Feel Good Fashion Buys

From environmentally-friendly lines to soft fabrics, from cheerful colors to charity-conscious brands, these style picks are guaranteed to boost your mood

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In the Pink

Put some pep in an early-morning workout with a cozy sweatshirt. The fabric is so soft that you'll actually look forward to your run.

 

Lululemon hoodie, $108; lululemon.com

Courtesy of Lululemon

Buckled Up

Do eco-friendly shoes bring Birkenstocks to mind? Get green without sacrificing elegance: the mule design is right on trend, and the gold studs along the sole lend a luxe edge.

 

Olsenhaus heels, $240; olsenhaus.com

Courtesy of Olsenhaus

Cozy is the New Black

This windbreaker marries the slimming effect of an A-line dress with the sporty-casual feel of a jacket. It's perfect for spring, made of sustainable materials and transforms into three different silhouettes with just a few snaps.

 

Nau dress, $225; nau.com

Courtesy of Nau

Pattern Party

A cosmetics case in a bright woven pattern will put pop into your morning routine and benefit women artisans in Rwanda. There's no way not to feel good about it.

 

Nicole Miller + Indego Africa cosmetics case, $30; nicolemiller.com

Courtesy of Nicole Miller

Here Comes the Sunflower

Let your inner-goodness shine with a cheerful sunflower tee. All of the proceeds are donated to the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides economic opportunities to women.

 

Tory Burch t-shirt, $45; toryburch.com

Courtesy of Tory Burch

Shades of Giving

Charitable line TOMS has branched out to eyewear. Cute tortoiseshell sunglasses for you will provide either a sight-saving surgery, medical treatment or pair of prescription eyeglasses to those in developing countries.

 

Tom's sunglasses, $135; toms.com

Courtesy of TOMS

Anchors Aweigh

A nautical-inspired cardigan is fresh and adds a welcome pop of color. It's the perfect antidote to the not-too-hot, not-too-cold weather of transitional seasons.

 

Pendleton Woolen Mills cardigan, $158; pendleton-usa.com

Courtesy of Pendleton Woolen Mills

Sleek 'n Chic

What's not to love about this purse? We can't get enough of the eco-friendly leather (really!), the versatile cross-body design and that oh-so-tempting price tag.

 

Ellington purse, $119; ellingtonhandbags.com

Courtesy of Ellington Handbags

American Classic

A black cardigan is as timeless as it gets, and for good reason. This style is wrinkle- and fade-resistant—AKA, one less thing to worry about.

 

L.L. Bean cardigan, $60; llbean.com

Courtesy of L.L. Bean

Out of This World

Accessorize while promoting social and environmental responsibility with a pair of gorgeous gold earrings. The intricate orbit design walks the line between quirky and elegant.

 

Amara Gold Everlasting earrings, $300; amaragold.com

Courtesy of Amara Gold

Playing the Blues

Denim's just-as-flattering counterpart? Blue cords. They're ideal for winter dressing and the bootcut style is universally flattering, which makes it a win-win.

 

L.L. Bean Signature corduroys, $75; llbean.com

Courtesy of L.L. Bean Signature

Walk on the Wild Side

Prepare to feel as though you're walking on air in these glamorous slippers. Caution: you may be compelled to call everyone "Dahh-ling."

 

Inslee at Jacques Levine ballet flats, $98; jacqueslevine.com

Courtesy of Jacques Levine

Portrait of a Lady

A bright, abstract print camouflages flaws, and the wrap dress makes for a universally-flattering silhouette. Plus, it's as appropriate for the office as it is for happy hour drinks. (And if those don't make you feel good, what does?)

 

BCBGMaxAzria dress, $158; bcbg.com

Courtesy of BCBG

Heart and Sole

Anyi Lu, a former chemical engineer at Chevron and DuPont, made it her mission to combine fashion with modern technology to create comfortable (yet no less chic) styles. Feet, meet arch support. The color blocking is just a bonus.

 

Anyi Lu wedges, $375; nordstrom.com

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Purple Haze

Rich blue and royal purple make for an elegant and on-trend ikat print. Pair with a white top, or, if you're really daring, a patterned blouse in a similar color palette.

 

Talbots skirt, $90; talbots.com

Courtesy of Talbots

Purple Prose

Never get the shivers again with a sumptuous cashmere wrap wrapped around your shoulders. Plus, 50% of the proceeds go to the Joyful Heart Foundation, which assists the victims of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence.

 

Joyful Heart wrap, $295; whiteandwarren.com

Courtesy of White + Warren

To the Max

A solid foundation for any fashion-forward ensemble, a pleated maxi skirt looks polished but not revealing. It's also versatile: wear it for a special event or pair it with a tee for a great weekend look.

 

Rebecca Taylor skirt, $325; rebeccataylor.com

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

Down to the Letter

Surprise your best friend or sister with this personalized initial pendant, which is simple and understated.

 

Sugar Mill by India Hicks pendant, $180; sugarmillbyindiahicks.com

Courtesy of Sugar Mill by India Hicks

In Support of Style

If you err on the side of busty, this is the solution to the uni-boob scourge of sports bras. Plus, the support is unmatched.

 

Athleta bra, $68; athleta.com

Courtesy of Athleta

All Bark, All Bite

If you're a dog lover (and even if you're not), a fun charm will almost make searching for your keys a pleasant experience. Almost.

 

Gucci charm, $150; gucci.com

Courtesy of Gucci

The Original Hipster

Panty lines, be gone! These unmentionables remain invisible while providing full-coverage—perfect for a body-con dress.

 

Calvin Klein panties, $12 for three; calvinklein.com

Courtesy of Calvin Klein

Diamond in the Rough

The ultimate win-win: a diamond for you, and safe drinking water to those who don't have access to it. 100% of proceeds go to charity:water, which then gives 100% of public donations to water project funding.

 

Kwiat bracelet, $100; kwiat.com

Courtesy of Kwiat

Green As a Thistle

Ladylike influences never looked more chic and empowering than in this bold hue. As if that isn't enough, check out that price tag.

 

H&M skirt, $25; hm.com

Courtesy of H&M

Sock It to Me, Baby

Cashmere socks are the ultimate luxury for your feet. Wear them with a robe, preferably after a long bubble bath.

 

Barneys NY socks, $58; barneys.com

Courtesy of Barneys New York

Back to Basics

Made of 100% organic cotton, this eco-friendly tee is a great layering staple that every women should have in their line-up.

 

Organic by John Patrick shirt, $78; organicbyjohnpatrick.com

Courtesy of Organic by John Patrick

Looking Spotty

Brighten up with a colorful wallet to lift your spirits. The polka dots are extra playful.

 

Comme des Garçons pouch, $190; net-a-porter.com

Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Jungle Fever

A designer dress with an affordable price tag? Even if we don't feel great about it, our bank accounts certainly will.

 

IsaacMizrahiLive! dress, $55; qvc.com

Courtesy of QVC

Sleeping Beauty

A good night's sleep can make a world of difference in one's mood. A coy eye mask ensures that your Zzz's go uninterrupted.

 

Mary Green eye mask, $28; shopbop.com

Courtesy of Shopbop

A Little Lift

Shapewear that's comfortable and stays in place gives your behind and your confidence a little lift.

 

Assets by Spanx shaper, $18; spanx.com

Courtesy of Spanx

Out Like a Light

Money can't buy you love, but a restorative sleep when you're on the go? This cheeky striped pillow is proof.

 

Henri Bendel neck pillow, $98; henribendel.com

 

Get an added dose of confidence with pieces in the color of power and passion: Red.

 

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Courtesy of Henri Bendel
First Published January 24, 2012

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