09 Jun 43 Sustainable Looks to Start off Your Summer Right
Summer is almost here! I’ve rounded up all the looks that I’ve done over the past year that are perfect for this weather and still super sustainable and stylish. If you’re looking for old looks that you can’t find now that polyvore is gone, some of them are probably here.
Kowtow Pants– Made ethically with organic cotton.
Nettie Kent Bracelet-Hand-cast with reclaimed brass.
Coclico Heels– Handmade in Spain with sustainable and ethical production.
Illevesta sunglasses– Made with bio-based acetate.
Feit Direct bag– Handmade by Florentine artisans with vegetable tanned leather.
Reformation tee– Made with a sustainable process that saved 10 pounds of carbon, 400 pounds of water, and half a pound of waste.
The best way to start a new day is with an amazing outfit. It takes away some of the resentment you feel towards your alarm clock and inbox. This work look will take you almost anywhere. It’s a classic pattern and a classic silhouette. The heels have a nice large square so your feet won’t hurt that much.
This is a great springtime professional look. The black background of the pants and top helps embrace a floral theme without going overboard. I love the contrasting flowers.
Everlane Sandals– Made ethically in Brescia, Italy.
Lauren Winter Jumpsuit– Made sustainably from hemp and they follow WRAP principals.
Palo Santo Essential Oil– Distilled in small quantities from ecologically and sustainably harvested wood gathered in the Machalilla Park on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast.
Cuyana Backpack-Made ethically in Italy with a slow fashion ethos.
The way to feel better is to put on a dress you can feel amazing about. Not just in the way it looks, but in the way, it’s made. This dress is, I kid you not, zero-waste. The look is all about a fun night out. I played on the metallic color of the dress to match it with the shoes and that awesome clutch.
A super feminine look with an awesome wonder woman. Frieda Kahlo is chilling on the skirt to keep you company at any event you go to. I recommend dancing in this look because the skirt is made for twirling.
Noah NYC Shoes – Made ethically in Portugal.
Edun Tote – Made ethically in Kenya in partnership with artisan cooperatives.
OCC Foundation, Lipstick, and Brush– All their products are totally vegan and cruelty-free.
Asos Design Shorteralls– Made with cotton grown in Kenya.
Shwood sunglasses– Has cellulose acetate that is a natural and renewable material derived from cotton and wood pulp.
This one features a favorite of mine: Reformation. The set has a neutral palette so it is totally fine to swap out any of the pieces and add a pop of color! I love this jumpsuit set because it kind of looks like you are wearing pants or a dress, but it’s actually a one piece and you can mix and match as you want.
STELLA McCARTNEY sandals– Made ethically in Italy with wicker.
Zip tote-The tote is vegan and made from man-made PU.
Melissa Joy Manning earrings– Fairly made of recycled gold.
Sonia Kashuk lip treatment– Made with acai oil, cultivated through a sustainable development program in Brazil.
Body cleanser– Each bar is crafted in batches using high-quality ingredients such as Rainforest Alliance Certified organic palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil, a blend of essential oils.
Reformation Jumpsuit– Reformation is working towards becoming completely net zero and they track all of their emissions and waste. Check out all they do here.
This look incorporates everything I love about sustainable luxury, gorgeous fabrics, stunning craftsmanship, and a nice ethos. This look could belong on a red carpet or at a fancy garden party. Some things you might have seen before- the Thesis Gems cuff. It’s definitely been on my mind. I’m in love with it. The colors help brighten any monochromatic look and it ends up matching so many different color families because of the blue, silver, and the purple.
This dress look has all the essential qualities for a summer look: a beautiful color, an awesome pattern, flats that won’t break down, sunglasses to protect those eyes from spring weather, and a skincare routine for the changing seasons. Also, the dress makes me think of Mad Men, not in the thank god it’s not the 60’s anymore cause white men were pretty awful, but in the oh I love that dress type of way. The oh! I didn’t know they still made clothes like that anymore way.
So many sustainable florals, so little time. This is a modern hippie look with vintage ethical hippie vibes. I love combining a ton of different patterns. I feel it gives off the ultimate cool-girl vibe. So here we have flower patterns on your pants, shoes, watercolor painting on your shirt and little adorable ladybugs on your tote. Rock the day!
