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

Make A Statement In Bold Pants Or Shorts!

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

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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.

the moral wardrobe: nomads peacock tunic

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I'm feeling pretty groovy in this Nomads Peacock Dip Hem fair trade tunic. The silhouette is a little outside of the norm for me, but I love that it has a sort of late '60s feel to it. It's also long sleeved, which means I could (just barely) get away with wearing it without a sweater on Saturday. I think I'm finally starting to adapt to Charlottesville weather; either that, or I'll go to great lengths to get the perfect shot. 

Nomads graciously sent me a few items to style and review and this is the piece I looked forward to most. While this top is made of viscose for a flowy chiffon look, many of their pieces are made with organic cotton (you'll see a few examples here soon). I like the subtle bell sleeve created by elastic at the wrist and the perfect placement of the v-neck - it's not too low or too high. If you look at the pattern closely, you'll notice little peacocks! Nomads draws heavily on the craft and print traditions of India, where their goods are made under fair trade guidelines.

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I wore this last Saturday. It turned out to be the relaxing day I'd been anticipating since before the toy sale and Daniel's end-of-semester madness began. I drove Daniel to school (UVa has this weird practice of administering finals on Saturdays), then headed downtown to buy some fair trade coffee and browse at Ten Thousand Villages before stopping into Java Java for a latte made with Equal Exchange fair trade coffee. I caught up with my old boss (I used to work there) and then walked around a local craft fair, where I saw a woman who made some of the clothing I wore in the fashion show I was in last April. 

Sometimes I get a bit bored with Charlottesville, but a trip downtown always cheers me up. This time around, there was an excellent banjo player and an accordionist singing Irish traditional music serenading people on the pedestrian mall. 

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 Ethical Details: Top - Peacock Dip Hem Shirt c/o Nomads; Shoes - old; Earrings - handmade via etsy

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Nomads is based in the UK, but ships internationally. They're currently offering 30% off a large selection of products, so it's a great time to shop!
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the moral wardrobe: closet secrets

red hair red5mata traders maxi dressOutfit Details: Dress - c/o Mata Traders / Shoes - old / Earrings - AE

I totally forgot I had this Mata Traders maxi dress! It had gotten pushed to the dark, mysterious depths of my closet until I tore through it looking for an appropriate outfit to wear to a local art auction that wouldn't clash with my new, crazy hair color. Though the printing techniques on Mata Traders' custom fabrics are as traditional as they get, the cut on the neckline is very contemporary with its crew neck and angled arm holes. A lot of their Spring/Summer line is now on sale, so it's a great time to peruse what they have to offer.

So, my hair is very red. Shockingly red. But the women at church seem to like it and they can be a tough crowd, so I'll take that as a sign that I have no reason to worry about it.

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mata traders remix challenge: Isle of Sky Dress

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Mata Traders is a fair trade clothing company dedicated to empowering women. When they graciously offered to send me a couple of dresses for review on Style Wise, I was quite happy to see a maxi dress option because it's a silhouette I don't often wear and I think it's the perfect thing for transitional spring weather. I picked out the Isle of Sky Maxi in Navy and Pink. I like the modern, minimalist high neckline and straight fit, as well as the fact that it actually goes past my ankles (most maxis seem to be made for shorter individuals).

I styled the dress in three different ways. Though I would happily wear all three looks to my casual workplace, they're meant to showcase the versatility of the style, going from casual to a bit more formal.

1. A Day at the Park: Paired with a simple scarf and MIA sandals.

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2. Coffee Date: Paired with J. Crew chambray and old motorcycle boots.

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3. Outdoor Wedding: Cinched shorter with fun thrifted heels by Sbicca.

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(To get the shorter look, take a long piece of ribbon and tie it at mid thigh around the fully extended dress. Pull up the dress from the place the ribbon lays until it begins to form a bubble hem. Adjust and pull the ribbon to the top of your thigh for ease of movement. For a more secure version, try small safety pins.)

I'll likely be wearing this with minimal accessorizing in the warmer months. I'd like to see how it looks layered over a collared shirt, as well. Oh! A quick note: this Saturday is World Fair Trade Day! I'm planning to check out the festivities at my local Ten Thousand Villages.

For more information and to see how other women styled this season's looks, visit the Mata Traders blog.
*Don't worry. I never embed affiliate links, so click away on any link you choose. I did, however, receive this dress free in exchange for a write-up or two.

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