As much as I love a good pair of yoga pants, I realize that the real world sometimes require real clothes. Thankfully the cooler seasons means my favorite part of fall fashion – LAYERS – sweaters, cardigans and wraps to keep you warm and fabulously chic.
Retail stores started teasing us with autumn hues back in summer, but what if I told you there’s a place where you can buy trendy clothes and help needy families get a little bit more cash?
WORN is a fashion-driven social enterprise of Catholic Charities of Fort Worth that provides refugee women living in the U.S. an opportunity to utilize the traditional skill of knitting to increase their families’ household income, thus empowering them to rise above poverty.
And these talented women have been busy creating the new fall line at WORN that is full of gorgeous accessories, like this Fox Trot Circle Scarf that will instantly make you look like a million bucks, even if you’ve only had three hours of sleep.
This scarf is versatile and will make you look effortlessly chic. You can add it to a pair of skinnies, long-sleeve tee and riding boots for a GNO outfit or accessorize a jewel-tone skirt for a touch of glam during a date night or a Holiday party later this year.
Each product, like the scarf, is hand-knit by refugee women out of their home, overcoming significant barriers such as language, transportation and child care. brand provides supplemental income to refugees who hand-knit the products – 100% of the net profits are used for women’s wages and CCFW programs designed to end poverty in the community.
Women like M.D.H. who born in a jungle between Burma and Thailand, but fled to a Thai refugee camp after her parent’s village was burned by the army. She lived in the camp for 20 years before they were given the opportunity to come to the United States in 2008. Today, M.D.H. can read English, drive a car and is able to provide for her family doing something she loves, crocheting.
And there’s M.G. who lived in a refugee camp for 21 years. She resettled in Fort Worth with her husband and his parents in February 2014. They are expecting their first child and WORN will provide extra income for baby items and allow me to stay home with the baby.
These women have fled from war-torn countries where they faced persecution and possibly death to find hope, freedom and a future in the United States. Each time I wear the Fox Trot Scarf, I may look sizzlin’, but my heart will be even more warm knowing that this small accessory has brought happiness and prosperity to these families.