Sustainably Chic

Understated Luxury at Accessible Prices, This Conscious Line is Perfect for the Modern Woman

FashionNatalie Kay
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Kestan

Do you remember this brand from a couple years back? I’m sure you’ve seen them within more of my posts throughout the years, but I first introduced you to their organic cotton line. It is great for casual wear, but this new line works for both day and night, work and play!

Three Reasons to Love Kestan

Beautiful Fabrics. By now, you probably know I’m a total textile nerd. My textiles class in college was my absolute favorite. I loved the science behind creating new yarns, and using unique resources to find alternatives to the usual synthetics on the market. Kestan uses one of my go-to fabrics, Lyocell, which is created in a closed-loop system where solvents and water are reused over and over rather than thrown out after each process. Besides being 100% biodegradable, Lyocell is great at absorbing color, is very durable, feels incredibly soft and is extremely breathable when wearing.

Ethically Made Without a High Price Tag. Besides picking conscious fabrics, the co-founders personally visit each and every supplier they work with in order to ensure they meet their standards. It’s not often you hear brands visiting their manufacturing warehouses to make sure they align with their own ethics! Plus, being able to partner with certified manufacturers overseas enables the price to stay accessible for us young women.

Elegant, Yet Functional Designs. I like it when a piece of clothing can be beautiful and useful at the same time. In the past, I used to buy things based solely off aesthetic. I wouldn’t care if it was completely impractical, as long as it looked good. With Kestan, you can have the best of both worlds - a sophisticated, timeless design that functions for a busy modern woman. Many of their pieces come with pockets, are quite versatile and easy to transition from season to season.

What I’m Wearing

Hawking Jacket in Grey: This jacket! Ha, that’s the first thing that comes to mind. I just love it so much, I don’t have to say much about it because it’s that good looking. As they put it so well, “The Hawking is perfect for those days when you're feeling indecisive”. Classic yet versatile, you can wear it as a jacket OR a dress! The button and tie work to keep it closed tight to wear as a dress throughout the day. How cool is that? Plus, it has pockets.

Camden Dress: There’s something a little more special about this LBD than the average. First off, the shift style is very flattering, and has two back darts to add shape. It’s made from Lyocell and Cotton so it’s comfortable and feels a lot like silk. But I think what’s most interesting about this dress {& the feature you probably will like the best} are the hidden pockets!

Where to Shop

You can shop their entire collection and online shop - here - & don’t forget to stay up-to-date with all new products on Instagram!

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No Tree Harmed in the Making, This Eco-Friendly Wood Jewelry is Made For the Green at Heart

FashionNatalie Kay
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Simply Wood Rings

A wonderful alternative to the usual metal jewelry, this line of rings and necklaces is sure to catch your attention. It’s not often someone doesn’t ask about my Birthwood ring! You may remember seeing it on the blog last Summer. It’s one of my staples in my jewelry box, and I’m happy to be adding two more of their pieces in there!

Three Reasons to Love Simply Wood Rings

The Materials. Each piece of wood used in their designs is responsibly sourced from their region {they are based out of Chicago}. From a fallen playground tree to an old xylophone factory, your unique wood jewelry comes with a story. You can find a complete list of all their inlay materials - here -

Minimalistic, Yet Unique. While I enjoy a nice statement piece every once in a while, I prefer my jewelry to be more ‘everyday-like’. I tend to wear the same rings and necklaces over and over again, and they must be able to go with most of my closet. I feel like with the medium of wood, you are able to do so. It’s a neutral, and blends so well into a wardrobe full of earth tones. Yet, it is still rather unique in a sea of gold and silver. What’s also special is the fact each piece of wood and inlay comes with a deeper meaning. For instance, peridot, which you see in my jewelry, is considered (within mythological contexts) an aid to friendship and brings happiness to the wearer.

