Sustainable Clothes and Accessories to Add to Your Wardrobe ASAP

Published on: Apr 28, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
how to make your wardrobe way more sustainableDesign: Lindsay Lange, Credit: Amour Vert, Girlfriend Collective

We’ve all been there: standing in front of our closets, looking at the things we haven’t worn in a year (or years). Clothes stop fitting, items go out of style, things get worn out, rinse and repeat. 

Now let’s talk about sustainability. You’ve heard of eco-friendly swaps you can make in your kitchen. And cleaning products that are way more gentle on the planet. But what about your closet? 

There are a ton of (stylish) options to make your wardrobe more earth-friendly. We rounded up our fave pieces from brands that use recyclable materials and work to save water and reduce waste.


comfortable lace-up and slip-on sneakers available in a wide variety of colors
A comfy sneaker that you’ll wanna wear all day long...

That’s right. And with every pair sold, ten trees get planted in the Brazilian rainforest. Not to mention they just launched a bamboo slip-on that has three times fewer carbon emissions than the industry standard. Their best-selling canvas series comes in a wide array of colors to cover you from spring, to summer, to fall. They’re so comfortable that they were voted a Skimm Fave product for 2020. And for a limited amount of time, you’ll receive 15% off.* ($98, Cariuma)

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black leggings made from recycled water bottles
Black leggings made from 25 recycled water bottles…

Gather round: Girlfriend Collective’s compressive leggings are a best-seller for a reason. They’re squat-proof, high-rise, and literally feel like a second skin. (We know, because we wear and love ‘em.) They’re stretchy, comfortable, and perfect for exercise or just your weekend movie binge. When you feel like they’ve seen better days, you can recycle them with ReGirlfriend. ($68, Girlfriend Collective)

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white french terry joggers with tiny rainbow stars
A pair of joggers made from eco-friendly tencel fibers…

They’re soft, lightweight, and have pockets. And thanks to the chic silhouette, you’ll want to wear them outside your house too. The matching pullover is a must-have for weekend lounging (don’t worry, you won’t get sweaty). Psst...they come in multiple prints and colors, but we’re eyeing the adorable rainbow stars (a collab with The Home Edit). If you’re on the hunt for Mother’s Day, this matching set will make the perfect gift for the mom in your life. Cozy on up.* ($80+, Summersalt)

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online thrift store
Spring and summer essentials that had a previous life…

ThredUP is all about thrifting to promote sustainable fashion. Tons of clothing is sent straight to landfills instead of being recycled. So to help you shop secondhand, thredUP decided to modernize the traditional thrifting experience. Everything is online, where you can browse items by category. And even sell pieces of your own. Get ready to add to cart. (Prices vary, thredUP)

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secondhand and lightly used designer handbags for less
And pre-owned designer handbags so you can spend less…

And give items a renewed purpose. The entire collection has been carefully vetted by a team of luxury experts. And no item is accepted in poor condition. With up to 80% off their retail price, your wallet will thank you in the long run. Psst...you can also shop jewelry. (Prices vary, Gemma by WP Diamonds)

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tie-dye loungewear made from sustainably produced yarn
A soft hoodie made from sustainably produced yarn…

Consider this the one sweatshirt you’ll want to wear every day as you WFH. Its French terry is ethically made from a family-owned mill in Los Angeles. Oh, and it’s pill-resistant and won’t awkwardly stretch. Not to mention it’s a home run in the cozy department. Score. ($88, Softwear)

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cream blouse with a colorful floral design
An adorable spring blouse made from recycled fabrics in small batches…

Been living in sweats the past few months? Same. If you’ve been searching for something new to wear when you step outside this spring...look no further. And since every part is made from a recycled fabric, you can feel good about what you’re doing for planet Earth too. ($89, Paneros)

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organic cotton bikini-cut underwear
Underwear made from organic cotton (which saves water)...

No toxic chemicals here. They’re made from 95% organic cotton, which uses 91% less water than conventional cotton. So about 3.9 gallons are saved in the production process. Less waste, more comfort. ($14, Pact)

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cork insoles for your shoes
A shoe insole made of cork…

If you feel like you need a bit more support in your shoes, turn to Fulton. The insoles can help with hip and spinal alignment. And better support may relieve back and neck pain. Instead of using unsustainable gels, foams, and plastics, Fulton uses plant-based materials like cork and cactus leather. Plus, the cork that’s used is hand-grown and the machines are run on renewable energy. Win for your feet, win for the environment. ($48, Fulton)

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backpacks with slight cosmetic defects that are sold for less
Backpacks with slight defects that are sold for less…

Some have some subtle glue stains. Others have tiny water stains. Day Owl calls them ‘Misfits,’ but they’re still 100% worthy of love. And at a reduced price, your wallet will love ‘em too. And to be clear, there are no structural defects. These backpacks are still 100% durable. Any issue is only cosmetic. ($99, Day Owl)

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black wide-legged jeans
Sustainably made jeans that can be recycled…

Reformation focuses on producing clothing that’s good for Mother Nature. Everything is made from low-impact materials, rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintage clothing. (Even their packaging is sustainable.) They also make clothes in small batches, to cut waste from items that aren’t selling. They’re 100% carbon neutral, and they track how much water, carbon dioxide, and waste they save in making pieces. And once you’re done with something, you can sell back your clothes or donate them. ($118, Reformation)

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black square leather zipper wallet for cash, credit cards, and change
A wallet made from excess leather pieces…

Repurposing materials that would otherwise get thrown away? We’re 100% here for that. So while all your credit cards, cash, and change will have a safe place to call home, you’ll be helping to reduce the reliance on fast fashion. Oh, and did we mention there’s an entire collection? ‘Cause there is. ($125, Cuyana)

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sweatshirt with a cinched tie detail in the front
A soft sweatshirt with a zero-waste production process…

That’s right. This sweatshirt is made in California by factories that believe in fair wages, safe work environments, and no unnecessary waste production. The cotton used is also organic, so it’s free of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. Psst...using non-organic cotton can be harmful for farmers and workers, as the toxins may cause skin irritation, rashes, and headaches. If you love the sound of that, you can shop the entire zero-waste collection. ($98, Amour Vert)

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one-piece bathing suit with a zippered front
A swimsuit made from recycled materials…

It’s the perfect option for active beach days, when you need a bit more support. The cups are lined for full coverage, but are removable if you find them annoying. So you can splash in the waves or play a game of volleyball without having to worry about anything slipping out. Phew. ($98, Boden)

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*This denotes a sponsored post. 

PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. Thanks.

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