Monday, October 2, 2023

Sustainable Resort Wear for Eco-Driven Wanderlusters


It is always the best time to shop for resort wear — especially when it’s sustainable. From maxi dresses to swimsuits, here’s the best in eco and warm-weather fashion for your next getaway.

Whether you are planning on a winter getaway or just getting a jump start on your perfect summertime wardrobe, chic resort wear is where it is at. From flowy floral maxi dresses to linen jumpsuits, there is just something about easy and effortless staple pieces.

The good news is, sustainability hit the beachwear sector first. Maybe it was because the beach gals and surfers were the most aware of our grueling plastic problem, but whatever the reason, there is no shortage of recycled polyester swimsuits, deadstock fabric dresses, and eco-friendly sandals. To get you in the beachy mood we rounded up the best sustainable resort wear brands to shop now — upcoming vacation or not.

Why sustainable resort wear?

Travel can be life-changing, but it takes a big toll on the climate. The aviation sector produces about two percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. But the conventional fashion industry? Its footprint may be five times that.

Both of these are excellent reasons to wear your values on your sleeve — quite literally. Shop for sustainable fashion whenever possible, whether that’s new items made from eco materials, or perusing your local secondhand outlet for well-traveled resort wear that’s got a few trips left in it.

Shop these brands for gorgeous options all made with preserving the planet in mind so that you’ve got places to wear that resort wear.

1. Faithfull the Brand

This B Corp Certified brand has pretty much everything you need for a beachside vacay. From floral midi dressed crafted from Tencel to classic swimsuits made from regenerated nylon Econyl, you’ll be traveling in the best eco-friendly style. The brand also opts to work with ethical family-owned factories over large production facilities and work with various local charities in its community.

2. Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman has become synonymous with artsy yet minimal resort wear. Her namesake label was launched off of figure-flattering swimwear and easy breezy dresses. The brand has grown its offerings and now includes everything from linen pants to outerwear as well. The swimsuits are all made with 100 percent recycled nylon or recycled polyester, and the rest of the collections use sustainable materials such as organic cotton, hemp, and lyocell.

3. Laude the Label

Aside from exceptional, sustainable materials Laude is also dedicated to providing living wages to artisans. When it began in 2014, the brand employed eight women but has since grown to a community of more than 518 artisans. The brand prioritizes quality, healthy, and sustainability above all else.

4. Reformation

By now, Reformation is well known for its one-of-a-kind midi and maxi dresses. The brand uses mostly deadstock fabrics that would otherwise end up in a landfill to create its small-batch collections. All its garments are ethically sewn in its LA-based factory. It is also beloved by celebrities, from Taylor Swift to Selena Gomez.

5. Neu Nomads

Looking for gorgeous linen garments for your coastal getaway? Look no further than Neu Nomads. The ethical brand specializes in effortless linen garments and other travel-friendly essentials. The brand uses all eco-friendly dyes for its fabrics and is committed to zero-waste packaging.

6. Míe

All of Míe’s garments are made-to-order to cut down on inventory wastes. It focuses on resort wear made with natural and biodegradable fabrics that are breathable and elegant yet functional. All the pieces are ethically sewn in Lagos, Nigeria, where the company is based.

7. Whimsy & Row

Whimsy & Row crafts collections in small run batches to reduce over-production. Each piece is handcrafted ethically in Los Angeles. The company’s HQ is just miles away from its factory, allowing for the team to regularly visit to ensure fair wages and treatment for the staff. The company is also dedicated to using locally sourced, upcycled, and low-impact materials for their garments, and close attention to quality means each piece lasts years. The easy yet flirty items are effortlessly chic.

8. Casa Raki

Casa Raki is a South American-inspired brand that is designed in London and ethically made in Portugal. Its swimwear collection is crafted from recycled nylon or recycled polyester and its latest resort collection was made exclusively from 100 percent GOTS-certified organic linen from Belgium.

Looking to complete your resort wear wardrobe? Check out our favorite sandal and swimwear brands for more style inspiration.

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