Beautiful craftsmanship that celebrates life & love. For me, products are even more special when made with love. Gustav Reyes, the artist-owner behind Simply Wood Rings, has a long history in wood working. Combining his experience and love of the environment, he has been creating wood wedding bands {& now, pendants} for over a decade! & what better way to celebrate this joy than with a piece that connects you to nature?

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What I’m Wearing

Birthwood Pendants

August Applewood & Peridot: The perfect birthday gift for your close friends and family {at a super wonderful price, too}! The apple tree symbolizes strength, gentleness, abundance and giving, and the Mahogany wood itself is valued for its strength and fine grain. Plus, the Mahogany used is salvaged from local artisans & craftsman who no longer can use the small pieces!

August Flower {Gladiolus}: Made from Elm wood gathered in urban forestry efforts, these pendants feature the birth flower of each month. Delicate with vintage vibes, the elegant detail is laser-engraved onto the salvaged wood. This line celebrates what makes us naturally unique, or what they put so perfectly ‘our urge to bloom and grow in our own ways’.

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August Applewood & Peridot: A ring I’ve been wearing almost everyday for the past year! Crushed Peridot for the inlay gives the ring a lovely hint of color. You can find more photos of this piece here.

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Where to Shop

You can shop their entire collection online - here - and if you live in the Chicago area, you can check out their brick-and-mortar shop at 953 W 18th St.

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Hey, Parents! I’ve Found the Greenest Stroller on the Planet

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Greentom

When I found out I was pregnant last fall, one of the first things I did was search for a stroller. I was so excited to push around a little human being, and go on longs walks through the neighborhood. There was A LOT to choose from, but hardly any were checking off all my requirements. I wanted a mindful product I could use throughout Elliott’s first 4 years, and something I could pack up easily.

The Greentom has absolutely everything I want in a stroller, and we’ve enjoyed using it since Elliott was a week old!

Three Reasons to Love Greentom

Eco-Conscious Materials: Can you believe this stroller is made from recycled plastic bottles?! Each fabric style saves a large amount of plastic bottles from ending up in the landfills. The strollers pictured above save 74 & 51! The little bag I have attached in the back saves another 23. Plus, the fabric keeps your child’s skin safe with 50+ UPF built in. Even the frame is made from high quality recycled plastic so that the entire stroller can be recycled…or saved for another little one ;)

Versatile Frame: One of the greatest features of the Greentom stroller is its ability to transition to fit with your child from newborn to 4.5 years. The frame can hold the carrycot, reversible and classic style, and they are all incredibly easy to put together. Not to mention, it’s quite a smooth ride {& our neighborhood has a lot of bumps}!

Incredibly Lightweight: When I first started testing out strollers and car seats, I would immediately try to pick them up before all else. I wanted to make sure I could actually carry the product up and down stairs, and pack up in my car without any issues. The Greentom, by far, was the lightest stroller I tried out. At about 16 pounds {depending on which fabric style you choose}, you won’t have any troubles moving this stroller from house to car. We can’t wait to travel with our Greentom to England this winter!


What I’m Strolling

Reversible: Elliott is only 5 months old, but wears size 6-9 months and has outgrown his bassinet. He is so long.. didn’t get it from me… but once we switched from the carrycot to the reversible, he became much more aware of his surroundings during walks. He loves still being able to face me, but being slightly inclined he can see more of the world.

Classic: This style will be able to stroll your child up to 4.5 years old. I really like how easy this one is to travel with because it can stay in one piece when folded up rather than having to detach the seat from the frame. You can also put it into three positions - full recline, relax or upright.

Carrycot: See my post from earlier this year. I would take this bassinet everywhere because it made for a great on-the-go crib when outside of the home. He slept so sound on that organic mattress!

*You can purchase just one frame and build it with any of these fabric styles. I have two frames because my family gifted me the classic long before I took this project on, but it ended up working out great because I can keep one with other family members!*

Where to Purchase

You can shop the Greentom USA website - here - and make sure to follow them on Instagram for all the sweet photos of kiddos cruisin’!


