One of my biggest goals for this year was to buy less and choose more sustainable and ethically sourced clothing. I’m not trying to be perfect, but just to do my best to reduce my impact on the planet and the people who make my clothes. So I am absolutely delighted to be working with People Tree on today’s post.
People Tree are pretty awesome people really. They produce absolutely gorgeous on trend clothing in a gentle way that is kind to the planet and positive to the people who make their clothes. Every item is traceable to the place it was made and their fabrics are all environmentally friendly. Even their packaging and delivery is carbon neutral. Definitely something I can get behind.
They asked me to choose something from their newest range of dresses and although there were several that really caught my eye, the stunning Matilda Floral dress was definitely the one for me.
The dress is made from Tencel branded Lyocell fibres. Lyocell is a fabric made from wood pulp, the production of which is very eco friendly. I love trying innovative materials that are kinder to the planet. The fabric is very similar to vintage rayon crepe, but is much easier to wash and take care of.
There are certain products that I have always tried to buy fair trade, I always look for fair trade labels on coffee, tea, bananas and chocolate, so the fact that the dress is also fair trade has made me very happy. There has been so much talk in recent years about exploitation in the fashion industry so it feels great to support a company who put the wellbeing of their workers and makers at the forefront of their business. We need more of this please!
This dress was made by creative Handicrafts, a fair-trade organisation which helps low income women achieve economic independence by training and creating jobs. They support 750 families in the slums of Mumbai with a livelihood programme, sponsorship of children’s education and a micro credit scheme. It feels wonderful to know that buying a dress is helping to empower women and children in this way.
As for the dress itself, I absolutely love it. The lightweight fabric is comfortable and hangs really well. I love the longer length and the fuller sleeves (we all know I love a good sleeve). The dress is beautifully made and the quality is better than a lot of high street shops.
I opted for a size 16 based on the size chart and wanting to play it safe. I usually wear a 14, but didn’t want this to be too tight. I’d recommend going for your usually size if you want the dress to be a bit more fitted. Being quite big busted I went for the bigger size and it is roomy, but I quite like the more comfortable slightly looser fit for me.
The dress is very easy to wash and take care of, perfect for a busy mum who is always doing laundry like me. Since the dress arrived a couple of weeks ago, I have worn it absolutely loads. Expect it to pop up in my Instagram feed a lot over the summer! After all a dress this nice needs to be worn over and over again! It’s also such a classic style and such good quality that I know I’ll be enjoying this one for many years.
I wore mine with some comfy trainers and a vintage hair clip, but it could definitely be dressed up or down for different occasions. I love to wear pretty dresses everyday, even to do and play in the park with the kids so comfy shoes are just right for me. As you can see here they are a little muddy for running around with Lila!
Have you ever bought anything from People Tree? Do you like to buy from ethical and sustainable brands?
*This dress was kindly sent to me by People Tree for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
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