Friday Fair Trade Frock Love

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fair Trade Fortnight comes to an end on Sunday, so I thought I’d see it out with some Fair Trade Frock Love.

Unlike previous Friday Frocks these dresses are all from different Fair Trade retailers. They are all utterly gorgeous, with the added bonus that you don’t have to worry that some poor child in India spent hours sewing on beads for a penny an hour.

Fair Trade and Organic used to mean tie dye and little silver jingly bells that you bought from slightly Indian themed shops on the High Street, like Shao Lin. It was worn by teenagers who thought they looked mysterious and eastern and middle aged women in Birkenstocks who were 15 years ahead of their time, drank herbal tea and read “The Female Eunuch”.

I think we can all agree this is no longer the case. With Estethica in it’s 7th season at London Fashion Week and High Street retailers like H&M introducing organic ranges Fair Trade is now High Fashion, and this, thankfully, means we call buy pretty frocks made by friendly people.

Currently I’m loving.

Roisin Umbrella Dress by Bora Aksu £65 from People Tree

Coming soon this says. COMING SOON? How soon? I want it now. Cute print, flattering cinched waist and comfortable jersey. For some reason I feel the urge to wear this with bright pink tights and my two tone mary janes.

Komodo Lola Abstract Print Dress £70 from Fashion Conscience

Available in Periwinkle blue, but I like this picture of it. This is a cute summer dress that I’d wear (if the sun ever comes out) with a white belt and wedge heels.

Scoop Back Party Dress £61 from Annie Greenabelle

Lovely spring florals. Teamed with black so I don’t feel too much like a girl. I’m thinking ballet flats and a cute cardigan for when it (inevitably) gets chilly.

Olwen Frill Neck Dress £39 from All Things Green

I love the frill neck. Personally I’d wear it with a belt, but I wear everything with a belt, so that’s no real surprise is it?

Baby Doll Dress by Sika Designs

I can’t find an online stockist or price for this, but it’s pretty so I’m putting it in. If you find an online stockist let me know. I still won’t be able to afford it, but I might be able to pretend I can.

9 Responses
  • Sherin
    March 5, 2010

    The people tree dress is so pretty! I am so happy that so many places are switching to free trade!
    .-= Sherin´s last blog ..London Fashion Week =-.

  • Fi
    March 5, 2010

    Love the dress from All Things Green and not a bad price either.

  • Ashe Mischief
    March 5, 2010

    Oh! That first dress is lovely. Love how a muted color palette is given some extra ooomph with the cute design on bottom.
    .-= Ashe Mischief´s last blog ..Review: Tonic Leave-In Conditioner =-.

  • Becky
    March 5, 2010

    That first dress is pretty awesome. I’ve been thinking a lot about fair-trade recently in relation to my wardrobe, and I need to do some research and see what I can find from American retailers…though I’m suspecting I’m going to have a hard time because what I really need to find are some pants! Those are hard to buy without trying on!
    .-= Becky´s last blog ..Dear Express Blouse…(a breakup story) =-.

  • Piper
    March 5, 2010

    Love the bora aksu dress (of course this could be that I’m a huge fan of grey and black!) But the art design is too cool on the skirt
    .-= Piper´s last blog ..{shake it up – week 10} =-.

  • Michelle
    March 6, 2010

    I loooooove the first dress! So cute, without being twee.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Learning & the Renaissance Soul =-.

  • Wholzy
    March 6, 2010

    omg i fall in love with the frill neck dres.. it’s so splendid!! want it so bad!!

    .-= Wholzy´s last blog ..Just another phase =-.

  • PinkBow
    March 7, 2010

    oh, love this selection of frocks. dresses are my no 1 wardrobe staple 🙂
    .-= PinkBow´s last blog ..Going to the Cinema =-.

  • Style Eyes
    March 8, 2010

    Such gorgeous dresses. There is so much amazing ethical fashion around at the moment.

    My favourite the one from People Tree. So glad it is coming soon. Hoping it won’t sell out before my shopping ban finishes.
    .-= Style Eyes´s last blog ..Quality over quantity – the designer day dress =-.