Know Your Heels: A Guide To All Things High Heels

Carmen Lopez at Current Boutique warehouse. Pre-loved paradise of high heels!

You either love shoe shopping… or you love it but sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by all of the possibilities, especially when it comes to high heels. One of the biggest questions that our stylists frequently run in to is, “How do I find the right heel for me or for this event? How do I know what heel is going to work best?” The concerns with finding the right heel are doubled when you’re shoe shopping online and can’t try it on in the store!

And you LOVE high heels. Who doesn’t? High heels are the epitome of femininity and stunning fashion. 

But high heels are especially hard to buy! There are so many different styles, heights, widths, heels, and more. How do you even narrow the search? 

We’ve got you. We worked with our stylists to come up with a high heel guide that will make buying your next pair of heels a breeze. This guide will help you filter and narrow your shoe search, whether browsing the store or scouring our online Current Boutique for the perfect heels. 

Heel Height

How high do you want your heels to be? 

Pick your height based on comfort as well as style. For example, you might not want to wear high stilettos if you’ll be running around at a conference for 12 hours a day. But you may not want to wear kitten heels if you’re going to the clubs with your girlfriends. 

You especially want to make sure you can walk in your heels. The worst fashion faux pas is falling in your heels! Shorter heels are typically easier to walk in unless you have a platform, so keep that in mind when making your selection.  

Pumps (medium)

Pumps are the “go-to” when you think of high heels. They’re the classic look: about 2-3 inches in height and usually low cut around the front of the foot. They can be either pointed, rounded, or square. Learning to walk in pumps is a girl’s greatest fashion feat (foot pun intended). 

Kitten heels (short)

Kitten heels are the shortest type of heel you’ll find, typically no more than 2 inches in height. These are comfortable and easy to walk in, so they’re usually best for situations where you’ll be on your feet awhile. These used to be the epitome of ladies’ fashion, and then they went out of trend for awhile. We’re pleased to see that they’re back in vogue—and it seems like they’ll be here to stay for many years to come! 

Stilettos (high) 

Stilettos are only recently trendy as of a few decades ago, but they’ve become the embodiment of “sexy” and “stylish.” These heels can be up to 8 inches, which creates a gorgeous leg-lengthening effect. 

Stilettos often include a platform. Platform shoes are those that have a “lift” on the front of the shoe, meaning that the sole of the shoe is thick in the front. This creates less of a height difference between the front and back of the foot, so it’s easier to walk normally (rather than on your tip-toes).

Fashion tip: If you have trouble walking in high heels, platform stilettos offer a more comfortable shoe while maintaining the stiletto elegance and sultriness. 

Heel Style 

What does the actual heel itself look like? How stylish is it? How easy is it to walk on?

Stiletto-heel

This is referred to as the stiletto heel, but it can actually be any height. This refers to the heel style that is thin and long, with the same width at the top and bottom. 

Chunky Heels

This is a general term for any shoe that has a square, wide heel. They provide more stability than stilettos because the heel itself is thicker, so chunky heels work great if you’re 

Wedges 

We. Love. Wedges. Wedges are heels that connect at the sole from the front to the back. It’s becoming more common for wedges to be made from a lot of unique materials, from cork to suede and beyond. Wedges are often thought of as a summer trend, but they also look great in the fall—especially if you have mule wedges! 

Cone Heel

Cone heels look like ice cream cones! They’re wider at the sole of the foot, and they’re narrower down towards the base or floor. These have become a more popular design option, especially for modern shoes with cutouts or unique toplines. 

Spool Heel

Spools have a heel that is thicker at the sole of the foot, narrow in the middle, and thicker again at the base. These have a more traditional look to them, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out of style. In fact, these shoes are really easy to walk in, and they work for almost any occasion! 

Psst… French heels look like spool heels, but they’re slightly more curved. 

Oxfords

Oxford shoes give off an English boarding school vibe—in the best possible way! They’re a flat heel with a rounded topline, which denotes a professional style. Oxfords are becoming more and more popular in the fashion world, but the height of the heel keeps getting higher with more modern trends. 

Topline

This refers to what the top of the shoe looks like. Basically, what does the shoe look like when you look down? Is it open or closed? Is it timeless or funky? 

Sandals 

Sandal heels look like sandals, but they have a heel on the back. This means the top of the shoe is open, and the majority of the foot is showing (including, and especially, the toes).

