June 28, 2018

A Case for Natural Fabrics


Why I'm loyal to natural... 

I've made it a purpose to thoughtfully shop for pieces made from natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk. My skin has grown to becoming more sensitive to products and materials, so I've found that natural fabrics are much more comfortable and hypoallergenic than synthetic materials and their luxury comes with a healthier environmental impact like higher biodegradability. If I'm shopping designer and I come across a beautiful dress made with polyester, I don't give a second thought into purchasing; it's such a low-cost fabric intensely processed with chemicals, so I don't believe it justifies any kind of high price tag. Organic cottons and linens are even better at low environmental impact and fair trade practices, but it's still a rare find in the industry, unfortunately. A simple google search in the sustainability of natural vs. synthetic fibers is a very fascinating read and gives a wealth of knowledge for more informed shopping at your favorite stores! I focus on the fabrics while I'm also shopping at fast fashion retailers like Zara or H&M (like their Studio Collection or Conscious Collection). While their fast fashion practices are controversial, I believe supporting their side of the business that contributes to sustainability and environmental health may help shift the company and industry one purchase at a time. Some of my other favorite places to shop sustainable are Reformation and Ali Golden. Sezane is a favorite contemporary brand of mine that heavily uses natural fabrics in their beautiful, small-batched collections that come at a great price point. I rounded up a few of my favorite products below that are made of natural fabrics, some organic as well!


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