Special Savings

For Sustainably Chic readers, you can use code SustainablyChic10 for 10% off!!

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25 Affordable Ethical Fashion Brands

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Ethical clothing at a great price? Yes, it exists! I’ve compiled a list of brands I’ve come to love over the years that I find have very reasonable price points. & as always, quality and style is not compromised!

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Everlane

To be honest, I haven’t worn anything from this brand until very recently. I like to keep everything on my blog genuine, so knowing the product is super important. I decided to order a pair of jeans because I’m in need and the price was super reasonable. I think their line has every design to build the perfect capsule wardrobe. I’ll be sure to update this once I get to know my new denim!


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Swap Society

Well, not a brand, BUT it doesn’t get much cheaper than this {not to mention, eco}. Swap Society is the best online place for clothing swapping & has two types of monthly memberships - LUXE & BASIC. The site works on a point system. When you send your clothing in, a certain amount of points are awarded to you based on brand and quality of garment. With those points you are able to swap it for something of equal.


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Tonle

This brand makes zero-waste look so good. Every design from Tonle is made from dead stock fabric. Besides their great eco fashion practicies, Tonle believes in hand made and creating fair work for their Cambodian makers. Their site even breaks down the impact you’ve made from buying a piece of their clothing - like how much water you saved, as well as emissions and pesticides avoided.


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Tamga Designs

Beautiful prints and lovely fabrics, Tamga is making ethical fashion fun and cheerful. I love how they break down how you save on resources by purchasing one of their pieces. For example, the Lia Kimono saves 12 liters of water, avoids 3kg of CO2 emissions and saves 2kWh of energy! Plus, the print is hand drawn by their print designer, and printed at their fabric mill using GOTS / Bluesign certified dyes.


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Kestan

Effortless clothing for the spirited woman, Kestan is an ethical brand run by a brother and sister duo. They believe in mindful clothing, and building a collection for a thoughtful lifestyle. Designs are made with sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and tencel, and the people who make the clothing matter. Therefore, they are paid a fair wage and work within a safe & clean environment free of discrimination.


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EcoVibe

An online shop I’ve gotten to know well over the past few years, EcoVibe is a boutique located in Portland, Oregon carrying several thoughtful brands, as well as their own private label. They are great for staying on trend, but always giving us the eco alternative. EcoVibe's collection focuses on conscious fabrics like modal, tencel and recycled fabric blends with timeless and comfortable designs for the modern woman.


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Passion Lillie

An ethical apparel brand empowering women, Passion Lillie is full of sweet prints and designs! Their pieces are either all hand blocked or hand woven with eco dyes including veggie ones. They believe in reversing poverty by purchasing ethical products that employ artisans under a fair wage. All designs are thought up in New Orleans and then executed with their Indian teams in the cities of Bangalore, Jaipur, Tirupur, and Hyderabad.


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Ash & Rose

Ethical, sustainable & beautiful fashion, this online boutique is home to several thoughtful brands, as well as their own private label collection. They make sure to use organic and recycled material while designing their line, and for the curated collections, they make sure all products are made fairly. Ash&Rose is a woman-owned business so they love to support the brands who are creating economic opportunity for women around the world.


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Palabra

These aren’t your average tees. They are soft with a great drape, AND they tread lightly on the planet. Made with a blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester, you’ll look good and feel good when wearing them! I’ve always found statement tees to be a great conversation starter. It’s also a wonderful way to communicate a positive or important message. Bold words like ‘Courage’, ‘Self Love’, ‘Journey Wisely’ & ‘Educa Tu Ojo {Educate Your Eye}’ are hard to forget.


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Thought Clothing

Based in the UK, this ethical brand considers their impact every step of the way. Besides the stunning aesthetic, Thought Clothing is one of my favorites because of their choice in fabrics. I'm a big textile nerd, and love that they use so many natural textiles. Some of them include; wool, organic cotton, tencel & hemp. They even use reborn polyester! I think my fellow textile lovers would appreciate their sustainable fabric choices.


