Making the leap to eco-friendly fashion from more mainstream fare typically means considering a number of factors when shopping, such as the where, the how, and the who of the creation process. All of these come together to determine the impact any one particular garment has on the planet.
However, considering the sustainability of clothing not only means looking for pieces that are ethically sourced and produced, but ones that will stand the test of time as well. Each garment you add to your wardrobe should be an investment, rather than a quick purchase that will be worn a few times and then, inevitably, replaced by the latest trend (or, you know, swallowed by the black hole that is your closet, never to be seen, or worn, again). Taking a minimalist approach to your wardrobe encourages quality over quantity, because fashion shouldn’t be fast or disposable. To support sustainable practices in more way than one, supplement your wardrobe with these classic pieces that are always on-trend.
A Midi Skirt
With a feminine silhouette and demure hemline, the midi skirt works in a number of settings, from the laid-back weekend brunch to the summer wedding. Fitted pencil or flowy A-line, casual cotton or luxe silk, this staple runs the gamut of style options. For adding a hint of sophistication to any basic top, The Zoe Report suggests choosing a printed midi as your go-to (graphic stripes or bold florals are timeless patterns that can be won in any season).
A Fitted Blazer
It’s that little something extra that pulls together any look—the blazer is more versatile than you likely think. As Lyst writes, tailored blazers are ideal for the office and similar professional settings. And they can also be thrown over jeans and a T-shirt or a flirty sundress for an added layer on chilly nights; or they can be a polished finishing touch to an otherwise casual ensemble.
A Pair of Black Pants
Let’s be real: every gal needs one pair of black pants that will always make her feel good. The fabric and cut—high-waist, low-rise, cropped, wide-leg, or skinny—are up to you, and thanks to the timeless, neutral color, won’t make that much of a difference when it comes to styling. After all, even black jeans can look elegant when worn the right way.
A Wear-Everywhere Dress
With so many pieces to choose from, the day dress often gets relegated to the dressier occasions in our lives. But, as Real Simple points out, a sophisticated shift is often the easiest and most appropriate choice for a slew of semi-formal events, such as luncheons, afternoon bridal showers, and even the occasional date night. Whether you choose the classic shift, a flattering wrap, or the more relaxed shirt dress, you’ll have a wear-anywhere option hanging in your closet.
A Basic White Tee
A must-have for any wardrobe, a simple T-shirt can be layered or worn solo, dressed up or kept casual, and adapted to any season. Some of the best styles are super soft (think 100% organic cotton) and have a relaxed, lived-in fit. Whether crewneck or v-neck, the basic white tee is just as at home when paired with distressed denim as it is with a pencil skirt.
By: Jodi Blackburn