Wedge sandals are popular for spring and summer, while stiletto sandals tend to be a more formal or elegant footwear choice. 

Peep Toes

Peep toe shoes can come in all shapes and sizes. This refers to any shoe that has a “peep” of the toe, usually showing off the first two or three toes only. This is a great way to flaunt your pedicure without showing the entire foot, like a sandal. It also tends to create a timeless and fancy look to your heel. 

However, some women find that peep toes are uncomfortable because they push the toes together. If you aren’t a heel “pro,” you might want to steer away from the peep toes for the time being. 

Mule Heels

A “mule” heel refers to a shoe topline that comes up high over the top of the foot. It essentially covers part of the (or the entire) top of the foot. These are popular options in the fall, because they’re easy to walk in and they provide a little extra warmth as the weather starts to cool down—but they’re still super stylish and stunning! 

Corset Heels

Corset heels tie both sides together. They get their name because they look like a traditional corset going up the middle of your shoe. These heels tend to be a mule style or ankle bootie, and they’re one of our absolute favorite looks for the fall season. 

Cut Outs

Cut out shoes are funky and modern, and the “hot” cut out look tends to change based on the season. These are usually mule heels that have patterns cut out, which creates an embellished and intricate look to the top of the shoe. Cut out heels are a great way to spice up a more basic outfit. 

Fashion tip:Pair funky, colorful cut outs with your little black dress to keep it elegant yet stylish! 

Espadrilles 

Espadrille heels are increasingly popular, and we’re finding a lot more of them on the runway—and in our Current Boutique selection! Espadrilles are any shoe with a fabric top, which makes them more comfortable and casual. They can be heels or wedges, and they tend towards an “everyday” vibe regardless of heel type. 

Straps

Some heels have a basic “counter,” meaning the toe box and the heel of the shoe are made from the same piece. These are the most “classic” type of heel you’ll find. 

Strappy shoes are becoming more and more popular, though. Strappy heels are especially shaping up to be a popular option for fall 2019! 

Ankle Straps

Ankle strap heels have a strap that goes around the entire ankle. Not only are these gorgeously fashionable, but they also make the heel more secure (so you’re less likely to roll your ankle).

The strap actually wraps around the full span of the ankle. This “breaks” up the look between the foot and the leg, creating the illusion of longer legs and dainty ankles. This makes ankle strap heels a stunning option to pair with skirts or dresses. 

Sling Backs 

While ankle straps go around the entire ankle, the sling back goes around only the Achilles heel. This “half strap” look around the heel, as opposed to the ankle, is a strikingly elegant style that’s great for fancier events. 

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Tan Platform Heels

My go-to shoe for just about any occasion—whether it’s a presentation at work or hitting the town with the ladies—is a tan platform heel. Choose a heel height you feel comfortable with, but get it with a platform so it’s easy to walk in. Platforms are incredibly versatile, because they’re comfortable enough to stand on your feet for hours but elegant enough for just about any situation you’ll run into. 

Why tan shoes? Because a neutral tan color can go with everything! Tan shoes look incredible with black skirts, white dresses, blue jeans, and everything in between. 

Tan platform heels are a wardrobe essential for every stylish lady. 

Black Ankle Straps 

Like tan, black shoes can match with just about any outfit. Black ankle strap heels are strikingly elegant with a touch of stunning femininity. They’ll keep your ankle supported while also creating a thinning look for the lower half of your legs. 

The best part is that black ankle straps are both super trendy… and gorgeously timeless! Having a pair of black strappy heels means you can hit the town any time, any year, and still look wildly in-fashion. 

Mary Jane Heels

Mary Jane heels are cute and classic. These have a thinner heel with a strap across the top of the foot. This makes them easy to walk in, and you’ll instantly feel gorgeous and feminine. 

Speaking of, I’ve recently worn out my favorite black Mary Jane heels. Time to browse Current Boutique to find my next fave pair! 

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Corset Ankle Booties 

Ankle booties are a must-have for the fall season. This season, lace-up or “corset” ankle booties are especially hot. The ankle bootie is reminiscent of cooler weather (plus it’s super easy to walk in), and the lace-up part adds a bit of intrigue and style that will absolutely “wow” anyone who sees your outfit. 

