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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Once you find affordable, eco-friendly clothing you love, you should treat it with special care so it lasts even longer.
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.
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.
Fall is such a wonderful time of year. The weather is great, trees are in full bloom, and you have the perfect chance to change up your wardrobe after an entire summer in shorts, capris, and summer dresses. At Passion Lilie, we have an exciting Fall/Winter 2018 collection that makes dressing for fall easy, fun, and fashionable. Even better, we use organic cotton, sustainable practices, and fair trade artisans to make these products, so you can shop guilt-free! Check out our latest fall outfit ideas today.
When the weather cools down, keep The Harmonia Fleece Cardigan handy to keep you warm while dressing your best. With its cool blue color, white speckled pattern, and mid-thigh length, this sophisticated fleece cardigan works indoors as well as outdoors whenever you need a winter jacket. Keep it classic by pairing with neutral colors, add a pop of color with the top you wear underneath, or go all out with colorful jeans.
Our Labyrinthine Top is a wonderful choice for a sophisticated, elegant look that is still soft and breezy. With its subtle gray pattern, this white wrap top works with almost anything in your closet, making it easy to layer with a jacket or other outerwear. It’s fair trade, hand block printed with eco dyes, and 100% organic cotton.
When it’s cold outside, pull on our Snuggle in Chevron Sweater. You get all the warmth and comfort of a sweater without sacrificing style! This chic sweater features a black-and-white hand block stamped chevron print, dolman sleeves, and super soft 100% organic fleece. Wear it with jeans, leggings, or even slacks or a skirt for a more professional look.
Our Midnight Dusk Crop Pants are perfect for the season. They’re lightweight and breathable, they slip-on for quick and easy wearing, and they even have pockets! These are the kind of capri pants you can wear almost anywhere, from running your daily errands to going out with the girls on a Friday night. Go casual in a basic white tee, step it up with a trendy blouse, or keep warm in a fitted sweater.
This Athena Organic Jersey Dress is the perfect go-to dress to get you through the fall season in style. Just slip it on, grab your shoes, and you’re good to go! Its long sleeves, rich black color, and unique white pattern make it sophisticated and trendy all on its own. It also looks great with a variety of accessories and black leggings on chilly days. Made from stretchy organic jersey cotton, you can wear this dress all day and night in comfort.
For a dress that stands up to cool fall weather, check out our Mulberry Chevron Dress. It’s made of comfy handwoven cotton, and it still looks great with dark leggings or skinny jeans on colder days. With its rich blue color, violet and white chevron print, and optional fabric belt, you’ll look distinctly amazing wherever you go in this t-shirt dress.
Complete any of your fall outfit ideas with one of our Light Blue and Olive Banded Stripes Scarves. With its light blue color, olive ikat pattern, and white tassels, this beautiful hand-loomed scarf is sure to turn heads. It’s ethically made in India by fair trade artisans and designed in New Orleans.
Are you ready to look chic and unique all season long? Browse our autumn apparel today by visiting our products page. Order now to avoid missing out once the holiday shopping rush hits!
Summer always flies by, and this year is no exception. As we enter back-to-school season, college fashion becomes top of mind for young women looking to revamp their wardrobes before setting foot on campus this fall. The National Center for Education Statistics predicts that overall enrollment in degree-granting institutions will increase in Fall 2018, with female students in particular increasing 16% from 2007 to 2018. That’s a lot of women on campuses this fall! Find college fashion that makes you look and feel great when you shop for ethical apparel from Passion Lilie.
College fashion for the fall semester should embrace the last bit of warmth from the summer season while also staying practical. As students, you’re always busy, headed from class to the library, club meetings, and more, fitting in social lives and healthy habits in between. College fashion needs to embrace this on-the-go lifestyle. Clothing and accessories should be easy to wear—versatile, comfortable, and, of course, fashionable.
Not only that, but as you begin taking on new responsibilities and learning about different cultures and philosophies at college, it’s the perfect time to start shopping ethically. By buying from ethical brands, you can reduce your impact on the environment and improve working conditions for artisans in developing countries. Read more about why you should buy fair trade clothing today. Since budget is always a concern for college students, Passion Lilie has a clearance section to make it easier to find our most affordable ethical clothing. Discover a few of our favorite college fashion pieces for 2018 below.
