This review is part of the Second Annual Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide!
If you need to complete your holiday shopping, find a birthday present for a friend, or just treat yourself to something special, the NPN Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone. But what’s even better, the NPN Holiday Gift Guide is a great opportunity to shop consciously and to support many naturally minded small businesses.
The 55 companies that have provided items for review and giveaway are almost exclusively made up of work-at-home shops or companies that are dedicated to supporting eco-conscious choices. I’m featuring one of those companies in my review below. When you get done reading my review, please click on over to the full Second Annual Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide, where you’ll find information on 58 products. In total, we’re giving away goodies worth more than $2500!
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About the prAna Meryl Sweater Dress
prAna started back in 1992 with clothing that worked well for climbing and yoga. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, prAna has a full line of activewear and outdoor wear that you’ll love. But their clothing doesn’t stop there! From casual wear to dresses and skirts, you’re bound to find something that fits your lifestyle. It’s easy to find Fair Trade Certified clothing, too which is great! Their line of sweater dresses is perfect for the cooler months and perfect for gift giving! Worn on their own or paired with boots and leggings, it’s a great way to stay warm in style. prAna’s clothing would be perfect for anyone on your gift giving list.
I already own a summer shirt and skirt from prAna that I love so I was excited to try out some fall/winter clothing from prAna. The hooded Meryl Sweater Dress is perfect! No really, it is! It comes in 2 different colors, Coal and Espresso. I chose the Espresso which is a beautiful mix of brown and orangey colors that remind me of a tree in fall and it’s beautifully colored changing leaves.
Think of your favorite perfect comfy sweater and then imagine it in a dress and you’ve perfectly described the Meryl Sweater Dress. It’s as cozy as a warm fire and hot cocoa on a rainy day. I kind of wish I could wear it every day. The first time I wore it I wore it to church with tights and boots. I got home, and I was so comfortable I didn’t change out of it and even took a nap with my son in it. It’s like being wrapped in a blanket.
So, sure, it’s crazy comfortable. But it looks great, too! The first time I tried it on, my husband said I should wear it on our next date night. One of the things I really appreciate about prAna is the clothes fit me great! I’m petite and a lot of times even size XS still can be a bit big on me. The dress (and my other prAna clothing) fit me perfectly! The Meryl Sweater Dress is a fitted dress and it actually fits me that way instead of being baggy in weird places.
Another thing I love about prAna is their philosophy. They aim to use sustainable fabrics and also have become a bluesign system’s partner. And after reviewing the amount of plastic they were using, they now ship all clothing in paper bags made of 100% recycled content and reduced their plastic bag consumption by 50%.
They also make it easy to support Fair Trade practices. Buying Fair Trade certified, means prAna is actively supporting the community where it was made. A premium of every sale of Fair Trade Certified clothing is used towards projects that benefit the communities of the farmers and factory workers who made it. You can also easily go right to the sustainably made items.
You can purchase your own prAna Meryl Sweater Dress at Amazon for $94. prAna offers several sweater dresses as well as other styles of clothing for the outdoor enthusiast. You can check them all out at prAna.
WIN a prAna Sydney Sweater Dress!
prAna is offering our readers a chance to win their Sydney Sweater dress. To win your it, or one of the 26 huge prize packages we’re giving away, come back to this post on November 6th when our Rafflecopter widgets will go live for your chance to enter! Or you can visit Natural Parents Network on November 6th to see and enter to win all of our fantastic prize packages at once!
Disclosure: Our reviewer received a sample product for review purposes. Amazon links are affiliate links. We try to seek out only products we think you would find relevant and useful to your life as a natural parent. If we don’t like a product, we won’t be recommending it to you. See our full disclosure policy here.