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Update A Conscious Summer Wardrobe With These Sustainable Fashion Essentials

The truly chic are conscious about their fashion choices. It’s no longer volume or perceived value that make an impression with style cognoscenti. Instead, today’s statement pieces are seeped in provenance and designed to create positive social impact. Once upon a time, the start of each summer would compel a careless shopping spree. Out with the hold swimsuits, scarves, dresses and pareos. Hail the new.

In recent years, however, style sensibilities have shifted such that wardrobes are reworked, revived and reimagined instead of being easily discarded. It inspired early adaptors and tastemakers to be more discerning when it comes to picking out a few good pieces that will last beyond the seasons. Most importantly, it’s cultivated a new consumer mindset that regards retail as a way for investing in a greener fashion future.

With the dream of revenge travel now a reality, hitting the beach and ticking off a few new places on the bucket list were reasons for a wardrobe update. A trusty maillot, a two piece set and a few other summer essentials had been added to cart–or wishlist–to go with existing pieces that have proven reliable for years. Swimwear was the key obsession months leading into the first beach trip of the year, with keen regard for material, workmanship, and design. More than buying into trends, the key attribute that factored into this summer style story was timelessness. As I browsed through dozens of sites, I looked for pieces that would stay relevant and could be styled in countless ways.

Here, a very tight edit of sustainable and stylish swimwear that will immediately elevate any summer look.

LOOK # 1: BRIGHT HUES AND BOLD PRINTS FOR SUMMER

RSB Swimwear is a Venezuela-based sustainable swimwear brand that’s been known for creating their own unique prints that tell a story. The brand also utilizes fabrics made out of recycled plastic bottles. To date, RSB Swimwear has given second life to 140,000 PET bottles based on the amount of fabrics that have been used to make the brand’s swimwear. This summer, a pastel-colored capsule collection added lightness and color to a wardrobe of mostly neutrals. Top picks this season are Pareo Tribu and Feeling Groovy Bikini Sets.

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LAPIMA’s handcrafted luxury eyewear echo the artistic movements and silhouettes of Brazil’s landscapes.

LACK OF COLOR’s selection of bucket hats are easy style additions that showcase character and summer’s carefree temperament.

LOOK #2: CRISP AND COOL WITH A DASH OF CRYSTAL

COSSIE + CO is a recent discovery that has made building and updating a responsible wardrobe a breeze. Designed and developed with modern women in mind, pieces are decidedly versatile and ideal for those who are constantly moving, especially during travel season. When I first browsed the brand’s online shop, I immediately fell in love with the two-piece swimsuits that came in the most adorable hues–with option for gingham or striped prints. Case in point: The Lucinda Bikini Bottom and Gemma Bikini Top.

Arrival of the pieces I ordered did not disappoint. If at all, I was extremely pleased by how well they fit and how luxurious the eco-friendly fabrics felt against skin. The team at Cossie adds, “The Essential COSSIEs are made from recycled plastics taken from the depths of the sea. For each kg of fiber produced, one kg of plastic is removed from the ocean. In the production process 40% of water consumption, 50% of energy and 60% of CO2 emissions are saved.”

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FINNEY creates refined classics that remain relevant throughout the season. Using fine, responsibly-sourced natural fabrics, pieces like the Silk Boyfriend Shirt embody effortless cool and elevated sense for what being truly is about.

Layers of Sunshine from ERINESS bejeweled by yellow sapphires and diamonds

Waves of opal and turquoise from JACQUIE AICHE inlaid by hand with diamonds and gold.

MARINA RAPHAEL is a master at sparkle and summertime shine. After all, the luxury bag designer hails from the Swarovski family. Her crystalized party bags like the Chandelier holds the promise of a banner season.

LOOK #3: BALLET-INSPIRED DESIGNS MEET FUN AND FUNCTION

PORT DE BRAS is widely known for standout, sustainable athleisure pieces. The Venezuelan-born brand never fails to stun with designs that are feminine yet functional. When its founder and creative director, Best Latin Designer of The Year Clarissa Egana, reconnected with her love for creating swimwear, PORT DE BRAS expanded to become a lifestyle movement anchored on .

