FAIR FASHION SWIMWEAR FOR SUMMER

MEL ONEPIECE BY Armeria £80

FRANESS ONEPIECE BY Essentials for Zula €58

HACIENDA BIKINI TOP & MANDALAY BOTTOMS IN CHERRY BY Reformation $78 & $78

PANAMA TOP & BOTTOMS BY Pura CHF 95 & CHF 95

KNOTTY SWIMSUIT IN BW BY Souldaze €120

First, the bad news: just like underwear, swimwear is also made in sweatshops in most cases – just like other clothing pieces. Meaning that cute bikinis are made by underpaid workers under terrible conditions. The worst thing that can happen to the workers in those factories? -DEATH. During the factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 more than one thousand workers died. Who wants blood on their swimsuits? Not me.

Now the good news: there are a lot of brands nowadays that either focus on sustainable and ethical manufacturing or are small, local companies that produce the bathing suits by hand in their little studios which is totally ethical and sweatshop free too!

The first bathing suit is made ethically in Bali and hand painted in the UK. I personally own a bikini from Armeria and have to say that it’s one of the best qualities I’ve ever seen in a swimsuit! The designs are super nice too! I wish I could have every single one of them 😉

A black swimsuit is a must in every closet. The one piece by Essentials for Zula has a nice strap design in the back and is ethically made in Thailand. Reformation is one of my favourite fair fashion brands. Now the’ve started their own swimwear line! The red two piece set is made ethically and sustainably in the USA. While manufacturing this garment the brand is reducing water, carbon dioxide and waste. The bikini by Pura reminds me of something Alexis Ren would wear. It has a strap detail in the back and  cheeky bottoms. Pura makes their swimwear by hand in Switzerland using European fabrics. The swimsuit by Souldaze is reversible and made ethically in Rome out of recycled fabrics. It has a cheeky design in the back.

 

 

4 JUMPSUITS FOR THE SUMMER

OFF SHOULDER PLAYSUIT BY Noumenon

JUMPSUIT BETTIE IN CHERRY BY Reformation

KAVALA JUMPER BY Lovjoi

JUMPSUIT UMA 2.0 BY Hati Hati

The playsuit (€165) by Noumenon has that very trendy off-shoulder design and is made out of linen. Noumenon is a vegan, GOTS certified (organic) company. I love the colour of the Reformation jumpsuit ($178) which is also made out of linen. The piece saved 13 lbs of carbon, 885 gallons of water and 1 pound of waste (compared to the industry standard) according to Reformation’s website. Reformation produces their garments ethically in the United States using eco-friendly practices: their energy supply is from wind-power, they recycle and compost waste, they work with local and sustainable suppliers and much more. Plus, Reformation is a Certified Benefit Corporations (B Corps) which is a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The white jumpsuit (€150) is also available in an army green colour and is ethically and ecologically manufactured in Germany. The Hati Hati jumpsuit (€160) is a wardrobe staple. It can be worn day and night and I can even see it worn in Spring and Fall. Hati Hati manufactures sustainably and ethically using less chemically treated fabrics.

FAVOURITE TOPS FOR THE SUMMER

VOLANT SHIRT IN WHITE BY Lillika Eden

LUCY TOP IN BLUE PINSTRIPE BY Amour Vert

YESIM TOP IN OFF WHITE BY miss Green

MIRA TOP BY Noumenon

LACED BLOUSE BY Lanius

LANIA TOP BY Lovjoi

ERASTOS WRAP TOP BY essentials for zula

The white shirt (€65) is by Lillika Eden which is a brand that manufactures vegan and organic garments under fair conditions.  The Lucy top ($118) is similar to the Volant shirt – a basic t-shirt with a twist. Amour Vert’s production is located in the U.S. using non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics and zero waste practices. However, not all products of the brand are vegan. The off shoulder top (€70) is perfect for those nights where mosquitoes want to suck all your blood. Miss Green manufactures in GOTS certified and ethical European and Indian workshops where they use no harmful chemicals and organic fabrics, minimising their water use. The Noumenon top (€78) comes in several colours and is one of my personal favourites. Noumenon’s garments are vegan, GOTS certified (organic), made from sustainable fabrics. I’m eyeing the lace blouse (€140) by Lanius for a while now. I see this piece worn casually with jeans and for night outs dressed up with heels. Lanius is a vegan and GOTS certified brand. The baby blue top (€80) by Lovjoi is one of those pieces that can easily be dressed up or down. It is ethically and ecologically made in Germany. Last but not least, the wrap top (€34) by essentials for zula that comes in light grey as well. It is ethically produced in Thailand.

