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Why We're Switching to The Switch

Apr 21

Vintage Chanel earrings, a YSL necklace and a THIRD designer jewel for $40 a month - yea, I was a bit shocked too when I heard that this was a thing.

Our team was introduced to the Switch about a month ago, and it's kind of hard to believe I didn't know about them sooner.

Think Rent the Runway but for jewelry.

I'll be honest, though - I've never tried Rent the Runway, personally, because I just like to own the clothes that I wear. But for jewelry, it's a different story. I have my staple everyday rings, necklaces and earrings that I wear morning, noon and night - my collection of baubles is slim to none because I just never get any mileage out of them.

If I wear the same jewelry everyday, why invest in statement pieces that I'll wear twice, maybe three times a year?

Enter the Switch.

It's freeing knowing I can wear nice, cool statement accessories without paying $1,000 to own them. What's even better is knowing that it's great for the environment as well.

Sustainability doesn't just come in the form of fair practices, organic materials, non-toxins and the reduced use of plastic; while all of these practices are certainly important when thinking about where you purchase from, vintage and rental companies are also sustainable ways to shop too.

Our Founder Liza, along with our head of content Danielle, sat down for a frank conversation on hair modesty with Jewish modest fashion influencer Tamar Tzubeli Abda. She discusses her journey to covering her hair, her day to day struggles and the lasting impact its had.

Covering your hair, is more often than not, a religiously affiliated form of modesty. The covering of a woman's hair is symbolic of its sacredness. Hijabs, sheitals, kippahs, turbans, veils, kamilavka, dastars are all an expression of modesty. Throughout 16th and 17th century England, and America until the turn of the twentieth century, veils, ornate caps, bonnets and ladies’ hats were worn by many Christians to cover the sacredness of their hair, as well. Between the feminist revolution of the 60s, rapidly changing Western culture and the influence of Hollywood and the media on society, it’s no surprise that the fashion reflected globally throughout each decade in the later half of the 20th century is radically different than what came before. The tradition of hair covering faded with the 60s, but the tradition hasn’t been lost completely, just like the tradition of and value in modesty hasn’t been completely lost either. We are a community of modern modest women living in 21st century America; proof that tradition can find a place in mainstream fashion.

Many women in our community, our team included, found modesty later in life - a once lost or forgotten value. The decision to explore modesty externally usually begins with the understanding that there is something private, something that’s your own that you’re meant to keep to yourself and your close ones. Once you commit to that understanding, the next step is usually reflecting that belief in your dress; baby steps like wearing longer skirts or baggier pants and tops with sleeves and high necklines. As that decision to explore modesty continues, you may find that mindset goes further like wearing more full-coverage activewear, swimsuits and, eventually, to some, coverage over your hair. Speaking to Tamar Tzubeli, now Abda, we identified with her journey in modesty as she finds her footing in expressing modesty through hair covering. She wasn’t a stranger to the practice but it wasn’t something she necessarily considered for herself.

“I never had any pressure to cover my hair. It was more of a decision I made when I got engaged. Before that I actually didn't even think about it, believe it or not. I have really great hair. I was blessed with naturally amazing hair that I have to do nothing to.”

Not only did Tamar share her story, but she also curated a special collection of scarves for women of all faiths or those who just want to wear them as a statement piece or accessory! Shop Tamar’s picks below and make sure to #scarfitup as you post your scarf looks!!

Read more about Tamar's
hair covering journey

here

Tamar's high fashion picks at affordable prices for hair covering:

Echo // $40
Echo // $89
Echo // $65
Echo // $44
Echo // $29
Echo // $99
Echo // $149
Echo // $59.
Kate Spade // $48
Cult Gaia // $118
Kate Spade // $40
Kate Spade // $40
Asos // $8
Kate Spade // $88
Kate Spade // $48
Kate Spade // $88
Free People // $28
Echo // $149
Banana Republic // $29
Frass // $48
Echo // $149
Etsy // $26
Banana Republic // $29
Asos // $10
H&M // $12.99
Mango // $19
H&M // $12.99
H&M // $12.99

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