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24/07/15: Ethical Clothing ~ BAM and Nomads

A few posts ago I mentioned two ethical brands BAM clothing and Nomads, so today I thought I would share a few thoughts on a couple of pieces.

BAM clothing
Bam Clothing is made using organic bamboo. It's sustainable, anti bacterial, moisture-wicking and soft. I've actually picked up quite a lot of their range, starting with their socks (stink free) and moving on to their workout wear (really comfortable), but my favourite item so far is this green hoody. I love hoodies but finding one that's baggy not sloppy, has enough hood for my head and is warm but not too thick for Spring/ a task. 

I haven't washed this yet, so I expect that it will lose some of its softness, but I'm so pleased with the construction and shape. 

Size wise, I think they are quite accurate, but free returns make it easy to send back anything that doesn't fit right! Sometimes the shapes don't work for me, but I think that's true of most brands. 

I've just picked up a few more items and I'm looking forward to seeing what's in their next collection. I was lucky to get the hoody at a reduced price with a discount code but hey often have great deals available to regular customers and newsletter subscribers. Also, there are quite a few sale pieces available, so it's definitely worth looking in that section if you're not sure yet! 

Nomads Modal Pink Blouse*
Nomads is a brand that I came across when I took part in a slow fashion feature highlighting ethical and fair trade clothing lines. They use organic cotton, hand dying and embroidery and the brand is a member of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops. 

They have some lovely dresses available but I opted to try this summer blouse in pink. It has a sweet bit of sequin detail and would be perfect for the beach as a throwover, or with some denim shorts for a summer day out. I used the sizing guide on the website and ended up with one a little snug across the chest, but it can be undone for a looser fit.

It's very light and comfortable and can be worn alone, although as you can see below it's slightly see-through (possibly a lighter colour bra would have been better!). At first I thought it might be a bit long, but I've started to appreciate the looser fit. My only con is that it isn't quite as pink as it looked on the website, but it's not a dealbreaker. 

For my first foray into Nomads I'm quite impressed. I like the added details and can see it will be easy to dress up and down if I can keep my mother's hands off it! Nomads has a great collection of summer-ready clothes - you can currently get this one in the sale!  I'm very tempted by this number - always up for a good multi functional piece.  What do you think?  

What ethical or fair trade clothing ranges do you like to buy from?

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* Sample kindly provided, all opinions my own!  
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