Long gone are the days when eco-fashion meant a hemp peasant dress accessorized with a crusty bandanna worn over dreads. The hemp trend is still going strong, but nowadays a hemp dress is more likely to look like this sexay number than like something you sewed yourself*. While it’s still easier to find exactly what you want when it comes to clothing your nakedness in a fabric whose origins are iffy, it is getting easier to get your style on in fabrics that are green and stitched together by people making a living wage.
Since my own color palette tends to focus on black, gray, and more black, I like Thieves by Sonja den Elzen. Made in Toronto, clothing and accessories from Thieves are crafted from sustainable fabrics such as hemp blends, organic wools and cottons, lyocell, organic linens, beeswaxed organic cottons, recycled leather, vegetable tanned leather, and (a fabric near and dear to my heart) peace silk. I did say yesterday that green shopping can be a trade-off – but it doesn’t always have to be!
*My apologies to those who are good with sewing machines and can follow a complex pattern better than I can