Do good that looks good [By Amanda Bedgood / Photos by Robin May]
Here’s the thing about green fashion — it’s gotta look good. Great even. And here’s the good news — it does. And it does so while crossing style genres from boho and hipster to modern and refined. We gathered some green items that are as good for the planet as they are your style rep.
The giving bag This bag ($28) from Sky Blue is a triple threat: Powerful message, 100 percent hemp (sustainable) fabrication and a portion of sales goes to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill fund.
Dress it up This vivid dress by ecoSkin is proof that going natural can go totally on trend. This dress from Vanessa V. ($158) is part of a line that uses only environmentally sustainable fabrics that are woven, dyed and sewn in the USA.
Well heeled Chacos sandals are just the way to reuse again and again. These durable shoes ($100) from Backpacker can be easily resoled and repaired to ensure you never have to throw them away.
Work it out Workout tops that can go from lunch to the gym are a versatile wardrobe staple and all the better if they’re made from the fastest-growing bamboo and organic cotton. This TASC tank ($28) from a NOLA company found at Backpacker is also moisture wicking perfect for Louisiana summers.
Paper over rock This vivid turquoise necklace (Knotting Hill, $40) is light as paper — possible because the beads are actually not beads at all. These rolled paper beads are created by marginalized women in Uganda through a brand (31 Bits) aimed at helping local women overcome poverty.
A leg up A wild print and 100 percent organic cotton make these leggings just right year round. From Maven Womenswear ($34).
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