6 Pairs of Sustainable Shorts to Invest in this Spring

Spring has officially sprung, and warm weather will be on the way. That means sustainable spring clothes, obviously.  I’ve done florals, and dresses, so I’m moving down the line to shorts. Below are 6 pairs of shorts, with complimenting outfits that span all different occasions, from work to the beach, and formal to casual, and fabrics- warmer wools, to linen and cotton. At the bottom, and top there are extra looks that mix and match pieces from the 6 primary looks because as we all know, nothing should ever be only worn once.

First up! Shorts from Good Krama, these shorts are wonderful for pretty much most occasions. They are made of cotton so they are light enough for a casual day running errands in the heat, but dressy enough for more formal occasions. This look is quirky, maybe it could be called fashion-forward (but I really don’t know what that means.)


How was it made?
Made in with a sustainable production process in Portugal with organic cotton.

Nisolo Sandals
How was it made?
Handmade in an ethical factory in Peru with locally sourced leather.

Handmade in the U.S. with hand-cast glass.

Good Krama Shorts
How was it made?
With sustainable production and eco-friendly organic cotton.

EcoVibe Apparel Socks
How was it made?
With a mixture of biodegradable bamboo and rayon.

Le Suri Tote
How was it made?
Handmade with cork in Europe.

EcoVibe Apparel Hat
How was it made?
Ethically in the U.S. with a production process that runs on renewable energy.
This look features Gabriela Hearst shorts. It’s totally formal and the shorts are long enough to be appropriate everywhere. No snooty looks from anyone. The shorts are classy, sophisticated, and elegant (+sustainable). All qualities that I never thought I’d describe shorts with.
Maggie Marilyn blouse
How was it made?
Made ethically in New Zealand with cotton.

Gabriela Hearst jacket
How was it made?
Inspired by Miles Davis and made in Italy with wool sourced from Gabriela’s ranch.

Gabriela Hearst shorts
How was it made?
It’s honest luxury made from wool and cupro ethically in Italy.

Everlane Kitten Heels
How was it made?
With ethical manufacturing in Florence, Italy.

Dagmar Bag
How was it made?
With chrome-free leather

Handmade with handblown glass.
Beach ready? Me too. This outfit is perfect for pairing with a bathing suit and heading down the boardwalk to the ocean or prepping for a day at the pool. The shorts are from Jiri Kalfar and are a blend of polyester and cotton.
Made ethically in Bali.


Made to order in an ethical studio in Portugal.
TOMS flats
Made in the places that Toms gives shoes to encourage local production and industry- Ethiopia, Kenya, India, China, and Vietnam.

Everlane purse

With radical transparency at an ethical factory in Vicenza, Italy

Pachacuti hat

In Ecuador with locally sourced materials and an ethical supply chain.

Earth sunglasses

With recyclable, biodegradable, and non-toxic wood.
 Shorts that are good for all year long. These Bo Carter shorts can also be winter appropriate when paired with stockings as shown below. This outfit is perfect for a transitional outfit for Spring and Fall. Just layer up if it’s cold, and when warm take those layers off.
Marianna Deri Top
Crafted in manufactories in Germany and the neighboring countries. All production facilities are selected according to highest quality standards and fair working conditions. That applies also to the materials: all fabrics are Oeko-Tex certified.

Bo Carter shorts
From 100% ethical pure wool from a special flock of 600 Shetland and Wensleydale rescue sheep. Considered industry waste, each animal would have been killed had they not been rescued. Instead, they are now lovingly cared for to stringently high welfare standards at their new home in North Yorkshire. For every rescue sheep wool garment sold Bo Carter donates a percentage of the profits back to ensure the flock continues to thrive.

Swedish Stockings
From recycled 40 denier yarn.

Everlane flats

Made ethically in Brescia, Italy with natural vegetable tanned leather.

Matt Nat bag
Made with vegan PU and the lining is a fabric from recycled plastic bottles.

Artisans & Adventurers earrings
In collaboration with small-scale artisans and craft groups in Kenya and made with natural, locally-sourced materials such as bone, wood, and horn.

I’ve been amazed and inspired by all the activism in the country right now, so this look is a riff on my 15 Sustainable Tees for Your Next Protest post. Did you know that selling fur is banned in San Francisco now?! Anyway, rock these PrAna jean shorts with any tee for a sweet go-to look.


My Sister T-shirt
Printed in the U.S. and made in a sweatshop-free facility.

PrAna shorts
Made with organic stretch cotton.

The Root Collective Wedges
Handcrafted by female artisans in Guatemala.

Edge Only drop earrings
Made ethically in Ireland.

Monokel Eyewear sunglasses
Made from totally recycled acetate.
Preppy and bright. Embrace your inner sustainable Blair Waldorf with this pair of Wallis Evera shorts. I also feel like these would be good for lots of different activities like golf. But I’ve never played so you be the judge.


Wallis Evera Shorts
How was it made?
With 55% Hemp and 45% Lyocell blend with a 100% Bemberg Rayon lining. The materials are ethically sourced from farms and factories in Japan and China that adhere to fair trade practices.

ArmedAngels Sweater
How was it made?
With GOTS certified organic cotton.

Nisolo Flats
How was it made?
Ethically in Peru with locally sourced materials.

Camden Design Sunglasses
How was it made?
With bamboo and recycled acetate.

How was it made?
With french vegetable tanned leather.
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