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The Moral Wardrobe: a Whole Lotta Mata (Traders)

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Mata Traders works with women's co-ops in India to produce their line of festive, feminine dresses, skirts, blouses, and jewelry. They sent me the Maxwell Midi Skirt and the Layered Amulet Necklace from their Spring 2016 line to wear and review. I love the updated designs and the versatility of these items.

First, the hand block printed geometric design on the skirt is graphic without being too busy, and it pairs well with my overabundance of Everlane tees. The length is great for work, where I often have to lift boxes and pick up dust bunnies, and the necklace adds a thoughtful touch to basic tops. I imagine it would look great layered with other jewelry, as well.
  mata traders maxwell midi skirt reviewmata traders maxwell midi skirt reviewEthical Details: Maxwell Midi Skirt and Layered Amulet Necklace - c/o Mata Traders; Tee - Everlane; Sandals - secondhand via Thredup

Now for the downsides: I always have trouble getting the right fit in Mata Traders items, particularly with their woven, non-stretch fabrics. The skirt is too big in the waist by several inches even though I followed their size chart (definitely size down). As a result, it's a bit awkward to fit evenly at mid-rise, as I'm wearing it here. The skirt also lacks a back or side slit, which limits my stride when I'm walking, though they did add enough fabric near the knee and calves to provide reasonable walking comfort if you're not a fast walker, like I am.

I'd definitely still recommend the skirt, but you may want to reach out to Mata Traders for specific details before ordering. The necklace is lovely, as well.

I took these photos on the only sunny day we've had in, like, 14 days. I'm back in sweaters for now, but I enjoyed the brief respite.

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the moral wardrobe: madras

thrifted outfit at stylewiseguide.com warm day outfit, stylewiseguide.comsummer outfit, madras, stylewiseguide.comDespite having had a busy week, I don't have much to say. Happy that the weather is cooling down after a few brutally hot days.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - H&M

  • Skirt - thrifted (my favorite!)

  • Shoes - Sseko Designs

  • Earrings - c/o Mata Traders


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the moral wardrobe: seasonless skirt

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Hooray for more outdoor photos. I consider myself an adequate photographer and I know my way around most manual settings on my DSLR, but taking self portraits outside is rather challenging. It can take forever to get the settings right and then the angle of the sun changes and I have to start over. But this skirt was made for light spring breezes, so I wanted to try to catch a little movement.

This is the Seasonless Skirt from Seamly.co that I mentioned a couple weeks ago when I introduced the company. I really wanted it because it reminds me of the skirt I wore in Anderson Area Children's Choir when I was 9. It was so stretchy and wonderful that I wore it into middle school. This one is also lightweight, slinky, and rather full. My only complaint is that it's a bit large around the waist and it's the smallest size they make in this style. I'm going to have to see if I can alter it (maybe I'll add some elastic to the waist seam?).

Seamly.co is offering free shipping on all orders until May 1 with code, MOVINGDAY.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - H&M

  • Skirt - Seamly.co

  • Shoes - Blowfish

  • Necklace - my mom's


*I purchased my own skirt for review, but did have access to a modest coupon code.

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