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The Moral Wardrobe: Victoria Road's Medallion Split Collar Tunic

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As a part of our collaboration, Victoria Road sent me the soft-as-silk Medallion Split Collar Tunic to review. This is probably the highest quality thing in my closet. It's made of fine, woven 100% cotton with subtle champagne-toned embroidery along the neckline and hem, and I just feel so elegant in it.

Elegant is not normally the way I describe myself, so it's a real pleasure to feel so put together in something that's also easy to put on and easy to wear. I wore it for a half day at work - where my volunteers oohed and awwed over it - then to run errands around town and, though it's crinkled slightly from movement and prolonged sitting, it still looks great. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, too, so it's offering some nice aeration for the sudden humidity that's taken hold of Virginia in the last couple of days.

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Ethical Details: Medallion Split Collar Tunic - c/o Victoria Road; Shorts - old; Earrings - Hannah Naomi; Shoes - Sseko Designs via MadeFAIR

I've got a few summer weddings to attend, and I'd been looking for a blouse that was a bit more formal than my standard Everlane t-shirt to wear tucked into skirts. I think this tunic will pair well with a nice, black flouncy skirt since the neckline makes such a statement, and the fabric lays so well it feels dressy without the need for much bedazzling.

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The Medallion Split Collar tunic was made ethically at Victoria Road's private factory in Lahore, Pakistan. It retails for $97.00, a small investment, but it's something that is timeless enough to wear forever and ever. Plus, it's forgiving shape means it will continue to be wearable even if I gain or lose a few pounds. The cotton fabric is also washable.

I would say this item runs true to size. I'm wearing a Small here.

New! I'm going to try to remember to tell you about the way items I feature on StyleWise were packaged...

This item came in a 100% recycled packing envelope printed with water based inks. The blouse was wrapped in a plastic liner.

Do you have anything by Victoria Road? If so, what item? 

I would love to know what you think. Also, make sure to read the interview with the founders of Victoria Road here.

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the moral wardrobe: here we go again

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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: nomads floral tunic

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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...

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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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