Sustainable Essentials

by Abigail Danian

If your closet could talk, what stories would it tell?

Rewriting your saga with clothing that feels, fits and connects with your values may be something to aspire to. Decide for yourself what feels good on your body and suits your personal style. As Marta Swain, owner of Clothing Matters eco-apparel boutique, advises, “It’s important to know what’s in the clothing you’re putting on your precious body.”

Eco-friendly apparel has come a long way courtesy of Stella McCartney, Amour Vert, Edun, Indigenous and other brands by erasing the lines between sustainable fashion and fashion forward style.

Being eco-friendly and fashionable can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Recycle: Buying used clothing is both sustainable and budget friendly. 

2. Donate or Re-sell: Donate your unwanted clothing to charity or sell on consignment.

3. Purchase Eco-Friendly Clothing Brands: Do your research when it comes the environmental practices of the brands you buy from and spend your dollars with companies that prioritize responsible practices.

Build Up Your Wardrobe With Basic, Essential Pieces

Amour Vert was founded on the belief that great fashion and social responsibility can coexist, and their price points are budget friendly. Amour Vert’s website offers you an “essentials” search, so they do all the work for you!

Designed by Deadwood in Stockholm, Sweden, the Deadwood Classic biker jacket is made of recycled leather from vintage garments to reduce the strain on the environment.
Vera Turtleneck Dress by Amour Vert

A Spring 2017 essential item is definitely the Amour Vert “Deadwood Classic Leather Biker Jacket.” Pair it with a basic white tee and a pair of jeans for a timeless and casual look. Transition the jacket for a night out by throwing it over a flatteringly cute dress, like Amora Vert’s “Vera Turtleneck Dress,” another great versatile wardrobe staple.

Alana Jumpsuit by People Tree

People Tree designers create beautiful clothes using hand skills. Garments are made with organic cotton and sustainable materials using traditional skills that support rural communities. People Tree has the bragging rights of having developed the first integrated supply chain for organic cotton from farm to final product and were the first to achieve GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification on a supply chain entirely in the developing world.

Amethyst Tower Earrings by Ten Thousand Villages

These sterling silver, amethyst earrings are made by an artisan group based in Kathmandu. Slight variations are due to the handcrafted nature of the products.

Peruvian Leather Wire Bracelet by Vavavida
Luxe Wrap Dress by Indigenous Organic and Fair Trade Fashion
Toms – Stella Peep-Toe Wedges (Vegan)

The peep-toe design and cork heel make this wedge effortlessly stylish. With every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need.


Abigail Danian

Abigail Danian is the owner of Audrey Lane Boutique and Consignment and is a wife and mother of 3.  Abigail resides in Rockford, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Kait.Cole Photography & Design.


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