Festival Gear Guide

Posted on May 08, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

Young people hanging out by their tents, one of many items we recommend in our Festival Gear Guide.

Festival season is here once again, and most of us are thrilled and ready to go. You may already have plenty of festival gear stocked up from previous adventures, or this could be your very first time at a big music fest. Either way, it’s important that your festival gear is up to date if you want to get the most out of the experience.

Looking for a brand new festival outfit that will keep you cool and comfortable, while also showing off your style? Need to know the essential gear that will take your festival experience to the next level? We have the perfect festival gear guide for you!

Your Comprehensive Festival Gear Guide

Camping out at music festivals can be one of the biggest highlights of the entire event. However, if you haven’t planned ahead of time, it could very well be the worst.

Whether you’re on the road, in the air, or already on the festival grounds, there’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve forgotten a phone charger, bug spray, or any other important item. There are many everyday objects we take for granted that can turn a fun time into a downer if they’re left behind, as well as things you would only need at a festival that you might not think about until it’s too late.

Instead, plan ahead of time and make sure you know exactly what you want to bring. With the right festival gear guide, the only thing you’ll have to worry about during the show is which act to see first.

Festival Outfits

Three young women sitting on the music festival grounds and wearing stylish festival outfits.

Planning your festival outfit should be one of the funnest parts about going to a music festival. Music is about expressing ourselves, so the more you show off your style and creativity, the more you’ll get into the spirit of the event.

Whether you’re going for ‘90s grunge, boho hippie, or eco-friendly fashion, it’s important to consider comfort as much as style. No matter how great you look, if your outfit is uncomfortable, you’ll be miserable and wishing you had on a t-shirt and tennis shoes instead.

You don’t have to dress plainly to be comfortable. Choose outfits that are made of soft, breathable materials to keep you cool while dancing. And don’t forget a few long-sleeve tops or full-length bottoms in case the nights get chilly or you need to cover a sunburn after your first day.

Dresses

This full-length, flowy, bohemian Neoma Blue Kaftan from Passion Lilie makes for a great music festival outfit.Neoma Blue Kaftan from Passion Lilie, $86.00

Dresses are a great option if you choose a lightweight cotton fabric that allows you to stay comfortable dancing late into the night. Look for fabrics made of 100% cotton if you don’t want to deal with your clothes sticking to your body during the day. Artistic designs and eye-catching details, such as tassels or zippers, can help you really stand out from the crowd.

Passion Lilie dresses are stylish, sophisticated, and sustainable, as you can see from this little black dress with short sleeves and white polka dots.

Shorts and Tops

These Playful Blue Shorts from Passion Lilie feature a flat front with elastic in the back and pockets for maximum comfort and style during a music festival.Playful Blue Shorts from Passion Lilie, $49.00

A pair of shorts and a gorgeous crop top or halter top is always a go-to festival outfit. This will keep you cool in the daytime, while throwing on a lightweight wrap or jacket at night will help keep you warm. If you want a little more coverage, you can’t go wrong with a nice, flowy pair of pants at a festival—especially with a fun design. Choose a nice pair of shorts or pants with pockets, and you’ll be thanking yourself for the extra storage space.

Passion Lilie tops are fair trade and ethically made, like this white, long-sleeved, half-buttoned shirt with black polka dots.

Comfortable Shoes

A fashionable yet comfortable pair of yellow women's sandals next to a sturdy and stylish pair of men's boots.

It may seem obvious, but heels or boots that haven’t been broken in aren’t the best choice when you’re on your feet all day. But something you might not think about is bringing shoes that are easy to clean. Don’t bring your favorite pair of Nikes, or you risk getting them muddy if it rains. Instead, choose festival footwear that is comfortable, cute, and easy to clean, like these Wayfarer sandals or these stylish wellies.

Daytime Festival Gear

Hydration Backpack

Hydration backpacks are not just for hikers. Being able to carry all your essentials—plus have a refillable water pack close at hand—is a major win for any festival goer. Keeping hydrated is incredibly important when you’re spending all day at a festival, and these packs not only double as storage, but make sure you’re not heading back to your tent early with a headache. With so many gorgeous patterns available now, you can pick a pack that goes with any of your festival outfits.

Water Bottle and Vitamin C Supplement

A festival goer or camper facing away from the camera, wearing a backpack with a water bottle attached to it.