This trendy shirt is bold enough to get you noticed, and it’s also easy to accessorize with a range of jewelry, scarves, or jackets. Comfortable and easy to slip on, you can pair it with your favorite jeans and be out the door in minutes. It’s also ethical, so when your friends ask where you got it, you can tell them it was proudly made in India by artisans who receive fair wages and sustainable employment.
This adorable organic fleece sweater is great for long walks across campus when the weather cools down. The long-sleeved pullover is a classic look for college students, and our sweater features a stylish chevron print to create unique texture and eye-catching detail.
Who doesn’t look amazing in red? Not only is cranberry a great fall color, but a scarf is an excellent way to amp up your fall college fashion. Slip this cotton scarf in your backpack just in case you need it when the classroom A/C is too strong or a cold front has swept through campus.
These flowy pants are at once chic and cozy. Wear them tied or untied for a variety of fashionable looks. They even look great with a basic tee, making them an easy choice any day of the week.
These days, more and more women are establishing themselves in amazing careers that are shaping our future. Fortunately, as women continue to work hard and see success in their careers, they aren’t limited to wearing pantsuits. Stylish work outfits empower women, and Passion Lilie is proud to offer ethical fashion you can wear to the office (and even out afterwards!).
At Passion Lilie, we get so excited about all the incredible things women are doing in the workforce, because empowering women and artisans around the world has been part of our mission from the very beginning. In the U.S., women make up about 47% of workers, and they own nearly 10 million businesses! Although women continue to be underpaid and need more representation in C-suite positions (and executive positions overall), things are looking up for women regarding education and employment opportunities. While there need to be major changes for women in the workforce, we know there are so many accomplished and hardworking women out there who we’re proud to support. Check out our blog post on 5 Female Entrepreneurs Who Inspire Us if you’d like to read more about a few of our favorite inspirational women. These women certainly wear stylish work outfits, and there’s no reason you can’t too!
It’s easy to find stylish work outfits and embrace ethical fashion when you shop at Passion Lilie! You don’t just look amazing in our carefully tailored ethical fashion—you also help artisans in India support their families and work in safe, healthy environments. Here are some of our favorite pieces that you can use to create a variety of stylish work outfits.
This sophisticated dress is great for a busy day in the office. Easy to throw on in the morning and comfortable all day long, it’s quick to become one of your work outfit staples. The dress features a flattering cut-out neckline and two pockets, making it not just one of your stylish work outfits, but also a utilitarian option when running from meeting to meeting.
This versatile skirt is a great piece of ethical fashion to add to your collection of stylish work outfits. The rich navy color is a workplace classic, and it works well with a range of other colors and patterns. Featuring a vintage cut, this skirt creates a trendy, sophisticated look that can easily be worn with a button-down shirt and blazer.
With its soft blue color and standout details, this top is an excellent choice for anyone looking to raise the bar on her office wardrobe. The stylish ikat design, stand-up collar, and cap sleeves are small features that make a big impact and bring charm to this versatile piece. Best of all, it fits so many different looks, whether you want to dress it down with jeans for casual Friday or tuck it into a skirt or slacks. The blue color is also a great neutral buy, so you can mix and match it with many different looks.
Ethical brands around the country are staging a fight against fast fashion. Fast fashion is a movement among fashion retailers that prioritizes quick turnaround for inexpensive products that capitalize on current trends. These clothes are cheap—both in price and quality—and result in high levels of pollution and waste. The men, women, and children in developing countries who make these garments are often underpaid and work in unsafe conditions. While ethical brands care about the working conditions, wages, and livelihoods of their workers and the state of our environment, fast fashion ignores all of that.
There are many reasons why ethical brands and shoppers alike have joined the fight against fast fashion.
The Center for Environmental Health found that many fast fashion brands, including Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe, are selling purses, shoes, and other accessories that are contaminated by lead. Even low levels of lead can cause major health issues, such as nervous system damage and issues during pregnancy.
