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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarongs are very versatile fashion pieces that can be worn on the beach, by the pool, or wherever your summer plans take you. However, learning how to wrap a sarong can be a bit overwhelming, because there are so many options! Here are a few quick tips on how to wrap a sarong.
Hold the top two corners of your sarong behind you and reach your arms out wide, as if to form a “T.” Then bring your arms straight out in front of you and switch which hand is holding which corner. Finally, tie them together behind your neck, and you’ve got a fantastic beach cover up.
Hold the top two corners of your sarong behind you and reach your arms out wide, as if to form a “T.” Cross your left arm over to your right side and drape a bit of the sarong over your right shoulder. Wrap the right side all around your body so that it reaches your back, below your right shoulder. Pull that corner up to meet the piece that drapes over your right shoulder and tie them together in a knot.
Fold your sarong in half diagonally so you’re holding a triangle. Hold the two ends of the longest side of the triangle out in front of you, one end in each hand. Next, wrap the sarong around your shoulders so that the triangle’s point is down your back and pointing at the ground. Take each of the two ends you were holding in the beginning and cross them around your waist, then again around to your back. Tie the two ends together for a cute cropped top.
Passion Lilie makes many stylish sarongs that are a fantastic addition to any wardrobe. Check out a few of the ethically made sarongs we offer that can spruce up your summer!
This floral pattern truly embodies a secret garden. With its beautiful red-and-blue design and white base, this sarong pairs well with a simple top and jeans or with your stylish swimsuit on a beach.
This teal blue takes you straight to the ocean on a warm summer day. The peacock print is both fun and energetic—a perfect sarong print for whatever your summer plans have in store.
Now that you know how to wrap a sarong, you can shop for sarongs at Passion Lilie! If you want more summer outfit inspiration, check out our summer outfit ideas here. Feel free to contact us with any of your questions or concerns, and share how you’re wearing your sarong with us on our social media.
Part of the fun of the warm weather months is the fashion! From the latest trends to shorts, dresses, and other summer staples, the options for summer outfits are endless. The perfect summer outfit is a necessity for everything from weddings to backyard parties. Passion Lilie has assembled a few summer outfit ideas for you that are easy to wear and 100% ethical. Take a look!
Here are a few of Passion Lilie’s favorite pieces for these popular summer activities and occasions.
On a hot day, errands can be dreadful. Having to run around with all your goods while fighting humidity and heat requires a strategic summer outfit, and there’s none better than a kaftan dress. Try our Blue Impressions Organic Jersey Kaftan paired with one of our Pineapple Totes (pictured below). The blue and yellow will complement each other, and you’ll be comfortable with our loose-fitting yet stylish kaftan dress. And did we mention this ethical dress is made of 100% organic cotton? The tote is also a useful accessory that can help hold all your goodies!
It’s that time of year again when we hear wedding bells. Our Pink Pomegranate Dress would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner or more casual wedding. With its vibrant pink pattern and tied bow detail in front, there’s a romantic feel to this look. Sleeveless and made of cotton, you’ll stay comfortable in this dress as you dance the night away. Write the bride and groom a congratulatory note you can feel good about on one of our beautiful greeting cards made of recycled paper.
There’s nothing quite like spending time with your family and friends while delicious food cooks on the grill. This casual, trendy summer outfit is a great look for any barbecue or backyard party. The blouse has a subtle print and neutral color that work well with the shorts. The Playful Blue Shorts are sturdy, feel comfortable, and feature pockets for you to keep some of your belongings on hand without a handbag.
This timeless dress paired with a light scarf is a great way to look trendy yet professional in the office. The Chambray Wrap Dress will flatter your figure and keep you feeling confident all day. Our scarf not only adds a fun accessory to the look, but also can be used to wrap around your shoulders when the office air conditioning leaves you feeling chilly.
To refresh your wardrobe with ethical summer outfits, shop now at Passion Lilie! If you want to learn more about shopping ethically, check out our ethical shopping guide here. Feel free to contact us with any of your questions or concerns, and share the summer outfits you’re wearing with us on our social media!
Summer is the perfect time to update your wardrobe. With vacations, backyard barbeques, and summer Fridays in the office, there’s always a reason to get a new outfit. But have you ever thought of the impact your clothing purchases have? It’s not usually on our minds when we need a new dress or pair of shoes that the worker who made them might be unfairly paid or the environment might be negatively impacted by our purchases. Even though many designers don’t consider these factors when producing their goods, Passion Lilie prides itself on make ethical apparel you can feel good about purchasing and look great wearing.
According to the Ethical Fashion Forum, ethical apparel is about doing what’s morally right. This means making a deliberate effort to reduce poverty, promote sustainability, and mitigate your environmental impact as your apparel is created. Companies that make ethical apparel do things like fight for fair wages, promote healthy working environments, condemn the use of toxic chemicals, and maintain high sustainability standards. Ethical apparel makes you not only look good but feel good, because you know your purchases are having a positive effect on society.
