Ah, to live in a land where seasons often change their mind. Two weeks ago, the crisp breeze and smoky smell of fall were in the air. Today, the high is 87.
September in Charlottesville calls for in-between-seasons dressing. Cool mornings and evenings mean it’s risky to head outside without a sweater, but scorching afternoons require a light touch. This former Floridian already has trouble figuring out what to wear during seasons that aren’t summer, so when it comes to seasons-that-aren’t-quite, I’m totally lost.
And it’s more difficult than you might think to find a simple layering piece that keeps the chill of dusk out without making you break a sweat. That’s why I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Liz Alig’s Megan Cardigan…
Megan Cardigan has a drapey silhouette through the torso and a slim cut through the arms and shoulders so it’s comfortable without looking schleppy (though, you know, feminist frump is cool).
The collar detail allows you to button up the draped fabric for a visually interesting shawl effect (this unusual cut is what drew me to the Megan Cardigan). Because it appears cropped from the front, it pairs well with both mid-rise denim and tailored dresses (there are some cute pictures of it paired with a dress in the product listing).
Liz Alig has been in the fair trade apparel business for a long time, but what really makes the brand stand out is that a significant portion of their collection is made from upcycled fabric. The Megan Cardigan is made from recycled t-shirts purchased at markets. Once fabric is washed and cut, it’s sewn together by employees at a Honduran NGO that offers free education to women living below the poverty line, with a goal of helping them find longterm employment to support themselves and their families.
Though I’m an advocate for better, not perfect, when it comes to profiling ethical brands, I really prefer that they pay attention to both their social justice and environmental impact. Liz Alig checks both boxes and gets extra points for upcycling.
I also want to point out that I’ve been wearing these Sseko Designs’ loafers consistently for over 2 years now! When you actually like the things you own, you forget how long you’ve owned them. That’s the surest sign that I’m off the fast fashion hamster wheel, and it feels better than I could have imagined.