Anthropologie has been and hopefully will continue to be one of my favorite places to shop. I can find unique, artistic garments from a variety of brands. I suspect that you have your favorite stores too – ones that you’re not ready to sacrifice shopping at. I think to a certain extent, that’s ok.
I want to arm you with the tools to make more conscious fashion decisions, even if you’re shopping at a “regular” non eco-friendly or ethical store. Maybe you’re having a hard time breaking those habits, or just aren’t 100% ready to take the ethical/sustainable fashion plunge. Perhaps you just want to test the waters first!
If you’re not going to purchase a Fair Trade Certified or otherwise ethically made garment, then I would recommend that you try to pick a sustainable fabric, and vice versa.
I was scrolling through Anthropologie’s website during a recent sale, hoping to find something that would fit the bill prescribed above. I had never seen any garments promoted as Fair Trade Certified at Anthropologie, so I focused my searching on finding something made with a sustainable, eco-friendly fabric.
This dress is designed by Anthropologie in-house brand Cloth & Stone. This casual chambray swing dress is made out of lyocell. Lyocell (also branded as “Tencel”) is derived from tree pulp cellulose, which is a plant-based natural fiber that takes less energy to manufacture than other fibers. Lycocell is manufactured using a closed-loop process – meaning that it captures and reuses the chemicals and emissions used during the manufacturing process. Since it is derived from a plant fiber, it is also 100% biodegradable. Learn more about the benefits of Lyocell/Tencel here.
I’m loving this dress because it is impossibly soft and breathable, and the swing style is flattering on many body types. The chambray color is great for summer, too! The high-neck design also means that the dress will stay put easily – no need to adjust. Shop the dress for $128 here.
On Anthropologie’s website, you can also search for brands so I would recommend doing that as well to see if you can find any ethical or sustainable brands at Anthropologie.