CONSCIOUS DRESSING

Since I was old enough to know stores existed outside of the closets of my mom and grandmother, I’ve been hooked. Recently though, I had the realization that my meticulously sustainable, healthy, and eco-conscious lifestyle stopped at fashion choices for myself + my clients. I’ve since made a conscious effort to become more aware of the fabrics I choose and the process they went through. I’d love to share what I know so far and my favorite brands with you here! This will be ongoing and ever-evolving so be sure to check back for the latest.

I’d like to preface that we’re always going to be making some impact on the environment and our bodies with these choices (unless you join the nudists). My goal is to look at long-term wear, minimize the impact on the world around us whenever possible, and do the best we can to be more mindful in our wardrobes of present and future.

TANYA IN THE FOREST SAID CAPTURED BY TAYLOR MCKAY SMITH

TANYA IN THE FOREST SAID CAPTURED BY TAYLOR MCKAY SMITH

VINTAGE

Vintage and consignment are more sustainable options since they’re already made. I love re-homing previously loved pieces, but full disclosure they aren’t necessarily the most health conscious or ethically produced garments. I suggest wearing sparingly if so and here are a few faves.

IMPARFAITE - shop-able online selection of French essentials

CHARLIE ROQUETTE - LA-based, pre-loved pieces for the subtle statement maker

SUSTAINABLE

THE CAVEAT WITH SUSTAINABLE BRANDS IS THAT IT DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN THE FABRICS ARE THE BEST CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO CONSIDERING WHAT’S BEING ABSORBED INTO YOUR SKIN. RECYCLED PETROLEUM-BASED FABRICS MAY STILL CONTAIN HARMFUL CHEMICALS. I CAN DEFINITELY APPRECIATE THE EFFORT TOWARDS DECREASING THE WASTE BEING PUT INTO THE ENVIRONMENT THOUGH!

AMOUR VERT - LOVELY SELECTION OF JEWELRY FROM RECYCLED METALS, IN-HOUSE BRAND OF CLOTHING MADE FROM ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE FABRICS WITH A WIDER SELECTION OF SHAPES AND PRINTS THAN MANY BOUTIQUE BRANDS.

GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE - CHIC ACTIVEWEAR IN STUNNING SOLIDS THAT CHAMPIONS UP-CYCLING PLASTIC BOTTLES DESTINED FOR THE LANDFILL. THE CUTS AND FABRIC FEEL ARE BOTH REALLY EXCELLENT.

GROCERIES APPAREL - SOFT BASICS IN ORGANIC COTTON, RECYCLED + SUSTAINABLE FABRICS MADE IN LA.

NATION LTD - YOUR LAID-BACK LA ESSENTIALS MADE SUSTAINABLY. NOT-SO-BASIC TEES, DRESSES FROM STRIPED TO SLIP, IN FABRICS RANGING FROM RECYCLED COTTON, SILKS, AND RESPONSIBLY SOURCED BABY ALPACA.

CHRISTY DAWN - DRESSES + SELECT SEPARATES MADE FROM DEADSTOCK (NEVER BEFORE USED PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED) FABRICS BY THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES. THEY’RE MOVING INTO THE REGENERATIVE SPACE AND USING PLANT-BASED DYES SOON!

SWEDISH STOCKINGS - SULTRY STOCKINGS + SOCKS - MADE FROM RECYCLED NYLON W/ AMAZING PRODUCTION TRANSPARENCY AND HONESTLY THE MOST DURABLE, WELL-DESIGNED HOSIERY I’VE EVER OWNED!

VEJA - SUSTAINABLE STREET SNEAKERS CAN BE HARD TO COME BY AND THESE ARE NOT ONLY COOL, THEY ALSO PAY ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL FROM SOURCE TO STORE.

JANESSA LEONE - SUSTAINABLY SOURCED CRUETLY-FREE WOOL AND NATURAL STRAW HATS MADE IN AN EMPLOYEE-OWNED FACTORY IN THE US. ALSO, THEY’RE STUNNING!

BRAINA IN JANESSA LEONE HAT CAPTURED BY HAILLEY HOWARD

BRAINA IN JANESSA LEONE HAT CAPTURED BY HAILLEY HOWARD

HEALTH CONSCIOUS

JUST LIKE WITH SKINCARE, WHAT YOU WEAR GETS ABSORBED INTO YOUR BODY THROUGH YOUR SKIN. THE SYNTHETIC FIBERS, PESTISIDES SPRAYED ON CONVENTIONAL COTTON, AND CHEMICAL LADEN DYES CAN ALL EFFECT OUR HEALTH. THESE BRANDS ARE AWARE AND STARTING TO TURN THE TIDES TOWARDS HEALTHIER GARMENTS NOT JUST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, BUT OUR BODIES TOO!

ARTHUR APPAREL - THIS AUSTRALIAN-BASED BRAND BOASTS NATURAL FIBER SELECTIONS IN CLASSIC SILHOUETTES WITH A TWIST AND ALSO IS VERY TRANSPARENT ABOUT FACTORY CONDITIONS, COMPOSTALBE + RECYCLED PACKAGING, THE WORKS! SOME IS ORGANIC COTTON AND SOME ISN’T, BUT THE INFO IS THERE TO BE CONSCIOUS OF.

KNICKEY - ORGANIC COTTON UNDIES THAT ARE WELL-MADE AND FIT LIKE THE UNDERWEAR YOU’RE USED TO. I LOVE THE THONG MORE THAN THE HIPSTER PAIR I HAVE JUST FOR THE SAKE OF LINES SHOWING THROUGH PANTS, BUT SUPER COMFY FOR EVERY DAY WEAR.

KENT - ORGANIC COTTON AND SILK LINGERIE FROM DAILY BRIEFS TO SOMETHING MORE SPECIAL IN SOFT-PALETTES TO REALLY DIVE INTO YOUR FEMININE.

PÉTALLA - SIMPLE. ELEGANTLY DESIGNED TOPS WITH UNIQUE SHAPES AND BEADED DETAILS (OR NOT) FROM THIS PORTUGESE BRAND WHO’S CREATIVE PRODUCER ALSO REIKI ENERGIZES ALL OF HER GARMENTS. YOU’RE SURE TO FEEL THE GOOD VIBES AS SOON AS YOU PUT ONE OF HER PIECES ON!

AWAVE AWAKE - SULTRY, FLOWY ETHICALLY-SOURCED SILK SLIP DRESSES + ACCOMPANYING LAYERING PIECES ARE PLANT-DYED IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TONES

THE WYLDE - BEAUTIFUL MINIMAL COMFORT WEAR MADE SUSTAINABLY IN AUSTRALIA FROM PLANT-DYED ORGANIC FABRICS.

THE FOREST SAID - TIMELESS SILHOUETTES IN ORGANIC FIBERS, LINENS, SILKS, DESIGNED + MANUFACTURED IN LA. AVAILABLE ONLINE + LOCALLY AT MOONA STAR IN TOPANGA, CA.

TANYA IN THE FOREST SAID CAPTURED BY TAYLOR MCKAY SMITH

TANYA IN THE FOREST SAID CAPTURED BY TAYLOR MCKAY SMITH

ETHICAL

LIVE THE PROCESS - ETHICALLY MADE AND CONSCIOUSLY DESGINED IN THE US

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