Obviously, dresses are my favorite and summer is the perfect time to break out all your amazing sustainable dresses. This one is paired with some buckle flats and complementing jewelry.
A lovely brunch outfit to match all the blooming flowers and be excited about the sun. Caveat: I love these heels, but I couldn’t walk in them to save my life. I really wish I could. But aren’t they just the cutest sustainable stilts you’ve ever seen?
It’s a maxi! Maybe it will help you relaxi. I’ve been trying to think of a maxi dress pun for a couple hours now. This sustainable maxi dress is from Kowtow Clothing and it’s the only new item in this set! Everything else has been featured before. I know spring sometimes means out with the old and in with the new. But I’ve never been about that. I’m more about reuse
Skunkfunk Dress (was Skunkfunk, now Reformation) made with sustainable production that saves, waste, water, and carbon.
Nine to Five Shoes– Ethically and sustainably handcrafted in Portugal with chrome-free tanned Italian calfskin and vegetable tanned sheep leather.
Khokho Bag– Handwoven in Swaziland with naturally dyed grass reed, and features a detachable leather shoulder strap and coordinating top panel that is secured with gold-tone metal hardware.
Isla Apothecary– Made in small batches with only natural, ethically-sourced, and where possible organic ingredients.
Melissa Joy Manning Earrings– Made with reclaimed and recycled metals.
Eileen Fisher shoulder bag– Crafted by artisans in Madagascar.
STELLA McCARTNEY sunglasses– Made from sustainable bio-acetate.
Blue scarf– Hand-made using sustainable bamboo and rayon fabric.
Lily Lolo foundation– Made with certified vegan ingredients.
Alima Pure Lip Tint – With natural ingredients that includes peppermint oil.
ALBA sun care– Made from Green Tea and Grape Seed.
Zoya Nail polish– It’s a toxin-free nail polish and treatment formulas contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor/p.
Arkins Jumpsuit– It’s a rib knit fabric made from 95% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton fabric. Farmed, knitted and dyed all by Certified Fair Trade workers using PETA approved practices.
By Far Shoes– Made from deadstock leather rescued from luxury Italian factories.
Lush cleansing mask– It’s vegan with rose oil,
For areas that are still chilly, like Boston or Minnesota if you live in the U.S. this look is perfect. This look is perfect for the weather there- layered, and easy.
Cuyana cardi– Designed in SF and made in Italy with 100% cashmere. Check out Cuyana’s give back program The Lean Closet to help return items you don’t need anymore.
RE/DONE high-waisted jeans– Made by taking vintage denim apart at the seams, and repurposing it as the fabric of new jeans.
Eileen Fisher pumps– Eileen Fisher has been a visionary in the sustainable fashion arena for years. Check out their Vision 2020 here.
Nubuck purse– Handcrafted in Kenya.
Lily Lolo blush– This has jojoba seed oil, argan oil, and pomegranate.
Lily Lolo eyeshadow– This has wax, jojoba oil, and zinc.
Podolls top– Made in the U.S. with cotton.
Organic Pharmacy nail polish– It has a non-toxic formula.
Boodi gold earrings– Made from ethically sourced materials. The metals are recycled and each gemstone is traceable and fairly traded.
Herbivore lip makeup– Made with organic virgin coconut oil and hydrating Moroccan rose absolute.
Physicians formula mascara– It’s free of synthetic fibers and preservatives and is made from natural ingredients.
EARTH TU FACE beauty Made from purely plant-based ingredients, free of toxins or synthetic compounds.
Lush Hair Care-Using an organic vegan stout that they source from a local brewery.
KORA Organics Heart Chakra Essence– Never tested on animals and vegan.
StudyNY Jumpsuit– From 100% raw silk that they imported from China with Dharma Trading Co.
Rust&Fray– Made from up-cycled materials sourced from factory-excess fabrics, leather, vegan leather, and metal.
Reformation dress– The dress saves 13lbs of carbon dioxide, 55 gallons of water, and 1lb of waste.
Shop Good Cloth tote– Hand woven, hand blocked and hand stitched.
East Fourth Street earrings– Made from recycled bronze.
Oh My Woodness! sunglasses– The frames are bamboo.
Mata Traders Trailing Triangle Earrings– With wood and gold plated brass. Mata Traders works with fair trade collectives in Nepal and India.
