Customer Love: Bernadette's Cute Summer Outfits
- Mata Traders
- 18 Jun, 2018
Hi, nice to meet you! I'm Bernadette – Chicagoan born, raised, and still residing. I'm a full-time Occupational Therapist and freelance photographer with an 8-year-old son and an elderly cat.
I first learned about fair trade clothing and jewelry while attending Chicago's Green Festival at Navy Pier in 2010. Mata Traders was part of a panel (Mata's founder Maureen Dunn was one of the speakers) discussing the topic of fair trade. What they spoke about really moved me. Knowing that my purchasing power can in turn empower women to earn fair wages while working in a safe and healthy environment, providing opportunities for themselves and their families, became very important to me.
I knew then that what I wore was a statement of what I stood behind and what I believed in.
Cute Summer Outfits
Some would say that buying high end designer brands shows you're well-off or that you're part of an elite group, but I wanted my clothing to show that I can look amazing, on trend and at the same time support an amazing mission. Back in 2010, ethical fashion was not very trendy or attractive. Mata Traders' designs and products really understand what women want in clothing and jewelry (with a meaningful cause behind them). Encouraging women to empower women across the globe had my interest from the start, and the rest, as they say, is history.
I am a huge Mata fan to this day! Have you ever been to one of their warehouse events? They're too fun to miss, and I also follow their social media accounts for their newest arrivals and some great styling ideas. Needless to say, I was extremely honored to be asked to style some cute summer outfits from their new Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Take a look:
I have NO TORSO. I'm all limbs, so it's wonderful anytime I find a dress that elongates my torso and this belt cinches in the waist perfectly. It's cute to wear as a dress on its own or with leggings on chillier nights. You can take this from summer-fest-casual with slip on flats, to night-out-chic with with wedges or heels.
This dress is unbelievably soft, stretchy and comfortable! I dressed it up with my lace-up flats for a girls night outfit, but you could tone it down for a picnic in the park with some sneakers, or throw on some flip flops for an easy swimsuit cover up at the beach. The earrings can make the outfit a little more fancy.
This was by far my favorite (the earrings too). It elongates my torso – that's why I love these shirtdresses! I paired the dress with leggings and ankle boots and decided to get creative by wearing the tie belt as a ribbon choker instead. For an evening out, I think I'd wear a solid tank top underneath and undo all the buttons to turn the dress into a jacket.
I am partial to these straight cut dresses. I find them flattering for my body type. I styled this dress with my red flats to doll it up for a night time look. For a more relaxed evening a denim jacket with rolled up sleeves or a neutral colored pair of flats or sandals would fit the bill. The round hoops of the earrings added a nice contrast to the horizontal stripes of the dress.
This dress is made out of organic cotton jersey which is so comfortable (and forgiving)! It cinches at the waist which accentuates any curves – I immediately imagined myself on a date night with my husband, looking great but feeling comfortable the entire time. The shape of the necklace also complimented the shapes throughout the print of the dress.