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!
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 »
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!
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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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!
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…