Mata Traders: Spring line debut and a style re-mix!

Happy Monday fair trade fans!  I hope you all spent the whole weekend outside in the sunshine!  By now you’ve probably tossed that old winter coat in the back of the closet and you’re bringing out your colorful spring clothes!  If you’re anything like me, you have that insatiable urge right now to SHOP and buy up lots of cute things to wear in this warmer weather.  Maybe you’ve peeked inside your closet and you’re feeling ho-hum about the selection.

Well, the good news is: you don’t need to spend a fortune to freshen up your wardrobe for spring!  If you can find 2 or 3 quality pieces with a fun, colorful pattern, you can wear them a dozen different ways!

One of our favorite fair trade clothing companies, Mata Traders, just revealed their spring line last week and they have an entire lookbook with cute new patterns and cuts!  Their skirts, dresses, and tops have a fun, vintage look.  But even better?  Mata Traders works with women in India and Nepal who are part of fair trade co-ops and take pride and joy in their work!

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Meet the women behind Mata:

Don’t you just love their smiles??  These ladies use artistic traditions such as block printing and embroidery to give your clothing that one-of-a-kind aura!  Wearing clothes that are hand-made with love, and changing lives in the process, makes me so happy. Another plus?  Not having the same ol’ clothes as everyone else!

To introduce two of our favorite new spring line pieces, Brandi and I decided to do a style re-mix!  We styled the Maybe Me Top and Rain or Shine Dress with items we already had in our closet.

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First up: Brandi’s super cute Maybe Me Top! Brandi says “I love this peplum cut! I can see why it’s so popular – it helps cover the infamous muffin-top without adding bulk to your middle. It also adds that little bit of va-va-voom to any mom-drobe.”

Business casual with a cropped blazer, wide-leg khaki pants, and patterned clutch.


Ready for a night out with a pencil skirt and strappy heels.  We love how there are so many ways to tie the straps on top!


Weekend wear: bright blue jeans and Sseko sandals!


Next up: the Rain or Shine dress!  This dress fit me perfectly!  Have you ever put something on and felt it was made just for you?  That was definitely true for this dress.  For reference, I’m 5’7″ and the bottom hem fell about 4 inches above my knee.  And the quality of the stitching and fabric is just amazing!  This is a piece I’ll have in my closet for a long time.

First I paired it with my South African market belt, striped clutch, and an arm party, of course!


I just adore the umbrella pattern on the top!


Thankfully no April showers here today!  But I’m ready with my Roma boots and a cardigan just in case!


This dress is perfect for dressing up or down.  I threw on some pointy heels and a ruffled blazer to accent the bright blue pencil skirt!


So many different ways to wear these two adorable spring pieces!  What are some of your new favorites in the Mata Traders spring line?

In Style & Love,


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