28 Mar

Festival Style: Coachella Outfits Done Sustainably

Coachella is just around the corner, and fast fashion brands are already bombarding us with festival-inspired collections and edits. Here’s our sustainable take on the Coachella outfit.

Our favourite fashion brands for a sustainable Coachella outfit

Coachella is back! After two years of absence, the Californian festival is ready to open its doors again over two weekends in April. With more than 250,000 attendees on average, Coachella is one of the most popular festivals on the planet.

Coachella is not just an international music rendez-vous; it’s also a place that inspires and is inspired by fashion. “Fashion and nostalgia have always gone hand in hand, and when it comes to Coachella, it’s that whole romanticism about having a music festival, open in the prairies, with a flower child look. It’s a hippie look mixed with grunge elements,” reports Anupreet Bhui for CNN. And fashion brands have certainly taken notice of Coachella’s influence—especially fast fashion brands—which launch festival-inspired collections every year.

So whether you’re going to Coachella or are simply inspired by the festival vibe and want to stay away from the exploitative fast fashion brands, keep reading. In this article, we’re sharing how to achieve the Coachella look sustainably.

Of course, the most sustainable Coachella outfits will be the ones you make with what’s already in your wardrobchille—or your friend’s or family’s wardrobes. We also highly recommend you get your Coachella pieces second hand: not only will you have a unique style (and not look like everyone else and their PrettyLittleThing or SHEIN outfit), you’ll also help divert clothes from landfill and might save a little money in the process.

But in case you need something new, here are some of our favourite sustainable fashion brands for an eco-friendly Coachella look.

Triarchy

Rated: Great
A blue denim crop top.

Josephine Top – Ships internationally from the US

Triarchy creates eco-friendly jeans, skirts, shorts, jumpsuits, and jackets. The brand’s production system uses 85% recycled water by consistently reusing the “thick indigo laden sludge” that unmonitored factories dump into water systems. This denim crop top is a must-have for any denim lover and is the perfect addition to any festival outfit (or, in our humble opinion, any outfit in general). Find the top in XS-L and most of the jeans in US sizes 24-32.

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Good Guys

Rated: Good
Black vegan cowboy boots by Good Guys.

Lucky High Top Vegan Boots – Ships internationally from France

Good Guys creates cruelty-free shoes for women and men, founded and designed by Marion Hanania in Paris. Through Good Guys, Hanania aims to create the perfect cruelty-free, made in Europe closet, where no animal product is involved, and the production guarantees fair trade working conditions. These vegan western boots are made in Portugal and are perfect to dance the night away. Find most shoes in EU sizes 36-46.

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Shop Good Guys.

Shop Good Guys @ Immaculate Vegan.

Shop Good Guys @ thegreenlabels.

Wires

Rated: Good
A pair of round eco-friendly sunglasses by Wires.

180 Glasses – Ships internationally from the UK

Wires is a London based eyewear brand that creates beautiful styles from a single piece of metal wire and 3D printed parts. We love these timeless sunglasses—just make sure you don’t lose them in the crowds.

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Shop Wires @ Rêve en Vert.

Deadwood

Rated: Good
A black reclaimed leather jacket by Deadwood.

Original River Jacket – Ships internationally from Denmark

Deadwood co-founders and friends Carl Ollson and Felix von Bahder were inspired to create a lineup of jackets made from panels of recycled leather found in second hand markets. Each design is entirely handmade in India, combining a classic love-worn feel with grunge-inspired touches, like in the River jacket.

Celebrating ageless rebellion and free-spiritedness, Deadwood creates recycled leather clothes, aiming to reinvent how we think about fashion. It recycles cut-offs created during the manufacturing process and traces suppliers in all of its supply chain. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL.

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Parker Clay

Rated: Good
A brown bucket bag by sustainable brand Parker Clay.

Topa Mini Bucket Bag – Ships internationally from the US

A bag that saves lives? You got it. Parker Clay is a US-based brand looking to create a future without exploitation by bettering lives and communities in Ethiopia. The brand has partnered with Ellilta Women at Risk program, fighting to bring women out of prostitution by providing a more stable income and safe working environment. Parker Clay also helps preserve traditional Ethiopian techniques, materials, and styles, ensuring that this fast-growing country is able to remain close to its beautiful roots. This minimal mini bucket bag is the perfect size for all your festival essentials.

