By: Audrey Stanton
Summer is here and it is time to start planning outfits! While shopping sustainably often means ignoring trends, there are still ways to stay relevant and eco-friendly. Below are four trends popping up this summer, and sustainable options for each one. Wearing styles that don’t hurt the planet is a win for all.
Puffed, ruffled, and large sleeves have become very popular recently. This style is straight out of the American 1980s and provides the opposite of minimalist trends. Try the look sustainably with these tops from Lisa Says Gah, She Made Me, and Mother of Pearl. Each of these is perfect for a warm summer day. Even the oversized button-down can be worn open and paired with shorts for a breezy outfit.
Natural woven totes have been on-trend for a while now but are still in the spotlight this summer. The often handcrafted accessories bring a vacation mindset whenever used. These bags from Kayu and Cesta Collective are made of straw, sisal (a type of leaf,) and seagrass. Each one perfectly showcases delicate details and bold style at the same time.
Tea Length Dresses
This trend is also a vintage look with a modern twist. Tea length means below the knee and above the ankle, which is reminiscent of the American 1950s. There are many ways to wear this trend sustainably, and in-line with your personal style. These dresses from AYNI, Christine Alcalay, and People Tree are fantastic options. Style each one up with strappy heels or down with a cool sneaker.
This trend is an interesting collection of underwater themed accessories. From shell-shaped necklaces to freshwater pearls, treasures of the sea are ready for your wardrobe. These items from NST Studio, Wolf Circus, and LLY Atelier create options for everyone to try the eclectic trend. If you want to start off small, pick one piece of jewelry and keep the rest of your outfit neutral.