A review and try on of the Sseko Fall 2019 Sojourner Collection. This brand provides opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.
I’ve been thinking about how things are made and challenging myself to be more thoughtful with my purchases. After being introduced to Sseko, and becoming obsessed with their mission, I’ve decided to invest in some of their clothing items. Sseko is such a cool brand for what they do for women in East Africa. Women who work for Sseko in the nine-month gap between secondary school and university are able to receive life skills training, are paired with professional mentors, save part of their income for university, and Sseko matches their savings 300%. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko has gone on to pursue higher education and is on her way to doing great things. As a girl mom, this mission really speaks to my heart. Girls having better opportunities and getting educated makes me so happy! I love being a part of this mission.
I’ve tried on some of my favorite new items from Sseko below. I want to point out that aside from the leggings (the best black leggings that exist IMO) everything comes in one or two sizes: size 1 and size 2. The size 1 covers a range between size 2-8 and size 2 covers a range between size 10-18. I’m 5’11” and wear a size 12 currently. I am pretty much obsessed with their easy sizing system because that means if my mom bod tones up a little more, this stuff is still going to fit great. 🙌🏻
Not everything I’m wearing in these pics are from Sseko so I’ll list it all!
How it’s Made Matters Tee & Ethical Black Leggings
I’ve already raved about these leggings (the best black leggings that money can buy) and love that they’re ethical on top of being awesome. I’m wearing an XL, and am currently a size 12 and 5’11”. I love that these are high waisted and have that compression feel where they suck you in. The How it’s Made Matters tee is a size 2, the larger of the two sizes. I could have done a size 1 but didn’t want it to be tight on me. I like the slightly looser fit. In this picture I had twisted it and tied it up in the back. Doing that I’m able to create my own fit. The olive beanie is 30% alpaca, 70% polyster, and 100% super cute and warm. It’s made by one of Sseko’s partners in Peru (they partner with a variety of ethical factories outside of Uganda as well). It can be worn cuffed or un cuffed, and I’m wearing it here cuffed.
Multiway Tunic Sweater
I love a good black sweater and the versatility to be found in the reversible Multiway Tunic Sweater. You can wear it in a variety of ways: unbuttoned in the front for a standard cardigan, with buttons in the back for a tunic or sweater dress style, and with or without the removable cowl. In the first pic, I paired it with a t-shirt and a scarf and unbuttoned halfway, and in the second picture it’s all the way buttoned with the cowl. Cute!
I am wearing a size 2 because I wanted the length. The style is drapey on me, and sizing up allows me to get 25 inches in length rather than 21.5 inches. The material is 95% viscose and 5% spandex. They partnered with an ethical factory in India for this style.
Woven Cena Jacket
I love this woven coat made from 100% woven cotton and satin lining. It’s comfy and makes me look pulled together. I opted for a size 2 because it was a little wider in the shoulders and I really wanted the slightly longer length. There is a center front button closure and pockets and this is made with a partnering ethical factory in India.
This coat is plenty spacious while still looking somewhat fitted. I have been wearing mine casually everywhere I go.
Open Front Duster in Olive Linen
I have been getting a lot of use out of the Open Front Duster. I love that olive can be a neutral and that this dresses up nicely with anything. It comes in one size so the fit will vary based upon your body type, but it’s very long which I love as a tall girl! ☺️
Buy the Open Front Duster in Olive Linen
If you’re interested in purchasing anything from the Sojourner Collection, click through the links in my post, or consider joining as a Fellow if the mission speaks to you. Whether you want to just get a discount on eco-fashion, or if you really want to dive in to creating a business out of empowering women, this could be a fun opportunity.
Which outfits speak to you most? Are you interested in ethical fashion?