* Five guilt-free fashion staples for every summer wardrobe
* Brands like Stella McCartney and Reformation take on the environmental movement
*These high-end brands prove style and sustainability are equally important
What’s even better then rocking a basic tee emblazoned with an earth-friendly slogan? Wearing a sophisticated garment crafted from recycled fabric from your favorite fashion designers. That is a statement we can all get behind.
To celebrate Earth Day — and to promote a more conscious approach to fashion every day — we’ve rounded up five essential pieces that will compliment your summer wardrobe, without taking a huge dent.
1. Matt & Nat Elysa Open-Toed Sandal
We love the light gray micro-suede finish of this chunky-heeled sandal from the hyper-conscious designers at Matt & Nat. They are exploring the synergy between material and nature by eliminating all animal-based products in their designs, opting for recycled nylons, rubber, and cork instead.
Each lining in their shoes is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, a promising step in the right direction towards sustainable living. Pair with straight-leg denim pants and a white tee or a pleated leather skirt for an edgy ensemble.
2. Reformation Maple Crop-Top
The well-known brand, Reformation, lives by the ethos that if fashion is going to be done right, it needs to be made with mindful fabrics that are luxurious to slip into. They utilize deadstock fabrics, repurposed vintage clothing, and two of the world’s leading textile producers: Tencel and Modal, who use sustainable sourcing methods that reduce their carbon footprint.
This summery crop-top with billowy sleeves is their rendition of the classic cotton blouse, offering a peek at the mid-drift and flattering low-cut squared neckline. Think of it as a classic crop-top with a twist.
Fun facts about this top:
11.0 lbs. of carbon dioxide savings
528.0 gal. of water savings
0.7 lbs. of waste savings
The Maple Top released 12.0 pounds of carbon dioxide, compared to the industry standard of 23.0 pounds.
3. Cult Gaia Bamboo ‘Ark’ Boho Bag
Claiming to be the answer to the picnic bag that Jane Birkin made famous in the 1970s, is this lightweight curved clutch designed with natural sand bamboo. The statement bag from the L.A. designers, Cult Gaia, looks as good on its own as it does with a fresh ensemble in the heat of the summer. It makes a perfect carry-all to hold a beach towel and reading materials while maintaining a standout style.
With an emphasis on sustainability, the brand released a line of clothing and accessories made completely from deadstock material, reminding us that channeling the looks from the 70s can be a trend in conscious consumption.
4. Mara Hoffman Abstract Vestige Paloma Pants
Mara Hoffman is one of the leaders in high-end eco-friendly manufacturing. The NYC designer continues her journey to waste reduction in the fashion world by reducing water and chemical use and executing bold statement pieces with organic and recycled fibers.
Designed to be worn as a cover-up on the beach, these wide-leg breezy pants are splashed in an array of vibrant red, cerulean, and pink swathes against a clean white background. They are made from the soft eco-fabric lyocell and move beautifully with every step taken, making them a true conversation piece.
5. Stella McCartney Distressed Straight-Cut Jeans
Investing in a pair of high-quality denim should be the first item to check-off on your summer shopping list. We adore the detail of the faded coloration and released hem of this cropped pair from Stella. The versatility of the high-waisted and ultra distressed style can take you from day to night seamlessly, with the quick change of shoes and an added jacket.
Stella McCartney has committed to producing vegan-only products as well as practicing social sustainability through the entire supply chain. This results in the fair treatment of workers and flawless materials like organic cotton, re-engineered cashmere, and hand-selected wool.
Italian-made and 100% cotton, these jeans will last you long past the fleeting days of summer.