Eco-conscious fashion has never been bigger or more important. Regardless of whether you’re looking for vegan, organic, fair trade, recycled or locally-made clothing and accessories, you don’t have to sacrifice style to make a green statement. Staying cool — and fashionable — while not straying from your eco-conscious beliefs is totally possible this summer with these cute styles from sustainable brands.
Eco-friendly style, yes please.
An all-occasion wrap dress
A wrap dress made with organic cotton is a great way to stay cool when the weather heats up. We love this pale aquamarine sleeveless Grace Wrap with tiered paneling, $88, by eco-conscious clothing leader, Synergy. Paired with flats, wedges or heels, this organic, free trade-made dress can go from poolside shin-dig to a hot night on the town.
A sexy tee
Trade in your everyday t-shirt for an amped-up version that’s sexy, stylish and just right for the hot summer months. We love this Jumwa Draped Back Top made by Wildlife Works, for its sunny coral hue, the peek-a-boo midriff-length in the front and the draped open style in the back. Toss it on with capris, shorts or a mini skirt and hit the farmers’ market or the beach! Available in bright citron yellow as well; $58.
The perfect carryall
Never has upcycling been so on-trend! This roll-top backpack ($359), part of BARE’s Burlap Collection, boasts upcycled coffee sacks as its main component, along with hemp, wool, leather and brass. Each of these ideal travel partners are unique — no two in the collection are identical so rocking a BARE bag is not only a green statement, it’s a couture one as well. Take it camping or sightseeing — it works for every occasion.
A casual long skirt
The maxi skirt is the essential summer style staple, and this 100 % organic cotton drawstring-style version (available in four colors for $32 each) by Global Girlfriend is not only cute, it serves a positive purpose. The company is run by an order of Franciscan Nuns that employ and care for young handicapped and/or economically disadvantaged women. The nuns provide the women with job training and support as well as food and accommodations, and support 300 local small organic farmers in the Maharastra area of India.
Summer is not complete without making a splash in an eco-friendly swimsuit. Bonus if it’s designed with those living an active lifestyle as is the darling Odina collection. These suits are made using materials like Econyl, which is 100% recycled polyamide with Lycra made from post-consumer recycled fishing nets; and Repreve, which is 100% recycled post-consumer waste polyester with Lycra made from recycled plastic bottles. So whether you’re out saving the whales or hosting a poolside get together, you can still show off your eco-conscious commitment.
These brands not only offer beautiful styles, but they are made in an eco-friendly manner as well so you can be stylish and green!
Feature image courtesy of Dar’ya Sip