High Heeled Boots 

As the weather gets cooler, boots are coming out. This fall, we’re noticing that heeled boots are becoming more fashionable. Chunky heel boots, like riding boots, used to be really trendy, but now we’re seeing the heel get slimmer and more stiletto-like.

If you want to keep your calves warm, lengthen your legs, and show off your gorgeous sense of style, high-heeled boots are the way to go this fall 2019. (Psst… They look especially gorgeous with midi and mini skirts and an oversized sweater. Swoon!) 

Oxfords (or the like) 

Fall in love with a shoe that has a short, chunky heel. Why? Because you never know when you’ll need heels + comfort! Oxfords are fancy enough for a date with the Queen, but they’re also casual and comfortable enough to wear to work every day. 

Fashion tip: Buy a funkypair of Oxfords! The Oxford style is professional and elegant, so a bold color or animal print will add a bit of pizazz. 

High Heel Heaven 

It’s “back to school” season, which means a fresh fall start. So there’s no better time to go shoe shopping than right now! Whether you’re looking to buy a timeless pump or a funky heel, fall 2019 is shaping up to be the” season of the shoe”! 

Start browsing Current Boutique to find gorgeous designer heels and other shoes at a fraction of their original ticket price! 

The Ultimate Guide to Gorgeous Fall Wardrobe Essentials That Support Circular Fashion

This fall 2019, the buzzword is circular fashion. That means sustainability in every definition of the word! I’m going to give you a rundown of the most gorgeous fall prints, textures, styles, and pieces—that are all great for your closet and the environment. 

Here’s your ultimate go-to list of fall 2019’s trends and essentials that are timeless, sustainable, eco-conscious, and perfect for your closet. 

What is circular fashion?

Circular fashion (aka cyclical fashion) means that the clothes you put on are both sustainable for the environment and for your closet. 

Circular fashion has two main dimensions:

First, you’re investing in wardrobe pieces that consistently and regularly cycle back into trend. For example, leather jackets never go out of fashion. There are some seasons that leather is “hotter” than others, and different colors and styles of leather may change, but you always know that a leather jacket will look and feel great—no matter what the current fashion trends are. 

All of the items on this list are items we see sell REALLY well on consignment. They’re the pieces that people want to buy year and year again, and they’re the. pieces. that. you’ll be able to sell to Current Boutique with ease (and for a decent chunk of change). That means you not only get a full life out of your clothes, but you’ll also get a return on your investment when you sell them back on consignment.

Second, you’re only purchasing clothes that have a “closed loop” and minimize the negative impact on the environment. You’re avoiding waste and ecological damage by purchasing natural products that are made through healthy production processes with little emissions. These items are also recyclable or up-cyclable because of their natural materials—and because they’re always in fashion! 

One of the most effective ways to participate in circular fashion is secondhand shopping. When you purchase clothes on consignment, you give them a renewed life in your closet so they don’t go to waste—plus, you’re getting gorgeous trend pieces that will last through the years. 

And when you sell these items on consignment, you’re giving someone else the change to love and reuse your articles. As we said, all of the items on this list are some of our top sellers on consignment – so you can’t go wrong with having them in your closet!

Why do you care about circular fashion for fall fashion 2019 and beyond? 

You know the importance of sustainable fashion. Too many fashion companies are focused on the bottom line without caring about the quality of clothing they’re producing or the effect they’re having on our world and future. 

You’re conscious about what you put on your body—and how you spend your money.

So you want… 

  • High quality pieces that look and feel great on your body,
  • That are gorgeously in fashion—both trendy and timeless,
  • And don’t hurt the environment during production,
  • That last awhile in your closet with a long lifespan,
  • And that are easy to reuse or recycle. 

Plus… You want to get into the spirit of the fall season!

So let’s get into those fall fashion 2019 timeless-trends that are sustainable and cyclical!

Classic Fall Textures

Denim

“Denim is a love that never fades.” – Elio Fiorucci

Jean denim never goes out of fashion. The style of denim might change, like high waisted vs low waisted or light wash vs dark wash. But a pair of blue jeans or a light denim jacket will always be a beloved pillar of your closet. Plus, denim is made from cotton—which is one of the most natural and sustainable fabrics out there! (Learn more about eco-friendly fabrics, like cotton, here.)

Light wash jeans with a slim silhouette, like skinny jeans, are in fashion for the end of 2019. (These look particularly stunning with brown booties.) This fall, denim jackets and skirts are also popular. Throw a denim jacket over your dress to keep you warm on cooler days (and take it off when those hot remnants of summer drop by).

