I’m a long-time fan of Synergy Organic Clothing, and I was thrilled when they offered to send me a dress from their new line to review!
Synergy Organic Clothing is one of my favorite clothing brands, and this dress is by no means the first piece of theirs to grace my closet. Their clothing has classic style, but you can also add some whimsy if you go with anything from their appliqued lines. I’ve got a collage with some of their appliques below, so don’t miss those!
The dress I received for review was the Striped Belted Dress in Emerald/Deep Sea. This style comes in a couple of other colorways, but I love the deep jewel tones of this fabric. I wore this dress for the first time to my son’s first birthday party. It was perfect on a cool spring day with a pair of boots and a cardigan, and I can see this being one of my faves all summer long, too, with just a pair of sandals.
This is probably my new favorite dress. The fabric is so comfortable, I was able to set up the party and chase toddlers all day without worrying about my dress at all.
Stripes don’t tend to be the most flattering, and Synergy is doing some great things with stripes. The Belted Dress has a bias-cut skirt, and the diagonal lines are super flattering. I recently bought another striped dress from them, and they do more of those slimming on-the-bias stripes. You can see both dresses in the collage at the top of the page. I love them!
Beyond Fast Fashion
You might get a little bit of sticker shock when you first head over to Synergy’s site if you’re used to shopping for clothing at big box stores. Before you decide that you can’t afford their clothing, though, think about how long that $5 t-shirt lasts before pilling and falling apart in the wash.
Synergy Organic Clothing stands up to wear and tear, so you may pay more up front, but you also won’t be replacing the clothing that you buy from them after just one year or even two or three. I’ve had a peacock dress of theirs since 2011, and it’s still in perfect shape. I’d link you to the dress, but it’s been so long since I bought it that it’s not part of their line anymore.
That’s the problem with fast fashion. It warps our idea of what clothing should cost and how much clothing we need. Companies like Synergy create heirloom pieces: high-quality garments with classic lines that are meant to be part of your wardrobes for years, not for one season.
Synergy Organic Clothing: The Down and Dirty
I love the cut and style of Synergy’s clothing, but what pushes them over the top for me is the company’s strong ethics.
Like the name suggests, they use only organic cotton – no dirty conventional cotton on their garments! And their ethics don’t stop with choosing fabric that’s good for people and the planet.
They choose only low-impact dyes (read more about why earth-friendly dyes are important), and they treat their workers properly. They pay an above-average wage to all of the workers along their supply chain, from their PR and marketing team to the workers who cut and sew the garments. That’s a refreshing change at a time when so many companies resort to abhorrent labor conditions.