According to the World Fair Trade Organization, Asia (WFTO Asia), as much as 80% of the workers producing fast fashion in Asia in 2016 were women ages 18 to 24. Many of these women are impoverished and underpaid, and they often face sexual harassment. For example, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance found 11 out of 12 factories fired women for becoming pregnant.
Fast fashion is made as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Fast fashion brands make hundreds of millions of garments per year, bringing new looks into stores every single week. It goes so quickly, you feel out of style after only one wear! Unfortunately, those pieces don’t last longer than a week anyway. These companies make low-quality pieces so they can keep up with the high volume demanded and entice customers with low prices. Why keep spending money on pieces that don’t last when you can invest in ethical, high-quality clothing instead?
Given how quickly these fast fashions fall out of favor (or just fall apart), many of these clothes end up in landfills. In the United States, only 10% of donated clothes get resold. The rest get put into landfills, which can become contaminated from the chemicals found in fast fashion clothing. Furthermore, since fast fashion clothing tends to be made of synthetic, petroleum-based fibers, it will sit there for decades before it decomposes.
One of the best ways to fight against fast fashion is by buying your clothes from ethical brands. Ethical brands consider your health as well as the health of our workers and the environment. At Passion Lilie, we provide shoppers with stylish, well-crafted, ethical attire. We avoid any harsh chemicals that would harm you or the environment. Furthermore, Passion Lilie requires safe, healthy working environments for our artisans. We are a member of the Fair Trade Federation, and we ensure our artisans receive fair wages so they can support themselves and their families. Read more about Passion Lilie’s ethical practices here. Consider shopping for some of our fashionable pieces to join the fight against fast fashion!
This floral peach print has a warm, summery feel. The shirt is cute, comfortable, and lightweight, making it an ideal choice for nearly any outdoor occasion.
How fun and flowy are these pants? They’re great for the summer and fall seasons, whether you’re headed to work or for a night out with friends.
Passion Lilie is an ethical brand dedicated to empowering artisans around the world and fighting fast fashion. Designed in New Orleans and made in India, we are proud to produce ethical apparel. Learn more about our ethical apparel and shop more of our fabulous products today.
Sarongs are very versatile fashion pieces that can be worn on the beach, by the pool, or wherever your summer plans take you. However, learning how to wrap a sarong can be a bit overwhelming, because there are so many options! Here are a few quick tips on how to wrap a sarong.
Hold the top two corners of your sarong behind you and reach your arms out wide, as if to form a “T.” Then bring your arms straight out in front of you and switch which hand is holding which corner. Finally, tie them together behind your neck, and you’ve got a fantastic beach cover up.
Hold the top two corners of your sarong behind you and reach your arms out wide, as if to form a “T.” Cross your left arm over to your right side and drape a bit of the sarong over your right shoulder. Wrap the right side all around your body so that it reaches your back, below your right shoulder. Pull that corner up to meet the piece that drapes over your right shoulder and tie them together in a knot.
Fold your sarong in half diagonally so you’re holding a triangle. Hold the two ends of the longest side of the triangle out in front of you, one end in each hand. Next, wrap the sarong around your shoulders so that the triangle’s point is down your back and pointing at the ground. Take each of the two ends you were holding in the beginning and cross them around your waist, then again around to your back. Tie the two ends together for a cute cropped top.
Passion Lilie makes many stylish sarongs that are a fantastic addition to any wardrobe. Check out a few of the ethically made sarongs we offer that can spruce up your summer!
This floral pattern truly embodies a secret garden. With its beautiful red-and-blue design and white base, this sarong pairs well with a simple top and jeans or with your stylish swimsuit on a beach.
This teal blue takes you straight to the ocean on a warm summer day. The peacock print is both fun and energetic—a perfect sarong print for whatever your summer plans have in store.
Now that you know how to wrap a sarong, you can shop for sarongs at Passion Lilie! If you want more summer outfit inspiration, check out our summer outfit ideas here. Feel free to contact us with any of your questions or concerns, and share how you’re wearing your sarong with us on our social media.