10 Ways to Sustainably Style Your Matching Sets

After talking with Felicia Zivkovic, of REISSUEDstyle, I’ve been super excited about matching sets. Not only do they look super cute together, they are also great pieces to mix and match. So in preparation of receiving my matching set, I’ve found 10 different sustainable designers who are making beautiful matching pieces that will long outlast the trend.

This look features Zeus + Dione shorts and top. They craft their clothes in fairly in Greece and use traditional artisans who have been perfecting their craft since the time of the Ancient Greeks. The set is styled with a Mark Davis bangle that uses vintage bakelite and ethically sourced gems. I chose this one for its light turquoise color. The look is completed with black accents from ethically paid artisans like the Figue shoes and Sensi Studio Bag and Jacques Marie Mage Sunglasses which have been handcrafted in limited quantities in L.A.

This matching set totally works for work. I definitely see it on a chic and funky woman on the streets of New York. The set is from Zero + Maria Cornejo (Top and Pants) and is produced locally in New York. The accessories I chose are all from brands based on mostly on the North American continent. The shoes are Coclico, which are headquartered in NYC and made in a sustainable facility in Portugal, that’s family owned. The sunglasses come from Shwood, and they are based in Portland with sustainable wood. Up to the north in Canada, Matt & Nat makes vegan bags, and Brave Leather (belt) makes their accessories from by-product waste from the of the food industry, and they use only water-based dyes and adhesives.

This matching set from Apiece Apart (Top and Skirt) gives me total vintage vibes. They use natural materials and eco-friendly dyes. The accessories with this look are really simple. Both the Melie Bianco Bag and the BHLN heels are made with vegan materials, and the Gucci Sunglasses are made with sustainable cotton-based acetate.  Rebecca de Ravenel Earrings, which are handcrafted by Indian artisans and a No. 13 Bracelet, which is made by Sami artisans complete the look.

This matching set will be a perfect transition piece for fall for spring too. The darker colors of the Ulla Johnson set (Top and Skirt) combined with the florals make it great for any season. For summer I’ve combined it with vegan CL by Chinese Laundry heels and a matching hat from Yosuzi, that’s made using traditional Venezuelan crafting methods. The jewelry is from Neola (bracelet) who produce with strict fair-trade standards, and Latelita London (earrings), which makes their earrings with responsibly sourced by-product materials. I definitely took inspiration from the pink earrings and matched them with some of my favorite pink sunglasses from Pala that are made with recycled plastic in Ghana.

A lighter matching set that is perfect for a breezy day at work, or your next vacation. The set is from Jaline (Top and Skirt) It’s handmade by indigenous women in Mexico using their traditional weaving and techniques. I love the By Far shoes, they are handmade in a family-run factory using only premium Italian leather. They are a perfect day heel. The rest of the accessories have more of a vacation feel. Westward Leaning Sunglasses, that are made with sustainable acetate, and artisan-made Soko Earrings and a Mar Y Sol Bag complete the look.

 

Innkia Choo Top and Shorts– Handmade by traditional Balinese artisans.

Khokho Bag– Khokho is handcrafted by artisans in Swaziland, such as this tan-brown Thembi basket bag. It’s made from naturally dyed grass reeds that have been woven in a traditional style.

Westward Leaning Sunglasses– Same philanthropic and sustainable approach as above.

Oropendola Earrings– Oropendola generates sustainable employment for the artisans of Medellin who craft each piece by hand.

Vicenza Wedges– Made with artisanal practices in Spain.

 

Figue Top and Shorts– The same ethical artisans and traditional techniques are used to create Figue’s clothing too.

Melissa Joy Manning Earrings– Made in an eco-certified workshop.

Aranaz Bag– Made with traditional techniques in Manilla.

BHLN Sandals– Handmade with vegan materials.

Alex and Ani– Made in the U.S. with recycled metal.

Matter Prints Top and Pants– Handprinted and stitched ethically and sustainably in India.

Blue Planet Sunglasses– Made of recycled plastic for the frames, and polycarbonate acetate for the lenses.

Bar Jewellery Earrings– Made in the U.K. using recycled silver.

John Hardy Necklace– Made by artisans in Bali.

Sanuk Sandals– Soles made from repurposed yoga mats.

 

Faithfull Top and Pants– Handmade and dyed in Bali by local ethically paid artisans.

Kayu Bag– Made by traditional Filipino artisans using locally sourced materials.

Nine to Five Sandals– Made sustainably in Portugal with E.U. sourced materials.

Laura Lombardi Earrings– Working entirely with re-purposed materials, New York-based jewelry designer Laura Lombardi crafts sustainable pieces coveted by editors and influencers alike.

Toms Sunglasses– Each pair purchased donates a pair of sunglasses to a child who needs one.

 

 

 

All Things Mochi Top and Skirt– Every piece is ethically stitched by artisans.

Muzungu Sisters Bag– Muzungu Sisters goes around the world and finds interesting traditional artisans, this bag is made in Sardinia.

Melissa Joy Manning Earrings– Handcrafted in Melissa Joy Mannings eco-certified facilities using ethically certified refineries.

Planet Blue Eyewear– Made with sustainable, biodegradable acetate.

Fabio Rusconi Flats– Shoes according to Fabio Rusconi are clean and minimalist, timeless and modern. Using ethically and environmentally sound manufacturing practices.

 

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A Peace Treaty Top and Shorts– A Peace Treaty tries to showcase dying techniques with each collection.

Earth Wood sunglasses– Handcrafted with sustainably sourced wood stems.

Muun Bag– Finished in Paris, and woven in Ghana by artisans.

Soludos Shoes– Crafted in the Soludos atelier in Spain using traditional techniques.