Suede 

Suede is similar to both leather and velvet, and it’s one of the most adored textures for fall time. It has a cozy, comforting look, while also maintaining a refined elegance that works in any situation—from work to play. 

Suede is made from the underside of an animal hide, so it tends to be softer and more pliable than leather. There are also a lot of faux suede that create a similar look and feel but can be water and stain resistant (and not an animal product). 

For fall fashion 2019, suede is most popular in shoes (booties) and brown mini or midi skirts. Add suede to any outfit and you’ll be ready for fall!

Suede can be hard to care for. So check out these 10 easy hacks to make your clothes last longer

Velvet

Velvet is a luxurious, warm fabric that will make you feel like you’re being embraced in a hug whenever you wear it. I love that velvet has been considered a “royal” trend for centuries—and it’s not leaving the scene anytime soon.  

Velvet is actually the structure of the fabric, rather than the material used. It has raised loops and tufts of yarn that cover the surface. It can be made from silk, cotton, linen, or wool—so it’s usually made from highly sustainable materials. (Note that some companies make it from synthetic fibers like polyester, which is less eco-friendly.)

Not all companies are super conscious when creating velvet. The best way to get velvet in your closet is by shopping secondhand. You’ll get access to this stunning cold winter fabric—while reducing your impact on the environment and giving a second life to stunning velvet pieces. 

Fall 2019 Textures

The following textures are particularly trendy for the 2019 fall season, but they’re equally as sustainable as the classic materials.

You might notice that these textures are reminiscent of “English boarding school’ (as we’ve been calling it). These textures have a distinct feeling of old-world Europe with full, heavy fabrics and have a high-end luxurious vibe. 

Psst… Not sure how to buy clothes that are actually made of high-quality materials? Learn how to buy quality clothing like an expert designer here

Corduroy

At Current Boutique, we are obsessed with corduroy because it’s warm yet cool, and it maintains a distinct fall feel. Similar to velvet, corduroy is made of tufted cords, which creates narrow vertical ridges. Most corduroy is made from cotton or wool, which means it’s good for the earth (and your skin). 

Corduroy pants, in a variety of colors, always seem to come into style every few years. We particularly love maroon corduroys to pair with neutral colored sweaters. Brown corduroy midi skirts (to about the knee) are also especially popular this fall season. 

Brocade

Brocade doesn’t always stay in style, but it’s a unique texture and print that will definitely make you stand out this autumn. The term “brocade” refers to a group of decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, made with colored silks and/or gold and silver threads. It tends to be a heavy fabric that’s often used for upholstery and draperies, now being used for more formal clothing and adornments as well. It’s often adorned with regal designs like flowers and leaves. 

This season we are mostly seeing brocade in skirts. It tends to be a weightier and bolder fabric, so it works well as an accent piece. Some runways are showing brocade overcoats as well for fall fashion 2019.  

Tweed

Tweed is a woven wool fabric, usually with a weave, twill, or herringbone structure. It tends to be a bit rougher and coarser, which is what pulls it more towards the colder seasons.

I love that tweed is so durable and moisture resistant, so it’s perfect for those last summer rainfalls or the first few snowfalls =. Coco Chanel brought the Queen’s tweed back into fashion in the 1920s, and it’s been fairly consistent since then, coming back into style every few years. 

Tweed blazers are one of the hottest trends for fall. Throw it over your work outfit or a tee with jeans for a gorgeous, put-together look! 

Stunning Fall Prints

Houndstooth

You’ve definitely seen the houndstooth pattern before, even if the name doesn’t ring a bell. That’s because it’s been around for decades, and it comes in and out of style throughout the decade. This broken check pattern (usually in black and white) has a rich, autumnal feel that looks gorgeous on heavier fabrics like wool and tweed. 

Plaid

Plaid is a staple for fall style. When you think of flannel blankets, for example, your brain goes to plaid. Most plaid comes in deep colors, like reds, dark greens, blues, and charcoals. These rich colors are arranged in different variations of checkered patterns for a beautifully subtle design. 

Large plaid jackets are popular for fall—this year and every year. Burberry is especially known for their neutral plaid coats, capes, and purses. See some incredible Burberry offerings at a fraction of the price on consignment with Current Boutique

Animal Prints

Animal prints roll back into fashion every fall season—and for a good reason. They’re a great accent that will make you stand out, while also pairing gorgeously with traditional autumn colors and textures.