Passion Lilie designs all of its clothes in New Orleans, but amazing artisans in India work hard to produce each piece. Passion Lilie works with several producer groups throughout India, including apparel production teams in Bangalore and Tirupur. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Passion Lilie ensures the artisans it employs are paid fair wages and promised safe and healthy working conditions. Furthermore, Passion Lilie strives to use eco-friendly materials in each of its pieces of ethical apparel. Most recently, we have begun implementing 100% organic cotton and toxin-free dyes into our garments. Passion Lilie is committed to reducing the cycle of poverty in India and having the smallest environmental footprint possible. If you’d like to learn more about our producer groups in India, read about our latest trip here!
Ready to amp up your summer wardrobe with ethical apparel? Below are some trendy summer pieces on sale now. Check them out while they’re still here!
Whether you’re headed to the office or a cocktail party, this dress is a perfect choice. The design is inspired by mosaic tiles with a bold red print, and it will compliment your figure with a v-neck and coordinated midriff. It also features two front side pockets for unbeatable convenience. The dress pattern is hand block stamped with eco dyes, and its purchase will help secure work and fair wages to artisans in Bangalore.
This fun men’s shirt is great for days on the boat, deck parties, or date nights. The tropical design is hand block printed with blue and tan eco dyes. Each shirt is gently tapered at the waist and broadens up at the shoulders for a flattering fit, and you will feel even better knowing each purchase supports the artisans that made it and the environment in which it was made.
Here in New Orleans, air conditioning is powerful. For those summer days when it’s 90 degrees outside but freezing in the office, keep this one-size-fits-all Aqua Blue Poncho handy. This poncho can be tied with its belt to accentuate your waist or kept loose for when you’ve had just a little too much to eat. It’s not just fashionable—it’s ethical, too! Each poncho is handwoven and dyed through the ancient ikat dyeing process, and each purchase will help support fair wages and employment for artisans in Bangalore.
Passion Lilie is an ethical fashion brand dedicated to empowering artisans around the world. Designed in New Orleans and made in India, we are an eco-friendly and fair trade company. Learn more about our mission and shop more of our fabulous products today.
Summers are hot, steamy, and sweaty, especially in our home base of New Orleans. With all the humidity in our city, 89-degree weather can feel like 110-degree weather to us. If your summers are anything like ours, just the thought of pulling on slacks and a button-up to go to work can be enough to make you sweat. Even shorts and a tee can feel oppressive in the summer heat. The solution? Buy a kaftan! Passion Lilie has just the tips to teach women how to wear a kaftan dress style this summer and find the perfect blend of comfort and style.
Kaftans, sometimes also spelled “caftans,” are long, loose dresses. The kaftan dress style is similar to a tunic and comes in a variety of fabrics, lengths, and patterns for both men and women. These dresses have a rich history in a number of cultures, especially those from the Middle East. Kaftans can range from simple to elaborate, sometimes including buttons, zippers, sashes, ribbons, belts, or embroidery for more detail. Most of the time, these gorgeous garments use vibrant, eye-catching colors, making them great for fun, colorful fashion statements.
In addition to being fashionable, the kaftan dress style is unbelievably comfortable. Many kaftans are made from breathable, flowy fabrics. At Passion Lilie, our latest kaftans are designed for women of all ages and made from organic cotton jersey. Kaftans are also incredibly versatile. Whether you’re a middle-aged mom or a millennial, kaftans cover enough to be flattering no matter your body type, while the lively colors and patterns allow you to express yourself creatively and stand out from the crowd. A recent article from Jess Cartner-Morley, Associate Fashion Editor at The Guardian, makes the case for kaftans as the “it” item of the summer. So wear one with confidence to happy hours, beach luaus, barbeques, and all manner of events and occasions this summer.
At Passion Lilie, there are three women’s kaftans available in our Spring/Summer 2018 Collection. Or there were—this hot ticket item has already sold out in one style! Shop for the remaining two styles while they’re still here. Each dress is sold in sizes XS–XL for $84.
This kaftan comes in red, so it’s perfect for Independence Day activities and all sorts of summer picnicking. Look great and stay cool while playing lawn games in a dress that easily transitions into an evening look. Combine with a headscarf if you want to rock a bohemian vibe, pair with a long, gold necklace when you want to look professional, or wear this kaftan on its own for an effortlessly chic look. Slip on this kaftan and your favorite pair of sandals, and you’re out the door and on your way to summer fun in no time.
Wear this muted blue dress for a subtle look that speaks through its elegant floral pattern. Because our kaftans are so easy to throw on, they make great bikini cover-ups and summer vacation outfits. Just pack one up, slip it on, and enjoy being one of the best-dressed women on the beach! This blue-and-gray kaftan looks stunning with a large summer hat and sunglasses.
Passion Lilie is an ethical fashion brand dedicated to empowering artisans around the world. Designed in New Orleans and made in India, we are an eco-friendly and fair trade company. Learn more about our mission, read about our latest trip to India, and shop more of our fabulous products today.