• Laura

One skirt, 6 ways

I am seriously addicted to Francis + Benedict maxi skirts. I cannot believe how comfortable they are. I love how stylish and unique they look. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE knowing that the simple act of putting on a skirt can shine a light on the beautiful handwork of a woman in Togo, West Africa.

I worry that many will love the skirts and the mission of the company but have thoughts such as the following:

"I love the skirts, but............ I can't see myself wearing one."

"I love the skirts, but .......... they're too fancy, and I never go anywhere where I could wear one."

"I love the skirts, but they're too bold."

To each of you, I say, "I too had these same thoughts!"

But I can tell you this. While putting on one of these skirts and wearing it out into the world has been somewhat of an act of courage for me, I am SO happy that I pushed past these thoughts. It is truly a gift to be able to wear these skirts and help others see and consider the connection between us and the hands that create the things we make and use.

I will never get tired of helping people understand and learn more about the world-changing power they have as consumers.

So......... here's PART 2 of "One Skirt, 6 Ways"....... and I'm sure it won't be the last post in this series.

1. Solid Top + Necklace & Earrings + Belt + Cognac Chelsea Boots

This outfit checks all the boxes for ethical fashion. The Audrey Top in Orchid from Trades of Hope was sewn by women in Nepal who are survivors of human trafficking. The necklace and earrings are both made in India and are also from Trades of Hope. The boots are made in Peru for Nisolo, one of the most ethical companies you'll find. Be sure to spend some time on their website.

In the close-up photo on the left, you can see me at my teacher table in the elementary school where I work. This outfit is one of the most comfortable pairings I've found to wear to work. I wouldn't have believed it until I tried it, but now I actually PREFER wearing a maxi skirt to wearing pants for work.

2. White Tee + earrings + Denim Jacket + Sandals

I don't like snow and cold weather anyway, but I am looking forward to spring even more this year because I CANNOT WAIT to wear my maxi skirt in warmer weather! WOOT!

I honestly think any skirt in our collection would look perfect paired with a basic white t-shirt. My earrings, the Aura earrings, are from Trades of Hope and are one of my absolute favorite pairs. They are made from capiz shells by artisans in the Philippines.

3. Classic Black Top + Earrings + Statement Necklace + Belt + Heels

I really love that this skirt looks great with black as well as cognac. It gives me lots of styling options. This time I paired it with the Audrey Top in black from Trades of Hope. This top is a super-soft jersey knit and SO comfortable. However, a seam down the back and the puff shoulder detail give it an extra ba-da-boom.

I love the wide belt which accents the waist and gives extra definition to the silhouette of this outfit. Earrings + Necklace from Trades of Hope ..... my favorite fair trade jewelry company (obviously!).

4. Ball cap + Earrings + Graphic Tee + Converse

While I love these maxis for dress-up and work, styling them for a casual look has been SO FUN! Baseball cap and earrings are both from Trades of Hope. This graphic tee is from Unlock Hope. Be sure to check out their website for graphic tees with a message of hope.

5. hat + earrings + Ivory sweater + leather bag + belt + chelsea boots

YOU GUYS, If I had to pick my favorite look from these 6 stylings, this is the one. I LOVE this pairing! The creamy sweater is from Elegantees, my absolute favorite company for fair trade basics. They employ human trafficking survivors in Nepal and are hoping to open a second factory in 2021 so they can expand their impact to more women. Please go to their website to see their selection. These garments are SO soft and so well made. The Audrey Tops (above) from Trades of Hope were made by these women in a collaboration between TOH and Elegantees.

And now let's talk about that bag. 🤩 SWOON. 🤩 This beautiful woven leather traveler bag was made in India for Trades of Hope. It is even more incredibly beautiful in person. I wish I had a better image so you could see the earrings from Trades of Hope that I've paired with this outfit. They are REALLY perfect to complete the look.

6. Hat + blouse + cardi + crossbody + earrings + sandals

This was a really fun outfit to style. I wanted to show 6 options with this skirt using items in my closet. I wasn't sure it would work, but I found this ruffly black and white striped blouse. Worried about too much print action going on, I pulled this tight fitting black cardi over the top which was the perfect way to break up all the print with a solid.

I was super excited to be able to showcase my current favorite purse from Trades of Hope, the black Everyday Crossbody which is made in India.

Close-up shows my Pearl Drop earrings, also from Trades of Hope. And last but not least, my black Swedish Hasbeens. I am IN LOVE with these sandals. I think I have 5 or 6 pairs of them now. They are pretty pricey, but I always buy them in the summer on the 70% off sale. You would think that wooden sandals wouldn't be comfortable, but they are VERY comfortable and feel really sturdy on my feet. Expect to see many skirt and Hasbeen pairing this spring and summer.

Which outfit is your favorite? I'd love to have a comment and hear from you.

#ethicalfashion #fairtradefashion #fairtradejewelry #ootd #ethicalshopping #thisis50


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