Review of The Fabric Social by Tara Presnell

In the most recent bio I emailed off, I described myself as “dreaming of a minimalist future while presently purchasing more and more cute finds”. While I thrift pretty much all of these finds, I still feel like a bad conscious shopper and that I’m moving further away from my refined & condensed wardrobe fantasy. Enter The Fabric Social, who were kind enough to send me the Chequered Charlie Set from their latest collection and who are basically clothing label #goals.

A Feminist social enterprise? A Melbourne-brand started by three Aussie women? Purchases go towards building sustainable social change?


Check out this chat we had with Co-Founder Fi McApine last year if you want to find out some more about The Fabric Social, otherwise let’s jump straight into my review!

First things first, I love this fabric. Their latest collection is made in Myanmar from 100% handloomed (!!!) cotton and they absolutely nailed it with the Chequered fabric in the Charlie pieces. Very 90’s and nostalgic yet also fresh and bold with the hint of orange running through the fabric. I also really like that the cheque motif is a bit of a nod to the producers as its native to the dry-zone region of Myanmar.

The fact that it’s a “set” (aka top and skirt) means everything to me – YAS VERSATILITY!

Super playful when worn matching but also equally as great when seperated and teamed up with other items from your wardrobe. I refuse to pick which piece from the set I love the most, however I will break it down for you and let you know some thoughts on each piece.

The Charlie Top

The collar: No offence to necks but I’m a major fan of a high collar so the Charlie’s tunic style collar is perfection.

The open back: Perfect if I’m feeling breezy & casual. Also perfect if I wanna layer up and wear something underneath as it adds a cute pop of colour to the back.

Charlie Skirt

Mid-rise: aka comfy and flattering even when your meal takes too long and you eat the entire basket of bread while you’re waiting.

A-line and slit: Makes you feel very sleek and fancy while giving you some room to move around.


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