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Compassionate Fashion: Mata Traders

So far, our Compassionate Fashion feature has spotlighted a company that still makes most of its clothes in the U.S. and a big brand that has found an ethical approach to overseas factory production. This week we want to shine a light on a fair trade company, Mata Traders. Everything Mata sells is handmade by women in India who are treated with respect and compensated fairly for their work. Mata strives to empower the women they work with in every way they can: “Whether a beginner sewer or the marketing director, all the women that make our clothing and accessories have a voice.” Pretty rad, right? They stock an awesome selection of handmade clothing and jewelry in an array of eye-catching prints — and pretty much everything is less than $100. Click on the gallery to check out 10 of our favorite items in their current collection!

"Overdressed" Q&A
Elizabeth Cline author of Overdressed
Author Elizabeth Cline discusses the ethics of fashion. Read More »
Compassion Fashion: KK
Dresses from sustainable designer Karen Kane. Read More »

Style 911: Help Me Find Work-Appropriate Shorts!

Lovely reader Elise left the following question on our Facebook page:

Would it be possible to do a slideshow on shorts-at-work? So many of the shorts styles are too revealing to work, wearing jeans all the time is way hot, and wearing skirts all the time is way too girly for my .com office! Frisky to the fashion rescue?

Of course we’d be happy to help! Shorts at work can be a tricky proposition… Keep reading »

Compassionate Fashion: 10 Not-So-Basic Pieces From Levi’s

This week’s Compassionate Fashion shopping guide spotlights Levi Strauss, a classic American denim brand. Unfortunately, Levi’s can no longer afford to produce all of their clothing in the US, but they deserve credit for the all the ways they prioritize worker safety and well-being around the globe. Levi’s was the first major apparel company to establish strict ethical standards for their suppliers, requiring fair wages, safe work environments, and no child labor. In 2007 Levi’s unveiled a plan to empower women in developing countries with healthcare and education. On the environmental front, their newWater<Less denim line requires 96% less water to make than traditional jeans.

Levi’s is a great example of a company that’s engaging with the global garment industry in a mindful, ethical way. Luckily for us, they also make some damn cute clothes. Everyone knows Levi’s makes classic jeans, so I thought I’d round up some of their funkier, more fashion-forward pieces. Click through to check out 10 of my favorites, all for $100 or less!

Compassionate Fashion
Sustainable fashion from Karen Kane. Read More »
Ethically Made Clothing
Clothing Rack
Would you buy clothing with an "ethically made" label? Read More »
Must Haves: Printed Jeans
Spring Must Haves: 10 Perfect Pairs Of Printed Jeans
The latest crop of printed jeans is all but standard. Read More »

Must Haves: 12 Lovely Lockets For Keeping Your Keepsakes

Lockets are a cute, old-timey way to keep the things you care about close to you. Whether you stick a picture, or a tiny note, or your breast milk (!?) in them, we’ve got 12 sweet lockets to keep close to your heart (and wrist!) (Click here to see a larger image!)

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DIY Washer Necklace
Raid the toolbox to make this fabulous necklace! Read More »

Must Have: 9 Pairs Of Tip Top Peep-Toe Booties

It’s that annoying in-between season time, and if you’re anything like us, you’re having a difficult time figuring out what to wear. May we suggest the peep-toe bootie as a possible transitional shoe for winter-to-spring? The bootie gives you enough coverage and support for cold mornings, while the peep toe gives your lil’ piggies a bit of breathing room. If you’re not yet ready for sandals — and we are most definitely not — peep-toes work well in the interim. Above, nine great options!

Must Haves: 10 Pretty Pairs Of Spring-Ready Shorts

Shorts are a standard come the warm weather, but wearing denim cutoffs every day can get old fast. Upgrading to a more put-together lace or patterned pair brings your casual summer look to the next level — and even better, if your office is on the laid-back side, these may just fit the bill. These 10 options are reasonably priced and ready to be worn all summer long…

Must Haves: Printed Jeans
Spring Must Haves: 10 Perfect Pairs Of Printed Jeans
The latest crop of printed jeans is all but standard. Read More »
Must Have: Drop Waists
Must Haves: 10 Drop-Waist Dresses
These "Gatsby"-inspired dresses are easy wearing for spring. Read More »
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