Gone are the days when eco-friendly clothing meant boring basics and unflattering silhouettes! In 2021, we’re all about keeping our planet healthy while still looking stylish and fashion-forward! Today, we’re breaking down what sustainability means to us and sharing a few designs from our favorite sustainable fashion brands.
What does sustainability mean to us?
At Stella Carakasi, we know how important the health of our planet is which is why we’re committed to offering our community styles that are high quality, stylish, and sustainable.
We were early eco-fashion disruptors since the launch of our first company in 1993 when being sustainable was unheard of but we knew then as we know now how critical it is for our future. Sustainability looks different for every brand, so what does it mean to us?
Sustainability has been in our DNA since 1993. It’s always about quality over quantity and collaborating with mills and factories to push the environmental agenda forward while inspiring others to join the movement because collectively we can achieve the change we seek a lot faster but it starts with every single one of us.
Many fashion brands nowadays produce micro seasons which are new batches of clothing that are typically delivered to stores weekly or biweekly. This amount of clothing production can wreak havoc on our environment causing water and air pollution as well as mass amounts of water and energy usage. Low-quality clothing from fast fashion brands can usually only be worn over a short period of time and will typically end up in landfills as we all know by now. Instead of mass-producing clothing, we make our garments in small batches with the best available eco-friendly fabrics, which allow us to create high-quality styles without sacrificing the health of our environment.
- All of our supply and manufacturing partners are WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), and BVNA (Bureau Veritas) compliant and our materials are usually certified.
- We use fabrics that are high quality, comfortable and have a low impact on the environment such as organic cotton, recycled fibers, Modal, and Tencel®.
Our favorite sustainable fashion brands
It can feel intimidating at first to start shopping more sustainably—we totally understand but more importantly we don’t believe that customers should be guilt-tripped into needing to purchase sustainable clothing which has become such a trend. It is fashion after all, and fashion should be fun. We prefer to lead with quality and style and have our customers discover that their purchase also happens to be sustainable. This is far more effective in changing purchasing habits than preaching about sustainability. Below you will find some of our style suggestions and a shortlist of some of our favorite sustainable fashion brands and their must-have pieces to add to your wardrobe.
We may be biased, but we love our styles for any woman’s eco-friendly collection because the quality is top-notch, and our designs are timeless and can be worn season over season.
Twice As Nice Shirt
Our Twice As Nice Shirt features a unique double-layer design that makes it easy to be worn from day to night! It can be paired with leggings, dress pants, or denim, and the best part? It’s made from a high-quality organic cotton blend and it has pockets.
Wear Anywhere Shirt
Another classic that every woman needs in her closet is a good white button-up shirt and our Wear Anywhere Shirt is a great option! The Wear Anywhere Shirt is made from a crisp poplin fabric and boasts a slight over-sized silhouette. We love pairing the Wear Anywhere Shirt with our Criss Cross Denim Knit Leggings for the perfect lunch date look with your girlfriends! The Criss Cross Denim Knit Leggings feel great on, are super flattering, and are made from organic cotton and recycled polyester! They are available in dark denim or a classic vintage wash.
Talk about a win-win.
Looking for an easy top that you can wear year-round for both work and play? Meet the Heatwave Tunic. This tunic features an easy fitting drop shoulder design and can be layered underneath long cardigans and jackets or worn on its own! The Heatwave Tunic is made from 100% Tencel® denim which is a super soft sustainable fabric unlike traditional denim. We recommend wearing the Heatwave Tunic with our Second Nature Capris which are crafted with stretchy, organic cotton. The cute button hem detail on these leggings really takes it up a notch from your traditional leggings! This look is perfect for a picnic in the park or for a day of running errands.
Just My Style Top
Our Just My Style Top is the closet staple you never knew you needed! This timeless top can be worn alone or layered under sweaters, jackets, vests, and more. It’s available in three gorgeous colors and is made from ultra-comfortable Modal®. One of our favorite ways to wear the Just My Style Top is with our Slimming Ankle Pants for maximum comfort and style! The Slimming Ankle Pants are one of our best sellers and for good reason—they’re flattering on most body types, they feel great on, and they’re made from an eco-friendly Tencel® blend!
One of our favorite sustainable shoe brands is Dansko because they craft high-quality items in timeless styles that can be worn for so many different occasions! They pride themselves on going the extra mile to make you feel confident all while keeping you comfortable.
The Dankso Tamia is an open-toe sling-back sandal with a slight heel. It boasts a unique design while also offering comfort with a memory foam footbed! The Tamia can be worn with any of our pants or leggings for a chic and timeless look.
Speaking of shoes, another great sustainable fashion brand for shoes is AllBirds. The company has a major commitment to not only produce eco-friendly shoes but also to help to reverse climate change through their business practices.
Who doesn’t love a good pair of versatile flats? One of our favorite AllBirds designs is their Tree Breezers because they can be worn for all occasions and are eco-friendly. The Tree Breezers are made from eucalyptus tree fiber (which is how they got their name!) that is ethically sourced. They’ve also made their Tree Breezers carbon neutral through their commitment to sustainable practices such as buying carbon offsets. We love wearing the Tree Breezers to work, out to dinner, and to run errands!
If you’re in the market for a new pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses, Warby Parker is the best sustainable option.
Many glasses are made from harmful plastics that leech chemicals into the ground and fill up our landfills. The Tilley Sunglasses from Warby Parker are crafted from cellulose acetate which has the durability of regular plastic but is made from the natural cellulose of cotton and wood pulp. Plus, how adorable is this cat-eye design?!
With the arrival of summer, now is the best time to upgrade your accessory collection with an eco-friendly summertime bag! The Sak offers a variety of gorgeous bags to suit every woman’s personal style—and they’re sustainable!
The Sak Gaia Oversized Hobo Bag is made from 100% recycled Repreve fibers which are constructed from plastic bottles. It’s available in several different colors so you can take it from the beach to lunch to date night with ease!
Shopping eco-friendly doesn’t have to feel or look boring with these gorgeous pieces and amazing sustainable fashion brands!
For more inspiration we invite you to check out our favorite summer styles and how we pair them on our Looks We Love page.
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