Product Review: Karina Dress from Synergy Organic Clothing

For as long as I can remember, my mom and aunts have had a big vendetta against the color coral. “It’s not even a real color,” they would say, scoffing at any coral-colored garments on the rack at Nordstrom (our frequent shopping destination in my childhood). It’s taken me years to overcome their anti-coral propaganda, but I’ve been fully embracing the color lately and let me tell you, it feels good.

I recently received the Karina dress from Synergy Organic Clothing to try out, and I was drawn to it first for its coral and reddish-purplish stripes. It’s like if Beetlejuice was a skater girl from a tropical climate, which I mean as a compliment.

Front view of Karina Dress from Synergy Organic Clothing

The swingy skirt and scooped back also appealed to me, and as always, I went for sleeves and a not-too-short length in case I want to try to wear it to work. The cotton fabric is wicked comfortable.

Back view of Karina Dress from Synergy Organic Clothing

The dress fit perfectly out of the box except for the straps that cross the scooped back. If I was slouching, the straps were about right, but if I stood up straight, they were kind of loose and droopy. I like to err on the side of good posture (which I attempt to have occasionally), so I shortened the straps a little with a few quick stitches and now they fit whether I’m slouching or not.

Karina Dress from Synergy Organic Clothing

The one thing I wish this dress had was pockets. I keep putting my hands on my hips expecting pockets to be there and I’m disappointed every time. However, I love the real-world-helpful description of the dress on the Synergy website. How many online stores have notes like “Scoop neck in front and back, high enough that you can still wear a bra”? Thank you for knowing what I actually care about!

Karina Dress from Synergy Organic Clothing

Socializing at my imaginary barbecue!

In terms of ethics, this dress is firing on all cylinders. The fabric is 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton dyed with low-impact dyes (meaning it meets certain requirements in regard to toxicity and biodegradability), and the dress is sewn in a fair trade operation in Nepal. Synergy is also a Green America Certified Gold business. Learn more about Synergy’s ethics.

I’m looking forward to wearing this dress to cookouts and swing dances and for general frolicking. Does your family hate on a particular color? Can you even imagine not liking coral? (I can’t anymore.)

P.S. Synergy is currently running a summer sale: Get 20% off your clothing order with code summer20.

Disclosure: Synergy Organic Clothing provided this dress for free for me to review. All opinions are my own.


  1. I totally do not remember the anti-coral thing. I recall plenty of hate for orange!

    Very cute. It does look like something sk8er grrl Beetlejuice would wear! (Again, compliment.)

    • Julia

      I recall definite scoffing, specifically at Nordstrom! The orange hate reaches a whole different magnitude though.

  2. Suzi

    Allow me to chime in on this. Coral was never hated. Perhaps dismissed as unflattering to the coloring of most of the women in your family, but not hated. ORANGE was the color that should be banned except for traffic cones and inmate-wear. This dress is suitably non-orange and therefore allowable, and it looks very cute on you. I agree, too bad it doesn’t have pockets. Maybe you could split the seams and add some?

    • Julia

      Oh yes, I realize the casual begrudging of coral was nowhere near as intense as the fiery disdain for orange. Maybe I’ll get an orange dress next, just to be even more rebellious…

  3. I remember liking coral in high school, but haven’t been as drawn to it as an adult, so I understand the hesitation. The style of the dress is great for many occasions, which is the best quality a garment can have. Sounds and looks like you’ve got a great dress!

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