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the moral wardrobe: here we go again

bonlook glasses nomads fair trade tunic outfitlong cardigan and jean jacket layered looklong layered cardigan seamly.co
Ethical Details: Tunic - c/o Nomads (Fall '14); Cardigan - Seamly.co; Jacket - secondhand via Thredup; Boots - thrifted; Earrings - locally handmade by A Pocket Novel

We got hit with another snowstorm Sunday night and the snow is still falling as I write this on Monday. I don't think we'll hit blizzard level this time, but I'm pretty sure it's going to mess up work scheduling. A lot is shifting and changing at work due to employee health issues and a general need for improvement to the building and store displays, so I'd rather just get back to work. Snow always insists that we slow down and I'm not in a slowing down mood!

I put this outfit together in my head last night. I like playing with lengths when layering and the cardigan and jacket together provide just enough warmth for a brief foray into the white wilderness. After over 3 years trying to make smarter, more ethical purchasing decisions, I'm finally starting to be able to pull together looks comprised of almost entirely ethically sourced things. 

It's important to use what we have regardless of where we got it, so it's not a huge accomplishment, but it's nice to see how items purchased from various fair trade and secondhand shops work together to create a wardrobe that is distinctly me. I don't feel limited at all!

the moral wardrobe: mad men

Ethical Details: Dress - c/o Nomads; Sandals - Sseko Designs

Did you watch Mad Men? It's 1970 in the last season (just ended Sunday) and all the secretaries were wearing itty bitty mini dresses to work. I don't think I'd wear this outfit to work, but it's just fine for a lazy Saturday afternoon. I used to wear short dresses all the time, but as I get older, I just don't feel like I can get away with it anymore. Subtle social pressure paired with greater personal awareness, I suppose.

This week is an exciting one! I drove over to Roanoke to see a friend on Monday, my parents are coming into town Thursday, and I'm going to a book premiere party for Lauren Winner's new book, Wearing God Thursday evening. They're even letting me give a little speech about Style Wise while I'm there. If you're local, you can RSVP on facebook.

inspiration: fair trade florals

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florals by stylewiseblog featuring fitted dresses

Featured Items (clockwise from left): Nomads Summer Halter Dress, Mata Traders Primrose Dress, Reformation Peony DressEthica Elysees Dress, Ash & Rose Cherry Blossom Dress

I had settled into a nice minimal wardrobe, content with my Everlane tees and dark wash jeans. But, one day not long ago, the trees in the median of a nearby street suddenly bloomed dazzling pink and now I just want to wear bright florals to chase the last bit of winter away. 

Solid colors have their place - and they're essential building blocks if you're someone inclined to prints - but it's a season for pattern and I'm so excited to dress a bit more feminine after being on a menswear kick for the past few seasons. In reality, I'll be depending on thrifting and accessorizing for floral accents. I don't think I can justify overturning my wardrobe (or my budget) to make way for half a dozen new dresses.

Oh, and by the way, I'm using the Style Wise facebook page to post interesting articles and fair trade sales. There's a lot of interesting stuff happening in the world of retail right now.

spring update

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Hey! It's snowing again, so it's a great time to talk about warm weather clothing (snow, snow, go away!).

This whole minimalism thing works out really well for those interested in sustainability and fair trade, because it means we can look on trend while making more thoughtful purchases. I'm sure the pendulum will swing back to flamboyant soon enough, but I'm hoping I can get comfortable with simplicity now while fashion culture is on my side. By getting a sort of uniform down now, I'll be less likely to be swayed by trend cycles later.

This spring/summer season, I'm looking to get a new dress from zero waste brand, Tonle, and keep everything else neutral. I want a couple pairs of versatile, season-less flats and understated sandals from Jerusalem Sandals. I'm also updating my ribbon collection for my Sseko sandals. I found a pair of jeans in my donate pile yesterday that fit me well and were barely worn, so my denim wants are taken care of (thanks, slight weight gain!).

I'm relying more and more on Everlane for t-shirts and small, sustainable labels for skirts and accessories. And there's always the thrift shop!

I'm brainstorming new features and topics for Style Wise in all my snow day spare time. Is there anything you'd like to know more about? I'd be happy to receive a prompt and do some research!