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O My Bag

Rated: Good
A black leather bum bag by O My Bag.

Beck’s Bum Bag – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

O My Bag merges style and a responsible approach, creating vintage-inspired, rugged-chic bags, like this practical bum bag, made from eco-friendly, high-quality materials. The Dutch label also uses low impact and non-toxic dyes in its products.

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A_C

Rated: Good
A black and white cotton bandana by eco-friendly brand A_C.

Organic Cotton Scarf – Ships internationally from Australia

Bandanas are in again, and we fell in love with this organic cotton one from A_C. Born out of a love for design and a commitment to the Earth, A_C’s design principles are based on a circular economy, producing contemporary but timeless bags and accessories. The Australian brand uses an amazing eco-fabric, cactus leather AKA Desserto Pelle. Its entire product range is vegan, and its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production.

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MUD Jeans

Rated: Great
Black unisex straight jeans by MUD Jeans.

Will Works – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Workwear inspired fit, but made from organic and recycled cotton. These gender neutral jeans are easy to dress up or down, making them the perfect staple piece for your festival look.

Dutch denim brand MUD Jeans is all about sustainability. Not only does it offer a repair service, but it also provides a rental service where you can lease a pair of jeans for up to a year. MUD Jeans uses a combination of GOTS certified organic cotton and post-consumer recycled cotton. MUD Jeans are available in a range of sizes, usually from W25 L30-W33 L32 for women and W28 L34-W36 L34 for men.

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ARTICLE22

Rated: Good
Gold engraved bangles by ARTICLE22.

Love All Around Bangle – Ships internationally the US

Every piece of ARTICLE22 jewellery is locally handcrafted in Laos using recycled materials from Vietnam War bombs, plane parts, military hardware, and other aluminium scraps. The brand embodies the innovation that the fashion industry needs more of—using recycled materials to produce beautiful globally-marketable products, while equipping local artisans with new skill sets and providing them with a sustainable source of income. ARTICLE22 gives back to clear more unexploded bombs in Laos, supports traditional artisans, and donates a proportion of profit to community development for workers. The range, including the Love All Around Bangle, is available in sizes S-XL.

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Raven + Lily

Rated: Good
Cream and gold leaf earrings by Raven + Lily.

Zia Double Leather Leaf Earrings – Ships internationally from the US

Made with love and locally sourced leather from Northern India, these earrings will add a boho touch to your festival outfit. Raven + Lily supports local female artisans to create handmade jewellery, bags, and homewares. This US brand’s products are eco-friendly and empower communities through fair wages, healthcare, and education.

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Shop Raven + Lily @ Cerqular.

BASTET NOIR

Rated: Good

Freya Dress – Ships internationally from Macedonia

Get ready to outshine the stars on stage with BASTET NOIR’s star-clad Freya Dress. BASTET NOIR offers custom-made clothing manufactured by women in Macedonia, ensuring that every purchase contributes to the welfare and education of these women and their children. Find most items in sizes 36-42, or in custom sizing.

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Christy Dawn

Rated: Great
A green sustainable knitted jumper by Christy Dawn.

Ester Sweater – Ships internationally from the US

Festival nights can be cold, but the Ester Sweater is warmth and cosiness personified. Christy Dawn is a minimalist showroom for vintage-inspired women’s clothing and footwear, locally made with surplus fabric. The US brand rates “Great”, making it a fabulous boho option for your wardrobe. Find the clothes in standard sizes XS-XL, or shop the Extended and Petite collections.

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Shop Christy Dawn.

tonlé

Rated: Great
Black and cream flowy long skirts by tonle.

Maxi Skirt – Ships internationally from the US

We love the sweeping drama of this full-length maxi skirt, created using reclaimed cotton crepe for breathable coverage with a hint of sexy chic. tonlé provides environmentally-friendly women’s clothing with a zero-waste design process. To do so, the brand uses remnant fabrics from large manufacturers as well as recycled threads and reclaimed wood from local suppliers for its trim and accessories. Its range is inclusively sized from XS-3XL.

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Shop tonlé @ Veneka.

Shop tonlé @ Wearwell.

