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Top Sustainable Fashion Picks for Summer

May. 31, 2019The first day of summer is just 21 short days away – but if you’re anything like us, you’ve been counting down for months now, looking forward to lazy days at the beach, long bike rides, ice cream and of course, breezy summer fashion.

Nothing feels more freeing after months of cold and frigid weather than shedding the heavy layers of winter and donning your summer brights. And linens. And crisp cottons. If you’re getting ready to make the big seasonal closet switch from cold weather clothes to warm, perhaps you’re also preparing to cull through previous years’ duds to sort out what stays and what may need to be replaced. Perfectly soft linen dress? Always a classic. Worn-out swimsuit from many summer’s past? Maybe time to find a replacement. After sorting through it all and disposing of the items that need replacing properly – read our tips for minimalism without throwing everything away here – the fun part begins: Filling out your summer wardrobe with beautiful and eco-friendly staples. Below we’ve rounded up our top sustainable fashion picks for summer – we’ve found everything from swimsuits to shorts to suit your summer style goals, all while minimizing the impact on the planet:


Sneakers: Tread by Everlane

When it comes to sustainable style, sneakers aren’t exactly known as the most virtuous pick for footwear. Traditionally crafted from virgin plastics (that is, brand new, non-recycled), rubber, leather, nylon and other materials, they can be a bear on the planet. Enter: Tread by Everlane. Crafted by Everlane, sustainable style darlings beloved by minimalists and style stars alike, the new line of women’s and men’s Tread sneakers aims to change the game when it comes to sneakers and the planet. Crafted from leather from Saigon TanTec, a gold-certified company and a blend of natural and recycled rubber that’s 92.4% free of virgin plastic, these are sneaks you can feel good about while you look good wearing them. Looking for more sustainable shoe picks? Click here.


Swimsuit: Summersalt

What’s a beach body? A body that goes to the beach! This sentiment is splashed across the Summersalt Instagram – but it’s not just a pretty, all-inclusive message, it’s a platform the company stands on, evidenced by the beautiful variety of models on the page and the site. Summersalt took over 1.5 million measurements from 10,000 women to inform the fit and feel of the Summersalt brand, which uses fabric crafted from 78% recycled polyamide. Offering bikinis, one-pieces, kid’s suits and every fit in between, Summersalt makes shopping for a new swimsuit something you’ll actually look forward to. Looking for more sustainable swimwear brands? Check out our other picks here!


Sunglasses: Proof Eyewear

Just when you thought sunglasses couldn’t get any cooler, Proof Eyewear comes along. Featuring shades crafted from cotton-based acetate, FSC-certified wood, recycled aluminum, and – wait for it – recycled skateboard decks, these are sunglasses and glasses that protect your eyes and the planet, thanks to the Proof’s Do Good Program, which gives back a percentage of the company’s profits to a rotating variety of causes and charities. Offering a variety of frame styles for men and women in prescription or sunglasses, there’s a frame to suit every face and situation – the hardest part is choosing your favorite. Want more? Check out the brand that’s making sunglasses from used fishing nets.


Activewear: Girlfriend Collective

Would you workout wearing trash?  That’s exactly what sustainable athletic/athleisure brand Girlfriend Collective wants you to do – and they were so confident that you’d love their leggings that for a time, they were offering them for free. Since their viral Facebook ad campaign, the company has expanded its offerings to include more sizes, more colors, and even a just-launched pair of maternity leggings. In colors that scream “summer” – like leaf green, lavender, and a must-have that can only be described as key lime pie – Girlfriend’s offerings are created from recycled polyester using ethical processes. Intrigued? Learn more about Girlfriend Collective right here!


Summer Dresses: Reformation

Generally speaking, we all have to wear clothes (most of the time, at least), Reformation believes that if you’re going to wear clothes, you should wear theirs. Why? Not only does the company invest in sustainable green building infrastructure to minimize water, waste and energy footprints, Reformation also works to offset their usage of resources by investing in programs that replace those resources. Many of Reformation’s Insta-worthy items are created with deadstock fabric, making them not only unique in their offerings but less impactful on the environment too. Read more about Reformation’s sustainability efforts here.


What summer styles are you stocking up on? Share with us on social by tagging us @AvocadoMattress and #AvocadoGreenMagazine!

Julie O'Boyle

By Julie O'Boyle

 —  Julie O'Boyle is a freelance writer and content strategist with a background in fashion and DIY and a devotion to the outdoors and functional nutrition. Currently residing in the woods of Maine, when she's not writing you can find her at the beach or on a mountain, or otherwise getting her hands dirty.

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