Finding Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing for Your Wardrobe

Posted on April 01, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

A rack of Passion Lilie clothing, available online now for shoppers who want affordable, eco-friendly clothing.Affordable, eco-friendly clothing from Passion Lilie. Shop now.

For many shoppers, your wardrobe is a fun and easy part of your life to maintain. It’s not surprising, since your sense of style allows you to have fun representing yourself to the world.

Your wardrobe can also be used to express your beliefs, which is why more and more people are interested in finding affordable, eco-friendly clothing. Not only does environmentally-friendly apparel help keep our environment clean, but it also allows you to share these values with others any time someone compliments your clothing, creating a larger collective impact.

However, there are still many people who want to invest in environmentally responsible clothing but fear it will come with a high price tag. Eco-friendly clothing typically costs more than fast fashion, but those extra dollars provide you with better quality clothing and better practices for the environment.

Learn how to find affordable, eco-friendly clothing to satisfy both your conscious and your wallet, and start shopping today.

Why You Should Invest in Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing

Passion Lilie’s founder enjoying the beaches of Bali in our Neoma Blue Kaftan.Passion Lilie’s founder enjoying the beaches of Bali in our Neoma Blue Kaftan.

When it comes to making our homes more environmentally friendly, we often neglect our wardrobes. Reducing waste, recycling, and avoiding harmful chemicals are all important and relatively easy changes we can make. But you may be surprised to learn just how much damage the wrong clothing can do to the environment.

Synthetic fabrics can take 200 years to decompose in landfills, according to Sustain Your Style. And when a store fails to sell a fast fashion piece or a consumer loses interest in the trend, that cheap, synthetic clothing usually gets thrown away.

The microfibers in synthetic materials can end up in our oceans, creating more waste and even affecting animals’ health when ingested. Clothing made with azo dyes, which may be toxic to an aquatic ecosystem, can cause even more harm.

When you invest in eco-friendly clothing, you get high-quality materials made from natural textiles, such as cotton, hemp, and linen. You can also avoid azo dyes and other harmful chemicals with eco dyes.

One of the ethically made and affordably priced tops in our clearance section, where you'll find plenty of affordable, eco-friendly clothing.

When a company values sustainability over profit, its products are made with care, often using practices that reduce waste, water consumption, and electricity usage to create goods that are safe for consumers, workers, and the environment. At Passion Lilie, we are transparent about our production practices, and we’re always looking for ways to treat our environment better.

If you’re ready to reduce your environmental footprint, check out our tips for incorporating eco-friendly clothing into your wardrobe without breaking the bank today.

How to Incorporate Eco-Friendly Clothing into Your Wardrobe on a Budget

1. Look for Classic, Staple Pieces

Our Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, a classic gray-and-white-striped sleeveless blouse, functions as a staple item of affordable, eco-friendly clothing for your wardrobe.Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, $46

One of the many problems with fast fashion is that the clothing is often based on temporary trends. Looks are moved from catwalks to stores as quickly and cheaply as possible, sacrificing quality materials and production. Consumers can buy into fads at a low price, only to end up wasting what little money they spent on poor-quality clothes, which fall apart and become outdated.

As you begin creating an eco-friendly wardrobe, don’t fall prey to the many trends that come and go. By all means, if there’s a trend you absolutely love, go for it! But only if it’s made of quality materials that will last, and it’s a style you know you’ll want to wear—even when it falls out of favor.

Otherwise, consider classic designs, such as stripes, polka dots, herringbone, and geometric patterns. Look for timeless staples, such as sleeveless blouses, straight-leg pants, and A-line skirts, in solid colors or classic designs.

One of our many fair trade and ethically made tops, available for purchase online now.

By investing in classic styles and staple pieces, you’ll wear your clothes more often, have an easier time matching them in different outfits, and ultimately save money.

2. Create an Eco-Friendly Capsule Wardrobe

A model wearing our gray-and-white striped, sleeveless, Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top with our teal, white-spotted Halley Organic Jersey Skirt.Halley Organic Jersey Skirt, $58, and Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, $46

When you start to invest in a smaller number of high-quality pieces, you can transition to an environmentally-friendly wardrobe at a pace you can afford. One great way to maximize new clothing purchases is to build a capsule wardrobe with pieces you can easily mix and match.

Start with the basics, such as:

— A pair of dark denim jeans
— A pair of black pants
— A navy or black skirt
— A white or gray sweater
— A plain white or black t-shirt
— A white, navy, or black button-up shirt

    These types of classic, staple pieces should all pair well together, making it easy to pick a stylish outfit every day of the week. As you continue to find eco-friendly clothes you love, compare them to the other pieces you regularly wear, and consider whether or not they will be easy to match with your existing wardrobe. For example, introduce a new color you love and know you’ll wear, and donate or give away clothes you no longer want.

