When I found Ash & Rose, I got really excited. There has been a recent influx of ethical shopping sites, but most of the time I find their product range to be inaccessible on my budget. In fact, that's a complaint that I hear quite a bit when it comes to ethical fashion: why should I spend $45 on a sustainably/ethically produced tee shirt when I can get seven for that amount at Forever 21? Or, similarly, there is a question as to how people who aren't upper middle class can participate in the movement. I appreciate that there is a site out there like Ash & Rose with a mid range shopper in mind rather than a shopper who is more used to luxury expenses.
As much I love this dress from JCPenney from the first part of my collaboration with the store and Chictopia Connect, I will always prefer separates. There's something about pairing a nice top and pants together that always feels like my style home. These separates from JCPenney are definitely easy to pair together for a casual but still pulled together outfit; but they would be equally great dressed up for a night out. Not to mention that the strappy sandals are one of the most comfortable pairs of heels I own. Overall, playing around with silhouettes to make unique outfits is the key for me to keep mixing things up within my own wardrobe.
Although my style has gone more towards jeans and sneakers these days (maybe it is my looming college graduation), my heart leaped when I saw this pink jacquard number from JCPenney. I usually gravitate towards fit and flare or shift dresses, but the retro shape and comfortable fabric of this dress attracted my eye. One of my favorite things about style is going in a completely opposite direction that I might typically go and the risk paying off. Collaborations like these with Chictopia Connect and JCPenney allow me to try items out in my wardrobe that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Now, however, I just want a lovely dinner and fancy party to whip this little number out whenever I get the chance.