Sustainability Weekend: Today’s Coveted Working Looks for the Eco-Friendly

by Rachel Yeomans | January 23rd, 2010   

In honor of “Sustainability Weekend”, we at TheWorkingWardrobe are going to share with your our coveted working looks centering around eco-fashion and sustainability throughout the entire weekend. I’d like to start with two of my all-time favorite looks from Chicago designer Lara Miller. I love wide-legged pants and I love these as they not only show off fabulous footwear, but they also provide a very slimming look with a top tucked in – nothing like a high-waisted pant with great shoes and a tucked-in blouse for a powerfully chic office look. They are constructed of Hemp Organic Cotton Stretch Twill: 54% Hemp, 43% Certified Organic Cotton, and 3% Lycra. Also, the asymmetrical design of Miller’s jacket with the flap collar is my ideal version of the “comfort jacket”. Instead of throwing on a hooded sweatshirt, I can zip up in comfort and style at the office. The jacket is also constructed of Hemp Organic Cotton Stretch Twill: 54% Hemp, 43% Certified Organic Cotton, and 3% Lycra.

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Coined the “Vivienne Westwood of eco” by Elle Magazine, Linda Loudermilk is one of my favorite designers to follow, especially for her career-oriented eco-friendly designs. Her clothing takes the “power suit” to a whole new fashion-forward level, and this gorgeous pant/blouse look is no exception. All of Loudermilk’s fashions are constructed of sasawashi, bamboo, sea cell, soya and other exotic self-sustaining plants.

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First of all, these handbags are absolutely fantastic! And second of all, they have contributed to the recycling of over 32 tons of inner tubes! The Passchal bags for both men and women are constructed from inner tubes from large tractor tires, then combined with fine leather and hardware. Plus, each bag has an interior LED light that shuts off automatically and lasts for 7-10 months – and when it burns out, you just contact the company and they send you another for free! Wouldn’t you love to carry a fabulous bag on your arm knowing that not only is it 100% unique as no tractor tire is the same, but also that you are not only supporting a cause, but carrying it?

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