Summer is in full swing, which means one thing: all the activities! From backyard BBQ’s, trips to the beach, baby showers, bridal showers, all the showers, weddings, weekend trips, trying new restaurants, and simple patio hangs, summer is always jam packed with festivities. But what to wear to all this fun?
Wardrobe versatility is something I am slowly, but surely learning to master. As a lover of prints and bold colors, this hasn’t been a strong suit in my ethical style journey. “But it’s ethically made! And yellow! And has pockets! And polka dots!” Yes, I may have a dress of this exact description on my wish list, but I’m still learning the art of refinement.
As I move forward, collaborate with more brands, and purchase ethically made garments, I’m on a mission to be more selective. To be more careful. To be more thoughtful. How often can I/will I wear this piece? Can I mix and match it multiple ways? Could I wear this in the colder months ahead, too? Simple questions I am often guilty of not asking.
When Angela from Conrado allowed me to select a garment from her current collection to review, I instantly had all the heart eyes for the Carmela Apron Dress. Why? Easy. Just look at it! I can wear this dress to just about any event on my summer to-do list…and more!
From the moment I slipped on the Carmela, I knew I would be wearing it weekly. Throw a tee under for a casual day of sightseeing. Pop a sweater on top, paired with boots and tights when the cold comes around. Wear it as a bathing suit cover up or wear it to dinner on the beach! The fabric is light enough you could even tuck it into jeans as a high neck tank. Flip it around and you’ve got overalls! Endless versatility! I’m just getting started!
What I love about Conrado is this theme of versatility. Angela’s hope is that her garments, handmade in the Philippines from deadstock fabric, can be worn from city to beach. From occasion to occasion. Event to event. And because Angela hand selects deadstock fabrics along her travels, each Conrado piece is limited in quantity. Au revoir, overproduction!
I regularly hear that shopping ethically is overwhelming. It’s too expensive! I don’t like the styles I’m seeing! I don’t know what brands are doing things right? Where to begin? Well friends, my advice has been and will always be: start small. Could be as simple as investing in a little plaid frock you can pair with just about anything!
Note: Thank you Conrado for gifting me this dress of my choice! I was not paid for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.