Speaking of staying hydrated, it’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day to combat exhaustion and just feeling sick overall. If you decide against a hydration backpack or want a little extra water to share with friends, bring a water bottle and keep it filled. A collapsible water bottle is a great option, as it can clip right onto your backpack and be flattened to save space. Vitamin C supplements like Emergen-C are smart additions to your water supply as well, helping you stay healthy and your immune system stay strong.

Fanny Packs

Fanny packs have been a go-to festival statement for years—and for good reason. These bags are light enough to carry, snap snugly around your waist, and allow you to have all your essentials within easy access at all times. Pick a bright color like this holographic fanny pack to add to your outfit as a part of your statement-making style.

Toiletries and Other Camping Accessories

A young woman surrounded by tents and other festival gear.

You may know the toiletries you need on a daily basis, but some items such as towels, sunscreen, bugspray, hand sanitizer, and dry shampoo can really make your festival experience more comfortable. Bring along some trash bags and paper towels to help keep you and your area clean as well. Baby wipes can be a huge festival lifesaver, even helping you keep your face clean from dirt and sweat. And don’t forget earplugs! Use them during the day to protect your hearing and at night so you can get some sleep.

Nighttime Festival Gear

Tent and Sleeping Bag

A group of young men relaxing under a shady canopy, playing guitar, taking photos, and using other items in our Festival Gear Guide.

If you’re camping out overnight for several days, you want to make sure you have the right festival gear to keep you secure and well-rested. Choose a tent that is easy to put up and can hold you and however many friends you’re traveling with. If it’s a really sunny day, you might want to invest in a pop-up canopy to keep your camping spot cool. Having one of these is guaranteed to make everyone else around you envious, and you can quickly make friends by inviting them to hang out with you in the shade. Make sure to bring your pillows and a sleeping bag that can keep you warm and comfortable throughout the night.

Camping Chairs and Coolers

When you head back to your tent for the night, you’ll want to sit around and hang out with your friends. Do yourself a favor and pack a foldable chair or two so you can relax at the end of the day. Chairs like this one are a perfect piece of camping gear. You’ll also want to have a cooler on hand packed with cold drinks and treats to help make your campsite party even more fun and inviting.

Portable Cell Phone Charger

A group of people using their cell phones and chargers, two items on our Festival Gear Guide you won't want to forget!

This piece of festival gear is so important and yet so easily forgotten. Your phone is an essential part of your festival experience. Whether you need it to get in touch with your friends or take pictures and record videos, you don’t want your phone’s battery dying on you. Make sure to pack a portable charger like this one so you’ll never have to see your battery turn red.

Lantern or Flashlight

A lantern or flashlight is another one of those essential pieces of festival gear that is often overlooked. While you could always use your phone as a flashlight, an actual flashlight will give you more light and won’t use your phone battery. Don’t waste your time digging around your tent at night or walking through the dark to get to your car or the bathroom. Pack a handy lantern or flashlight, and you’ll be all set whenever the festival grounds get dark.

Festival Gear for the Elements

Headband or Bandana

This white-and-gray zigzag Chevron Headband from Passion Lilie is a great accessory for keeping your hair out of your face while still looking stylish at any music festival.Chevron Headband from Passion Lilie, $12.00

Some festivals are notorious for being particularly dusty. Keep a cute bandana around your neck to cover your face if it gets too bad. Headbands are always helpful when the heat is so intense you want to keep your hair off your face while still looking gorgeous.

This stylish, blue, button-down dress with short sleeves and all Passion Lilie products are designed in New Orleans and made in India.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses can be a flashy festival statement piece on their own, but they’re also important for keeping the sun, wind, and dust out of your eyes. Choose a wild pair to really show off your personality or a pair of neon shades to add some color to your outfit. Whatever pair you choose, you’ll be glad you aren’t squinting during any of the daytime performances. Choose a fun, eco-friendly pair like these or a colorful pair like this these.

Raincoat or Poncho

While festivals are usually nice and sunny, summer weather is known to be unpredictable. Bring a raincoat or poncho to make sure you’re covered for all kinds of weather. You’ll be glad you packed one when you’re able to continue dancing in the rain while others are running for shelter.

Shop Festival Outfits at Passion Lilie

At Passion Lilie, we create eco-friendly and fair trade clothing perfect for the festival season. Whether you’re looking a headband to keep you cool and stylish during the summer heat, or a dress that is sure to make you stand out from the festival crowds, Passion Lilie is your apparel shop for gorgeous festival fashion. Check us out to become inspired for your next festival, and make sure you create a checklist for your own festival gear guide so you’ll have everything you need to enjoy your next festival to its fullest.

