Green & Sustainable Style Edit – July 2016

This month I’ve pulled together a sophisticated, but bright and summery capsule wardrobe featuring clothing from eco clothing brand, Komodo.

I’ve paired up a black SENS t-shirt made from 100% bamboo with a pair of lightweight, sulphur coloured ADAM tencel linen shorts.  In case you’ve not heard of tencel, its a very sustainable fabric made from wood cellulose, and is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics on the market.  I’ve also opted for this 100% organic cotton gathered tie dress  in black from People Tree for more formal occasions and to take the look into the evening.

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Both looks go equally well with the accessories I’ve chosen.  I know there are plenty of 443512-290be77a2dd24ddeb0bb7aeb43bc27adother eco-brands of shoes on the market now which probably have better eco credentials, but I’ve been wearing Birkenstocks since I was about 15 and I’m not going to stop now.  I always make sure I get the most out of each pair by caring for them well and getting them resoled as needed.  These gold crackle effect sandals look great paired with a cork & gold oversized clutch from Etsy and this simple gold layered necklace from Komodo or a pair of Brazilian paxiubinha seed earrings from LauraBijoux.  With 20 years of jewellery design experience, Brazilian expat Laura Torster now lives in Portugal and she ships her eco creations worldwide.  She’s also very happy to work with you to create something bespoke for you and at the moment I’ve commissioned her to create a pair the same earrings pictured above for me, but with a spring loaded loop, as I am one of those rare individuals without pierced ears.

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When it comes to sunglasses, I’ve always slightly struggled with the eco options.  They’re often made from bamboo and are probably great if you have one of those faces that looks good wearing classic RayBan wayfarers.  But I don’t have one of those faces.  And I was so happy to find these stylish and feminine black & honey MARINO sunglasses from Antonio Verde, made from recycled plastic and bamboo.

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I always would encourage anyone to shop sustainably by going to charity shops and second hand clothing stores, however sometimes its hard to get specific pieces you might need when shopping this way, and so I want to share these style updates as a regular, up to date resource guide for you to find out what is out there in the eco fashion world.  I have done style edits in the past, but as I’ve started to research and connect with all the wonderful companies out there producing green and sustainable fashion, I want to get a chance to feature as many as I can. In particular, UK-based companies. There has been a great response from nearly everyone I’ve approached so far.

I have not been compensated (financially or in kind) for featuring any of the brands listed in this style edit.  I just genuinely like them. Komodo have, however, been kind enough to provide me with some lovely high res images to use in this feature and they’ve also tipped me off with some insider information that their summer sale is due to start later this week on their website: www.komodo.co.uk.

I hope this inspires to you to check out some of these eco brands when you’re updating your wardrobe this summer.

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53 thoughts on “Green & Sustainable Style Edit – July 2016

  1. TraceyFaceUpBeauty

    I’m not great at buying into ECO when it comes to clothing, although I picked up a gorgeous top from h&m a few years back that had been made from recycled fabric. I had no idea they stocked ECO stuff! Love those Marino sunglasses. Super stylish! Tx

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      Zara also do an organic line as well. And I’m starting to see bamboo clothing and tencel clothing everywhere too – even at TK Maxx. Eco clothing is getting more fashionable and mainstream…one of the reasons for me starting this as a regular feature! I hate frumpy clothing. The glasses are lovely aren’t they?

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      Thanks Joanne, they’ve also given me a sneak peek at their AW look book and it is amazing…I can’t wait to share a couple of those looks in the autumn. Laura who does the earrings is just lovely too! But I’m not sponsored or anything so I plan to feature as many eco brands – making anything I would actually wear myself – as I can!

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      Aren’t they? As I said, I’ve always struggled with eco sunglasses in the past as they’re just too masculine looking with the wayfarer shape and hard wooden frames. But these are so similar to my non eco Oliver Peoples Laylas…finally a decent pair of eco sunglasses!

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      It really is stepping up its game. It really needed to. Shapeless bits of hemp are fine when you’re 19 and look amazing in everything but grown women need well tailored, well designed clothing and high quality accessories and finally these things seem to be available.

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      Thanks Jess! Isn’t yellow such a cheerful colour? I dress my daughter in it all the time! The sunglasses are gorgeous and not too expensive at all, despite being made from recycled plastic and bamboo.

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      Thanks Stephen, yes there are companies finally starting to ‘get it’ that people interested in protecting the planet still want to look good and have a disposable income. I was recently more than a little surprised checking Google Analytics to see that 54% of my readers are men…do you think a men’s sustainable style edit would go down well?

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