March is finally upon us! And you know what that means… cherry blossoms, picnics in the Boston Common, abundant sunshine…and of course, fun and flirty spring fashion! Feze Fair Trade recently published a fantastic blog post about some key fair trade fashion trends for this spring:

#1: Sophisticated Inspiration— 70’s Glamour

  • High-waisted, wide-leg belted pants
  • Bell bottom jeans
  • Silk or satin bow-blouses
  • Ruffled neckline under a blazer or tuxedo jacket
  • Long slim gowns with draping, low necklines, or dress slits

#2: Hot Biker

  • Classic biker jacket (Inhabitat is currently having a giveaway for a reclaimed leather biker jacket worth $856!)
  • Tight leather pants or skirt (neoprene works as an alternative to leather, but better yet—look for recycled faux leather)
  • Biker boots

#3: MAD Women

  • Full, below-the-knee circle skirts, cinched in waist
  • Granny Skirts (think Peggy Olson) paired with a fitted top or a sheer blouse
  • Straight cut sheaf or pencil skirts
  • Fitted sheath dresses
  • Peg-top skirts

#4: Bold—Block, Print & Stripes

  • Bright bold colors paired together
  • Animal prints
  • Take a look at some great examples of stripe outfits here

#5: Lace & Crochet

  • Classic lace clothing and antique-style fabrics
  • Boho lux lace and crochet dresses
  • Crochet tops and vests

One brand that’s really on top of these trends is Urban Outfitters’ line from Philadelphia called Urban Renewal. Just take a look at this striped zipper dress! Urban Renewal’s clothes are made in the USA from vintage, deadstock and surplus materials, so every piece is unique and exclusive!

All of us at Autonomie Project are also very excited for the spring season because we have new awesome products coming our way! This spring, be on the lookout for new rainboots and flip flops from Ethleticrecycled jewelry made by Proxy Apparel, and two new tees—another one for Farm Sanctuary and one that supports the Northeast Organic Farming Association. All organic, all fair trade, and all vegan like always!

But unfortunately as most of you New Englanders and many around the country, have probably noticed, the winter cold is still lingering around. So until it starts to warm up and you can actually enjoy all this awesome spring fashion, we recommend the following to get through the rest of this chilly season:

Knitted scarves, earmuffs, beanies, and headbands from Lowie are fashionable and fair trade—benefitting villagers in Eastern China.

Brooklyn-based Rocks and Salt also has some very fashionable, sustainable, and warm headwear. I recently purchased the Rita and I love it! It keeps my head very warm, and I’ve received so many compliments on it. It’s all handmade by the designers in Brooklyn.

Also, the cold isn’t that bad when you’re enjoying a warm cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate—especially from our friends at Equal Exchange. They serve some of the best coffee I’ve ever had, and it’s all fair trade.

So until it’s officially spring… stay warm and cozy with these wonderful fair trade fashions and treats and get ready for some awesome spring fashion just on the horizon!

-Michelle Thai