Maggie’s Organics Clothes

Posted on August 2, 2010 by Allie

Maggie’s Organics was kind enough to send along some of their organic cotton, fair trade clothes for review.  This was such a welcome project because: 1. I absolutely hate shopping and always wish someone would just pick out clothes for me to wear  2. I loved the clothes they sent.

Fair Labor Hoodie – $25 (above)

I’ve been calling this The Grown-Up Hoodie.  My wardrobe consists mostly of t-shirts and hoodies, but lately, I’d been feeling like 33 might be a little old to still trying to pull off 13 year-old-skateboarder-chic.  This shirt is so simple and elegant.  It’s casual, but the gathered v-neck and the flattering shaping gives it a polished and pulled-together look.  It may just be my new favorite article of clothing (after my Boston t-shirt, of course), and at only $25 I plan to buy it in grey as well (maybe red, too), because I can see myself wearing these all fall and winter.  For sizing reference, I usually wear a 4 or a 6.  The small was form fitting (I probably wouldn’t wear it as a layer over another shirt).  It shunk a little after washing (the above photo was taken after washing), but still fits nicely.  I might order the grey one in a medium, just to have a layering shirt.

Fair Labor Tank – $15

I love the cut of this tank top.  The straps are wide enough to cover bra straps without any hassle, the neckline is flattering, but there’s no worry of flashing anyone because the scoop neckline isn’t too deep.  It would make a great base layer under a cardigan, but it’s also easy to wear on its own.  And, $15 is what I think a tank top should cost.  I’m wearing the pink tank in a small.  It did shrink a little when washing (the above photo was taken after washing). Since I’m a big fan of layering, I wear tanks all year long.  I plan to get a few more of these to round out my wardrobe.  I love that I could wear this under a sweater, but then not feel awkwardly exposed if I got too hot and wanted to take the sweater off.

Fair Labor Sleeveless Knit Dress – $30

This dress is really cute, and the shaping is so flattering!  I have hips and the cut is accommodating.  Maggie’s sent this to me in a medium, and I think that’s the right size for me.  I haven’t washed it yet, but I am assuming it will shrink just a bit.  I wish the cotton were lighter weight – like the hoodie & tank top – but the heavy weight cotton does keep every little bump and bulge from showing and I do very much appreciate that.  I also wish this dress came in more colors!  It’s a great, comfortable alternative to wearing yoga pants around the house, and can also be dressed up a little for a trip to the store, a casual dinner, or even worn as a bathing suit cover-up.  I think the weight of the cotton makes it more of a casual piece than a dressy one, but it’s super functional and so cozy!

And I love that Maggie’s Organics has such a strong commitment to being kind to people and the environment.

“Maggie’s Organics was founded in 1992 on the premise that workers should be treated ethically and that clothing should be durable, affordable and constructed of environmentally sustainable materials.”

Maggie’s Organics was kind enough to send me these clothes for review, but my opinions are my own.  At The Greenists, we have a “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” review policy.  If we don’t like a product, we simply don’t post about it.

12 Comments +

  1. I love all of these! I’m especially pleased at the prices — so many organic cotton clothes are WAY expensive. I foresee myself ordering some stuff from Maggie’s!

    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:16 am
    Comment by courtney
  2. Very cool. What are their plus sizes like? Are they actually for plus sized women?

    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:17 am
    Comment by Howling Hill
  3. I can’t believe the prices! Most organic cotton stuff is such a rip-off(in my opinion).

    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:20 am
    Comment by Roger Nehring
  4. Super cute stuff and so reasonable! I think I’m going to get a hoodie. Have you seen their little stuffed animals that they make from sock scraps? They are way cute!

    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:33 am
    Comment by Andi
  5. Well hello, cute model lady! I love that hoodie and I’m thinking I need to order one ASAP for the upcoming cold months.

    August 2nd, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    Comment by NPW
  6. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help but think “Blue Steel!” when I saw that first photo. Such attitude! Writer, champion of the environment, organic clothing model.

    Like everyone else, I’m really surprised at the perfectly reasonable prices.

    August 2nd, 2010 at 4:51 pm
    Comment by mickey
  7. Those are some great prices!

    August 2nd, 2010 at 4:51 pm
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  8. I have pretty much that exact same hoodie top in orange! Except mine was from Target, and is presumably not organic and possibly not fair trade. And it was only a few bucks cheaper than the Maggie’s Organics version! These clothes really are a steal!

    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:28 pm
    Comment by Stefanie
  9. We love Maggie’s Organics around here!!

    August 3rd, 2010 at 2:18 am
    Comment by Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green
  10. Wow, thank you for featuring organic clothing with such reasonable prices!! As much I want to start buying organic, fair trade clothes, most of it is beyond my budget, so now I know that at least one company can do it while keeping the prices down!

    August 6th, 2010 at 10:28 am
    Comment by Kater
  11. [...] Greenists review Maggie’s Organic Clothes.  They look like a great resource for affordable organic basics, like tanks, dresses and [...]

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  12. If I was to get muddandwater to send you some of their organic clothing (or ethical fashion if you prefer), would you consider writing a similar review for them?

    November 8th, 2011 at 6:45 pm
    Comment by Muddandwater

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