With summer in full effect, staying both cool and stylish can be a real challenge. And fast fashion – forget about it. Summer is the time to shed your layers, not your values.
Here’s a cool list of 12 brands putting people and the environment first. These brands offer stylish summer pieces made in factories that focus on worker well-being, and with materials that are more responsible to the earth.
Looking cool, feeling cool, and being cool – that’s what we call the triple bottom line.
Second only to ice cream, barbecues scream summer. With Outerknown’s BBQ shirt, you are sure to be the coolest cat at your next outdoor cookout.
Made from an organic cotton and hemp blend, this lightweight shirt gives vintage, silky vibes. So light up the BBQ and get ready for some major complements because this casual shirt looks equally great at the beach or in the city. Outerknown also has a great selection of swimwear, shorts, and tees.
If there’s anything we know about Adelante, it is that they care about their people. Paying their workers above the Living Well Line and ensuring that all their shoes are made with the highest quality of materials, Adelante elevates your style and worker well-being.
The Luca is a timeless, lightweight, comfortable shoe that will keep your feet stylish this summer. These custom made penny loafers mold to your feet to ensure they stay prime even on the longest of walks.
Get $25 off any pair of Adelante shoes. Coupon code automatically applied at checkout.
Taylor Stitch is one of our favorite brands for all seasons, but their summer clothes are truly exceptional. Their large collection of short sleeve button-ups, tees, shorts, and swim trunks are all made with the best of materials in the best of conditions.
“Constructed to perfection and responsibly built for the long haul,” Taylor Stitch will keep you looking stylish while keeping your environmental footprint to a minimum.
Basics are a summer must for lightweight gear that keeps you cool. Organic Basics offers an assortment of basics like the lite tee, made responsibly in Portugal from TENCEL™ lyocell. Restock your dresser this summer with Organic Basics’ socks, boxers, and tees.
There’s nothing better than a nice surf or swim on a hot summer day. And no matter where your summer takes you, you’ll probably need some sunglasses.
Warby Parker offers stylish sunglasses and works towards a cleaner planet with a clearer future for all. They produce sustainable glasses through their carbon offset projects and give back through their ‘Buy a Pair, Give a Pair’ program.
Short sleeve button-up shirts are a summer staple, and Vustra has you covered with their versatile Zest short sleeve button up. Made from 100% organic cotton, this classic wardrobe basic can be dressed up for a night on the town, or dressed down for a trip to your local barista.
For more on Vustra, check out Eco-Stylist’s video review. Use coupon code ECOSTYLIST for 30% off any Vustra shirts.
Patagonia is an OG of sustainable fashion, offering high performance clothing with the highest concern for quality, people, and the planet. Their Wornwear program, a closed circle initiative, takes back, repairs, and resells their used clothes, keeping them in use and out of the trash.
Bring it back to the basics this summer with Known Supply’s 100% Premium Pima Cotton basic tees. Coming in a wide variety of colors, these t-shirts keep things simple and fresh.
Protect your head from burning this summer with Topiku’s collection of hats. These hats are all the rage as they are made from upcycled and recycled materials.
Moreover, they have colorful patterns on the bill of the hat to give each cap its own unique flair. For more information see Eco-Stylist’s unboxing video of Topiku’s newest hat collection.
Use discount code ECOSTYLIST10 for 10% off any Topiku hats.
Looking dapper can be a struggle in the hot summer weather, but luckily Nisolo has great lightweight options that will keep you looking fresh. The lightweight travel derby shoe weighs less than 1 pound, looks great with khakis, and is completely collapsible for your summer travel adventures.
If you’re looking for more of a classy summer sandal, their Huarache sandal gives pre-Columbian Mexican vibes and will earn you tons of compliments. The Alajandro woven slip-on shoe is another perfect option for going sockless and keeping your feet cool, all while looking super stylish. Slay the shoe game this summer with a pair of Nisolo shoes.
Nothing screams American like a responsibly manufactured shirt made right in the USA. Groceries Apparel has your back this Independence Day and beyond with their eco-friendly, quality shirts. Keep cool and patriotic in one of their lightweight Contrast Poc Tanks made from recycled plastics and non-GMO cotton.
Well made sneakers are a must have, especially in the summer. Veja’s large selection of sneakers ensures that even the pickiest of sneakerheads can find a lightweight shoe for all activities summer brings forth.
Their minimalist nature makes them the perfect choice for any occasion.
That’s All Folks
That’s 12 ethical and sustainable brands for your summer wardrobe. We hope this list helps you stay cool in the sunny days ahead.
If you’re new around here, we research all of our brands at Eco-Stylist using Remake’s sustainable brand criteria. It’s a comprehensive framework that evaluates a brand based on ethical manufacturing, living wages, supply chains free of child and slave labor, sustainable fabrics, sustainable manufacturing, and a whole lot more.
Which summer brand is your favorite?
*The featured image is Vustra’s Zest shirt.
**Article updated 5/23/21
Asher is a writer at Eco-Stylist. In addition to sustainable fashion, environmental activism, and a zero waste lifestyle, Asher’s interests include cooking, nutrition, and learning about the human body and medicine. He’s pursuing a career in medicine while advocating for slow fashion and the environment.