The sun is brighter, birds are singing louder, the sky is blue, the trees are in leaf… Yep, you guessed it: it’s beginning to look like spring for our northern hemisphere friends! The weather is getting warmer, so it’s time to put away our heavier coats, beanies, and scarves and get ready for some lighter and more colourful clothing. Read on and get inspired for the upcoming season with our selection of sustainable outfits and trends for spring.
5 Sustainable Spring Outfits for the Warming Weather
The Lottie is suitable for every day but also transitions to any special occasion you’re headed to! We love the lightweight cream, black, and purple-blue floral deadstock fabric it’s made from. 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.
TAMGA Designs’ Alba Blouse is a wardrobe staple top with a bohemian twist. Featuring ruffled cuffs and a V-neckline, the Alba is a modern take on the classic babydoll silhouette, perfect for spring! TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. You can find the full range of this Canadian brand in sizes XS-2XL.
We spotted several second-hand jackets with floral embroidery from Gucci on Vestiaire Collective. Founded in 1921, Gucci is an Italian luxury fashion house that produces menswear, womenswear, as well as shoes, bags, and other accessories. The brand has good policies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but still uses exotic animal skin.
Colours That Spark Joy
We think we’ve found the perfect piece for your wardrobe. This in-between midi dress that can be worn together, reversed, and separate is great to transition from day to night. milo+nicki makes cruelty-free, ethically-designed, eco-conscious womenswear with Indian & Zambian roots. The US brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like GOTS certified cotton, and is a leading advocate for better labour rights! Find most of the range in XS-XL.
On Wednesdays we wear pink! Cariuma’s much-loved OCA signature sneaker is crafted from high-end materials and will add a nice little pop of colour to any outfit. CARIUMA is a sustainable Brazilian sneaker brand that wants you to feel crazy comfortable while providing effortless style in organic canvas, leather, and suede styles. Find CARIUMA’s shoes in US sizes 5-13.
Rumour has it that skinny jeans are dead, and that loose-fit jeans are all the rage right now! This pair is perfect to ease into this new denim era! Inspired by that perfect vintage pair of denim, the Relax Rose’s colour is unique, dyed with natural dyes inspired by minerals, and made in a lab in order not to damage the natural habitat. Dutch denim brand MUD Jeans is all about sustainability. It 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.
Sophia is small but fits all your essentials. Made with gathered straps, like a scrunchy, we love her joyful pastel green color. Mashu is a British sustainable and vegan accessories label specialising in handbags. Mashu’s environmental rating is ‘Good,’ crafting its exterior with vegan leather and recycled polyester, while its interiors feature vegan suede made from recycled polyester, ensuring you never have to sacrifice your morals for style again!
This long sleeve stripy shirt is made from linen, making it perfect as we start to enter warmer weather. We love the baby blue colour, which will suit anyone. CARPASUS is a Swiss menswear brand that makes fine shirts, ties, socks, and pocket squares. CARPASUS uses GOTS certified cotton and manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint. It also traces its supply chain and ensures workers are paid a living wage. Find most products in EU sizes 36 to 46.
A Hole New World
This top made from recycled polyester in Portugal is great to ease in the cutout trend. nu-in is a Portuguese brand that features activewear, loungewear, and underwear collections, as well as trend-led men’s and women’s ranges. It prioritises the planet by using a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, and reuses offcuts to minimise textile waste. The brand is inclusively sized, and features an extended sizing range up to 6XL!
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. The Belmond Dress provides an edgy yet sophisticated look, perfect for spring.
Araks is a lingerie, swimwear, and sleepwear brand that offers delicate pieces made from luxurious Italian fabrics. The Tamara Bralette can be worm under your cutout top or dress. It’s a classic cup bra cut in soft French stretch lace for a chic and modern look. Find this bralette in sizes S to L.
Believe it or not, visible G-strings are back in style! Underprotection’s Luna String is made in soft recycled nylon lace with delicate scalloped edges paired with a thin waist elastic. The semi high rise fit will be great underneath a cutout dress. Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from sustainable materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. You can find the full range in XS-XL.
Go Big or Go Home
Made from organic cotton, the Flora is a cropped wide-leg pant with a high rise and chunky button. Yes please! Whimsy + Row is an eco-conscious lifestyle brand born out of a love for quality goods and sustainable practices. Since 2014, its mission has been to provide ease and elegance for the modern, sustainable woman. By limiting each garment to short runs, Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, reduces packaging waste, and takes care of precious water resources. Find most products in XS-XL.
Whether you like them minimalistic or bright and bold, maxi dresses are a spring wardrobe staple. With a focus on mindful and conscious practices, Mara Hoffman uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon and recycled polyester, and even has a range of Oeko-Tex STeP certified products. Items come in sizes XS to 3XL. They also have a gorgeous extended sizes collection, so you can be sure to find a new wardrobe addition no matter the bod you rock!
Triarchy took a vintage silhouette and updated it with a longer hem and a looser leg, then combined it with its 100% organic cotton fabric, making this pair its most comfortable fit yet. Swoon! Triarchy creates eco-friendly jeans, skirts, jumpsuits, and jackets using a Tencel cotton blend. The brand’s production system uses 85% recycled water by consistently reusing the ‘thick indigo laden sludge’ that unmonitored factories dump into water systems.
What’s not to love in this work-to-weekend style? Crafted from Afends’ organic blend of hemp and Tencel, this shirt offers a lightweight and breathable design with a soft-hand feel. Afends is a Byron Bay based fashion brand leading the way in organic hemp fashion, using renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact. You can find the full range in sizes XS-XL.
The double-breasted Morgan jacket is cut from a soft tencel and its slightly oversized fit makes it the perfect boyfriend blazer. Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand from the UK that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensures the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain. Find most products in UK sizes 6 to 16.
AERA’s knee high vegan Gisele boots are made in Italy and will look great paired with a maxi dress. AERA is a US vegan luxury shoe brand, making footwear without the footprint. Its shoes are certified Vegan. The brand went to great lengths to ensure that all components are made from non-animal ingredients, yet still maintain the quality and style expected from a luxury shoe.
What’s spring without the quintessential British coat, THE global fashion icon? Created by Burberry founder Thomas Burberry over 100 years ago, Burberry’s trench coats are designed in five silhouettes, each named after a London location. The good news is that you can find them second hand on Vestiaire Collective!
A bomber jacket made from a luxurious blend of merino wool and recycled nylon, fully lined in cotton cupro. Kowtow uses organic, fair trade cotton and non-toxic dyes to produce its clothes. The New Zealand-based brand designs elegant, timeless womenswear, and also has a range of ceramics. Find the clothes in sizes XS-L.
Organic Basics offers high-quality sustainable fashion basics for men and women in organic materials. It also recently launched its first sustainable denim collection, like this chic jacket! The Denmark-based brand puts sustainable thinking at the centre of everything—it only chooses fabrics that care for our environment, and only ever partners with factories that care about their impact. Organic Basics clothes are available in sizes XS-XL.
Knitwear is not just for winter! We love this eye-catching strap top, perfect for layering over a t-shirt or (oversized) crisp white shirt. Mila.Vert offers timeless, minimal, and chic clothing, adding sophisticated details that give the garments a modern feel. The Slovenia-based brand wants to make desirable clothing, avoiding the ethical and environmental issues that the fashion industry represents. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL, or make a custom fit order free of charge!
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