Quality wardrobe staples have staying power — they can last for years and even decades versus the mere months fast fashion impulse buys stay relevant (and wearable). While picking high quality staples is more sustainable in itself, there are also plenty of brands committed to using sustainable and ethical practices in the production of their clothing lines. And, for many moms out there, a new chic wardrobe staple that’s sustainably and ethically made makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift. After all, every mom can use a wardrobe update and giving her something that’ll last for years carries meaning. Here are some of the best chic wardrobe staples that are also sustainably-made.
Donika Mock Neck Rib Midi Dress by Threads 4 Thought, $68
Nothing is quite as chic or timeless as a black dress and this Donika Mock Neck Rib Midi Dress by Threads 4 Thought is incredibly versatile — it can be worn alone during warmer months or layered under a jean jacket or sweater when temperatures are cooler. The length is also modest enough for office wear but the cut is still trim enough to feel attractive for date night. The dress is made from 70% recycled polyester (which is still soft to the touch) and the product is certified carbon neutral.
The Billy High-Waist Stretch Skinny Jean by Boyish Jeans, $168
Yes, skinny jeans have received a lot of critique in recent years, but these The Billy High-Waist Stretch Skinny Jeans by Boyish Jeans are the updated version with a high-waist and a light wash for a classic look that’ll stay wearable for years (and decades) to come. Made from organic cotton and Tencel™ Lyocell, a biomaterial derived from Eucalyptus, these jeans are sustainably made with minimal water usage and a small carbon footprint.
The Small Transport Crossbody Bag by Madewell, $168
Whether mom spends time at the office or the coffee shop, this The Small Transport Crossbody Bag by Madewell is perfect for carrying her tech and whatever she’s currently reading. It’s also compact enough that she won’t end up carrying too much extra stuff — which is always a plus. The bag is made with at least 50% of its leather from a tannery that’s been certified sustainable with the Leather Working Group Gold rating.
Lilla Arancia Luxury Sandals by Prota Fiori, $375
Life has changed a lot in the last two years and social gatherings are finally a regular thing again — why not celebrate with these gorgeous Lilla Arancia Luxury Sandals by Proto Fiori. Available in 6 colors, the sandals are made from eco-friendly biomaterials by 2nd generation luxury shoemakers in Italy.
Scheena Shirt by Prana, $79
Made from 100% TENCEL™ sustainable forest fibers, this Scheena Shirt by Prana is light-weight and makes the perfect swimsuit coverup for mom. It also buttons up and tucks in nicely for versatile wear options and has a chic tunic cut.
Fernie Beach Pant by Prana, $79
Also made with 100% TENCEL™ responsible forest fibers in Fair Trade Certified factories, these Fernie Beach Pants by Prana are perfect for escaping the sun in a light-weight fabric. Whether worn at the beach or at home on a Sunday morning, mom will feel comfy but still stylish in these.
The Dawn Dress by Christie Dawn, $198
Available in 18 different color and pattern options as well as extended sizes up to 3X, The Dawn Dress by Christie Dawn is a staple wardrobe piece that is both casual and pulled together for practically any occasion. The dress is made from organic cotton grown on regenerative farms in a farm-to-closet fashion that honors ethical relationships throughout the production process.