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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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the moral wardrobe: before the storm

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 Outfit Details: Dress - secondhand via thredup / Shoes - Sseko / Necklace - handmade via (of)matter

When I went out to take outfit photos Wednesday I could tell a storm was coming from the eerie calm and tangible pressure. By the time I was wrapping up the shoot, the wind picked up, aggressively tearing leaves from the backyard tree and flinging them into the frame. It was exciting! As you can see, I look a bit terrified and the storm that ensued was rather dramatic, but I spent most of it indoors at a local pub eating a big bowl of fries with friends.

In other news, my hair is no longer blonde! I never felt quite me with blonde hair, but I didn't want to  spend a whole bunch of money at the salon having them re-dye it. I read some horror stories about using home dye on bleached hair, but it turned out fine. I'll probably need to dye it again to tone the extreme brightness down, but eh, whatever - it's fine for now. You can see what it looks like on instagram.

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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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