Ethical Items shown above: Everlane Tee, Everlane Striped Top, Nomads Cardigan (similar option here), Amour Vert Leeron Skirt, Curator Nora Skirt, Tonle Keang Dress, Similar Loafers, Similar Flats, Jerusalem Sandals, Sseko Ribbons

an ethical outfit: anytime, anywhere

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I've been waiting for Everlane's breton stripe tee to be made available for what feels like forever. I bought a J. Crew striped top 3 years ago and it's really starting to show wear, so I'm so happy to have found an ethical and well made replacement. 

This outfit is my comfort zone: basics with simple jewelry and patterned bag. I'd be happy wearing it anywhere. 

The duster-style cardigan is currently on clearance at Nomads for $24.37 USD, if you're interested.

the moral wardrobe: nomads floral tunic

nomads fair trade tunic
nomads fair trade tunic

Nomads sent me this beautiful floral pocket tunic in December and I've worn it several times already, but I finally got a chance to photograph it! It's made of soft organic cotton - it's not scratchy like some organic cottons can be - and it has a straight silhouette without looking like a sack.

Nomads uses organic cotton for many of their products. Since it's processed without the use of chemicals, it's a safer, healthier option for cotton farmers, but it has several other benefits, as well. According to the site:
Organic farming emits about half the amount of CO2 produced by chemical methods, the soil is more fertile and it also employs more workers to harvest the crop naturally so provides more jobs. It also has huge benefits for the farmers and the environment...

fair trade outfit
boho tunic dress
Ethical Details: Tunic - Nomads; Boots - thrifted; Sweater - thrifted

What's been great about reviewing several Nomads items is that I've gotten a chance to see if sizing is consistent across the line. I'm pleased with the fit and surprised that the sleeves are long enough (sleeves are never long enough on me).

In other news, yesterday was a beautiful day with temps above 50 degrees. My blood is finally adjusting to "cold" Charlottesville weather and I consider 50 warm now. I drove with the windows cracked and had a nice time trying my best to copy John Legend's riffs in Glory and remember all the words to O Mio Babbino Caro, a song I learned in high school voice lessons.

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the moral wardrobe: nomads shrug and lariat necklace



I love this natural stone lariat necklace I received from Nomads. The beads are made of Amazonite, a mineral that is found in limited quantities in parts of Russia and the U.S. It goes with everything. All components were ethically sourced, then assembled in the UK. I paired it with Nomads' jersey shrug, a nice layering piece for chilly days. It has pretty ruching details on the sleeves and shoulder. This piece will also work well over sundresses (alas! all my tights were in the dryer when I got dressed today, so jeans had to do).

Ethical Details: Shrug - c/o Nomads Fair Trade; Jeans - made in USA via ModCloth; Eva Lariat Necklace - c/o Nomads Fair Trade; Top - Everlane

You probably noticed that I went back to a proper pixie. I always debate growing my hair out, then someone goes and asks me if I'm in high school and I promptly chop off my hair again. I don't mind looking young, but high school is a little too young. There are perks to looking like an adult.

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an ethical outfit: lunch with parents

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I finally get to visit my parents for the first time in nearly two years! Their life was in upheaval when my dad lost his job last year and it's taken awhile for things to settle back down. Now they live in Cincinatti and we get to spend some time hanging out and exploring the city together. If the weather was mild enough, I'd wear this comfortable, sophisticated outfit for lunch and afternoon thrift shopping with my mom. 

I had resigned myself to never getting proper vacation time again, but I'm pretty fortunate to work at a job that is primarily staffed by volunteers. Since our staff refuses to volunteer during Christmas break, I don't have to be there either! I'm looking forward to getting a chance to travel without feeling guilty that I'm missing work. Today is my last day until 2015! Hooray!

brand: Nomads Clothing

Nomads Clothing is a UK-based women's clothing designer that has specialized in fair trade garments since 1989 (which means it's basically the same age as me).

nomads fair trade clothing review on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com

The company works with Indian manufacturers to produce clothing using traditional techniques, such as block printing and patchwork. They're also taking steps to become more environmentally sustainable by using more organic cotton and recycled/biodegradable packaging.

I like the understated, grown-up appropriate look of their garments. They make items for a range of ages and lifestyles. Here are a few of my favorites:

nomads beautiful womens fair trade clothing on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com


Their tunics and longer-length tops look like they'd be the perfect layering pieces.

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Nomads contacted me to introduce me to their products. I received no monetary compensation to write this post, but do plan on reviewing their products in the near future, so stay tuned!

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