Did you know that the cotton used in the fashion industry uses a whopping 25 percent of the world’s pesticides that pollute our land, our oceans, and our drinking water? Read on for tips on dressing fashionably this season, without hurting the planet.
Organic Threads Are Pimp
As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing sexier than a fresh, white cotton t-shirt. But with all of the eco-friendly fashion on the market these days, wearing tees made from traditionally grown cotton is not only passé, it’s played. To stay sexy this spring without hurting the planet, make your next cotton purchase 100 percent organic.
B’s Favorites: Preppy polos and tees from Twice Shy.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recyle by Rocking Vintage
Tired of chasing trends? The good news is that one of the easiest—and cheapest—ways to keep your look original is by rocking vintage clothing. Not only will it reduce the total negative impact of sweatshop labor and manufacturing on the planet, but it will also reduce your chance of being caught in the same outfit as your best friend! Retro fashion is all the rage these days, so it’s no wonder stars like Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry swear by vintage when it’s their turn to walk on the red carpet.
B’s Favorites: Jackets from Wasteland, accessories from the Hollywood Flea Market, and American Rag Cie.
Make the Animals Happy: Go Vegan
Every stylist knows that accessories can make or break an outfit. But for those of us who love animals, wearing leather is not a conscious option. Luckily, there are lots of cruelty-free accessories on the market that will still keep you looking put together. From Nahui Ollin’s elegant purses and organizers made from candy wrappers, to sexy vegan footwear by Charmoné that will rival any pair of Manolo’s, you have every reason to polish off your look in style. And if you simply can’t live without leather or fur, then vintage versions will always be more conscious than spending cash on brand new skins.
B’s Favorite: AlternativeOutfitters
Attention Shoppers: Even Department Stores Are Going Green
Trying to dress more consciously, but green boutique shopping not your cup of tea? Well not to worry, with consumer demand for sustainable fashion on the rise, the big department stores have finally figured out that green is here to stay! Barney’s New York is leading the pack with an entire department dedicated to green fashion. And, the next time you head to Tar-jay or Wal-Mart to bulk up on CFL light bulbs, don’t forget to pick up some organic cotton tees (and for you moms out there, they even carry baby clothes!). Whoever says green isn’t mainstream is clearly missing the big picture. Power to the people!
B’s Favorite: Tar-Jay.
Color Me Bad
By now you should already know that this season, it’s all about bright colors! It’s always fun to experiment with new trends, but just because these funky new colors are on the runways, doesn’t mean they will necessarily be flattering on your skin tone. After all, conscious style is about dressing authentically in the colors, fabrics and styles that complement you. Though the thought of getting your color palette done may sound so ‘80s, it’s making a comeback with fashionistas everywhere for good reason: When you’re wearing your colors, people see you, not just your outfit.
B’s Favorite: A color consultation with personal shopper (and styling wizard) Jennifer Butler in L.A.