So you don't have a lot of cash to pick up new outfits, but you're feeling bored and uninspired by your wardrobe. The key to solving this conundrum is detail. Put on your fave (organic perhaps?) denims, and a man's white button down and dress it up with great boots and a chunky scarf. Or pull on your most flattering black top and a black skirt, and add funky tights, a cool pair of flats and a jewelry-inspired belt. Without spending as much, you will have a whole new ensemble.
Take a look at my top picks below, which are all reasonably priced (well, at least cheaper than a new outfit!) and very Earth-friendly. The best part? When someone compliments your belt/bag/shoes, you can tell them how it's recycled, reused or made from sustainable materials. Spread the word!
One of the easiest ways to wear autumn skirts into winter is to pair them up with tights. Try a fun pattern like these organic cotton cuties from Maggie's Organics; they come in opaque, patterned and even striped versions!
For something a little more subtle, try Peau Ethique in black, brown or natural, to add a bit of funk while still keeping it streamlined.
Designed by Feral Childe, this huge, sparkly belt is all you need to take a plain dress out partying for the night.
Betty Belts are ocean-inspired and unique creations by Donna von Hoesslin, a Ventura, California-based surfer and designer. The turquoise Talia belt is made with vegan leather, recycled glass beads and polished ceramic stones. The Selena belt is simply satin cord and mother of pearl beautifully combined for a necklace-like hip decoration. These belts can be worn on the hips or the waist (order a size down if you plan to wear them on higher).
If you're feeling splurgey, Ashley Watson's gorgeous recycled leather handbags (made from old leather jackets!) can dress up the most boring ensemble. They come in black and red too.
Mad Imports' gorgeous Drift bag is made from the bark of the Baobob tree, which besides being featured in everyone's favorite kids'/adults' book, The Little Prince, is revered in Kenya for its contributions of shade and water to local communities. The bark is only harvested in small amounts and quickly regenerates, making it a local, sustainable resource. Mad Imports works with artisans directly and is a member of The Fair Trade Association.
The new, very cool banner totes from Bazura Bags are made from used advertising banners in Vietnam, where they're made by a women's co-op that collects banners, food packages and drink containers and makes all sorts of useful stuff out of them. The ultimate in recycling, and no two are alike!
This Tammam scarf is a great every-day Fall-Winter-Spring piece. The scarf is hand-knit from wild Himalayan hemp, banana fiber and wild (not farmed or caged) Tibetan sheep's wool.
Bake Sale Designs
Bake Sale Designs' totally unique neck warmer has a specially curved middle panel to snugly cushion your neck and is made from recycled felted wool and angora from what once were sweaters.
If modern design is your thing, check out the Branch scarf by Hiroko Kurihawa. Handmade in California from EU-certified wool, buying this beauty also gives back. For every one sold, a tree is planted in the Los Angeles area.
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