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Review: MATTER Sideswept Dhoti in Organic Cotton

MATTER Sideswept Dhoti Review, ethical fashion
This post was sponsored by MATTER Prints and I received a pair of Sideswept Dhoti pants to review.

I'm a Florida girl at heart and maybe I always will be. I live for long, hot, humid summer days. As I type this post, I'm sitting in my backyard enjoying 93 degree temps and drinking hot tea.

Summer means there's no need for formality, no need for constricting layers and multiple wool socks. I feel free because I don't have to cocoon myself in so much fabric. My toes get to stretch out in sandals, my shoulders can make full rotations without my pesky wool coat getting in the way. At the same time, these lethargic days make me nostalgic for all those other sunny days growing up: sleeping in then taking a dip in a cool pool, bike rides and walks through woods, family trips with my sister and I playing "news anchor and weatherman" in the back seat (my parents were always the witnesses and the foreign correspondents).

MATTER and I are a good match, because there's something special about the freedom of their clothing, linked to the past but not tethered there, intentional but never fussy, made with outdoor exploration in mind.


MATTER Sideswept Dhoti Review, ethical fashion

MATTER sent me the Sideswept Dhoti in Kangura Charcoal ($139), part of their new Organic Cotton line, to review.

Made responsibly with azo-free dyes (azo dyes, which are common in the fashion industry, have been found to be potentially carcinogenic), the pants were block printed in Jaipur and stitched in Delhi, India. One of MATTER's missions is to help their customers appreciate process and provenance, linking people like you and me to the people who developed artisan processes long ago and the people who keep them alive against all odds in a modernized world. MATTER seeks to make rural textile industries sustainable. I love this, because I think that the best work-life balance comes when we're able to stay in our own communities and work in disciplines that connect us to the beauty of humanity.
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The Sideswept Dhoti is designed just like a wrap skirt, which means a single size can accommodate about 2-3 standard sizes (I'm wearing a size 1). This design means there's no need for any hardware: simply slip the tie through a slit at the waist and knot it on the other side. The fabric is draped precisely on the right side to create a pocket without any additional tailoring.

As I've mentioned before, MATTER is truly wearable art. That makes me excited, and slightly intimidated, to review their pieces. I'm so encouraged by ethical companies that innovate in this way. They ensure that the industry won't be seen as tired or crunchy.

MATTER Sideswept Dhoti Review, ethical fashion
Ethical Details: Sideswept Dhoti Pants - c/o MATTER; Sandals - Deux Mains

MATTER's organic line features a few different silhouettes and prints, which you can peruse here. They recently released two types (one, two) of dresses, too. 

I have one more post with MATTER coming up, so check back for that in a few weeks. 

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MATTER is offering 40% off shorts with code, WEEKEND40, through July 30th.

the moral wardrobe: Synergy Organic Clothing Beatrice Dress

synergy beatrice dress review
synergy organic clothing

Synergy Organic Clothing started out as a yoga wear company, but quickly expanded to include comfortable, versatile stretch cotton looks for almost any occasion. They've committed to using organic textiles, low-impact nontoxic dyes, and fair labor practices for all of their products and they still manage to offer fashionable, affordable, figure flattering clothing!

Jules at Synergy sent me the Beatrice Dress to review. I own one other piece from Synergy since I walked in a fashion show featuring their products at Floyd Fest last summer, so I had an idea of what size and styles would suit me best. Because I'm pear shaped, I opted to go one size up in this dress so that the super stretchy fabric wouldn't pull at the hip. When I pulled the dress out of the bag, it looked a bit too big up top, but it quickly conformed to my body, so I think I made the right choice when all is said and done. I'd say Synergy clothes best fit a straight figure, so if you have a few curves, pay careful attention to the size chart. Petite people may want to size down.

spotted in synergy

I wore this dress to explore the quaint little mountain town of Crozet and do a wine tasting at King Family Vineyards last weekend. It looks a bit dressy, but it feels like pajamas, which means perfection. 

synergy organic clothing tank dress
My face is ridiculous.

The Beatrice Dress is priced at $66.00 and is available on Synergy's online shop. Synergy Organic Clothing is offering a $50.00 gift card to one lucky Style Wise Blog reader, so check back Wednesday to enter the giveaway!

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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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Fair trade sometimes gets a bad rap stylistically because designs tend to pull from indigenous craft traditions that, when separated from their context, come off as a bit hippie. I've come to appreciate the stories and people behind fair trade products. And, since they have given me permission to enjoy their products, I don't have to feel ill at ease about dressing in or embracing traditions that don't come from my own heritage (cultural appropriation is a tricky subject here, so I'd appreciate your input, too).

But sometimes I just want a simple tee to wear with my batik print skirt. And where do I even start looking for fair trade socks?


PACT Apparel believes in organic, sweatshop free, small scale production. They specialize in simple basics, from underwear to hoodies, that manage to be both contemporary and timeless. What's more: they're offering 40% off the entire site until December 1. They also sell these at my local Whole Foods, so if you prefer to see them in person, see if your local Whole Foods stocks them!

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If your family gives each other socks for Christmas, it might be a good time to shop. 

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the moral wardrobe: a little red dress

red dress
red dress
Details: Dress - c/o Synergy via FloydFest; Shoes - thrifted; Earrings - thrifted; Blazer - thrifted

People often don't realize that I have insecurities about my figure because they assume that my relatively small frame guards me from body-shaming. But it definitely feels like a risk to wear things that are clingy around the hips. I wore this Synergy dress in the FloydFest sustainable fashion show over the summer and they kindly gave it to me afterwards. What I enjoyed most about my modeling adventures this year is how they forced me out of my comfort zone. I got to pretend I was someone else for those quick strides down the catwalk, and that was enough to help me realize I was less boxed in than I thought. 

Here's to embracing our bodies and stepping out of our comfort zones!

an ethical outfit: farmers' market


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The one good thing about winter (besides the temporary thrill of snow) is that it makes warm weather feel like paradise. I'm having fun creating virtual outfits fit for all kinds of outdoor activities.

I don't attend the Saturday Farmers' Market as often as I should, but I want to make sure to go when my friend from Florida comes to town in a couple weeks. Local produce, food trucks, flowers, people watching, a guy who makes "Australian" pies - even if we don't buy anything, it's fun to look around.

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