Posts Tagged ‘ecofashion’

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I’m pleased to introduce you to one of my favorite new sustainable style retailers: Modavanti. Even though they are less than a year old, they’ve already pulled together a solid collection of stylin’ clothes and accessories that are environmentally friendly, ethically sourced and/or promoting social good. I put together a few of my favorite pieces in the image above, but those are just the highlights!

Modavanti also makes their sustainable evaluation process easy to understand by using a simple badge system that is nearly identical to what some of your may already know as my Fair Elements of Style:

But even if you put all of that do-gooding aside, the items they carry are simply well-made and on-trend, which is exactly as it should be. Probably the strongest section is the selection of bags, which has a variety of styles available at several price points, from polished clutches to fringed hobos. These make Modavanti a solid option for the ladies on your holiday shopping list! If you’re going to consumer, this is a place where you can be a proudly eco-conscious consumer.

On the more affordable side of the spectrum (and my personal favorites) are the bags by Angela + Roi that are pictured below. Not only do they come in a slew of beautiful colors, but $5 from the purchase of each bag is donated to a worthy cause related to the color of the bag in some way. For example, the poppy red bag benefits AIDS research in Chicago.

 

And guess what: I still have more good news for you! This month, I’ve partnered with Modavanti to offer the DC Ecowomen (and MFV readers) two ways to save a little cash as the holiday shopping season approaches:

1.  Take 15% off all of your purchases at Modavanti through the month of November with special code MYFAIRVANITY.

2. Each one of you can enter to WIN a red Angela + Roi bag over on My Fair Vanity!

In the meantime, I’ll be seeking out more eco-friendly online retailers, brands and style advice to share with you in December. Until then, may the Sustainable Style Force be with you.

Ecowomen fashion blogger Rachel Mlinarchik curates sustainable style that is kind to the earth and the people on it at www.myfairvanity.com
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If you’re like me, the phrase ‘business casual’ throws you into a panic attack.  Depending on the workplace, that phrase can mean anything from jeans and a nice blouse to dress pants and a button up.  So if you’re looking to ‘dress to impress’, just what does that mean?

Lots of people weigh in on what women should wear to work.  Some adhere to the philosophy that women in the workplace should look masculine and no-nonsense – pantsuits are required.  Others argue that style has a place in the workplace, making pencil skirts and blouses the norm.  Still others eschew the idea of dressing in anything other than what makes you feel comfortable and confident.

With all the ideas of what women should wear, it can get complicated.  So here’s a list of general guidelines to follow.

1. Dress for the audience.  Remember that not all workplaces are the same, nor are all meetings the same.  Think about wh you’re meeting with before you get dressed that day.  Do you have a meeting with an important client? Maybe a suit is best.  Or is your day going to be sitting at your desk reading emails? Something more causal may be ok.

2. Pay attention to fit and style. While it’s easy to wear the same thing you were wearing ten years ago, maybe it’s time for a change.  Changing up what you wear, or who you wear, can boost confidence.  Wearing clothes that actually fit can too! It’s not easy to get things tailored on a budget, but it’s easy to reject things that don’t fit as not a good use of your spare pennies.  So make each item count and get them to fit right.

3. Don’t be afraid to copy co-workers.  It’s absolutely ok to watch what your co-workers wear and copy their style.  Not exactly of course (stick to your own unique style!), but it’s ok to copy the tone and timing of their clothes.  If all your co-workers tend to wear suits for the Monday meeting, you probably should too.

For more great tips, check out this and this.

What’s your best dressed secret?