This spring, sustainability and style go hand-in-hand. Put away the sweats and get ready to stun in the best eco-fashion of the year.
While practices in sustainable fashion continue to improve year over year, so do our options in ethical wear. Each year gives us more ways to wear our values on our sleeves — literally. Our favorite collections this spring are filled with loud prints, breezy organic linen and flowy dresses and have us ready for warmer weather.
1. Mara Hoffman
A trailblazer on the sustainable fashion scene Mara Hoffman started her namesake brand in 2000 and transitioned to sustainable and ethical practices in 2015. They are committed to transparency and educating their consumers about the ever-changing face of sustainable consumption.
The brand is unanimous with flowy dresses, bold patterns, and size inclusivity. Their new spring line is filled with the expected floral dresses and must-have swimwear, but also organic cotton separates and architecture-inspired pieces that have us swooning.
Our Fav: Adelina Dress
2. Christy Dawn
Christy Dawn’s earthy, Mother Nature inspired collections are well loved throughout sustainable fashion goers. The brand emerged on the scene with easy to wear dresses crafted from deadstock fabric. They are committed to repurposing discarded textiles and have recently launched organic cotton items as well.
Their newest Spring pieces are just as we could have imagined with subtle but beautiful prints that we can wear from the beach to brunch all summer long as well as a few exceptionally crafted blouses, adorable hair clips and face masks.
Our Fav: Pearl Jumper
3. VETTA Capsule
VETTA’s unique approach organizes their pieces into capsules, versus collections. Offering consumers a curated list of items that can be easily interchanged to create dozens of looks with just a few items. They focus on classic pieces and neutral colors made from sustainable fabrics such as Tencel and recycled polyester.
One of their long-standing and consumer favorites, the Casual Capsule, includes simple, gorgeous pieces like a jumpsuit and midi dress. Their newly launched Glam Capsule consists of a satin leopard skirt, chiffon-esque polka dot dress, and bouncy wrap pants.
Our Fav: Wrap Skort
4. Eileen Fisher
Arguably the OG sustainable fashion designer, Eileen Fisher was built off of natural, organic fibers. Known for her neutral colors, effortlessly draped garments, her minimalist style is well-known worldwide as is her commitment to fair wages and women empowerment.
Her Spring line is sprinkled with hues of greens and corals, as well as her staple neutrals, many crafted from organic linen and viscose. Each piece is perfectly crafted to mix and match with all others in the line as well as items already hanging in consumers’ closets.
Our Fav: Delave Lantern Pant & Matching Top
5. Stella McCartney
Another cult favorite in sustainable fashion, Stella McCartney’s reputation precedes her. Starting her design career at the luxury fashion house Chloe and leaving in 2001 to start her own brand, she has always paved her own path. Born of animal activist Linda McCartney (and of course Paul McCartney) ethical design was always at the heart of the brand, debuting some of the first luxury handbags and shoes without leather.
Spring 2021, rightfully entitled “(Re)connecting With Nature And Each Other”, consists of drool-worthy beach bags, espadrilles, and effortlessly chic dresses and pants.
Our Fav: Flared Leg Pant
UK based brand Boden is committed to responsible sourcing as well as fair trade and ethical manufacturing practices across the 16 countries they have factories in. They also look for eco-friendly options across each step of their supply chain. They are also one of the few notable brands that carry women, men, and children’s clothing.
Bold colors and tropical prints are used across their entire women’s Spring collection. Each chic one-piece suit and breezy beach dress makes an incredible statement making you ready for anything.
Our Fav: Thomasina Jersey Shirt Dress
Parisian brand Sézane was built on responsible production and focuses on being as zero waste as possible. Their philanthropic leg is committed to helping disadvantaged children get access to education and equal opportunities.
In typical Parisian fashion, the brand is known for its sheer, delicate blouses and dresses that are also built to last. Their Spring line introduces a new French twist on denim separates, lightweight sweaters, and jewelry.
Our Fav: Bacall Blouse
8. Hackwith Design House
Born in Minnesota, Hackwith Design House is made in the USA and provides simple, minimalist basics to adorn every closet. They focus on size inclusivity and many of their items are made-to-order, which helps the brand reduce waste and unsold inventory (a huge problem in the fashion industry).
This spring they continue with their classic, soothing color palette crafted in lightweight swing dresses, tops, and pants. Organic cotton pieces make for easy wear and wash. Their subtle, but elegant patterns add a fun flare to minimalist pieces.
Our Fav: Palazzo Pants
Known for their puff sleeves, Victorian florals, and poetic details each piece from DÔEN is made to be treasured for ages. They focus on fair trade and partner with factories that are specifically working towards reducing the gender wage gap and supporting workers who identify as women. They also support the resale market for their garments, parenting with resale site The Real Real, and use recyclable packaging.
Spring 2021 is swoon-worthy, with Victorian-inspired dresses that look like they stepped out of a modern-day Bridgerton. Their delicate floral patterns are unlike any other offering playful, easy dresses made for Saturdays around town. They even sprinkled in a few mini-me matching items for your little one.
Our Fav: Drew Dress
Tonlé is paving the way in zero-waste fashion, helping consumers change the way they look at how clothing is made. With a focus on reclaimed fabric, they create breathtaking handwoven clothing, even using tiny fabric scraps for their hangtags. Their factory provides fair wages, supports a positive environment, and ensures their workers are trained to have the opportunity to rise into management roles.
Their Spring collaboration, The Plant Kween x tonlé, was “created out of a shared appreciation for radical self-love and healing, community care, and of course — plants!” Built for self-expression, the gender-fluid and non-binary pieces are bringing a new equality offering to sustainable fashion.
Our Fav: Skylar Skirt