Like its iconic leggings and bra tops, swimsuits exude the femininity and elegance of the quintessential ballerina. Ruffles and ruching are details that balance out pieces intended for staying active under the sun. In true PORT DE BRAS form, color palettes are irresistible even to those who are predisposed to choosing safer, neutral hues. Take for instance this year’s saccharine Terrenas Top Plie Two Piece Suit in pastel pink. To a classic PORT DE BRAS girl like myself, the Ruffle Tops and Coco Bikini Bottoms are absolute must-haves.

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NOIRANCA makes vegan handbags that resonate with women who dare to be different. Silhouettes push the boundaries of what’s typically expected while exuding a fresh brand of timelessness.

UNSUBSCRIBED’s pieces honor endless summers and the boundless possibilities they carry. Their selection of bottoms–from belted wide leg pants, to cashmere cotton shorts and eyelet skirts–make for the sweetest summer pairings.

LOOK #4: WILDLY GLAMOROUS

LONDRE is a go-to for summer looks that range from sportif, modern minimalist to glamazon. As a sustainable lifestyle brand created by women, pieces from the brand crafted with the intention of empowering women of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Production at LONDRE is also informed by an unwavering mission for creating positive change in the community.

This summer’s main offering transports senses right at the heart of the tropical jungle. The ultra sensual shapes of LONDRE’s Ruched Two Piece sets are done in Desert Snake, Light Sand to spice up the already sweltering season. If toning things down is more your jam, balance out the sass with a Mesh Sarong or Cropped Top.

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A show-stopping statement accessory like the CEDI NECKLACE by French indie designer, Peulh Vagabond at WOLF AND BADGER. It will immediately transform your look from seaside casual to sunset glam.

HEMINCUFF is a precious fashion find this summer that empowers the conscious fashion enthusiasts shuttle between work in the city and out of town leisure. The Stef Origami, made using vegan leather, is this season’s staple. It’s chic, versatile, and effortless.

LOOK #5; THE ETERNALLY CHIC COASTAL GRANNY

ONIA is channeling the “coastal granny” this summer with pieces that echo easygoing elegance. Swimsuits from the brands are key pieces for updating a Hampton’s-ready wardrobe. Throw in a pair of gauze pants, an oversized vest or linen boyfriend shorts into the mix, and you’re all set.

Dedicated to the creation of enduring classics, ONIA makes it easy for the stylish and sun loving to build a smart, sustainable wardrobe with just a few key garments. I love that designs are transitional, allowing you to reimagine, re style, and rematch each piece for years on end. ONIA’s Adrienne One Piece and Amber Bikini Top are keepers not just this season, but for many more summers in the future.

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A light, airy and breezy organza pleated dress from Ukrainian brand, J’AMMEMME. Cinched at the waist or worn loose, this iconic piece is a design wonder that marries symmetry, texture, and opacity.

Limited edition hair accessories from BALMAIN HAIR immediately adds a layer of luxe and polish to any ensemble. I love that it ties in a classic prep-school look during the summer months. The maison’s barrettes make up an utterly delightful style statement.

Comfy, chunky slip ons from JW ANDERSON at BALTINI adds a spring to every summer stroll.

LOOK #6: A FASHION WANDERER IN PUGLIA

REBECCA VALLANCE’s swimwear collection for 2022 celebrates wanderlust and eternal wanderer. It draws from the colors, sights, and sensations of the Puglia in Italy–its pebble stone streets, vibrant blue Mediterranean horizons, and vibrant culture. Everything from the collection is made of recycled materials and organic cotton. It would be hard to choose just one item from this inspired collection. But if one were to narrow it down, it would be a toss up between the Alegria Bow Shoulder One Piece Suit and Mimi Ruched One Piece.

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The Apulia Knit Dress, also from Rebecca Vallance, doubles as a cover up and maxi. It’s a piece that elongates the figure while emphasizing the natural curves of the body.

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A versatile pair of mules or sandals from JACQUEMUS at BALTINI can prove to be an investment. They are season-less, versatile, and ideal to take on your next summer holiday.

DEHANCHE is elevating design and craftsmanship for one of the most under appreciated—yet transformative—fashion accessories, the belt. The brand’s founder, Erin Webb, expounds that “It was important to me to have sustainable and responsible sourcing and production be central to the brand. A leathers used are vegetable or upcycled, and all the buckles are made with Zamak, an alloy invented in the 60s that can be melted down at the end of the lifecycle.” The Undone Corset is a style essential that can elevate any garment whether it be a maillot, t-shirt, or maxi dress.

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