As you may know, the production process and materials used for much of today’s fashion are taking a toll on the environment. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to look sharp. In fact, many high-end designers are dedicated to improving their practices and taking an eco-friendly stance to help reduce waste. There’s even a pact in place (the Fashion Pact), that holds designers accountable, including some of the biggest names in luxury clothing, including Chanel and Prada.
But how is fashion becoming sustainable? There are many ways that designers can make their clothing more environmentally friendly including using organic cotton, recycled fabrics, hemp, or natural sil. They can also improve their production processes to reduce their footprint by following environmentally friendly manufacturing standards. Another practice that’s having a positive impact is updating wasteful packaging by moving away from plastic and switching to recyclable, reduced-waste, or bioplastic packaging.
Now it’s your turn to take the next step by starting to wear sustainably sourced clothing. From jackets and jeans to shoes, here’s how you can work sustainably sourced outfits into your wardrobe without sacrificing your style, starting with the essentials:
Shoes are arguably one of the most important parts of your wardrobe. After all, you literally can’t go anywhere without them. However, you’re likely aware that there are several aspects of shoe design and fabrication that are environmentally problematic. From the high water consumption necessary for cotton production to the harmful dyes necessary for animal leather, traditional shoes simply aren’t sustainably sourced. But fear not shoe fanatics, there are plenty of options if you’re looking for an eco-friendly pair or two to add to your closet, including:
- Beyond Skin
- Rothy’s (Their pointed toe flats are versatile and made from materials like recycled plastic bottles)
- The North Face
Even big-name brands like adidas and Nike have their own eco-friendly options. So, no matter your style there’s a sustainably sourced shoe for you.
Jeans are a staple in any wardrobe, whether you prefer to wear them with a tucked dress shirt or classic tee, and that doesn’t have to change because many denim brands are devoted to going green.
Here are a few brands you can shop for if you’re looking for sustainably sourced denim:
- DL1961 (Their forest green wide leg jeans are must-have for your winter wardrobe)
- Mott & Bow
- Bluer Denim (They carry well-fitted denim pants and jackets for men and women)
Not only are these jeans made using recycled and eco-friendly materials but many of these brands have made serious changes to their production process to reduce waste and follow fair labor standards. Plus, many of these lines are well-known for their high-quality denim. That means that you’ll not only save money because you don’t have to replace them as often, but you’re also reducing your footprint.
Whether it’s to stay warm during the winter or complete your summer look, the right outerwear is a must. Fortunately, there are virtually limitless options when it comes to eco-friendly outerwear. And, you can find these fashionable jackets and coats at every price point. These are some of our favorite eco-friendly outerwear brands right now:
- Karen Kane (Their faux fur jackets are sure to make a statement without the guilty conscience)
- Eileen Fisher
- Ably (Even their hoodies feature a streamlined cut that will give you a put-together look)
You’ll find high-end styles for men and women, from sleek and sophisticated coats to laid back jackets that will take your outfit to the next level.
A Fair Trade
If you’re still on the fence about whether sustainably sourced fashion is a worthwhile investment, we urge you to reconsider. While you might pay a bit more for some of these items, the quality and peace of mind you’ll get from being more responsible about your fashion choices can’t be understated. Not only will you feel better about stepping out in your latest threads, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better fit or quality than many of these brands. From where we stand, it’s clear that these eco-friendly styles are a must-have for any woman or man’s luxury wardrobe.
Take the first step by browsing one of the brands we’ve mentioned, we’re confident you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the fashion-forward pieces you’ll find that are sure to make their way into your wardrobe.