklace - c/o Love Justly

In this outfit, I'm wearing the tassel necklace from Hands Producing Hope (read the company profile here). I worked with Hands Producing Hope directly before, so I knew their products were good quality and work well with my aesthetic. I love the length and simplicity of this piece, and the yellow offers a great accent to the blues and citrus tones in my wardrobe.

I'm partnering with Love Justly on a series of posts featuring different items from the shop. In each post, I'll share more about the ethical criteria and shopping experience of Love Justly.

Today, I'd love to hear your stories of taking the plunge into ethical fashion. Was the price point intimidating? What tips do you have for changing your expectations?


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Ethical Sale Alert: Labor Day 2016 featuring PACT, Synergy + More

guide to ethical labor day sales This post contains affiliate links. Photo courtesy of GlobeIn.


Happy Fox Studio

WHAT THEY SELL: reclaimed, modern jewelry.
THE DEAL: 10% off your purchase on Etsy and Instagram with code, SEPTEMBER.

Hannah Naomi

WHAT THEY SELL: simple, minimalist jewerly
THE DEAL: 20% off your purchase with code, LABORDAYSALE. Through 9/6.

PACT Apparel

WHAT THEY SELL: organic cotton underwear and clothing for men and women.
THE DEAL: 30% off your entire purchase with code, LABORDAY. Good through 9/6.


WHAT THEY SELL: ethical, sustainable clothing and accessories for women and men.
THE DEAL: 20% off already reduced merchandise with code, CHECKEDOUT. Good through 9/5.


WHAT THEY SELL: gently used clothing and shoes for women and children.
THE DEAL: 15% off your purchase with code, HOLIDAY15. Good through 9/5.

Esby Apparel

WHAT THEY SELL: made in USA clothing and accessories for women.
THE DEAL: 20% off sitewide with code, LABORYAY.


WHAT THEY SELL: fair trade certified suede and leather shoes for women and men.
THE DEAL: 15% off sitewide.


WHAT THEY SELL: fair trade, artisan made clothing.
THE DEAL: Extra 40% off clearance with code, 40MORE.

Krochet Kids

WHAT THEY SELL: fair trade clothing and knitwear for women and men.
THE DEAL: free US shipping. Good through 9/5.


WHAT THEY SELL: handmade, vegan, ecofriendly shoes.
THE DEAL: $50 off the Sinclair boots for men and women.

Ten Thousand Villages

WHAT THEY SELL: fair trade accessories and home goods.
THE DEAL: 25% off 1 regularly priced item with code, VILLAGES25. Good through 9/5.

Synergy Organic Clothing

WHAT THEY SELL: organic cotton dresses, separates, and yoga gear.
THE DEAL: 50% off already reduced items with code, LABORDAY.


WHAT THEY SELL: ethically sourced clothing and accessories.
THE DEAL: 20% off your entire purchase with code, TAKE20. Good through 9/8.


WHAT THEY SELL: fair trade household subscription boxes.
THE DEAL: $12 off 3-month (or longer) subscription to new customers with code, GLOBEIN12. Good through 9/6.

Threads 4 Thought

WHAT THEY SELL: eco-friendly clothing for women and men.
THE DEAL: 40% off sitewide with code, LABOR40. Good through 9/5.


WHAT THEY SELL: fair trade clothing, accessories, and home goods.
THE DEAL: 30% off sitewide with code, FALL30. Good through 9/6.

Ethos Collection

WHAT THEY SELL: classic and modern ethically made clothing and accessories (my friend is related to the owner!)
THE DEAL: 20% off sitewide with code, LABORDAY16. Good through 9/5.

Alter Eco

WHAT THEY SELL: fair trade food
THE DEAL: 15% off orders $25+ with code, LDAY2016. Good through 9/5.

NUMI Organic Tea

WHAT THEY SELL: delicious fair trade, organic tea.
THE DEAL: 15% off + free shipping on orders over $60 with code, LABORDAY16. Good through 9/5.