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Threads 4 Thought

This is clothing for people who care about the planet and want to vote with their dollars towards a sustainable future. I haven’t tried this brand out personally, but have heard of them several times over the past few years, and have seen many of my blogger friends speak about their clothing. It looks pretty comfortable, and they choose great eco-friendly fabrics. They even have a line for mens if you are looking for your hubby!


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ThredUp

One of the largest online consignment and thrift stores, ThredUp is making secondhand shopping fun and very inexpensive. They have thousands of ‘like-new’ styles from you to choose from with 90% off the estimated retail price. Each product is thoroughly examined to make sure it’s in great condition before reselling, and you will never see a counterfeit item in their designer section.


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People Tree

The fair trade fashion pioneers, People Tree is probably one of the most well known brands in sustainable fashion. All of their clothing is made with eco-friendly materials with most of them being Fair Trade certified. Can you believe they have been around for 27 years?! I’ve always found People Tree to be one of the most knowledgable and transparent brands when it comes to sustainability and treating workers fairly.


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LA Relaxed

Dana Weinstein, their very own #GIRLBOSS, created LA Relaxed out of a need for a clothing brand which didn't sacrifice quality for style, and always kept the environment in mind. She, also, knew the importance of supporting local workers and paying fair wages for a job well done. LA Relaxed is the brand to know, and I hope you fall in love with it as much as I have!!


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Sustain by Kat

Sustain understands what we decide to wear impacts our health. Why not wear fabric that is actually beneficial to your health or at least safe? Plants seem to always be the right choice when wanting to make a product more natural and sustainable, and that's exactly the route Sustain went. This brand has great basics all made from organic cotton and dyed with natural dyes from plants like avocados, madder root, logwood tree and indigo {just to name a few}.


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JJ Winks

This brand uses one of my favorite fabrics - Lenzing Modal. It’s a fabric, in my opinion, that offers the comfort cotton can’t while still being mindful of the planet and harvesting from sustainably grown Beech trees. I also always suggest this type of material to my friends who prefer not to wear silk - it has that smooth and sheen like appearance and it’s hard to find anything softer!

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Yala

This cozy line is great for building a capsule wardrobe! Their mission is to provide comfort every day. YALA says, "No matter where life takes you, embrace your strengths, wear your passions, and find your comfort". Their designs are very classic and modern, yet they never sacrifice being cozy! The few pieces I have I could easily wear to bed and wake up the next day ready to go ;) 


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Sassind

Something that stood out to me when I first went through Sassind's collection was their garment's versatility - they aren't made just for lounging. The silk collection can go from bedtime to out for a drink. Nothing more than a capsule wardrobe enthusiast could want than a garment you can use morning, noon & night! Plus, their palette of neutral colors and soft pastels is ideal for smaller wardrobes. 


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Encircled

The functionality & minimalistic design of Encircled garments make this brand one of the best for minimalist closets. Most of their garments can be worn more than one way. That means more versatility in a smaller closet. Not only are their clothes comfortable to wear, they are great for packing. You don't have to worry about wrinkling, and they don't take up too much space so you can pack light. Their choice of fabrics make garments last longer, too. 


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Aeon Row

Aeon Row only uses recycled yarn to create their line. This means they don't require land, water, chemicals, or cotton dyes to produce! Having to use less resources also means having to spend less money so it ends up being better for our pocketbook, as well. They say, "The average t-shirt requires 700 gallons of water and 1/3 pound of chemicals to be produced. At AEON ROW, the last thing we want is to add to the problem”.

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Pamut

Each piece from Pamut Apparel is made in small batches in Raleigh, NC with USA organic cotton. All of their prints are uniquely hand designed by local artists, and dyes are always low-impact. They even believe sustainable fashion should be cost conscious & available to everyone. Therefore, their prices are extremely fair for all the love that goes into creating the garment! 