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Afends

Rated: Good
A pair of black denim shorts by Afends.

Organic Denim Shorts – Ships internationally from Australia

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Spell

Rated: Good
A zebra print scarf used as a top by Spell.

Banksia Travel Scarf – Ships internationally from Australia

Spell’s Banksia Travel Scarf is great for festivals because it’s super versatile. It can be worn as a headscarf, as a sarong, or wrapped as a top with your favourite pair of jeans. Spell is an Australian modern-bohemian fashion brand inspired by far-off places, vintage treasures, and childhood memories. Proudly designed and sampled in Byron Bay, and produced ethically in factories around the world. Most garments are available in sizes 2XS-2XL.

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Kotn

Rated: Good
A basic greige t-shirt by Kotn.

Essential Crew Tee – Ships internationally from Canada

We needed to add a quintessential year-round wardrobe staple to this listicle, and Kotn’s Essential Crew is perfect. Slim-fitting through the body, this piece is crafted from the softest and most durable mid weight 100% cotton jersey. Certified B Corp Kotn is based in Canada and works with local NGOs on the ground at the Nile Delta to provide every child in their farming communities with quality education, and to help close the gap of low literacy rates amongst communities. With every purchase, not only will you adorn a beautifully made shirt, but also help fund school infrastructure, materials, and salaries for teachers. Find Kotn in sizes XS-2XL.

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Veja

Rated: Good
A pair of black high top canvas sneakers by Veja.

Nova Canvas Sneakers – Ships internationally from France

Veja is a French brand designing ecological and fair trade footwear, and is also a sustainable fashion pioneer. The brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. Veja pays its co-operative cotton growers and rubber tappers between 30% and 100% above the world market price. By not advertising, Veja is able to invest more money into strengthening its ethical practices. You can find Veja shoes in women’s EU sizes 35-46, and men’s 35-47.

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Shop Veja.

Shop Veja @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Veja @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Veja @ Outerknown.

Shop Veja @ Threads 4 Thought.

Shop Veja Kids second hand @ Retykle.

Nisolo

Rated: Good
A pair of black leather Chelsea boots by Nisolo.

Carmen Chelsea Boots – Ships internationally from the US

Rugged yet elegant, these Chelsea boots are versatile in style and wear well for any festival you might attend. Nisolo is an American brand that prioritises living wages throughout its supply chains while also working to combat climate change. Find the boots in US sizes 5-11.

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Shop Nisolo @ Made Trade.

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Chillax

Rated: Good
A lilac warp kaftan dress by Chillax.

Crinkle Gauze Kimono – Ships internationally from Turkey

Kimonos are underrated: they are great for layering, or even wearing on their own. This one from Chillax caught our attention—it’s handmade from cotton and can be used from day to night. Chillax is a women’s clothing brand based in Turkey that uses deadstock fabrics and focuses on versatility and comfort. Available in one size suitable for EU 34-42.

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Nightswim

Rated: Good
A beige bikini top by Nightswim.

Eco Bralette Triangle Top – Ships internationally from the US

This Eco Bralette Triangle Top is for the souls who find comfort in adventure. Made with Cupro, it’s breathable, sexy, and soft. Nightswim is an emerging leisurewear brand made with care for the Earth and for her people. Sizes available are S-L.

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Reformation (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good
women wearing stylish sustainable dress, jacket, and jumpsuit from Reformation

LA-based Reformation creates killer clothes that don’t kill the environment. The brand also ensures that a large proportion of its suppliers pay a living wage.

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Shop Reformation Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Faithfull the Brand (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start
woman wearing Faithfull dress as well as flay lays from second hand retailer Vestiaire Collective

Faithfull the Brand is an Indonesia-based collection of effortless pieces designed to be versatile and easy, made with the modern traveller in mind. The brand rates 'Good' on the labour and animal welfare fronts, but still needs to use eco-friendly materials and reduce textile waste. By buying Faithfull the Brand second hand you're helping keep clothes out of landfills.

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Shop Faithfull the Brand Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Levi’s (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Levi's is committed to producing quality, hard-wearing products, and it continues to make strides with regards to environmentally sustainable production methods. This includes its Waste<Less range, made from 20 percent post-consumer waste.

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Shop Levi's Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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