3 ETHICAL & VEGAN BODYSUITS

BODY BLAZE OF GLORY IN BLACK BY Hati Hati

COZY BODYSUIT IN CHARCOAL BY Vaute

CLASSIC SCOOP ORGANIC BODYSUIT IN IVORY BY Vaute

The black Hati Hati bodysuit (€90) has a trendy design and is made out of organic cotton. The grey bodysuit ($103) by Vaute has a simple scoop neckline in the front and a criss-cross design in the back. The classic bodysuit ($63) also by Vaute is a wardrobe staple since the colour and the design makes it easy to pair it with other pieces. Vaute is an all vegan fashion brand which manufactures sustainably and ethically in NYC.

TOP DRESSES FOR SUMMER 2017

SLIP DRESS TRIANGLE CRÉPE IN PEACH by Jan’n’June

MAXIDRESS ZOE IN ANIMAL BY Hati Hati

MARTA DRESS BY Armed Angels

CAMISOLE SLIP DRESS IN CREAM BY People Tree

PERNILLE DRESS BY Noumenon

CARLITA DRESS IN WHITE BY Reformation

STRAP DRESS IN RED BY Lanius

The pink slip dress (€70) is made from recycled polyester which makes it vegan and sustainable. Jan ‘n June uses organic cotton (GOTS certified) which reduces chemicals (that you would be wearing on your skin!) and recycled fabrics, along with Micro Modal which is a CO2 neutral fabric and manufactures in Poland. The Maxidress (€160) by Hati Hati is ethically produced using less chemically treated, sustainable fabrics. The off-the shoulder dress (€70) is by Armed Angels, a company that uses sustainable and organic materials and produces under certified fair conditions. This Camisole (€40) by People Tree can be worn under a dress or as a simple summer dress. People Tree uses organic fabrics that are dyed with safe azo-free dyes and produces ethically. The Pernille dress (€150) is by Noumenon, a vegan company that produces ethically in Europe to reduce CO2 emissions and uses recylced materials, as well as environmentally-friendly ink.  I’ve been a huge fan of Reformation for years, therefore I had to include one of their stunning dresses ($178)! Apart from their trendy, beautiful designs, Reformation produces their garments ethically in the United States using eco-friendly practices: their energy supply is from wind-power, they recycle and compost waste, they work with local and sustainable suppliers and much more. Plus, Reformation is a Certified Benefit Corporations (B Corps) which is a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The Lanius dress (€120) is vegan, like every garment from the company, and sustainably made.

 

ETHICAL UNDIES

MIA BRA & MIA STRING BY Underprotection

SENSITIVE STRING IN NUDE BY Calida (on sale!)

CHLOE BRA & SIMONE THONG IN BEACH GLASS BY Naja (on sale!)

OLYMPIA BRALETTE BY essentials for zula

We all wear underwear. But bras and briefs from high street fashion brands are produced in the same way as t-shirts and jeans. Therefore, it makes sense to invest in some ethically-made, high quality undergarments. The black set by the Danish fair fashion brand Underprotection, bra (€47) and string (€33), is made from sustainable fabrics and is a good staple for a greener closet. The string (€8) by Calida is available in white, black and nude and is ethically-made and is not made with harmful substances (OEKO-TEX® Standard 100).

The Naja lace set is also available in different colours, bra ($33) & brief ($7), and is made by single mothers who additionally get paid their children’s school uniforms, school meals and school supplies by the company. Naja also uses digital printing on their lingerie to reduce water waste. The brand also offers a great variety of basic nude bras and panties for every skin colour!

The white bralette(€26) by essentials for zula is ethically made in Thailand and can easily worn as a crop top in summer or as festival wear.

 

 

 

BLUSH VEGAN SHOES & BAGS IN MAY

 

ILIOS BLUSH PINK BOW KNOT SLIDES by Collection & Co

AMMOS NUDE BLOCK HEELED MULE by Collection & Co

CREAM TOMMY SANDALS by beyond skin (on sale!)

RAY CROSSBODY by melie bianco

MINI TOTE IN ALMOND by Alexandra K

MULE IN QUARTZ by Matt & Nat

MUNICH MINI BACKPACK IN TOFU by Matt & Nat

LUNA CROSSBODY IN PALE PINK by Angela Roi


Who’s ready for summer? These blush coloured shoes and bags make my heart skip a beat! These slides (£40) seriously remind me of those PUMA X FENTY slides but they are from a vegan shoe brand called Collection & Co. They offer a variety of vegan shoes that are so chic I had to include another pair here. I’ve seen Mules everywhere on the streets of London but these nude mules (£65) made out of faux suede have that unique touch with their edgy heel. The beyond skin sandals are currently on sale (£79)! They are by a vegan company that produce in Spain. I have a thing for tiny bags so these vegan and sweatshop free bags by melie bianco (£42) and Alexandra K (€179) are a dream come true! The vegan pink mules (£85) and that (again) tiny backpack (£88) by matt & nat could actually work well together. Plus, the colour of the backpack is called ‘tofu’. Do I have to say more? Lastly, the ethically-made and vegan crossbody bag by Angela Roi ($135) is perfect for traveling.