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I blog about sustainable fashion, earth-friendly fibers like hemp and Tencel, capsule wardrobes, travel wear, and related subjects.
A well chosen skirt or two can make terrific travel wear or become essential elements in your capsule wardrobe at home.
If you read this blog regularly, you know that I’m a big fan of casual skirts for travel. In fact, I recently put up a Pinterest travel clothing board here to help spread the word about skirts. But of course, with skirts it goes much further than that. A well-chosen skirt selection can become a core element in your capsule wardrobe; one that’s at home in a wide array of settings.
Another great Board: Sustainable Clothing ~ Eco Friendly Clothing
Feast your eyes: Plum Clothing: a color that's rich and artistic
In creating the Sympatico casual skirt lineup, freedom of movement is paramount. Comfort, both physically and socially is another consideration. I design my skirts with lengths intended to work in many different situations, including cultures where modesty is important. My longer skirts, such as the Curved Skirt and Angled Skirt, will appeal to anyone seeking sun protection or culturally-appropriate coverage.
With a length that falls at mid-calf for many women, the Angled Skirt has simple, timeless lines that work in nearly any context.
The Flip Skirt is for those situations where you’re comfortable exposing more leg. I designed the Flip Skirt in two lengths: a 20” version and a 24” version so you can find your own coverage sweet spot.
Sympatico’s hemp and Tencel skirts are designed and built for the long run. Both fibers are very durable as well as breathable. They’re also easy to live and travel with. Roll up your skirt before packing it in your suitcase or bag. On arrival, hang your skirt up and spritz it with some water. Wrinkles will relax overnight, especially in humid conditions like a steamy bathroom.
The 27” Curved Skirt has a classic A-line and is slightly fitted with fullness through the thighs for easy movement.
Whether you’re on the road or sticking close to home, you can take comfort in knowing that your Sympatico skirt is designed and crafted in the US with respect for both the people involved as well as the earth. Fair wages and true sustainability are values that go to the heart of why I began Sympatico. Having worked in the apparel industry for many years and witnessed it moving offshore, I was convinced there was a better way to treat our planet and fellow humans.
Both the hemp and Tencel fibers used to make my fabric are raised without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Processing of the Tencel yarns is done in a closed-loop system that in part uses algae to break down the organic substances used in preparing the yarn for spinning and weaving. Virtually all these substances are recaptured. You can learn more about hemp’s advantages here, and the earth- and style-friendly attributes of Tencel here.
As a micro business, I work with very small dye lots, and early on I made the decision to use low-impact, fiber reactive dyes to create the Sympatico color palette. These dyes minimize the environmental cost of creating textile colors. As much as I would love to use all organic substances to dye the Sympatico collection, that currently is not practical. You can learn more about the ins and outs of environmentally responsible fabric dyes here.
Not certain which Sympatico skirt is right for you? I'm happy to offer shopping and sizing advice either by email or phone. I can be reached between 9 am and 6 pm Pacific Time at 541-899-3988.
Long before sustainable clothing was a thing, Claire McCardell was reinventing how we dressOn a hot summer’s day in August 1938, the American fashion world was about to be set on its ear. The story goes that an unheralded designer named Claire McCardell had worn a simple woolen dress that day to her job at [...]
The simple elegance of a Black Princess Top with Grey Fog Stovepipe Pants is at home in nearly any setting.It's a truism that often the sum of the parts is greater than the whole, and I’ve found that’s especially true when it comes to artfully coordinating shades for pleasing combinations. One of the more challenging and interesting parts [...]
Wide legs. Skinny legs. High rise. Low rise. Straight hems. Flared hems. Most of us have lived long enough to see these ripples in pants fashions come and go several times over. In designing Sympatico's Stovepipe and Cropped Pants I aimed for classic shapes that are both flattering and comfy. Looks that will outlive all those fleeting [...]
As autumn approaches, Stovepipe Pants paired with [L-R] a Princess Top or Tuxedo Top are a stylish and smart choice.Yes, I know. While August continues to sizzle, it’s hard to think about chilling winds and deep freezes, but for some of us, that’ll be a reality all too soon. Even now, up here in the Siskiyou Mountains, nights have a [...]
The underlying idea of Sympatico’s color scheme is straightforward. Classic colors such as Graphite, Natural and Grey Fog work like neutrals and form the base of the Sympatico wardrobe. My fashion colors, in this case, Peach, add panache. Shades must communicate and work with each other to make the cut in my color scheme. Mix and [...]
Like so many Sympatico customers, Rebecca Allen is a frequent traveler. In putting out my call for entries for our recurring feature, Travel Tales, Rebecca responded with the following account of a recent New Orleans trip.Rebecca A, ready for her trip, in her Angled Skirt.I’m an archaeologist, which means that much of my wardrobe has [...]
Layered looks make sense when you don’t know which way the wind may blow. Up here in the Northwest, when we saunter out on a spring day, we dress for three seasons. That’s why versatility is a key ingredient in my design objectives: many Sympatico styles are created to dress up or down, and maybe more [...]
Don't pack too much!It slows you down, tires you out and leaves no room for purchases. What's essential: passport or ID, money, good shoes, medications. What's smart: a coordinated wardrobe that looks stylish, feels comfortable and is culturally appropriate. Check the weather for your destination: what's the norm and what's currently happening? Look at photos on the internet to see how the [...]
There's a controversy about modest fashion between those who think it is for oppressed women who are often seen as backward religious adherents and others who consider it aspirational and reflective of independent women who dress for themselves rather than for men.According to The New York Times’s chief fashion critic, Vanessa Friedman, modest dressing is a defining [...]