Sustainable Wardrobe Essentials For an Eco-Chic Spring and Summer
As the weather gets warmer and the itch to spring clean gets to all of us, we're reevaluating what's in our wardrobe. That being said, we're trying to be more sustainably minded this year: donating old pieces instead of tossing them, rehabbing pieces that can be fixed up, and when it comes time to buy something new, we're looking for eco-friendly clothes that have less of an impact on the environment.
Below you'll find eco-conscious essentials to fill out your spring and summer wardrobe. Many of them are made from recycled materials and sustainable yarns, while others ensure that water used for washing and dyeing is safe and clean before its released back into the environment. If you want to define your new look as eco-chic, here's where to start — just in time for Earth Day.
Banana Republic High-Neck Ribbed Tank
This ribbed tank ($60) will be a spring and summer workhorse. Wear it under blazers for work or tucked into shorts as you run errands. It comes in a variety of colors. (We'd pick up a few!) Here's something else to love: These tanks are made with LENZING™ ECOVERO™, a fiber that's made from certified renewable wood sources and produced using methods that reduce water impact and emissions by up to 50% compared to traditional viscose.
Banana Republic Bias-Cut Camisole
This soft, silky cami ($60) is refined and sophisticated, the ideal piece for a nice night out, especially when paired with statement earrings and a bold lip. Each one is made with recycled polyester sourced from 2.6 post-consumer plastic bottles. If that isn't eco-chic, we don't know what is.
Banana Republic Seamless Merino Crew-Neck Sweater in Responsible Wool
For chillier evenings when you need a little something to keep you warm, this cozy crew ($50) will do just the trick. It's made using a seamless knitting technology that minimizes waste by up to 10% compared to other knit garments. Plus, it's responsible wool standard certified, which means it meets a global standard to protect the sheep that supply the wool and the land where they graze.
Banana Republic Mid-Rise 5" Denim Short
Everyone needs a pair of good denim shorts to throw on when the weather gets warm. This straight-fit pair ($70) comes in a dark wash with a casual raw hem. What's more: They're made with 5% recycled cotton and produced under strict guidelines to ensure the water used in their production is safe before it's released back into the environment.
Banana Republic TENCEL™-Linen Cargo Pant
'90s fashion is back in full swing and we're here for it. Dive right into the nostalgic vibes with these high-waisted cargo pants ($110). With a tapered, slim fit and elastic waistband they're extra flattering — and they're made from super soft, eco-friendly TENCEL™ lyocell.
Banana Republic The Wide-Leg Crop Jean
For breezy spring and summer days, these relaxed fitting jeans ($110) will carry you through looking (and feeling) effortlessly chic. The sumptuously soft denim is made from organic cotton, 5% of which is recycled. This is everyday denim you can feel good about.
Banana Republic Pleated One-Shoulder Dress
For spring and summer weddings and fancy nights out, pick up this vibrant one-shouldered dress ($200) with a billowy silhouette and romantic pleats. But perhaps even more lovable than the look: It's made from 40% recycled polyester. Oh, and it's machine-washable, making it the most convenient-to-clean formal dress in your wardrobe.
Banana Republic Recycled Knit Sneaker
Creating an eco-conscious wardrobe should extend to your footwear too, and the best place to start is with a pair of everyday sneakers ($69). These breathable kicks are made from recycled fibers and would look great with your favorite pair of jeans, shorts, and a tee-shirt dress for chic (comfortable) summer days.