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Finding Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing for Your Wardrobe

Posted on April 01, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

A rack of Passion Lilie clothing, available online now for shoppers who want affordable, eco-friendly clothing.Affordable, eco-friendly clothing from Passion Lilie. Shop now.

For many shoppers, your wardrobe is a fun and easy part of your life to maintain. It’s not surprising, since your sense of style allows you to have fun representing yourself to the world.

Your wardrobe can also be used to express your beliefs, which is why more and more people are interested in finding affordable, eco-friendly clothing. Not only does environmentally-friendly apparel help keep our environment clean, but it also allows you to share these values with others any time someone compliments your clothing, creating a larger collective impact.

However, there are still many people who want to invest in environmentally responsible clothing but fear it will come with a high price tag. Eco-friendly clothing typically costs more than fast fashion, but those extra dollars provide you with better quality clothing and better practices for the environment.

Learn how to find affordable, eco-friendly clothing to satisfy both your conscious and your wallet, and start shopping today.

Why You Should Invest in Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing

Passion Lilie’s founder enjoying the beaches of Bali in our Neoma Blue Kaftan.Passion Lilie’s founder enjoying the beaches of Bali in our Neoma Blue Kaftan.

When it comes to making our homes more environmentally friendly, we often neglect our wardrobes. Reducing waste, recycling, and avoiding harmful chemicals are all important and relatively easy changes we can make. But you may be surprised to learn just how much damage the wrong clothing can do to the environment.

Synthetic fabrics can take 200 years to decompose in landfills, according to Sustain Your Style. And when a store fails to sell a fast fashion piece or a consumer loses interest in the trend, that cheap, synthetic clothing usually gets thrown away.

The microfibers in synthetic materials can end up in our oceans, creating more waste and even affecting animals’ health when ingested. Clothing made with azo dyes, which may be toxic to an aquatic ecosystem, can cause even more harm.

When you invest in eco-friendly clothing, you get high-quality materials made from natural textiles, such as cotton, hemp, and linen. You can also avoid azo dyes and other harmful chemicals with eco dyes.

One of the ethically made and affordably priced tops in our clearance section, where you'll find plenty of affordable, eco-friendly clothing.

When a company values sustainability over profit, its products are made with care, often using practices that reduce waste, water consumption, and electricity usage to create goods that are safe for consumers, workers, and the environment. At Passion Lilie, we are transparent about our production practices, and we’re always looking for ways to treat our environment better.

If you’re ready to reduce your environmental footprint, check out our tips for incorporating eco-friendly clothing into your wardrobe without breaking the bank today.

How to Incorporate Eco-Friendly Clothing into Your Wardrobe on a Budget

1. Look for Classic, Staple Pieces

Our Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, a classic gray-and-white-striped sleeveless blouse, functions as a staple item of affordable, eco-friendly clothing for your wardrobe.Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, $46

One of the many problems with fast fashion is that the clothing is often based on temporary trends. Looks are moved from catwalks to stores as quickly and cheaply as possible, sacrificing quality materials and production. Consumers can buy into fads at a low price, only to end up wasting what little money they spent on poor-quality clothes, which fall apart and become outdated.

As you begin creating an eco-friendly wardrobe, don’t fall prey to the many trends that come and go. By all means, if there’s a trend you absolutely love, go for it! But only if it’s made of quality materials that will last, and it’s a style you know you’ll want to wear—even when it falls out of favor.

Otherwise, consider classic designs, such as stripes, polka dots, herringbone, and geometric patterns. Look for timeless staples, such as sleeveless blouses, straight-leg pants, and A-line skirts, in solid colors or classic designs.

One of our many fair trade and ethically made tops, available for purchase online now.

By investing in classic styles and staple pieces, you’ll wear your clothes more often, have an easier time matching them in different outfits, and ultimately save money.

2. Create an Eco-Friendly Capsule Wardrobe

A model wearing our gray-and-white striped, sleeveless, Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top with our teal, white-spotted Halley Organic Jersey Skirt.Halley Organic Jersey Skirt, $58, and Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, $46

When you start to invest in a smaller number of high-quality pieces, you can transition to an environmentally-friendly wardrobe at a pace you can afford. One great way to maximize new clothing purchases is to build a capsule wardrobe with pieces you can easily mix and match.

Start with the basics, such as:

— A pair of dark denim jeans
— A pair of black pants
— A navy or black skirt
— A white or gray sweater
— A plain white or black t-shirt
— A white, navy, or black button-up shirt

    These types of classic, staple pieces should all pair well together, making it easy to pick a stylish outfit every day of the week. As you continue to find eco-friendly clothes you love, compare them to the other pieces you regularly wear, and consider whether or not they will be easy to match with your existing wardrobe. For example, introduce a new color you love and know you’ll wear, and donate or give away clothes you no longer want.

