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The Moral Wardrobe: As Fate Would Have It

Ethical Details: Top - thrifted; Necklace - FashionABLE*; Shoes - old; Skirt - LuLaRoe

So, as fate would have it, the very week I posted my Buyer Be Wary post about Direct Sales schemes, one of my friends started down the course of quitting her day job to become a LuLaRoe Direct Sales representative. Still Being Molly covers LuLaRoe's ethical premise thoroughly, so I won't add anything to it (though I'm not quite convinced). 

Anyway, of course I got caught up in the excitement and made a purchase. That's the weird thing about ethics in action. At the systemic or institutional level, I don't buy it. I don't think direct sales is generally a good idea. I don't even think selling LuLaRoe is generally a good idea. But I want to see my friend thrive, so I made a purchase. I shrug my shoulders and I keep on keepin' on. I think it's important - vital even - to call attention to broad issues while being aware that, in reality, we have to weigh a variety of potential outcomes every time we make a moral decision. It's not cut and dried.

I wore this outfit to the best wedding ever and the fringe and twirly skirt were amazing on the dance floor (you may not know this about me, but I am a wedding dancing fiend). Great for polka dancing, especially!

What's In My Bag? feat. FashionABLE's Tigist Crossbody

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What's in my bag?


FashionABLE gave me this beautiful raw leather Tigist crossbody to review and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do one of those time-tested "What's in my bag" posts. 

On a typical day, I carry my keys, a tin of altoids (peppermint is great for bad breath, but it's also useful for relieving stomach aches), a little zip pouch with spare change and tinted lip balm (mine is from Purse & Clutch), my iPhone 5C (I purchased it used from Newegg), and a card pouch containing way too many used-up gift cards and loyalty cards (I got it from a local store a couple years ago, but it's not fair trade).

FashionABLE Tigist Leather Crossbody in PewterEthical outfit with Sseko Designs and FashionABLEFashionABLE Tigist Crossbody review Ethical Details: Top - thrifted; Sandals - Sseko Designs; Tigist Crossbody Bag in Pewter - c/o FashionABLE

I'm really satisfied with the quality of the Tigist Crossbody. The leather is cut thick for durability (reminds me of Coach's 1980s-90s saddlebag line), there are ample pockets and a snap closure, and the color is quite versatile. If I could change one thing, I would make the strap adjustable. I have a feeling this strap was measured for someone with a larger bust (I mean, and props to that woman) or maybe someone a bit taller, but it falls a little low on my hip.

FashionABLE's bags are made under fair trade guidelines in Ethiopia. The leather is sourced from the small scale meat industry there. A note on leather: while I believe for ethical and environmental reasons that it behooves us (pun intended) to reduce our meat consumption, I don't have a problem with using leather products that are a byproduct of small, sustainable meat industries. This interview helped solidify my thinking on that point. The Tigist Crossbody retails for $138.00, right in that stretch zone that is worth it if you follow the #30wears guidelines. I hope to get at least a decade of use out of this - it feels like it will last that long - so it should even out.

On an unrelated note, I feel like I FINALLY know what my personal style is and what suits me. It's completely liberating. I thought I would be tempted by all of the Labor Day sales I posted, but I was able to narrow it down to just a few things that I know I'll wear and love.

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the moral wardrobe: FashionABLE's new customizABLE line

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I recently purchased* the Horizon Necklace from FashionABLE's new CustomizABLE line. The launch couldn't have come at a better time with the Holiday season on the horizon. The line - along with all of FashionABLE's offerings - is ethically sourced and ethically produced in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Ethical Details: Top - J. Crew Warehouse sale; Cardigan - thrifted; Boots & Jeans - past season; Necklace - FashionABLE

The interface is really convenient and you get to see a sample of the finished product before making your purchase, though I should note that the sample image for this particular piece shows 4 beads on each side and I only received 3. I kind of like this version better, but that's something to keep in mind since it costs an extra $5.00. The stamping option, however, is free, so take advantage of it if you can think of a meaningful word or name to add.



I chose to add the word Wise to my pendant because it's my last name and a trait I aspire to. I didn't realize until I was wearing it around my neck while reading an article on The Toast about changing your last name when you get married (well, more about making fun of the idea of women changing their names when they get married) how "traditional' I may come across for having chosen "my husband's" last name as a focal point of the piece. I've gotten a lot of flak for "bowing to the patriarchy" and changing my name when I got married and I've struggled to adequately express why it doesn't make me the very worst feminist. Because I'm a loud and proud feminist and I don't mind that I changed my name. It doesn't make me feel inferior. It doesn't destroy years of feminist work, contrary to the gut reaction of many I've encountered. This isn't a make or break thing.

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Yes, I made a choice that aligns itself with the patriarchy. But not every decision is political. We have to live in a world with fluid and ever evolving gender norms, expectations, and definitions and we can't possibly all navigate them the same way. So fellow feminists: I'm terribly sorry if you feel like I've shunned our great movement, but I'm not going to take it back. And it's not your business to tell me I made a mistake.

End rant.

Thanks for reading and check out FashionABLE's CustomizABLE Line!


*FashionABLE provided a discount code in exchange for a review.

October Favorites, Fair Trade Month Reflections, etc.

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1. Assefa Scarf from FashionABLE // 2. .02 Tee from Zady // 3. Gotta Jet Set Jeans from ModCloth // 4. Simple Bow Earrings from MadeFAIR // 5. The Melbourne from Krochet Kids // 6. Mimosa Watch from WeWOOD // 7. The Cashmere Cardigan from Everlane // 8. Harper Chukka from Nisolo

Hey! It's Fair Trade Month! This Fair Trade Month feels a lot more low key than previous ones and I think it's because, for more and more people, every month feels like a celebration of what fair trade does for communities. It's awesome to look back over the last three or so years and see that things have progressed, and in more ways than one!

We're not only talking about fair trade more, we're starting to think about our environmental impact and broader sustainability issues. Companies are gladly providing greater transparency and even fast fashion companies know that something's gotta give in their unsustainable supply chains.

Even though the news is bleak and the ocean of injustice is impossible to swim across alone (maybe we can do it relay style?), I know we can make a difference, because I can see how far we've already come. So let's celebrate people power and look for more ways to be kind: to others, to ourselves, and to the earth and everything it sustains.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of my switch to Blogger from WordPress and my ever-so-slight re-branding. It's been great to work with so many cool brands, reviewing their carefully crafted goods, supporting their fundraising campaigns, and doing giveaways. I feel like I have a much better grip on what I want collaborations with brands to look like after several months of tweaking my media kit.

And I'm so thankful for the rapid growth in blog readers and Instagram followers Style Wise has had in the past year. The whole point, after all, is for people to read, learn, and be encouraged to take small steps toward intentional shopping and living.

Also, I have to give a shout out to the Ethical Writers Co. gang, who have supported and challenged me through this year of exploring what it means to be an ethical style blogger and have given me the confidence to seek outside writing and public speaking opportunities. Here's to many more years taking things seriously and writing my heart out.