The Moral Wardrobe: An Ethical Dress by National Picnic

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can tell if I feel confident in an outfit by the way the pictures turn out. This outfit – particularly the National Picnic Tank Dress, given to me for review – is a real winner, and it helps that the flowering trees are showing off behind me.

If you didn’t catch it Monday, make sure to go back and read my interview with Betsy, founder of National Picnic. She describes the Tank Dress best:

Right now I love the tank dress. I would spend every summer day in one and it’s been good to me. It fits a very wide range of body types. It’s pleasing to sew. It’s easy to sell. It can make use of so many different fabrics. It’s a great outdoor photo shoot piece. It’s fun and ageless.

Ethical Details: Tank Dress – c/o National Picnic; Bracelet – c/o Candorra Artisans; Shoes – Sseko Designs via MadeFAIR*

So, what do I love about this dress?

I like that the neckline is flattering without being too deep or narrow. The drawstring waist means it’ll fit whether I gain or lose a few pounds (and it hits at my natural waist, which is a rarity!). The length is perfect for wearing to work or to the park on the weekend, and the flared skirt means I can wear shorts under it without anyone noticing (when you work in retail, shorts are a good idea – you never know when you’ll have to bend down and pick up a loose dust bunny or donation box). And the big pockets add some vintage charm. Plus, the fabric is made of organic cotton and the Bouquet print reminds me of Liberty fabrics. Phew! That’s a lot of things. Oh, also that it’s a timeless silhouette that will work in my wardrobe forever.

The National Picnic Tank Dress is made to order in a number of prints and colors. It retails for $120.00, but you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. Check out National Picnic’s full selection of garments here (lots of cool tops, too).


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Leah Wise

Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.

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