    3. Choose Accessories for an Affordable Update

    A variety of colorful, lightweight scarves from Passion Lilie that make for great affordable, eco-friendly clothing accessories to update your wardrobe.A wide variety of Passion Lilie scarves

    Accessories are some of the most affordable eco-friendly clothing you can find. Scarves, hats, and purses often use fewer materials, making them less expensive than full articles of clothing. Even better, you can easily incorporate them into your wardrobe and add a pop of color or pattern to plainer stable pieces.

    A simple way to jump-start your sustainable wardrobe is by swapping out any cheap, synthetic accessories for higher quality, eco-friendly ones. Headbands, lightweight scarves, and sarongs are great options because they can be worn throughout the warmer months and into winter.

    Choose colorful pieces that you can style with your clothing. The right accessories can turn your clothes into a completely new outfit! With a few carefully chosen accessories, you can do even more with a smaller wardrobe.

    4. Take Care of Your Clothing

    As you start purchasing more eco-friendly clothing made from high-quality materials, you can use these tips to help make sure your clothes last longer:

    — Wash your clothes on a lower temperature. This gets them clean while also extending their lifespan. Not to mention, you won’t be wasting as much energy.
    — Use an “eco” or gentle wash setting. Most clothes, unless they’re very dirty, can use a shorter washing time than the average washing machine runs. This can reduce your energy usage and water consumption while helping to preserve your clothing.
    — Invest in an eco-friendly detergent. Avoid harmful chemicals in detergents, which could negatively impact your health, the environment, and the color and texture of your clothing.
    — Hang clothes to dry on a drying rack. While some items, such as wrinkle-prone shirts, need to be dried in a dryer, many do not. Air drying your eco-friendly pieces can help keep the colors bright and your clothes intact for years to come, so always check the care instructions on the label.

      Once you find affordable, eco-friendly clothing you love, you should treat it with special care so it lasts even longer.

      Our vintage-inspired, stylish yet sophisticated pieces, such as this button-down dress, are available now for purchase online.

      5. Follow Local, Eco-Friendly Brands

      Shops love to give loyal customers a heads up when they have an event or sale going on. With Instagram, Facebook, and other social media channels, you can keep tabs on your favorite eco-friendly stores and find out when the pieces you love go on sale.

      Some stores post on social media to let their followers know about sales before they even change the prices in their shops. Plus, by getting to know your favorite brands on social media, you’ll be able to ask questions, learn about new environmental issues, and find clothes you love.

      6. Shop Eco-Friendly Clearance Items

      Another way to save money on eco-friendly pieces is to shop the clearance section.

      Consider buying a piece or two that’s on sale as the seasons change. You may not be able to wear a coat during spring, but it will surely cost less in the off season. If the price is right, and it’s a classic style you’ll want to keep wearing, buy it! This is a great way to replace synthetic coats on a budget, so you’ll be ready for fall and winter.

      Like most retail, even eco-friendly clothing shops have to change out their inventory, leading to amazing sales. Unlike other fashion, however, sustainable clothing is made with high-quality materials that are made to last, giving you a much better deal.

      Shop Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing from Passion Lilie

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      Fall Outfit Ideas from Passion Lilie

      Posted on November 08, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      Fall is such a wonderful time of year. The weather is great, trees are in full bloom, and you have the perfect chance to change up your wardrobe after an entire summer in shorts, capris, and summer dresses. At Passion Lilie, we have an exciting Fall/Winter 2018 collection that makes dressing for fall easy, fun, and fashionable. Even better, we use organic cotton, sustainable practices, and fair trade artisans to make these products, so you can shop guilt-free! Check out our latest fall outfit ideas today.

      Jackets

      The Harmonia Fleece Cardigan

      With its cool blue color, white speckled pattern, and mid-thigh length, this sophisticated Harmonia Fleece Cardigan works indoors as well as outdoors whenever you need a winter jacket.

      When the weather cools down, keep The Harmonia Fleece Cardigan handy to keep you warm while dressing your best. With its cool blue color, white speckled pattern, and mid-thigh length, this sophisticated fleece cardigan works indoors as well as outdoors whenever you need a winter jacket. Keep it classic by pairing with neutral colors, add a pop of color with the top you wear underneath, or go all out with colorful jeans.

