*I received this item free as a gift and thus this is a kind of sponsored post
Hi guys, so I'm super excited to share with you guys another ethical brand that focuses on organic fabrics and sustainable production methods: SiiZU! I originally heard of them through Andrea so when they contacted me asking if I was interested in reviewing their stuff I was totally onboard. Andrea goes over a lot about their ethical production practices and sourcing of only 100% natural fabrics, but if you want all the details you can find it on their page here.
What I really love about SiiZU is that for a company that focuses on the ethical production of clothes, their garments are not granola! They have a style completely different from a lot of the other ethical clothing brands, which IMHO usually range from granola/hippie to (at the chicest level) a 'Gentlewoman' sort of style (Everlane fits in here), or just minimal basics (like Grana). But I find SiiZU's style to be a bit more on the trendy side, and that's probably because they're based in NYC. And I think this Hella Top is the epitome of a non-granola garment (and I love that it's still made from 100% organic cotton). If you think you can't get a good-looking ethically made trendy ruffled top, then SiiZU has just proved you wrong.
Now if I worked in an office, this is totally what I would wear. And surprisingly, my whole outfit above can be considered ethically made from the SiiZU top to the Everlane skirt and shoes, and with my used Hermes bag. Of course, there's shades of ethical clothing and some might not consider the leather products ethical or sustainable, but at the very least this is not a fast fashion outfit. And I love that it looks so chic!
So a little bit more about this Hella top. I'm wearing a size small here and it's a perfect fit. I think it looks best tucked in since this top is so voluminous (I think a slim bottom half is the right proportion here, thus I paired it with Everlane's tube skirt). And I just love how the ruffles in the back hit right at the high waistline. Also I didn't experience any boob gap with this button-up (though I'm small busted so I don't have as much of a problem with this usually). Seriously I've been trying to find an ethically produced ruffled top and I could not have found a better one!
Anyway if you're looking for chic and stylish ethically and sustainably produced clothes, go check out SiiZU!
March 2018 update: I have to admit I only wore this one more time after this review and this item fell under the "worst" category in this blog post about the best and worst items I received for free to review. I have to say that SiiZu is not a brand that works for me personally. I don't think their garments are of a high quality and something I would wear consistently.