Lindsay from Maison Soleil, kindly gifted me this item to share with my audience.
Repeating outfits is perfectly normal, this mind shift only really began to change in the last 40 years. To challenge this culture we currently find ourselves in I enjoy wearing the same item from my closet for several days. Even though I posted about wearing the same dress for 10 days, and saw multiple people during this time, literally no one mentioned to me that I was wearing the same dress to church, to work, to run errands.
Why 10 days?
A 10-day style challenge is fairly easy, it’s not too long and not too short that you don’t feel like you didn’t accomplish anything. 10 days is the perfect style challenge length to help me get creative without getting into a rut. Style Challenges are perfect for helping me see new ways to style pieces in my closet, get creative & have fun.
I chose to style my Callie Dress from Maison Soliel because I wanted to show my audience & readers how versatile this little black dress really is. In fact, I wore my dress to a funeral, work for 3 days, 2x to Sunday Church, went to the movies, and while working from home, ran errands, got my flu shot, and walking the dog. A classic little black dress is perfect for every wardrobe including the minimalist and the maximalist. I love the cut of this dress the top is fitted with 3/4 length sleeves it has a faux-wrap front and a feminine A-line skirt with pockets that make it flattering and modest.
I wore my dress with sweaters & cardigans, layered with a sweatshirt & jackets. This dress looks great paired with sneakers, ankle boots, and flats. I love pieces that I can wear dressed up or down. Not only do I love wearing this dress, I love how comfortable it is for going to work or grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend. It fits me perfectly, fitted on top even with my smaller chest and the skirt begins at my waist, gently falling over my hips.
Another thing I love about this dress is how it is made, not only is it soft cotton jersey knit but it is made by women’s cooperatives in India & Nepal that allows women to work earn a living wage. In these cooperatives, each garment is individually stitched in small workshops, with one seamstress creating an entire garment rather than being part of a production line. Fair trade is best known for producers getting a fair price for their goods. The women at the co-ops earn a fair wage that exceeds the local minimum wage. They are paid per piece so the amount each artisan makes varies. The benefit of this system is the flexibility it allows in terms of hours (some women work part-time or from home) and skill level (slower sewers aren’t fired for low productivity, as they would in a factory). The women exercise control in determining the piece rate, and as the cooperatives are worker-owned organizations, they receive a share of the profits. In India, child labor is rampant in costume jewelry production. By partnering with fair trade organizations, we are able to ensure that there is no child labor used in the production of these products. But more than that, fair trade is a preventative measure. Every year thousands of children migrate to the megacities of India to find work and send money back to their families. Providing a stable income to women at the poverty level is a way to combat the problem of child labor at its roots. The change can be seen not only in the life of the woman employed by the co-op, but especially in the next generation, the children that she can afford to educate.
How would you style this effortlessly stylish Callie Dress?
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