Michael Stars tank– Made in L.A. with tencel.
Soul Flower skirt– It’s Fair Trade certified and made with 95% organic cotton, 5% spandex.
River Bend Bracelet– Made of gold plated brass.
Proof sunglasses– With a sustainable wooden frame.
Antonym Eyeshadow and Antonym Mascara– Made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
FRĒDA SALVADOR Mules– Handmade in Spain, at this factory.
Raab Blazer– Made with sustainable and transparent practices.
Proof Eyewear– The frames made of biodegradable acetate and sustainably sourced wood. But the lenses still have harmful chemicals.
Fair Cafe Liqueur– FAIR’s expression is produced from only the finest, hand-selected Fairtrade coffee beans, grown in the mountains of Huatusco, Mexico.
Cult of Coquette– Handmade with rubber and vegan suede.
Hack with Design Dress– Produced in Minnesota by in-house seamstresses. To reduce waste everything is made after it’s ordered.
Elate Clean Cosmetics Blush– Made with natural mineral pigments, fruit and vegetable extracts, and pressed with organic jojoba oil.
Angela Roi Tote– Made in a factory in Seoul, South Korea, with Exquisite Polyurethane Leather (vegan leather)
Edun Cami– Made ethically in China, India, and the U.S. and supporting local development projects in Africa.
Sydney Brown Shoes– Made with eco-friendly vegan materials.
Ruby Rocks jacket-Made in a fair factory in Bali.
Earth Wood sunglasses– Made with sustainably sourced wood and plant-based acetate.
Mar y Sol clutch– Made by fair trade artisans in Madagascar.
Komodo Trousers-Made mindfully with tencel.
Mata Traders Earrings– Handmade by fair trade artisans in Nepal and India.
Nine to Five Belt– Made with sustainable production practices in Portugal, and with materials sourced in the E.U.
Stella McCartney Heels– Made with alter-Nappa in Italy.
RMS Beauty Lipstick and Liner– Made with raw organic ingredients like jojoba oil.
Kayu Clutch– Handcrafted by expert artisans in Bali with locally sourced sustainable materials.
Arabhi Dress– Made fairly with GOTS certified organic cotton.
Kimsu Earrings– Made with recycled silver in gold vermeil.
The old U.S. rule for wearing white was it was appropriate from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Again an arcane style rule, but one that still is talked about none the less. This look is great for any party (if you are thinking that far in advance).
STELLA McCARTNEY mid calf dress– With Stella’s commitment to ethical and sustainable sourcing.
Beyond Skin flats– Made with recycled PU.
FC bangle– Hand-made from sustainable brass.
Nick Fouquet white fedora– With sustainably harvested beaver felt fur. I had lots of questions about this. Read about the process here.
STELLA McCARTNEY sunglasses– In Italy from brown acetate.
Axiology lipstick– Made with all-natural ingredients like organic avocado oil.
Aesop uses a mixture of organic, non-organic, and synthetic ingredients. It’s always interesting to read how a company thinks about sustainability and organics. (continued below)
Everyone needs a little black dress. It’s a staple of every wardrobe because of how versatile it is. This one is totally sustainable. I kept this look really basic. Black dress, black heels, and nude accessories. Sometimes it’s good to keep things simple. Also, all these pieces can be worn thousands of times.
The brand uses the highest-quality natural ingredients—including food-grade, plant-based, and toxin-free materials. Never tested on animals, Herbivore Botanicals’ formulas come in recyclable and reusable packaging for true sustainability.
Amour Vert is a well established sustainable clothing company based in San Francisco. Amour Vert uses engineered textiles and blended fabrics like tencel, modal merino wool, organic cotton, and recycled polyester. They only use low-impact dyes and have adopted a zero-waste philosophy. The price range is in the middle between cost saving, and luxury. Most of their items are too expensive for me. I’m excited to walk around the store and look at the clothes. What are your sustainable shopping recommendations in SF?
Halter dress– made from model engineered from fast growing and renewable Eucalyptus and Beech trees.
Soko earrings– Made with ppcycled brass
blazer– Made of modal.
Sandals– Made with sustainably hand-dyed ostrich feathers and artisan-made in Italy.
Kayu Tote – Carefully handcrafted by women cooperatives in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia
With our 100% toquilla (a plant native in South America)
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