I came across ABLE recently when I was searching for sustainable denim. I ordered two of their denim jackets based on some rave reviews and they’ve easily become favorites. They’re both soft and comfortable–perfectly worn-in like I’ve had them for years—and go with all the things (even sweatpants, let’s be honest).
Obsessed: 2 Outfit-Making Jean Jackets From ABLE
The Merly Jacket is a relaxed-fit, slightly distressed jacket (you can see it how I styled it here) that’s also available in a longer version. The Naibi Cropped Jacket is the one I’m wearing here…that same soft broken-in denim in a cropped fit that pairs perfectly with dresses and high-waisted bottoms. It’s perfect for when you need to add a little shape and show off your waist. I really LOVE both of these jackets, but it’s the company itself that has really sold me.
ABLE: An Ethical Fashion Brand
ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that started in Ethiopia when the founders met women who were coming out of the commercial sex industry and needed help finding jobs. They trained the women to make scarves, and after selling over 4,000 of them in 2 months, they knew they had a great idea. Since then, ABLE has grown into a lifestyle brand with leather bags, clothes, shoes and jewelry, and they’re still committed to employing and empowering women as a solution to end poverty. Women make up 95% of their staff and they’ve even published all of their wages from all over the world for complete transparency.
“98% of fashion workers don’t make a living wage, which means they cannot meet their basic needs. But that won’t change unless consumers demand change from brands. Publishing wages protects workers by giving consumers a clear choice. For 100% of workers to earn a living wage it may take time, but nothing changes corporate exploitation like consumer demand (that’s you).“
So, given all of that, they had already won me over prior to this pandemic. But since then, they’ve also really impressed me with their response to COVID19. They have a page dedicated to positive resources to use during this pandemic including tips on working from home, reading recommendations, how to help others during COVID19, good news for when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
They’ve created a “work from home starter kit,” and I’m personally eyeing up this comfy-looking jumpsuit, myself. It will be perfect for working from home, and later I’ll pair it with strappy sandals and cute earrings when we can venture out into the world! I may be dressing up on a daily basis when that happens!! (They also offer 20% off your first purchase when you provide your email.)
So, back to the jackets. You can see the Merly jacket here, and below are two ways I recently wore the cropped Naibi jacket:
1. Cropped Denim Jacket With A Midi Dress
This dress is great (and it’s 25% off right now!). It’s the perfect travel dress–and of course, take that with a grain of salt right now. But it really is versatile; easy to dress up or down, and can be worn in a bunch of different ways. (If you need some inspiration, you can check out how I styled an LBD multiple ways here). It runs a bit small and a bit long, so I’m wearing a petite medium (I’m 5’4″ and typically a size 6/28 in pants). The length of the jacket is perfect with the tighter dress.
dress: Michael Stars Racerback Midi Dress (petite medium) – this comes in a number of colors here, but classic black is always my first choice, and it’s 25% off right now. It runs long (I sized down to petite) and a bit small (I’m wearing a medium).
jacket: ABLE The Naibi Cropped Jacket (xs) – Super soft, broken-in denim. The cropped length makes this the perfect jacket to accentuate your waist and pairs really well with dresses and high-waisted jeans.
boots: Jeffrey Campbell Siren Booties (also 25% off!) – Super-stretchy sock booties that come up high enough to cover socks, but are soft enough to wear without!
sunnies: Warby Parker Raider Sunglasses – One of the best investments I’ve ever made because I hate contacts and they give a pair of glasses to someone in need for each pair purchased. (available in prescription or non-prescription, and a ton of lens colors)
necklace: Kendra Scott Adjustable length necklace (also in gold, rose gold and vintage gold colors), key charm and floating crystals charm (also available in the same colors). There are a TON of charms to choose from to personalize your necklace . . . and these make really good Mother’s Day gifts!
2. Cropped Denim Jacket With High-Waisted Jeans
jacket: ABLE The Naibi Cropped Jacket (xs) – Super soft, broken-in denim. The cropped length makes this the perfect jacket to accentuate your waist, and pairs really well with dresses and high-waisted jeans.
jeans: J. Crew Slim Wide-Leg Jean (sized down to 27 due to the high rise) – these are also really soft (and stretchy!), so they’re kind of the perfect jeans to wear at home. Reviewers love them (as do I). They’re made from organic cotton and were crafted in a Fair Trade Certified facility.
top: Abercrombie Long-Sleeve Wrap Bodysuit (size medium) – on sale for $32, plus an additional 30% off in the cart, this bodysuit is SO ridiculously soft and doesn’t show cleavage as much as you’d think for being low-cut — it sticks close to your body so the girls aren’t out. (Have I mentioned it’s SUPER SOFT??)
boots: Jeffrey Campbell Siren Booties (also 25% off!) – Super stretchy sock booties that come up high enough to cover socks but are soft enough to wear without!
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