Fashion That Empowers Women

maxi skirt handmade by women in India
summer maxi skirt
beautiful summer maxi skirt handmade by women employed by nonprofit By Grace

I recently reconnected with one of my sorority sisters (we were Chi Omegas at Mizzou!), who started an incredible nonprofit after college called By Grace. By Grace makes beautiful clothing and accessories by empowering and ethically employing 88 women in India and 12 in Ghana (so 100 total!) who create their beautiful designs. Every item purchased directly impacts these women by helping them out of extreme poverty and often rescuing them from abusive situations (domestic abuse, human trafficking, etc.). In India, they partner with Daughters of Hope to be able to offer a free daily lunch, free childcare, education on savings, etc. (so incredible 🙏). They are also fair trade and locally source all of their materials so that they can uplift an entire community.

The more I learned about this organization, the more I fell in love with it. When I received my beautiful sari skirt, it had a handwritten note, as well as a handwritten tag saying it was made with love by Esther 💜 My heart absolutely swelled!

fashion that gives back and empowers women | By Grace wrap maxi skirt
By Grace wrap skirt, handmade by women in India
By Grace wrap skirt - empowers women in India

The older and wiser I become, the more of an impact I want to have on both my local community and the world. There are so many ways to do this - by volunteering locally, by purchasing from empowering companies and organizations like By Grace, by donating here and there as you can, and of course countless other ways. Every little bit makes a difference!

wrap maxi skirt
summer maxi skirt with a simple tank
Skirt (c/o)  |  Similar Tanks here + here  |  Sunglasses  |  Slide Sandals (similar here)

I absolutely adore this beautiful wrap maxi skirt. I think this fabric is so beautiful! I am truly so impressed by the quality of this skirt, and can't wait to purchase a clutch from By Grace.

I decided to style this skirt more casually (although you can absolutely dress it up too!) and I think it's perfect for any kind of summer hangout, heading to lunch or dinner, or even a morning at the farmer's market or shopping locally. The skirt makes such a beautiful statement on its own that I kept everything else simple - a tied up tank and slide sandals - easy and effortless.

Thank you so much for reading! Please check out By Grace because they're truly an amazing organization, and I'm so proud of Emily for making a difference!

 We leave Sunday for Nashville with a group of friends, so I'm sure I'll have lots to share on Instagram next week and will hopefully get some fresh + fun blog content for you too! xx

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