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  • Life x Style 044 (Sustainably made shirtdress for Springtime)

    Three things I love about this featured look- timelessness, sustainability, easy. I actually featured this dress last fall (yes- it is once again, the perfect transitional piece), and it encompasses most everything that this blog stands for- effortless dressing, figure flattering, self-esteem enhancing, sustainably ethically made {with love}. 

     

    Three things I love about a shirtdress- timelessness, sustainability, easy. I actually featured this dress last fall (yes- still is, the perfect transitional piece), and it encompasses most everything that this blog stands for- effortless dressing, figure flattering, self-esteem enhancing, sustainably ethically made {with love}.

     

    There is nothing more convenient than having a few go-to dresses on hand that you can play with and make your own with different sorts of accessories. Dresses are easy. One and done (I love saying that about them~). Life happens, I know. Don’t let your style suffer because of unexpected snafus in your day.

     

     

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    Take this look- the shirtdress. My go-to, no fail look.
    And timeless- no doubt. I actually remember my grandmother wearing a shirtdress.

     

    I don’t remember particularly liking that look as a small girl, but it was put together, neat, easy. With fun jewelry, a scarf, lipstick- it can be quite chic, or snazzy or sporty- whatever you’d like it to be.

     

    A little bit about where this was made, and by whom- another reason I like it so much:

    The dress is handmade by Oakland brand Tilden, owned and operated by Tilden Yamamoto. Tilden is a true craftsman and is committed to creating well-crafted one-of-a-kind pieces, and by using up-cycled fabric scraps, he’s reducing the waste cycle of fashion, and keeping surplus textiles out of landfills.*
    Everything deserves a home, and to be fully utilized. No-thing wants to be thrown in a landfill. How we treat our things, just like people, matters. I hope this post inspires you to stretch your styling parameters, use your imagination, and to come out of your sartorial shell.  
    And lastly, April is Earth month. It should be a reminder that actually every month {and every day} is Earth month. We should care about it and go to the greatest lengths to take care of our planet. It is our home. We clean our homes- our floors, counter tops, clothes. We should also clean our Earth.

    For me, that means taking every opportunity I can to buy clean products, especially my fashion. Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the World today. Yuck. That really sucks because I really love clothes. But what doesn’t suck is that it is changing. I can see it. I feel it. I am hearing about it everywhere I turn.

     

     

    I hope you will join me in doing your part to create a cleaner Earth and reducing the waste cycle of fashion.

    Most importantly, I want to share that finding ethically sustainable made clothing is not that hard to find. I know it may seem so if you are new to this ‘slow’ fashion concept. But, my aim with this post, and with this entire blog- is to bring inspiration, ideas, avenues to find these slow fashion items, and to show how exciting it can be to dress yourself in them.

     

     

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    Today’s Look:
    shirtdress: Tilden {$240, shown in prairie length}
    slides: Arcs Value Village
    scarf: Ready For Success

     

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    *All materials used for Tilden’s designs are sourced from Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabrics, Berkeley, CA

    “We are all very aware of our food. Fashion is the next issue we should be thinking about. Where do the clothes come from? What are they made of? We should be supporting what’s local.” 
    — Tilden Yamamoto, designer & founder of Tilden

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