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Give Yourself A Much Needed Summer Style Update With These 5 Sustainable Finds

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Are you feeling stylish as ever, dumplings? Or wondering what to wear now that the mercury is hitting the ceiling?

Summer is always a difficult time for me (and other PD editors). As a pitta, my energy dissipates in heat and my spirit wilts under the sun. One of the sneaky ways I’ve gotten more excited about summer, however, is to bribe myself with a summer style update.

It might not be the loftiest strategy, but there’s something to be said for bringing cheer and joy into your life. I’ve found that investing in a few stunning summer pieces can improve my mood tremendously. My Yves Klein-blue pants and Mara Hoffman caftan have saved me dozens of times from declaring “it’s too hot for work” and staying home all day. And when your new finds are sustainably made, you can feel good about the investment, too.

“Investment” is a key word here—I think your wardrobe stays more coherent, unique, and overall plain impressive if you focus on adding a few statement pieces that you *really* love as opposed to lots of pieces that are just so-so.

Sustainable Summer Style Update

Mara Hoffman Isolde Suit, $325

It looks like our fav sustainable swimwear label Mara Hoffman is embracing a more subtle aesthetic. This illusion one-piece gives just the right hint of skin while keeping everything in place for your swim. The fabric provides SPF 50 protection and is made with recycled nylon. My Mara Hoffman bikinis are long-lasting and uplifting—and wouldn’t mind adding this full-coverage option to the mix.

Citizens of Humanity Flavie Trouser Jean, $238

So long, skinnys! Jeans are becoming more comfortable (thank God!), and this high-waisted, loose-legged version hits all the right trends. I would pair these 100% organic cotton jeans with a midi heel or sneakers, fancy top or a casual tee. You really can’t go wrong! Made in USA.

Story MFG Aida Linen Blend Top, $354

I love the story behind Story MFG, a sustainable label led by a husband and wife team in the forests of India. The line only uses natural fibers and dyes, works with local craftsmen, and is always 100% cruelty-free. This linen-blend top features lovely botanical embroidered motifs and an oh-so-pretty X-shaped back. I think this would look great with shorts for outdoor parties and picnics, and tucked into a pencil skirt for a gallery opening or the ballet.

By Timo Tiered Maxi Dress, $409 $205

I’m in love with everything about this beautiful dress by Oslo-based ethical label By Timo. That cape! The tiered ruffles! The dreamy lilac color! You would have to twirl in this dress, no question. The brand practices close-loop manufacturing, sources sustainably harvested textiles, and employs at-risk women from the City Mission. Another reason I’d totally get this dress is that it would remind me of one of my favorite cities ever. Le sigh.

Soi 55 Straw Bag, $101

Straw bags were huge in summer 2018, and we’re not ready to let go of them just yet. This adorable bag is handmade by artisans in the north of Portugal using ceira reed, and is 100% vegan. Don’t mind if we do!

Which one of these has your name on it? 

Juhea Kim
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Juhea now lives in NYC with her Oreo cookie cat, Zeus. When she is not writing, she enjoys running in Central Park, yoga, and teaching Barre classes. Follow Juhea on Instagram @peacefuldumpling, Google+ and Pinterest.
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