You can buy a few high-quality or designer animal print pieces, knowing that you can use and reuse them every year! Buy animal prints secondhand and you have the best possible investment for your fall wardrobe! 

For fall fashion 2019, tiger, leopard, zebra, and snake prints are especially hot. These patterns are bold yet neutral, so they’re an awesome print for party dresses or accent pieces (like scarves and purses). 

ReadHow To Wear Animal Prints

Timeless Fall Jackets

Leather Jackets 

You can never go wrong with a leather jacket for fall. It’s thin enough to move around in—whether apple picking or going to a haunted house—but it also will keep you warm against the fall chill. 

Every girl deserves a leather jacket for her closet. Shop around to find the color and style that best suits you. You might like a black leather jacket with lots of zippers for an edgy style, or maybe a brown distressed jacket for a more rugged look. Whatever your style, a neutral look is best so it’ll sustain as a hot wardrobe item throughout the years.  

Want an authentic, timeless leather jacket without the crazy price tag? You can buy gently used or like new leather jackets at a fraction of the price with Current Boutique here!

Wool Coats + Blazers

Real wool is super sustainable, made from the fur of sheep or goats (or camels, llamas, and certain rabbits). Quality companies make sure the animals are happy, and their fur is high-quality  and organic. Wool is perfect for fall because it creates air pockets, so it has natural insulation that will keep you cool while alsokeeping you warm. It’s incredibly soft and cozy, plus it’s stain and odor resistant! 

Wool is insanely stylish for autumn as well. Wool blazers and coats create a refined silhouette that works in every social situation. At Current Boutique, we are especially obsessed with wool camel-toned jackets for fall 2019. In fact, camel colored jackets are the perfect winter accessory that never go out of style!

Make sure you’re buying real wool, not synthetic, to make sure it’s sustainable. 

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Cashmere Sweaters

Cashmere is a luxurious type of wool that’s especially soft and light. Cashmere sweaters and cardigans feel like a warm embrace that pairs perfectly with a cup of apple cider and a walk through the park. 

Neutral colored cashmere sweaters never go out of style. Cashmere fabric is highly sustainable, and the fabric itself lasts for years. Plus, cashmere sweaters offer a feminine silhouette that will make you look and feel great year after year. 

Find out some info about why cashmere is so luxurious and expensive here

Fall Footwear 

Booties

It’s booties season! Booties are ankle-high boots that usually have a small, chunky heel. Booties look gorgeous with denim jeans, corduroy skirts, or a cute fall dress. 

We’re so obsessed with booties that we offer an entire section for them on Current Boutique! The best part about booties is that it’s been a fall trend for years now, but you can take this trend and fit it into your individual style and personality as you wish! Go for trendy snakeskin booties or traditional brown leather ones, or even try one with fur! The possibilities of booties are endless. 

Ready To Fall In Love With Fall Styles! 

What are your favorite sustainable fall 2019 trends? How do you stay conscious and fashion-forward at the same time? Share your favorite fall styles on social media and tag Current Boutique to be featured!

9 Ways to Organize Your Closet for Fall

Can you believe autumn is approaching? Here come the comfy sweaters, adorable booties, warm colors, and cozy accessories! (Oh, and we can’t forget about the pumpkin spice flavored everything…A personal favorite here at Current Boutique!) That means it’s time to organize your closet for the new season!

It’s time to store away the tank tops, summer dresses, and bathing suits (for better or worse) and break out the warm winter clothing and accessories (that have been hiding under your bed or in the back of your closet these past few summer-sleepy months).

How do you transition your closet from summer to fall? 

I’m giving you the ultimate breakdown to not just re-organize your wardrobe…but to actually clean it out, upgrade it, and take your fashion game to the next level this season! Check out my 9 ways to organize your closet for Fall.

1. Take out summer clothes. 

Your room’s about to get a little messy—before it gets super clean! Take everything from your closet that’s warm-weather and put it in a pile on your bed. (We recommend using the bed to organize, because then you’re forced to finish cleaning before you can go to sleep.) It’s time to sort through last season’s clothing before you organize your closet.

