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the moral wardrobe: mauve

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 Outfit Details: Top - very old / Skirt - thrifted / Sandals - old / Necklace - handmade via etsy

No, I didn't re-dye my hair. It just faded into a unique shade of coppery pink over the past couple weeks. I like how well it matches the bricks on my house and the colors in my skirt.

We did a major overhaul of the thrift shop layout over the weekend. It was a lot of work (way more physical labor than I'm used to), but I can already see positive results. Customers gushed about the ease of their shopping experience now that the clutter is gone and everything has its place. I love being able to see the fruits of my labor. That sort of direct feedback can be hard to come by outside of school.

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simple but significant



Make it simple but significant. - Don Draper


For all my scoffing at the whole capsule wardrobe talk, I obviously have my own signature style. I was compiling this set as inspiration for the upcoming season, but I realized almost immediately that, 1. my wardrobe already consists of items like the ones pictured and 2. if I'd created this set years ago, it would look basically the same.

I stick pretty closely to a uniform of printed vintage skirts, knit tops, and striped dresses. The waistlines and lengths have ebbed and flowed over the years, but I've always been drawn to simple silhouettes with unexpected details in the patterns, cuts, and seaming. It's nice to see that consistency and to be reminded that my natural preferences do create a recognizable look - no need to seek out flash trends.

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an ethical outfit: flea market


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summer by fracturedradiance featuring a stripe skirt

I would wear this outfit to brunch at Bluegrass Grill followed by a meandering walk around the FleaVille flea market that runs once a month downtown. Then I could walk over to midtown for samples at Feast and lunch at one of the many local restaurants. Then I would go home and take a nap in the back yard. A perfect day.

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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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