      Tops

      Labyrinthine Organic Jersey Wrap Top

      Pair our Labyrinthine Organic Jersey Wrap Top, a white wrap top with a maze-like gray print pictured here, with your favorite jeans, joggers, or leggings for a great fall outfit idea.

      Our Labyrinthine Top is a wonderful choice for a sophisticated, elegant look that is still soft and breezy. With its subtle gray pattern, this white wrap top works with almost anything in your closet, making it easy to layer with a jacket or other outerwear. It’s fair trade, hand block printed with eco dyes, and 100% organic cotton.

      Snuggle in Organic Fleece Chevron Sweater

      For your next fall outfit, try our Snuggle in Chevron Sweater, shown here with its black-and-white hand block chevron print and trendy dolman sleeves.

      When it’s cold outside, pull on our Snuggle in Chevron Sweater. You get all the warmth and comfort of a sweater without sacrificing style! This chic sweater features a black-and-white hand block stamped chevron print, dolman sleeves, and super soft 100% organic fleece. Wear it with jeans, leggings, or even slacks or a skirt for a more professional look.

      Bottoms

      Midnight Dusk Crop Pants

      When you want a subtle print and neutral colors, turn to these Midnight Dusk Crop Pants. Black with a small, dotted white print, they're a great way to add sophistication to any fall outfit.

      Our Midnight Dusk Crop Pants are perfect for the season. They’re lightweight and breathable, they slip-on for quick and easy wearing, and they even have pockets! These are the kind of capri pants you can wear almost anywhere, from running your daily errands to going out with the girls on a Friday night. Go casual in a basic white tee, step it up with a trendy blouse, or keep warm in a fitted sweater.

      Dresses

      Athena Organic Jersey Dress

      This Athena Organic Jersey Dress, which features long sleeves, a rich black color, and a unique white pattern, is the perfect go-to dress to get you through the fall season in style.

      This Athena Organic Jersey Dress is the perfect go-to dress to get you through the fall season in style. Just slip it on, grab your shoes, and you’re good to go! Its long sleeves, rich black color, and unique white pattern make it sophisticated and trendy all on its own. It also looks great with a variety of accessories and black leggings on chilly days. Made from stretchy organic jersey cotton, you can wear this dress all day and night in comfort.

      Mulberry Chevron Dress

      With its rich blue color, violet and white chevron print, and optional fabric belt, this colorful, button-down Mulberry Chevron Dress is a great fall outfit idea to stand out from the crowd.

      For a dress that stands up to cool fall weather, check out our Mulberry Chevron Dress. It’s made of comfy handwoven cotton, and it still looks great with dark leggings or skinny jeans on colder days. With its rich blue color, violet and white chevron print, and optional fabric belt, you’ll look distinctly amazing wherever you go in this t-shirt dress.

      Accessories

      Light Blue and Olive Banded Stripes Scarf

      Complete any of your fall outfit ideas with one of our Light Blue and Olive Banded Stripes Scarves, shown here with its light blue color, olive ikat print, and white tassels.

      Complete any of your fall outfit ideas with one of our Light Blue and Olive Banded Stripes Scarves. With its light blue color, olive ikat pattern, and white tassels, this beautiful hand-loomed scarf is sure to turn heads. It’s ethically made in India by fair trade artisans and designed in New Orleans. 

      Look Chic and Unique All Fall with Passion Lilie

      Are you ready to look chic and unique all season long? Browse our autumn apparel today by visiting our products page. Order now to avoid missing out once the holiday shopping rush hits!

      Posted in Dresses, Fall, Fashion, Jackets, Outfits, Pants, Scarves, Sweaters, Tops, Women

      Sustainable Style: Understanding Handwoven Fabric

      Posted on October 30, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      This Boysenberry Wrap Dress from Passion Lilie features a unique pattern, deep red and black colors, cuffed long sleeves, pockets, and handwoven fabric.Boysenberry Wrap Dress

      Handwoven fabrics are a great way to practice sustainability in style. At Passion Lilie, we offer a range of clothing and accessories made from handwoven fabrics to suit anyone’s tastes. Want to learn more about the benefits of handwoven fabrics? Check out our comprehensive guide below!

      Sustainability and Handwoven Fabrics

      Passion Lilie's handwoven fabrics are made by hand on a loom, as seen here.

      You might be wondering, how do handwoven fabrics fit in with sustainability? Handwoven fabrics are made by hand using a handloom, which does not require electricity or produce any pollution. In addition, the lack of automation presents weavers with many more opportunities to reduce waste and engage in sustainable practices.