2. Wash everything. 

Summer clothes tend to get a little “funky” with sweat, sunscreen, and other stains. You’ll want to re-wash all your summer clothes to make sure you’re storing or selling them clean and fresh. (Storing stinky materials can actually damage the clothing and attract pests, so always wash before storing.) 

3. Does it spark joy?

Now it’s time to go Marie Kondo on your summer clothes. You don’t want to use up too much storage space or leave your clothes wasting away. When you organize your closet, see if there are any clothes or accessories it’s time to get rid of—that you can give a new home with someone who will love them even more. 

Take a look at each piece of clothing you own, and ask the following two questions:

  1. Did you wear the piece this past summer?
  2. Does it make you happy?  

If the answer is no to both questions, it’s time to get rid of it. 

Don’t just throw your clothes out, though. The average American wastes 70 pounds of textiles and materials each year…and 90% of that waste could be recycled or reused. Click to learn more about the textile problem—and how sustainable fashion is changing the world

Don’t contribute to the inefficiencies of the fashion industry. Be a part of the solution! Instead of throwing out your old clothes, why not sell them? You’ll give your clothes a new life (with an owner who will love them)—and you’ll make a little money in the process! See the 5 best websites to sell your clothes online here.

Anything you can’t sell, donate! 

4. Store your summer clothes. 

How and where you store your clothes depends on your living situation. If you live in a big house, you might store your clothes in the attic—where you’ll want to keep them in garment bags to protect from moisture and weather elements. If you live in a studio apartment, your summer clothes may need to fit in a bin under your bed. 

We’ll give you a few tips to get you started on storing your clothes, so they’re out of sight and out of mind until next season: 

  • Organize before storing. Keep T-shirts together, shorts in the same spot, and accessories together, for example. This will make it easier to unpack next spring. 
  • Roll your shirts, blouses, and lightweight dresses instead of folding. This gives you more room and will prevent wrinkling while in storage. 
  • Keep dresses and fancier clothing on hangers to maintain their shape. Store these in a garment bag, either hanging up or laying flat. 
  • Store items in an airtight garment bag or bin to protect against any climate changes.
  • Separate white clothes from red or other dyed clothing. You may want to store heavily dyed items separately to avoid transference or color bleeding. 

5. Wash everything (round two). 

Now that your summer clothing is away, it’s time to get your Fall clothing sorted, organized, and ready for wearing. You’ll want to go through a similar process taking out your autumn clothes as you did putting away your summer clothes. 

First, you’ll probably want to wash your fall clothes. They’ve been in storage for a few months, so they may have a slight smell to them. There’s nothing better than starting to organize a closet that’s already completely clean and fresh! 

You may also want to get heavy jackets and coats dry-cleaned, especially if you didn’t do that last season. 

6. Does it spark joy (round two)?  

Repeat step three, but for your fall and winter clothes. If you didn’t wear it last season, it doesn’t fit, or it doesn’t make you happy…it’s time to sell it or donate it. 

7. Sort with love.

Finally, it’s time to organize your closet with all your favorite fall goodies. How should you organize your closet? 

  • First, organize by type. Separate tank tops, short sleeves, long sleeves, blouses, cardigans, and more. Also separate out your work clothes, so it’s easier to grab-and-go your professional look each morning. 
  • Then, sort by color. Once broken down into type, hang the pieces in the closet by color. This makes it easy to browse your closet based on your mood and color preferences. 
  • We’re huge fans of felt hangers. These grab on to your clothes, so it won’t stretch the fabric. They’re also gentle, so they can help prolong the life of your clothing. (Check out these 10 easy hacks to make your clothes last longer.) Heavier jackets might require hefty plastic hangers, though. 
  • Fold sweaters. Hanging them could cause them to lose their shape. Fold them and put in your dresser or on shelving units in the closet. 
  • You may want to line your dresser or cubbies with fabric or heavy paper to prevent mildew and damage. You can even spray this fabric with a mixture of water and a few drops of peppermint essential oil to keep your clothes smelling wintery-fresh—and to keep winter pests away! (Insects and animals don’t like the smell of peppermint, so it will deter them from making a home in your bedroom.) 
  • Keep heavy coats and jackets closer to the door in a separate closet or on wall hooks. This leaves space in your bedroom closet and protects your other clothes from snow and water that your jackets might track in. 
  • Keep winter accessories like scarves, gloves, and hats in a separate area, preferably by the door for a quick grab-and-go. We recommend hanging them on individual hooks or getting an accessory organizer. You’re more likely to remember and wear your cute wintery accessories if they’re in your line of sight. 
  • Use a shoe organizer, either a rack or designated bins. For boots, you can use boot clips to hang them in your closet, which helps maintain their shape and get them off your closet floor.  

