How to stay stylish and sustainable this winter
Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean we can’t be stylish and sustainable with what we choose to wear this season. When the temperatures dip, it may be tempting to sacrifice style for warmth and reach for bulky pieces, but with these new streamlined winter picks, that is not an option. Here are a few easy pieces that layer well and are designed not only to look great, but to keep us warm and snug all winter, in sustainable, eco-friendly style.
These simple, timeless boots by Duckfeet, a Danish company that naturally processes each pair by hand in small batches, with no synthetic materials, are lined with shearling to keep your feet warm and cozy all winter long. The roomy toe box gives feet enough space not to feel constricted and allows air to circulate. The leather is sourced locally, in Scandinavia, and is treated with eco-friendly and sustainable practices. The Arhus comes in a range of rich colors—the caramel brown and red are favorites!—and Duckfeet features styles for all seasons, from clogs to Mary Janes. (image above) duckfeetusa.com
This stylish new sustainable alpaca sweater by Nau is made with GOTS-certified alpaca wool, sourced through a locally managed network of Peruvian farmers. The fine alpaca fibers provide greater warmth than traditional wool, and the alpaca is naturally odor resistant, moisture-wicking and quick-drying. And, since there is no lanolin in alpaca, it is hypoallergenic, too.
Patagonia’s new Recollection, with 10 styles, is designed to use as many recycled materials as possible. This Recycled Down Fleece Vest is made with 100 percent recycled polyester fleece and 100 percent recycled down reclaimed from used down products. It is not only toasty warm, it is good-looking—and reversible. Perfect to layer on, and hard to take off! “From the insulation to the outer materials—all the way down to the buttons and drawcords—this collection is an experiment in creativity and responsibility,” says Miles Johnson, Patagonia’s creative director of product design. patagonia.com
The Jewel Quilt Vest by Tasc, a family-owned business, is one of the most versatile pieces you can own. It layers beautifully and looks great thrown over a long-sleeved tee or a warm, thin sweater. Rib panels on either side help create a nice silhouette and provide a flexible fit for an active day outdoors. Made from organic cotton, recycled polyester and bamboo, available in bright and neutral colors. tascperformance.com
Singi Down Jacket
The sustainable down parka by Fjallraven, with a synthetic fur-trimmed hood and fleece lining, is stylish and super warm. And they’ve thought of everything: sleeves with hidden elastic cuffs to seal out the elements, two hand pockets and one interior pocket all with zipper closure to store essentials, and an adjustable waist with buttoned flaps at the back for a tailored fit. Plus, the down is ethically produced and monitored by an independent third party to ensure that it is 100 percent traceable. fjallraven.us