      At Passion Lilie, we take this a few steps further to make our handwoven fabrics even more environmentally friendly. Our process is dedicated to preserving the environment through the use of natural energy, waste reduction, and water reduction. Our artisans wash fabrics by hand in local waterways, dry them in the sun, and use any leftover pieces for other handicrafts or accessories.

      As a fair trade company, Passion Lilie also creates a sustainable environment for our workers. All of our clothing is made by fair trade artisans, which means we pay them fair wages, offer them stable employment with time off and other benefits, and ensure they are working in safe, healthy, empowering conditions. These opportunities permeate our artisans’ communities as they spend their profits in their local economies, start their own businesses, and share their skills. This leads to sustainable societies and a better world for all of us, even the most disadvantaged. Learn more about our artisans or how you can support the fair trade movement today.

      Ikat and Handwoven Fabrics

      Our sustainability isn’t the only thing that sets Passion Lilie’s handwoven fabrics apart. Many of our handwoven fabrics are also colored through an ancient ikat dyeing process. “Ikat” originates from the Indonesian word “mengikat,” meaning to tie, bind, or wrap around. It uses reactive dyes—the same dyes used for modern tie-dye—and bindings that resist dye penetration to create beautiful and original patterns before weaving. These dyes are especially resistant to bleeding, which keeps them bold and vibrant. Watch the video below or read more to learn about Passion Lilie’s handwoven ikat fabrics.

      Handwoven Fabric FAQs

      The Navy Stars Midi Skirt from Passion Lilie features a white star print on navy handwoven fabric, a wide waistband front, and pockets.Navy Stars Midi Skirt

      Due to their intricacy and lack of use by mainstream, fast fashion retailers, many people have questions about handwoven fabrics. And we have the answers!

      Do handwoven fabrics shrink?

      Compared to knitted fabrics, woven fabrics are much more stable when it comes to shrinking and do not react as severely to stresses. A small amount of shrinking is still possible, so if you’re concerned about shrinking, we recommend using cold water and laying flat to dry.

      Are handwoven fabrics stretchy?

      Unlike synthetic-based knit fabrics, which are made from one continuous thread and stretch all over, woven fabrics only stretch diagonally—or as we say in the sewing world, on the bias—giving them enough flexibility to be comfortable while still feeling sturdy and looking fitted.

      Are handwoven fabrics comfortable?

      Of course, comfort is subjective and largely depends on the materials being used and the wearer’s preferences. That being said, many of our customers have commented on how soft and comfortable our handwoven cotton fabrics feel.

      Do handwoven fabrics itch?

      This depends on your sensitivity and on the materials being used, but handwoven fabrics are no itchier than any other fabrics. At Passion Lilie, our handwoven cotton fabrics do not itch. Handwoven fabrics also tend to breathe much better than polyester and other synthetic fabrics, making them more comfortable.

      Shop Passion Lilie for Handwoven Clothing

      This Blue Striped Scarf from Passion Lilie features blue stripes on white handwoven fabric and tassels at the ends.Blue Striped Scarf

      Now that you have a better understanding of everything handwoven fabrics have to offer, take the next step and purchase beautiful, sustainable, handwoven clothing and accessories from Passion Lilie. Our handwoven fabrics are available in a variety of skirts, dresses, pants, tops, jackets, scarves, cloth napkins, and more. If you have any more questions about our handwoven clothing, please contact us today.

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      Passion Lilie’s Saints Season Fashion and Tailgating Tips

      Posted on September 05, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      Next to Mardi Gras, Saints season might be the most beloved season in New Orleans. We can’t wait to don our black and gold, tailgate with friends and family, and cheer our team on to victory. With preseason in August and the regular season taking place from September through December, now is the perfect time to start planning a tailgate and filling your closet with black-and-gold fashion. Even those outside Louisiana can get into the spirit with the right clothing and accessories!

      New Orleans Saints

      Saints Season Fashion Tips

      When it comes to Saints season fashion, the old standbys are always good options: black-and-gold face paint, Saints jerseys, and other official Saints gear. But if you really want to stand out from the crowd, try something that shows off your fashion sense as much as your team spirit.

      Splatter Dot Organic Jersey Dress

      Saints Season Fashion Tips

      When you’re already decked out in black, gold, and fleurs de lis accessories, you may need to balance your outfit with neutral pieces. In a trendy splatter dot print and neutral colors, this dress is an excellent choice.