8. Brighten your closet (and your day). 

The days are getting shorter and shorter, which means you’re also getting less light—especially in the mornings when you’re getting ready for the day. Adding lights into your closet can help wake you up in the morning, and it’ll make sure you don’t end up matching one black shoe and one blue shoe! 

If you don’t want to install overhead lights, you can purchase a few inexpensive battery-powered push lightsthat you can click on for more light in a snap. 

Get bright, get beautiful! 

9. Treat yourself. 

You’ve put in a lot of work to get your summer storage and fall closet spick and span. So you—and your organized closet—deserve a treat. 

Why not buy a few new pieces to replace the ones you sold—to make you feel good and to take your wardrobe to the next level? You can buy designer clothes at a fraction of the price if you shop secondhand! Pre-loved fashion is the hottestcrazebecause you get access to high-quality clothing at a low price—and you’re helping to give clothes new life and love, which also promotes the sustainability of the fashion industry

Start shopping with these seven websitesthat sell secondhand designer clothes and/or these six brandsthat offer affordable sustainable fashion! 

Is your closet fall-ready? Start cleaning and organizing…and shopping for the perfect season transition! 

7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics To Upgrade Your Wardrobe (& 3 To Avoid)

Is your clothing hurting or helping the environment? What can purchasing eco-friendly clothing do for you and the world?

The majority of clothes made today are seriously damaging to the environment and to your health. Especially with the prevalence of fast fashion, clothing production has a lot of serious effects:

  • It can waste a lot of natural and finite resources;
  • Production chemicals, bleaches, and dyes are dumped into oceans and our ecosystem;
  • These chemicals end up on our skin and in our bodies.

You’re a smart consumer. You want to purchase eco-friendly clothing that not only look incredible and chic, but are also a positive force for good in the world. At Current Boutique, we want to make it easy to know what to buy (and what to avoid) so you can style yourself with health, beauty, and sustainability.

So we’ve created a guide of eco-friendly clothing fabrics that are best for the environment and for your health, so you can make strong purchasing decisions to take your wardrobe and conscientiousness to the next level. We’ve also ended the guide with the most damaging clothing materials you’ll want to avoid whenever possible. 

When looking for healthy clothing materials, we care about: 

  • Where is the material sourced? (Natural is better than man-made.)
  • What resources are required to create the fabric? Are those resources renewable? “Resource consumption” refers to water, energy, land, fossil fuels, pesticides, chemicals, dyes, etc. 
  • What does the longevity and end-life of the fabric look like? Is it biodegradable or recyclable, or does it sit in landfills? 

ReadGlobal Fashion Sustainability Efforts: How We’re Reducing Textile Waste

Psst… All of the materials mentioned below are biodegradable anddurable enough for multiple homes and owners. They’re sustainable and great for first-time wearers as well as consignment purchases! 

1. Hemp

Hemp is not only one of the most sustainable and renewable fabrics available to us, but it’s also becoming an increasingly popular fashion statement. It’s a natural fiber that actually improvesthe environment as it grows. Plus, more and more companies are starting to make hemp a part of everyday style, especially in the movement towards sustainability.  

Production 

Water: Unlike other natural materials (like cotton), hemp doesn’t require a lot of water to produce. 

Land: Hemp has a huge yield and high utilization of land. It can produce almost three times more fiber per acre than cotton. Plus, it doesn’t deplete soil nutrients while growing. In fact, it actually replenishes the soil, so farmers can continue to grow and grow without damaging the soil. 

Chemicals: Hemp requires little to no pesticides and fertilizer during growing. There’s no chemical processing required to turn hemp into clothing, either.   

Wear

Hemp is a warm fabric, so it’s best for colder weather in the fall and winter. It’s also moisture wicking and antibacterial, so it works well against the elements. 

Some hemp feels a little “scratchy” when you first buy it, but it becomes a lot softer with wear and washing. Unlike other materials that wear down bit by bit with each wash, hemp is incredibly durable and can withstand years of use without losing its structure and style. It’s also machine washable, so it’s easy to care for years to come! 

