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. 2. Coffee Date:
Paired with J. Crew chambray and old motorcycle boots. 3. Outdoor Wedding:
Cinched shorter with fun thrifted heels by Sbicca.
(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.