    3. Choose Accessories for an Affordable Update

    A variety of colorful, lightweight scarves from Passion Lilie that make for great affordable, eco-friendly clothing accessories to update your wardrobe.A wide variety of Passion Lilie scarves

    Accessories are some of the most affordable eco-friendly clothing you can find. Scarves, hats, and purses often use fewer materials, making them less expensive than full articles of clothing. Even better, you can easily incorporate them into your wardrobe and add a pop of color or pattern to plainer stable pieces.

    A simple way to jump-start your sustainable wardrobe is by swapping out any cheap, synthetic accessories for higher quality, eco-friendly ones. Headbands, lightweight scarves, and sarongs are great options because they can be worn throughout the warmer months and into winter.

    Choose colorful pieces that you can style with your clothing. The right accessories can turn your clothes into a completely new outfit! With a few carefully chosen accessories, you can do even more with a smaller wardrobe.

    4. Take Care of Your Clothing

    As you start purchasing more eco-friendly clothing made from high-quality materials, you can use these tips to help make sure your clothes last longer:

    — Wash your clothes on a lower temperature. This gets them clean while also extending their lifespan. Not to mention, you won’t be wasting as much energy.
    — Use an “eco” or gentle wash setting. Most clothes, unless they’re very dirty, can use a shorter washing time than the average washing machine runs. This can reduce your energy usage and water consumption while helping to preserve your clothing.
    — Invest in an eco-friendly detergent. Avoid harmful chemicals in detergents, which could negatively impact your health, the environment, and the color and texture of your clothing.
    — Hang clothes to dry on a drying rack. While some items, such as wrinkle-prone shirts, need to be dried in a dryer, many do not. Air drying your eco-friendly pieces can help keep the colors bright and your clothes intact for years to come, so always check the care instructions on the label.

      Once you find affordable, eco-friendly clothing you love, you should treat it with special care so it lasts even longer.

      Our vintage-inspired, stylish yet sophisticated pieces, such as this button-down dress, are available now for purchase online.

      5. Follow Local, Eco-Friendly Brands

      Shops love to give loyal customers a heads up when they have an event or sale going on. With Instagram, Facebook, and other social media channels, you can keep tabs on your favorite eco-friendly stores and find out when the pieces you love go on sale.

      Some stores post on social media to let their followers know about sales before they even change the prices in their shops. Plus, by getting to know your favorite brands on social media, you’ll be able to ask questions, learn about new environmental issues, and find clothes you love.

      6. Shop Eco-Friendly Clearance Items

      Another way to save money on eco-friendly pieces is to shop the clearance section.

      Consider buying a piece or two that’s on sale as the seasons change. You may not be able to wear a coat during spring, but it will surely cost less in the off season. If the price is right, and it’s a classic style you’ll want to keep wearing, buy it! This is a great way to replace synthetic coats on a budget, so you’ll be ready for fall and winter.

      Like most retail, even eco-friendly clothing shops have to change out their inventory, leading to amazing sales. Unlike other fashion, however, sustainable clothing is made with high-quality materials that are made to last, giving you a much better deal.

      Shop Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing from Passion Lilie

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      Passion Lilie's Summer Outfit Ideas

      Posted on June 27, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      Part of the fun of the warm weather months is the fashion! From the latest trends to shorts, dresses, and other summer staples, the options for summer outfits are endless. The perfect summer outfit is a necessity for everything from weddings to backyard parties. Passion Lilie has assembled a few summer outfit ideas for you that are easy to wear and 100% ethical. Take a look!

      Half the fun of the season is summer outfits like these!

       

      Summer Outfit Ideas

      Here are a few of Passion Lilie’s favorite pieces for these popular summer activities and occasions.

      Outdoor Errands: Blue Impressions Organic Jersey Kaftan and Pineapple Tote

      On a hot day, errands can be dreadful. Having to run around with all your goods while fighting humidity and heat requires a strategic summer outfit, and there’s none better than a kaftan dress. Try our Blue Impressions Organic Jersey Kaftan paired with one of our Pineapple Totes (pictured below). The blue and yellow will complement each other, and you’ll be comfortable with our loose-fitting yet stylish kaftan dress. And did we mention this ethical dress is made of 100% organic cotton? The tote is also a useful accessory that can help hold all your goodies!

      We recommend our Blue Impressions Organic Jersey Kaftan for your outdoor errands summer outfit.Don't forget the Pineapple Tote for your outdoor errands summer outfit!

       

      Wedding Rehearsal Dinner: Pink Pomegranate Dress

      It’s that time of year again when we hear wedding bells. Our Pink Pomegranate Dress would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner or more casual wedding. With its vibrant pink pattern and tied bow detail in front, there’s a romantic feel to this look. Sleeveless and made of cotton, you’ll stay comfortable in this dress as you dance the night away. Write the bride and groom a congratulatory note you can feel good about on one of our beautiful greeting cards made of recycled paper.

      Wear our Pink Pomegranate Dress as a summer outfit for your next wedding rehearsal dinner.Passion Lilie carries recycled greeting cards perfect for summer weddings.

