I’m not a very good clothes shopper. I tend to be very critical of myself and how I look and I really am not very good at putting outfits together! Sometimes I figure I should just hire someone to make me a wardrobe where most things match with most things so that it really doesn’t matter what I grab, it’ll look okay! Haha! Truth be told, my husband is the best person I can take along when shopping as, if I’m “in the mood” for shopping, he pushes me to try on items I likely never would otherwise and that often turn out to be good choices!
Needless to say, because of my decidedly lack of clothes shopping enjoyment, I generally don’t seek out online clothing companies. However, I’m a sucker for anything #MadeInCanada and so when I saw Respecterre, I just had to check them out! They have three types of fabric that really piqued my interest! The first is bamboo, which we hear plenty about these days. The second is hemp, which is also becoming a lot more common. The last, which I didn’t know existed (yes, I do kind of live under a rock, so it’s not that surprising! Haha!), is Eucalyptus! The other name you may have heard for eucalyptus is Tencel. I honestly had no articles of clothing that contained any of these fabric types so was super curious to feel them. Considering their clothing is made for yoga and relaxation, I figured a person couldn’t go wrong with great fabrics combined with comfy styles!
I received three pieces of clothing from Respecterre. The first is the Tunique Roseanne! This item is made with bamboo – 67% bamboo along with 2% cotton and 6% spandex. What do I love about this top? First, the fabric. It really is super soft and comfy! The spandex gives it a nice bit of stretch and I really like that it’s not too thickness of it. Secondly, when I first unpacked the sweater I thought – oh my, that’s a *really* big cowl neck! However, I love it!! Its actually really nice and high necked and because there’s lots of fabric (literally, I can use it as a hood if necessary – we do live in Canada in winter haha!), it pretty much always looks good because you can just fluff it however and it looks great! The only thing I don’t like about it is the length – it’s a wee bit longer than I’d like, but to be honest, the only reason that’s an issue is because my hips are bigger than I want them to be! Overall, this is a super comfy tunic made out of super comfy fabric!
I also received the Lily Cami, which will make a great addition to my summer clothes! This item is made from eucalyptus and it is super soft! It’s also really light – the fabric is so light and airy! I like the fact that it has a higher neck and they suggest pairing it with a cami or a sports bra. I can also see pairing it with a light sweater for going out on a cooler evening. The pattern on it is super pretty. I’m not a huge fan of halter style tie, but considering the light weight fabric, I’m thinking it’s not going to be an issue! I look forward to getting more use of this cami come summer!
The last item I received was the Roseline skirt. This one is made from bamboo fabric and – I love this part – it’s made from fabric scraps! I love the assymetrical look of skirts like this, and the fact that they’re making use of scraps that would otherwise be thrown is such a great idea! This skirt is a wee bit shorter than I like, but when the hot days of summer arrive and I’m in a mobile home without AC, it’s going to be *just* fine! Again, the fabric is really nice and airy and flows really nicely.
Speaking of this skirt being made from fabric scraps – you can even purchase Scrap Fabric bags for yourself! What to play around with making some items from these nice soft fabrics? Try the 20 lb scrap bag! I think it would be great fun to get a mixed bag of pieces to play around with – just have to practice my sewing skills!
There are lots of other great items that Respecterre offers. I really like the Chloe cardigan. This one is made with a “high linen” fabric. It just looks like it would be super comfy for those times when you want a little layering! They also make a full line of yoga clothing. And a full line of underwear! Hey, we all wear it, right? Why not try a pair made from bamboo!? The other neat thing about the Respecterre website is that you can sort the clothing by the fabric type – Bamboo, Hemp, Eucalyptus and Linen! I think this is a neat way to be able to check out the different fabrics!
The other neat things about Respecterre is that all of their clothing is made at what they call Eco-Villages. The village that they work with has been around since 1984 and is located in Ham-Nord, QC. This little eco-village does a lot – everything from creating clothing for Respecterre to growing food. I’d love to visit it someday, as it’s an entirely different style of teaching children (yes, it’s a school as well!) and it sounds like a fabulous idea!
Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality of the Respecterre clothing. It appears to be very well made and I’m going to avoid putting any of them in the dryer (although it is safe to do so) in order to extend the life of the fabric. I love the fabrics – they are all so soft and comfy! If you’d like to learn more about Respecterre, take a peek at their website! To keep up with what’s new, follow them on Facebook. You can also check them on Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest!
Respecterre is offering a discount code for our readers! You will receive a whooping 25% off if you use the code “WEART4EFUTURE” – how spectacular is that!?! They even have plenty of items of sale right now and the code works for them as well! It’s a great time to shop, folks! (Tee hee, some might ask if there is ever a time to not shop??!) Respecterre also offers free shipping on orders over $150 – and when you’re buying quality products, you know that it doesn’t take too long – but remember – you’re getting quality clothing that will lost a long time! I’m really enjoying my clothing! And I’d love to sign up for Project 333 – I need it!