Alternative Apparel

WHAT THEY SELL: cotton and cotton blend basics for women and men.
THE DEAL: 30% off when you spend $100 or more. Good through 9/6.


WHAT THEY SELL: clothes and accessories from independent designers.
THE DEAL: Up to 80% off the whole store.


WHAT THEY SELL: outdoorsy, athletic, and casual clothes for men and women.
THE DEAL: 25% off select fall styles + free shipping. Good through 9/5.

LA Relaxed

WHAT THEY SELL: eco-friendly clothing for women.
THE DEAL: 50% off sitewide, plus free shipping with orders over $75 with code, LAR50.


WHAT THEY SELL: clothing, jewelry, and accessories from artisans and independent designers.
THE DEAL: 20% off clothing and sale with code, LABORDAY16. Good through 9/7.


WHAT THEY SELL: ethically sourced sandals.
THE DEAL: 60% off sitewide.


WHAT THEY SELL: fairly ethical glasses for women (on par with Warby Parker for ethical manufacturing).
THE DEAL: $20 off sitewide.


WHAT THEY SELL: home goods, accessories, and clothing from independent artisans.
THE DEAL: Free shipping sitewide and up to 30% off items in the Novica Bazaar

National Picnic

WHAT THEY SELL: handmade clothing for women.
THE DEAL: 25% off tops with code, 3DAY.


WHAT THEY SELL: bras and panties.
THE DEAL: Up to 60% off.


WHAT THEY SELL: feminine, vintage inspired domestically produced clothing.
THE DEAL: 15% off sitewide with code, ENDLESSSUMMER.

Hazel & Rose

WHAT THEY SELL: contemporary, ethically sourced clothing.
THE DEAL: 20% off new arrivals with code, STATEFAIR. Good through 9/5.



WHAT THEY SELL: ethically made jewelry and bags
THE DEAL: Free shipping with code, LABORDAY (Monday only).


Have you heard of a sale not mentioned here? Let me know in the comments and I'll add it!

ethical sale alert: 4th of July weekend

4th of july sales

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special offer: eshakti's new website (+ a sweet discount)

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Just wanted to stop in to let you know about a special offer from custom clothing site, eshakti. I first reviewed eshakti at Thanksgiving. I received some good feedback from readers on that post regarding their production standards, which I encourage you to read here.

Eshakti guarantees that they have their employees' (primarily women in India) best interests in mind and that they both pay 50% to 100% over minimum wage and routinely inspect their facilities. They recently updated their website to include more contemporary styles and easy-to-shop themed categories based on current trends. They also offer custom fit options at reasonable rates above the base price. I opted to change the sleeve length on my little black dress last fall, but in the future, I think I'll try full custom!

I like the look and feel of the updates and am finding that a lot of the newer styles appeal to me much more than previous selections. They've definitely embraced the graphic and minimalism trends and, though I'm not going to turn into an Everlane model anytime soon, it's hard not to be influenced by it, so I think it was a smart move for eshakti. It feels to me like they've narrowed their selection, too, which makes the site more manageable to peruse.

Eshakti is offering a $35.00 discount for Style Wise Blog readers. Just click the code below to enter the site and make sure to enter it at checkout. Note that if you use my custom code, I'll get a bit of commission on the sale (which would be groovy!).

GC CODE: STYLEWISEBLOG35Valid till 06/30/2015
Enter this code in the 'Gift Coupon / Referral Code' box at checkout
Only one gift coupon can be used in an order
Not valid on previous purchases / purchase of gift cards.
This gift coupon cannot be transferred, re-issued or exchanged for cash.
Minimum order value $30.

My picks are these vintage inspired swingy shorts and this bell sleeve dress


I feel like I've been manically posting about brands all month, which is both wonderful and overwhelming. I had some time to work on a longer form post that I hope will be helpful for those interested in diving deeper into the conscious consumerism discussion. It'll post Monday morning.