       

      Backyard BBQ: Playful Blue Shorts and Timeless Blouse in Grey

      There’s nothing quite like spending time with your family and friends while delicious food cooks on the grill. This casual, trendy summer outfit is a great look for any barbecue or backyard party. The blouse has a subtle print and neutral color that work well with the shorts. The Playful Blue Shorts are sturdy, feel comfortable, and feature pockets for you to keep some of your belongings on hand without a handbag.

      Try these Playful Blue Shorts as part of a summer outfit for backyard barbecues and other casual parties.Go breezy and comfortable in your next summer outfit with this Timeless Blouse in Grey.

       

      Summer Day at the Office: Chambray Wrap Dress and Classic Blue Ikat Scarf

      This timeless dress paired with a light scarf is a great way to look trendy yet professional in the office. The Chambray Wrap Dress will flatter your figure and keep you feeling confident all day. Our scarf not only adds a fun accessory to the look, but also can be used to wrap around your shoulders when the office air conditioning leaves you feeling chilly.

      For an office summer outfit that's both fashionable and professional, buy Passion Lilie's Chambray Wrap Dress.If your office is chilly, add this Classic Blue Ikat Scarf to your favorite summer outfits.

       

      Shop Passion Lilie’s Summer Outfits Today

      To refresh your wardrobe with ethical summer outfits, shop now at Passion Lilie! If you want to learn more about shopping ethically, check out our ethical shopping guide here. Feel free to contact us with any of your questions or concerns, and share the summer outfits you’re wearing with us on our social media!

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      How to Wear a Kaftan Dress Style This Summer

      Posted on May 18, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      Summers are hot, steamy, and sweaty, especially in our home base of New Orleans. With all the humidity in our city, 89-degree weather can feel like 110-degree weather to us. If your summers are anything like ours, just the thought of pulling on slacks and a button-up to go to work can be enough to make you sweat. Even shorts and a tee can feel oppressive in the summer heat. The solution? Buy a kaftan! Passion Lilie has just the tips to teach women how to wear a kaftan dress style this summer and find the perfect blend of comfort and style.

      Passion Lilie kaftans and dresses, such as this fashionable, blue button-down dress, are designed in New Orleans and made in India.

      Why Choose a Kaftan Dress Style?

      Kaftans, sometimes also spelled “caftans,” are long, loose dresses. The kaftan dress style is similar to a tunic and comes in a variety of fabrics, lengths, and patterns for both men and women. These dresses have a rich history in a number of cultures, especially those from the Middle East. Kaftans can range from simple to elaborate, sometimes including buttons, zippers, sashes, ribbons, belts, or embroidery for more detail. Most of the time, these gorgeous garments use vibrant, eye-catching colors, making them great for fun, colorful fashion statements.

      Frankie Blue Kaftan dress style

      In addition to being fashionable, the kaftan dress style is unbelievably comfortable. Many kaftans are made from breathable, flowy fabrics. At Passion Lilie, our latest kaftans are designed for women of all ages and made from organic cotton jersey. Kaftans are also incredibly versatile. Whether you’re a middle-aged mom or a millennial, kaftans cover enough to be flattering no matter your body type, while the lively colors and patterns allow you to express yourself creatively and stand out from the crowd. A recent article from Jess Cartner-Morley, Associate Fashion Editor at The Guardian, makes the case for kaftans as the “it” item of the summer. So wear one with confidence to happy hours, beach luaus, barbeques, and all manner of events and occasions this summer.

      Passion Lilie kaftans and dresses, such as this stylish little black dress with short sleeves and white polka dots, are available online for purchase today.

      At Passion Lilie, there are three women’s kaftans available in our Spring/Summer 2018 Collection. Or there were—this hot ticket item has already sold out in one style! Shop for the remaining two styles while they’re still here. Each dress is sold in sizes XS–XL for $84.

      Tropical Red Organic Jersey Kaftan

      Tropical Red Organic Jersey Kaftan dress style

      This kaftan comes in red, so it’s perfect for Independence Day activities and all sorts of summer picnicking. Look great and stay cool while playing lawn games in a dress that easily transitions into an evening look. Combine with a headscarf if you want to rock a bohemian vibe, pair with a long, gold necklace when you want to look professional, or wear this kaftan on its own for an effortlessly chic look. Slip on this kaftan and your favorite pair of sandals, and you’re out the door and on your way to summer fun in no time.

      Blue Impressions Organic Jersey Kaftan

      Blue Impressions Organic Jersey Kaftan dress style

      Wear this muted blue dress for a subtle look that speaks through its elegant floral pattern. Because our kaftans are so easy to throw on, they make great bikini cover-ups and summer vacation outfits. Just pack one up, slip it on, and enjoy being one of the best-dressed women on the beach! This blue-and-gray kaftan looks stunning with a large summer hat and sunglasses.

      Buy Our Ethical Apparel Today

      Passion Lilie is an ethical fashion brand dedicated to empowering artisans around the world. Designed in New Orleans and made in India, we are an eco-friendly and fair trade company. Learn more about our mission, read about our latest trip to India, and shop more of our fabulous kaftans and dresses today.

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