It’s B-A-N–N-A-S how cute this dress is! I love throwing vintage and vintage-inspired pieces into my clothing repertoire every now and then. It’s so fun because I have always loved twirly midi skirts! I remember thinking when I was younger and mini everything was all you could wear how I wished it was stylish to wear longer hemlines. And then, poof, hemlines of all lengths came back in style and my 50’s pinup dreams came true! Something about midi dresses just makes me feel especially sophisticated and chic.
Obviously, everyone knows that the place with all your vintage needs is ModCloth, and the adorable style of clothing they carry is just one of the reasons I love their company. Two other reasons are:
1. They believe “fashion is for every body”, so all ModCloth label pieces come in a full range of sizes, and
2. They carry a large selection of clothing and goods made in the U.S.A.
Both of those things are something I consider when I work with a brand. Just like most girls, I have had my fair share of body image issues growing up. It has always made me very aware of how important it is to make every girl feel comfortable in her own skin, and there can often be clothing lines or companies that do not do that. For instance, I remember in 9th grade I was shopping at a certain trendy store at the time (hint, it rhymes with collister). They did this really horrible thing where they organized their jean sizes on a shelf small to large, the smallest being on the lowest shelf and the largest being on the very top shelf, so high that if you were anything bigger than a size 4 (and their sizes ran small anyway), you either had to jump up and grab something or ask for an attendant to help you. How humiliating is that?? I don’t know if y’all are like rolling your eyes says “big deal” but to a 13 year old who was standing there looking up at that shelf wondering if it was worth it to try and jump up and grab some jeans (in front of the more petite girls who would sometimes have to squat down to get their size) or to just walk away, it was a big deal. My point is, they were not keeping the feelings of girls of all sizes in mind when they created that shelf, and I always appreciate brands that go the extra mile and think about that.
Making sure I work with brands who carry all or most made in the U.S.A items has also always been important to me. By actively choosing to research how brands manufacture their lines, you can really dig up some stuff you may not want to know (such as unfair labor wages for workers, unsafe work environments, underage workers, ect…) but it’s important stuff. I’ve said before that I can’t always find hard evidence of how a company is operating (if they’re shady, and they’re well-known and successful, aka have a lot of money, they can do a good job of covering up anything fishy), but whenever I find any evidence of bad practice I always stop buying their clothes. On the other hand, when I find brands that do everything right, I like to work with them and sing their praises! It costs more money to pay your workers a fair wage and keep them in clean, safe environments, so yeah, the clothes might be a bit more expensive because of that, but it is SO worth it.
Thanks for reading! I hope you love this dress as much as I do!
This post was sponsored by ModCloth, but all opinions are honest and my own.