      Fleur de Lis Skirt

      Fleur de lis skirt

      Go fun and flirty with a Fleur de Lis Skirt. Featuring a wide, flat front waistband, this skirt is sure to complement any figure. Pair it with a cute midriff shirt on hot summer days, and turn it into an autumn look with a thick sweater or sweatshirt.

      Fleur de Lis Dress

      Fleur de Lis Dress

      Support the Saints like a pro with this fun yet professional dress. The black side panels and gathering in the back create a fitted, flattering silhouette, while the cap sleeves and square neckline add sophistication. Head straight from the boardroom to the game on a busy day without missing a beat in the Fleur de Lis Dress.

      Fleur de Lis Scarf on White

      White Fleur de Lis Scarf

      As seen in New Orleans’ Gambit, this stylish accessory is an ideal embellishment for any outfit on game day. It’s lightweight, ethically made, and expertly crafted. You can even use it as a home decoration. This scarf is also available in black here.

      Saints Season Tailgating Tips

      Saints tailgating

      Once you’ve settled on an outfit, you’re ready to get out and go tailgating. Win or lose, make it a game to remember with these Saints season tailgating tips:

      • Pack the night before so you’re ready to snag a good spot first thing in the morning.
      • Refrigerate beverages the night before so they’re easier to keep cool.
      • Freeze bottles of water so you can spend less space on ice and more on staying hydrated.
      • Turn one of your coolers into a warmer before you leave using wet towels, aluminum foil, and bricks.
      • Don’t forget the little things, such as sunscreen, bottle openers, tape, markers, napkins, hand sanitizer, phone chargers, extension cords, and trash bags.

      Shop Passion Lilie for All Your Saints Season Fashion Needs

      Looking for even more Saints season fashion? Shop the Black & Gold Collection from Passion Lilie. Browse our blog for more affordable ethical clothing and other fashionable and sustainable ideas, or shop today for our full range of apparel.

      Posted in Black & Gold Collection, Dresses, Fashion, New Orleans Saints, Scarves, Skirts, Women

      Back-to-School College Fashion: Feel Good and Look Better in Ethical Apparel

      Posted on August 21, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      Summer always flies by, and this year is no exception. As we enter back-to-school season, college fashion becomes top of mind for young women looking to revamp their wardrobes before setting foot on campus this fall. The National Center for Education Statistics predicts that overall enrollment in degree-granting institutions will increase in Fall 2018, with female students in particular increasing 16% from 2007 to 2018. That’s a lot of women on campuses this fall! Find college fashion that makes you look and feel great when you shop for ethical apparel from Passion Lilie.

      Feel good and look better in Passion Lilie's back-to-school college fashion, such as this jacket.

      College Fashion from Passion Lilie

      College fashion for the fall semester should embrace the last bit of warmth from the summer season while also staying practical. As students, you’re always busy, headed from class to the library, club meetings, and more, fitting in social lives and healthy habits in between. College fashion needs to embrace this on-the-go lifestyle. Clothing and accessories should be easy to wear—versatile, comfortable, and, of course, fashionable.

      Not only that, but as you begin taking on new responsibilities and learning about different cultures and philosophies at college, it’s the perfect time to start shopping ethically. By buying from ethical brands, you can reduce your impact on the environment and improve working conditions for artisans in developing countries. Read more about why you should buy fair trade clothing today. Since budget is always a concern for college students, Passion Lilie has a clearance section to make it easier to find our most affordable ethical clothing. Discover a few of our favorite college fashion pieces for 2018 below.

      Blue Triangles Top

      This Blue Triangles Top from Passion Lilie is a bold and trendy piece of college fashion.

      This trendy shirt is bold enough to get you noticed, and it’s also easy to accessorize with a range of jewelry, scarves, or jackets. Comfortable and easy to slip on, you can pair it with your favorite jeans and be out the door in minutes. It’s also ethical, so when your friends ask where you got it, you can tell them it was proudly made in India by artisans who receive fair wages and sustainable employment.

      Chevron Sweater Organic Fleece

      Looking for fall college fashion? This cute and cozy Chevron Sweater Organic Fleece from Passion Lilie has you covered.

      This adorable organic fleece sweater is great for long walks across campus when the weather cools down. The long-sleeved pullover is a classic look for college students, and our sweater features a stylish chevron print to create unique texture and eye-catching detail.

      Cranberry Scarf

      This Cranberry Scarf from Passion Lilie is a great addition to any young woman's collection of college fashion.

