Recent decades have ushered in the importance for Fair Trade policies. You’ve probably seen Fair Trade logos emerging on coffee brands in your local cafes, or perhaps you bought a Fair Trade chocolate bar on your last trip to Whole Foods. These are amazing steps being taken toward decreasing the number of marginalized laborers around the world, and now an exiting new venue for the Fair Trade movement is surfacing in the realm of fashion!

Circle Skirt Dress

Circle Skirt Dress: Jocelin Yagel modeling a Circle Skirt Dress ($80)

Circle Skirt

Circle Skirt: Savanna Cingilli modeling a Circle Skirt ($50) and a Camel Safari On the Go Bag  ($72)

Now you can support fair economic practices by accessorizing for an evening on the town or by throwing a scarf over your shoulders. Organizations like Amani ya Juu (Swahili for “Peace from Above) are becoming official members of the Fair Trade Federation and are spreading the reach of Fair Trade business ethics across the globe to Africa. In its five locations (Uganda, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda and Burundi,) Amani trains marginalized women in sewing methods and business tactics, creating a means for these women to support themselves and their families. Each worker is paid for her work once it is completed, as is mandated by the rules of the Fair Trade Federation.*  Because of its Fair Trade policy, women at the five Amani locations are becoming more independent and less likely to subject themselves or their daughters to prostitution. Their lifestyles are improving, and peace is spreading across Africa.

Folding Wallet Camel

Folding Wallet, Camel: Jocelin Yagel carrying a Camel Folding Wallet ($22)

Long Chain Turquois Necklace

Long Chain Turquoise Necklace: Savanna Cingilli modeling a Long Chain Turquoise Necklace ($30), a Samburu Coil Bracelet ($18), and a Safari On the Go Bag ($72)

 Robertsport Clutch

Robertsport Clutch: Savanna Cingilli toting a Robertsport Clutch ($28)

When you purchase something from Amani, no matter how large or small, you are actively and instantly supporting one of these women. If you could wear a stylish bracelet made from polished horns from Kenya, why wouldn’t you? But, let’s take it a step further. If you could sport the same bracelet and know that you gave something back to help a fellow human being, why wouldn’t you? In purchasing that bracelet you’re making a fashion statement, you’re supporting a woman who has never been self-reliant, and you’re ensuring her path to independence. Fair Trade is empowering, Fair Trade is honoring, and Fair Trade is now fashion. When you look at what you’re wearing, you look directly at one woman’s march to social equality and independence.

To learn more about how to Wear Fair, check out Amani’s website amaniafrica.org or our Facebook page, Amani ya Juu (Peace from Above.)

Thank you for your support in reading this blog post and stay tuned for some stylish Fair Trade tips and outfits in the blog posts to come.

kwaheri na amani,

Molly Gardner

Molly Gardner is the Event Coordinator for the local branch of Amani ya Juu, located at 420 South Willow Street, Chattanooga, Tenn. Store hours for the public are on Monday-Friday from 12-5pm. Please stop by to check out the latest fashions from Africa.


Wire Hoop Red Earrings

Wire Hoop Red Earrings: Jocelin Yagel wearing  Red-Beaded Wire Hoop Earrings($14)

Youth Orange Bracelet

Youth Orange Bracelet: Jocelin Yagel sporting a Camel Folding Wallet ($22) and a Paper-Bead, Orange Youth Bracelet ($12)

Wrap Top

Wrap Top: Savanna Cingilli modeling a Red Wrap Top ($38)



You know we love a way to get free clothes! I personally can’t pass up the opportunity to dig through someone else’e ‘goodwill’ pile. GIVE ME YOUR LEFT OVERS!

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This was the best collaboration in the history of Chattanooga. A dream team if you will!

-The Whiskey Women – because no lady ever made history after ordering a Bahama Mama!

-Southern Sqweeze – juicing all kinds of goodness here in Chattanooga!

-Nightingale Network – bettering the lives of women in the area through collective philanthropy!

-Society of Work – a new collaborative work place that you need to check out!

and of course SHE WORE IT ANYWAYS!

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The way I see it last night was the perfect collaboration. The epitome of a real Whiskey Women. Who wouldn’t want to be a lady who


-works hard and collaborates with other talented people
-gives back to other women in her community
-knows the value of taking care of her body
-enjoys a good whiskey drink
-and feels confident while she WEARS IT ANYWAYS!
You could mark the night up as a huge success and join us next time!


Oksana Radionova (@FoxyOxie) - Unfortunately couldn’t make it this time, but I cannot wait til next! XOXO


satoyafoster - Gosh, I was TOTALLY going to come to this but I had to work. I hope you all have another one soon!


Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.”  ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey 
Like a lot of folks, I’ve been hooked on Downton Abbey. The intrigue, the politics, Maggie Smith, the costumes! Oh, the costumes. Downton Abbey is a dream come true for anyone who has ever loved the costumes in historic movies. When I was a little girl, I’d beg my mother to put on “the movie with the pretty dresses.” What I meant was the black and white version of Pride and Prejudice with Lawrence Olivier and Greer Garson. It wasn’t terribly true to the novel, but it did feature some seriously swishy ball gowns and fabulous Napoleonic hairdos.
This was pre-Disney princess culture, when little girls could appreciate a dress with hoops and yards and yards of fabric without it being about weird royalty fetishism or gender stereotyping or creepy Toddlers in Tiaras steez. I just wanted to see these grown up ladies dance in these incredibly beautiful gowns. I love these old movies because they show a different kind of femininity, a different kind of sexy. I love them because these clothes didn’t used to be costumes, they didn’t used to seem so exotic or unusual. Wearing these clothes makes me think of all the women who came before me, and their real every day lives.
A hundred years ago, this what what women wore, anyways or otherwise. This was their self expression, their day to day, the clothing that defined their femininity and the way they saw themselves. It’s fun to put on these clothes sometimes and try to hear what they have to say, to see how they change my ideas about being a lady. After all, when I was growing up and watching all those old movies, I didn’t realize that all grown ups didn’t sometimes dress this way. I thought that this was just part of being a woman.
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Get down with Downton, glam with great grandma, twerk with the twenties, and fabulous with an older form of femininity.When a girl feels that she’s perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part of her. That’s charm”  ― F. Scott Fitzgerald




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This is the ultimate collaboration of Chattanooga women. We have Kelly Fitzgerald, of Society of Work hosting this time. Her new space is meant to host all of the start up and free lance divas. Its an office space that you can use with a membership or just pay as you go and drop in for the day. The idea being that you would be able to collaborate with other local talent and have an amazing office space to do it from.  Society of Work is located on the 13th floor of the First Tennessee Building on the corner of Market Street and 7th Street.

Since our event is in the evening, parking is free at the meters.

The Nightingale Network is based on the power of collective philanthropy. Women in the Network host a party, inviting their friends for food, drink and the opportunity to change lives. This time around it is our clothing swap! We will be presented with three potential grantees and asked to give whatever amount we feel comfortable with – no matter how large or small. The idea is that you would give as much as you would have spent if you had gone out that night! So basically trading a night of free entertainment and free clothes for the opportunity to help the community! Pretty fresh trade if you ask me!

As a Tennessee transplant from Kentucky I have always been a fan of whiskey. Often I am the only girl ordering whiskey but it seems times are a changing thanks to The Whiskey Women!  Think about it, no woman ever made history after ordering a Bahama Mama. We invite you to bring a bottle of  whiskey to share and the Whiskey Women will bring all of the fixin’s to mix it up to some fun whiskey cocktails!

So ask yourself, who is this girl? The girl that works hard, cares about the people in her community, and knows the value of a stiff drink. She is the kind of girl who WEARS IT ANYWAYS>

If that’s you we would love to see you at the clothing swap.

Bring a bottle of wine or whiskey to Society of Work for the perfect to transition you from Summer to Fall!




jaimesmialek - Oh bummer! Well stay tuned we will have another after the new year!

Oksana Radionova - I am so ecstatic to have come across SheWoreItAnyways! Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the party {as much as I’d love to!} because I’ll be out of town next week. However, I will reach out to you ladies in the next few days about possibly scheduling a local blogger brunch. Would that be something you’re interested in? XOXO



Summer is hands-down my favorite of the seasons. Dresses, swimming, windows down, sunglasses. That said you could imagine how I feel on that first morning. You know the one. You walk outside, and what’s that? A chill in the morning air. That smell of fall settling. A sign of change coming. Everyone goes about their business excited as they anticipate brisk walks with hot lattes, and commence with pulling out their scarves and sweaters.


It saddens me to pack away my summer dresses, tanks and shorts. I want to cling to summer as long as possible. SO needless to say, I search for any opportunity to do just that. Tall boot socks and boots with shorts is one way I’ve found to hold on to the season I love best. Pairing shorts with a long-sleeved top, sweater socks and tall boots keeps you covered enough to be warm at the start of fall. And best of all, those favorite cut offs can live to see one more day.



There are plenty of other ways to keep the summer pieces alive during September and October. Try layering a blazer or light sweater on top of your sundresses and trading in the sandals for a close-toed shoe. Add a vest over short-sleeved pieces, and even incorporate a lightweight scarf for a little added warmth.


Even though I’m sad to have kissed August goodbye, I will dwell on the lovely fall details even a summer gal can’t deny. The rich browns, oranges and mustard yellows even the trees clothe themselves with. Corduroy. Leggings. I’ll miss the heat, but change is good. So dig out your knits and tall boots, girls. And get ready for it.


Floral button-down from America’s Thrift Store

Gap jeans turned cut-offs

Sweater socks and boots from Target

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Auf wiedersehen, summer!