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Dressing for In-Between Seasons: Liz Alig Megan Cardigan Review

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This post was sponsored by Liz Alig and I was provided an item for review. 

Ah, to live in a land where seasons often change their mind. Two weeks ago, the crisp breeze and smoky smell of fall were in the air. Today, the high is 87.

September in Charlottesville calls for in-between-seasons dressing. Cool mornings and evenings mean it's risky to head outside without a sweater, but scorching afternoons require a light touch. This former Floridian already has trouble figuring out what to wear during seasons that aren't summer, so when it comes to seasons-that-aren't-quite, I'm totally lost.

And it's more difficult than you might think to find a simple layering piece that keeps the chill of dusk out without making you break a sweat. That's why I've been pleasantly surprised by Liz Alig's Megan Cardigan...

liz alig fair trade megan cardigan reviewliz alig fair trade megan cardigan review The Megan Cardigan has a drapey silhouette through the torso and a slim cut through the arms and shoulders so it's comfortable without looking schleppy (though, you know, feminist frump is cool).

The collar detail allows you to button up the draped fabric for a visually interesting shawl effect (this unusual cut is what drew me to the Megan Cardigan). Because it appears cropped from the front, it pairs well with both mid-rise denim and tailored dresses (there are some cute pictures of it paired with a dress in the product listing).

Liz Alig has been in the fair trade apparel business for a long time, but what really makes the brand stand out is that a significant portion of their collection is made from upcycled fabric. The Megan Cardigan is made from recycled t-shirts purchased at markets. Once fabric is washed and cut, it's sewn together by employees at a Honduran NGO that offers free education to women living below the poverty line, with a goal of helping them find longterm employment to support themselves and their families.

liz alig fair trade megan cardigan review Ethical Details: Megan Cardigan ($64) - c/o Liz Alig; Top - c/o Ankura Brand; Necklace - c/o Sela Designs; Shoes - c/o Sseko Designs via MadeFAIR (no longer available)

Though I'm an advocate for better, not perfect, when it comes to profiling ethical brands, I really prefer that they pay attention to both their social justice and environmental impact. Liz Alig checks both boxes and gets extra points for upcycling.

I also want to point out that I've been wearing these Sseko Designs' loafers consistently for over 2 years now! When you actually like the things you own, you forget how long you've owned them. That's the surest sign that I'm off the fast fashion hamster wheel, and it feels better than I could have imagined.

Learn more about Liz Alig's ethical criteria here. 

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Ethical Details: Robyn Shirt - c/o Liz Alig; Shorts - thrifted; Earrings - handmade by Hannah Naomi; Glasses - Warby Parker

This shirt was made from recycled t-shirts, just like the Ada skirt I reviewed Monday. Check out that post for more about fair trade brand, Liz Alig

Liz Alig is offering a $50 gift card to one Style Wise reader. To enter:
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The giveaway will run from Wednesday, July 22nd to 12:00 am EST, Monday, August 3rd. Open to international readers.

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the moral wardrobe: Liz Alig Ada skirt

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Liz Alig has been on the ethical fashion scene for several years and had a wildly popular (well, wildly popular in my mind, at least) dress made out of flour sacks, which they still produce. This season's line offers lots of versatile options in recycled cotton sourced from old t-shirts. Liz Alig sent me the Ada skirt to review today.

Liz Alig products are designed in Indianapolis, Indiana (woot woot! I was born in nearby Anderson) with 100% recycled or organic fabrics and fair labor standards. They also incorporate traditional textile and weaving work done by artisans around the world. The Ada skirt was made in partnership with a fair trade organization in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Learn more about their mission here

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Ethical Details: Top - thrifted; Skirt - c/o Liz Alig; Necklace: handmade via (of)matter on etsy; Sandals - Sseko Designs

The coolest thing about this skirt is that all of the fabric is sourced from old t-shirts, but that also means that you can't select an exact color. I think I would have been happy with anything, but I can't resist heather gray, so I'm happy with the one I received.

I like the zig zag hem and the foldover top. It's a great skirt for weekend wear. I wore this outfit for a belated anniversary dinner at a new-ish Neapolitan pizza joint in town. I do want to mention, however, that though the skirt is advertised as a versatile dress/skirt combo, the seam edge is unfinished on the foldover portion that can be pulled up into a tube top, so it will be a bit obvious you're wearing a multi-use item. Also, an important note on fit: there is no elastic in the waistband and I had to pull this one over my head since it wouldn't go over my hips. This could pose a problem for people with different body proportions.

Check out Julia's behind-the-scenes post for more about Liz Alig. 
Follow Liz Alig on twitter, instagram, and facebook. Check out the Fall '15 line, too.

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Stay tuned for another product review and a giveaway coming later this week!

RIP beautiful overgrown backyard bush. My landlady had it cut down last week. :(

behind the scenes: Liz Alig Fair Trade

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This post was written by Julia of Fair-For-All Guide. The original post is available on her blog, here. Thanks for letting me share it, Julia!

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In an old farmhouse at an orchard east of Indianapolis is a hidden fashion design studio you’d never know was there. It’s the headquarters of Liz Alig, and a couple of weeks ago founder Elizabeth Roney invited me to visit the studio.

I had never been behind the scenes of any kind of fashion business, let alone a fair trade fashion company, so I came with tons of questions and left with a head full of knowledge (along with a bunch of food I bought at the adjacent country store).

Here are the biggest things I learned:

1. A small team can have a big impact. 


The first thing I was impressed to learn was that Liz Alig is only a two-person operation. Elizabeth, as designer and operations manager, designs the collections and handles the logistics of communicating with the fair trade producers. Liz Alig is focused on wholesale distribution through boutiques around the country, so Elizabeth has a part-time sales and marketing associate help with that end of things.

It was encouraging to see a small team make such a big impact. Through the work of just two people, Liz Alig provides opportunity to fair trade producers in several developing countries and offers conscious consumers an ethical and fashion-forward clothing option.

2. Design is a small part of the process. 


Elizabeth told me that the design part of being a fashion designer actually only takes up a fraction of her time. Liz Alig releases two collections a year, fall and spring, and each collection takes about two weeks to design. It takes another two weeks to create the patterns the producers will use to make the orders.

After creating the patterns, Elizabeth will make a sample of each piece and send it to the producer group, or more often, she will send the group the pattern and have them make the sample themselves with a sketch to guide them. “That way they understand more how the piece is assembled,” Elizabeth says.

The rest of Elizabeth’s time is spent working with the producer groups to make and receive the orders, which I learned has its own set of unique challenges.

3. Cultural miscommunication is a common occurrence. 


Liz Alig works with producer groups in Cambodia, India, Honduras, Haiti and more, and each group has different capabilities and resources. I asked about the language barrier, and Elizabeth said she frequently uses Google Translate to communicate with the different groups...

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To read the rest, check out the original post at Fair-For-All Guide here