Ethical Artisan-Made Holiday Style
This post is sponsored by Marketplace: Handwork of India who graciously provided the top I'm featuring, and provided an exclusive offer for Analoguettes– read on!
Marketplace is a fair trade brand I've admired for years (so does my mom!) and I've included them in my inspiration and shopping guides for fans of Judi Dench's wardrobe in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
I love the Raipur tunic, so I was so excited to take the Sheila Shirt for a street test. I put together what I thought was a great outfit for a trip to the Connecticut shore on a bright autumn afternoon.
The Sheila Shirt is a more traditional European shirt style, with a button front and cuffs, made more feminine with a band collar and pin tucks across the front panels. The super soft cotton is a light tan with a great, abstract floral print in black.
Since a light color like this tends to make me look washed out, I layered a boxy, short-sleeved sweater in a black marled yarn.
Again, to balance all the volume on top, I wore fitted jeans. And my gray leather high-tops pulled it together comfortably for walking in town and at the park.
With slight shaping on the sides, and the more formal construction, this shirt would also do nicely for workwear– try it under Marketplace's Cocoon Jacket with slim black pants.
By far my favorite thing about the Sheila Shirt is the hand-embroidered, contrasting yoke. I am a complete sucker for unexpected details like this:
What I'm wearing
short-sleeved sweater: thrifted Coldwater
jeans: thrifted Ann Taylor (god bless their fit)
high-tops: Converse via Ebay
bangles: gifts, and Article22
on location at: Harkness Memorial State Park