What to Wear for Eco-Friendly Style

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Every year I try to make a few changes to make my life greener. This year, I canceled all my retail catalogs and bought a glass water bottle and some glass Pyrex containers to store leftovers. But what about fashion? Aside from the clothing I'd see while shopping at Whole Foods, I wasn’t familiar with many eco-fashion brands. I thought I would only find clothes that felt "hippie" and "granola." But I was wrong! And I am very happy to share that you do not have to sacrifice style to preserve the environment. 

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There are many eco-friendly fashion brands out there, and I’d like to introduce you to a few of them. 

For this week's style cheat sheet in honor of Earth Day, I’ve created one budget-friendly, eco-fashion casual outfit and one splurge-worthy, eco-fashion office outfit.

Eco-Friendly Casual Style -- Budget Friendly

Online retailer ASOS has a tab dedicated to sustainable fashion. I love this darling summer dress made of reclaimed fabric with two of my favorite design elements -- a bold print and an open back! Pair the dress with these on-trend vegan leather gladiator sandals, and for your personal items, we've got a mini canvas bucket bag made of postconsumer plastic and cotton canvas. Seriously?! What about these cute sunglasses made of 100 percent recycled fishing net? And a glass water bottle will be your new favorite accessory for keeping hydrated as you do your part to preserve Mother Earth.

what to wear earth day eco friendly style

Shown above (clockwise from top left): Reclaimed Vintage Open Back High Neck Dress with Frill Hem in Floral ($65, asos.com); Canvas Mini Bucket Bag ($95, freedomofanimals.com); Glass Water Bottle With Sleeve in Pearl White ($22.99, digsshowroom.com); The Kayu-Ocean Sunglasses Collection ($139, bureoskateboards.com); A-Spring Greece Sandals ($125, olsenhaus.com).

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Eco-Friendly Office Style -- Splurge Worthy

Have you met the brand Cuyana? If not, it’s really worth the look. Their tag line is "Fewer, Better Things." How beautiful, right? The brand has a Lean Closet program where they send you a reusable bag to fill with clothing you’d like to donate. They pass the clothes on to women in need and, in return, give you a $10 credit. The Cuyana white gathered silk blouse is perfect for your eco-fashion office look -- and because I love this brand so much, I also chose their oversized tote bag. Trusted brand Levi’s created a way to make jeans using less water, and their classic 505 straight leg cut is perfect for the office. For your shoes, I found ballet flats by Reneu that are made with "eco-friendly upper materials such as hemp, recycled polyester, eco-friendly ultra suede, and other earth-friendly, vegan materials." And for our accessory, we have a statement necklace by 31 Bits that's made of recycled paper and handmade in Uganda.

what to wear earth day eco friendly style

Shown above (clockwise from top left): Gathered Silk Blouse in White ($155, cuyana.com); Mojavy Melody Necklace ($75, 31bits.com); Elim Melon Ballet Flats ($90, reneushoes.com); Levi's Water in Sleek Blue ($44.50, levis.com); Oversized Carryall Tote in Cream ($265, cuyana.com).

 

Images (clockwise from left) via cuyana.com; 31bits.com; digsshowroom.com; freedomofanimals.com; reneushoes.com

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