      Who doesn’t look amazing in red? Not only is cranberry a great fall color, but a scarf is an excellent way to amp up your fall college fashion. Slip this cotton scarf in your backpack just in case you need it when the classroom A/C is too strong or a cold front has swept through campus.

      Spinnaker Grey Pants

      Flowy and fashionable, these Spinnaker Grey Pants from Passion Lilie are a perfect way to make a splash with your fall college fashion.

      These flowy pants are at once chic and cozy. Wear them tied or untied for a variety of fashionable looks. They even look great with a basic tee, making them an easy choice any day of the week.

      Shop Passion Lilie for All Your College Fashion Needs

      Passion Lilie sells these fashionable pieces and more online. Shop now or contact Passion Lilie with any questions.

      Posted in Back to School, College Fashion, Ethical Apparel, Fashion, Pants, Scarves, Shirts, Summer, Sweaters, Tops, Women

      Proudly Made in India

      Posted on August 07, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      Passion Lilie partners with producer groups throughout India in Bangalore, Jaipur, Tirupur, and Hyderabad. These highly skilled artisans work to produce our fabrics, apparel, totes, napkins, and more. Passion Lilie’s products are proudly made in India, and we’re happy to support our artisans each day with fair wages, safe working conditions, and the promise of long-term employment. We choose to make our fair trade products in India for many reasons, but here are just a few of our favorite reasons to support fair trade products made in India.

      Passion Lilie products are made in India by highly skilled, fairly paid artisans, such as these.

      Why We’re Proud Our Clothes Are Made in India

      Our artisans are as central to our business as our mission, which includes empowering artisans around the world. These skillful workers create everything from the hand block prints on our cotton fabrics to the stitches in each article of clothing. Their hard work makes all of Passion Lilie’s products the high-quality, authentic, stylish pieces our customers love. We appreciate the work our artisans put into each product, and it’s one of many reasons we’re so proud to label our work, “Made in India.”

      Hardworking Artisans

      Hardworking artisans such as this are part of why Passion Lilie products are proudly made in India.

      Passion Lilie’s artisans have proven themselves to be incredibly hardworking people. They want to better themselves and provide for their families. If you’ve been following our blog posts, you might remember Ammu. Ammu started going back to school while working for Passion Lilie after having to drop out at a young age due to health conditions. Or you might remember Padmini, the manager of our block printing unit. Padmini partnered with the State Government Women's Welfare Board in order to provide free training in block printing to underprivileged women. These artisans embody our mission of providing dignified employment opportunities across the world, and we are proud to work with them.

      Preserving the Land

      Passion Lilie might not be in the farming industry, but our sustainable and eco-friendly practices help preserve the area around us and reduce our overall carbon footprint. We use natural ingredients to make our products, avoiding any dangerous chemicals that would harm the environment or our artisans. India has experienced issues with GMO farming and failed harvests, as well as dangerous factory conditions and explosions. Too much land and too many people have suffered the consequences of bad business practices and unsafe conditions in India, and we’re happy to be a part of the shift away from these destructive business practices. Our sustainable business practices and ethical treatment of workers set a precedent for other companies to do the same and continually strive to do better.

      Passion Lilie: Designed in New Orleans, Made in India

      While each Passion Lilie design is made in New Orleans by our founder and designer, Katie Schmidt, all of our products are made in India. Katie works with our artisans to ensure product quality and positive working conditions across continents. This means you can feel good about your purchase no matter what you buy. Here are just a few of our favorite items you can purchase today.

      White & Black Diamond Scarf

      This White & Black Diamond Scarf from Passion Lilie was designed in New Orleans and made in India.

      This diamond print is a subtle statement piece. The hand block print is bold and trendy, while its use of black and white makes it easy to match with a variety of outfits. Reach for this scarf whenever you want a little extra texture or flair in an outfit.

      Skylar Shift Dress

      When you purchase this gorgeous Skylar Shift Dress from Passion Lilie, you help provide a secure job with fair wages and a positive working environment to artisans in India.

      The Skylar Shift Dress is flattering, fashionable, and ethical all in one! Front and side darts create a fitted silhouette, and the optional matching fabric belt can be used to accentuate your waist. Meanwhile, the ikat print is a fun and eye-catching component that expresses your confidence and style.

      Shop Our Fair Trade Products Made in India

      These and many more fashionable products made in India are available online from Passion Lilie today. Shop now or contact Passion Lilie with any questions.

      Posted in Conscious Consumer, Dresses, Eco-Friendly, Empowering Artisans, Ethical Apparel, Fair Trade, Fashion, India, Scarves, Sustainability, Women

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