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Moth Oddities

A shop for both men & women, Moth Oddities travels all over the US to find you super unique vintage pieces. Plus, the owners Yana & Ian are awesome people, and I've been lucky enough to hang out with them :D Their photoshoots are hip/trendy/sexy/cool, too, so be sure to follow their Insta for all the shots! 

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Soul Flower

With lots of hippy vibes, Soul Flower is a natural clothing brand for kind souls and free spirits. Their comfortable range features everything from dresses to leggings, and even some things for the guys and kiddos! Wearing one of their pieces will surely put a smile on your face :) p.s. their leggings are among my favorites if you are in the need for a new pair!


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United by Blue

This brand creates responsible durable goods perfect for outdoors. Not only are their designs thoughtful, they help clean up trash in the world’s oceans and waterways! So far they have removed 1,108,117 pounds of trash!! If you are in the market for a new flannel or coat, I highly suggest you check this brand out - snag one for your man, too!


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Pact

Probably one of the most affordable organic brands, Pact has you covered on any basic piece you can think of. I love their lace undies and bras, and Travis has a ton of their tees. Everything washes well, and stays nice & soft. I’m constantly looking at this brand online to see what new basics they come out with!

Shop Your Values & Become a Part of Something Bigger with this Consciously Curated Online Marketplace & Community

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Brightly

Over the years, I’ve gotten many questions regarding one-stop shops for sustainable and ethical buying. I find, as consumers, we like to see several options right before us rather than picking from multiple websites. With Brightly, they make conscious shopping easy and even discuss important topics over on their news page, The Brightly Spot!

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Three Reasons to Love Brightly

Beautiful Transparent Goods: All products found on Brightly directly impact peoples’ lives and the planet around us. They make sure all brands are made with eco-friendly materials, are easy on the earth, and their claims and certifications are accurate. The majority of these brands give back to a local NGO or charity, but Brightly takes it a step further and also partners with the organizations to create even more positive change.

You Can Shop Your Values: We all have different values, we all place certain aspects of a product higher than others, and with Brightly, you are able to easily find what fits with your passion most. Their categories range from empowering women to traditional techniques. Find them all here.

Community Feeling: Brightly is more than just a place you can shop conscious goods. The Brightly Spot is a place where consumers can come learn more about ethical fashion, clean beauty, wellness and ethical travel. They also have a few awesome projects in the works you may love to participate in…Look out for their loyalty program which will allow you to give back to your favorite sustainable charities AND a hub where sustainable bloggers and enthusiasts can share their instagram and blog posts!

Shop my Look:

Mother Erth Shoulder Bag: This bag has a mission - to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans and empower mothers through sustainable jobs. Made from recycled plastic, the Mother Erth Shoulder Bag is exceptionally sturdy and handy! As a new mama, I love bags that are easy to clean off and can fit the many additional items I now have to carry around.

Indigo Dhurrie Pillow: This is a Brightly exclusive, and great example of how they are partnering up with brands and organizations to create even bigger impact. Made through their partnership with Art of Rajasthan, a weaving collective out of Jaipur, India, the Indigo Dhurrie Pillow will add a lot of character to your living space. I think it was made to go on our yellow couch :D

One lucky winner can win the Vinh Long Geometric Statement Buffalo Horn Earrings by entering their email below. Made with repurposed buffalo horns, these earrings are making sure nothing goes to waste. Plus, they are created without any chemicals and each pair come in their own variation of color making them all unique! 

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Where to Purchase & Savings

You can find all of Brightly’s curated sustainable and ethical goods - here - and save 10% off your total purchase with code SUSTAINABLYCHIC {good through Black Friday}. Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with product launches and conscious news!

Are you a brand? Help change the world with them, and check out their page ‘Sell With Us’.


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