2. Bamboo 

Bamboo is a natural fabric that comes from a highly renewable and sustainable plant. It’s the “OG” of eco-friendly clothing, and for a good reason.

Production

Bamboo is easy to grow and easy to renew. It doesn’t require a lot of water or land, since it grows tall in thin stalks. Bamboo grows in a variety of areas around the world, and it doesn’t damage the environment around it. 

In some cases, chemicals are used to produce the bamboo fabric. If this is the case, it will usually be labeled as “bamboo-based rayon.” So look for “natural bamboo” to ensure chemicals were not used during production. 

Wear

Bamboo is an increasingly popular fabric because of its breathability. It’s light and airy for summer wear, but durable enough for the fall and winter. It even works well for athletic wear. It’s one of the softest materials and it’s naturally antibacterial, so we also love using bamboo for sleepwear. 

3. Linen 

Linen is a light, natural fiber that’s a favorite for hotter climates, though it can be more challenging to care for. 

Production

Linen is made from the flax plant, which doesn’t require pesticides or chemicals to grow naturally. The low chemical count makes it healthy for the ecosystem and your health.  

However, linen does require a lot of water during production, so it’s not the most sustainable when it comes to resource consumption. 

Wear 

Linen is an incredibly lightweight, breathable, and absorbent fabric, which makes it great for warmer climates. It can actually help keep your body temperature low in the summer, especially compared to cotton or hemp. 

However, linen requires a little more upkeep than other fabrics. It wrinkles easily, and it usually isn’t machine washable (hand-wash only). It’s an investment in time and care—but it can be well worth it! 

4. Lyocell 

Lyocell, also called Tencel (the brand name), is a unique natural fiber that’s becoming more popular for both small brands and large fashion retailers to implement in their fashion lies.

Production 

Lyocell is made from natural cellulose wood pulp that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Using sustainable harvesting practices, farmers harvest raw wood pulp and break it down into threads. It requires less water than cotton, and harvesting processes are highly sustainable. 

It does require chemical processing to turn the wood pulp into fabric. However, they use closed loop processing, so all of the chemicals are recycled and reused—rather than being released into the environment. This means it’s not necessarily bad for the ecosystem, but some of the chemicals may still make it to your skin. 

Wear

Lyocell is soft and gentle, and it’s cool and dry to the touch. It’s anti-bacterial, so it’s naturally odor-resistant. It’s machine washable and wrinkle-resistant, so it offers easy upkeep as well! It’s one of the newer eco clothing materials on the scene, but it’s worth trying out!

5. Wool 

Production 

Wool is a renewable fabric made from sheep’s fur. This means it’s virtually “infinitely” sustainable—as long as we take care of our sheep. It doesn’t require a lot of land, except for grazing land, but it uses small amounts of water consumption. 

You want to ensure you buy organic wool. This ensures there are no chemicals, especially chlorine and bleach, used in production. You may also want to check to see if the company uses humane treatments with their sheep. 

Wear

Wool is warm, comfortable, and great for cool climate. It requires hand washing, though, and it’s slightly higher maintenance. 

Check out these 10 easy hacksto maintain your clothes and make them last longer. 

6. Silk 

We have to include silk because it’s such a luxurious fabric—and it’s natural and renewable! It requires less water than cotton, it’s biodegradable, and it uses minimal chemicals during processing. 

Even though silk requires a lot of TLC (like hand-washing and gentle wear), we can’t get enough of this soft and plush material. 

However, some companies kill silk worms in the process off silk production. Look for vegan silk for highly sustainable silk practices.  

7. Cotton

Cotton sometimes gets a bad reputation, because certain cotton producers use a lot of pesticides and water. But as the fashion industry has become more sustainable and conscious, a lot of brands are moving towards super eco-friendly ways of production. Organic cotton is an awesome option because it’s grown without chemicals.

Cotton is a natural, durable, and sustainable fiber. Cotton is typically biodegradable, soft, and comfortable, and it’s highly. renewable.

At Current Boutique, you’ll find a lot of gorgeous designer styles made from cotton. You’ll love the way this cotton looks and feels, and it’s the best material for your “everyday” clothes. Plus, you’ll be looking out for the environment!

Clothing materials to AVOID

1. Polyester 

Polyester is affordable, easy to care for, and found in a lot of blends… but it’s made with super toxic chemicals that are bad for humans and for the environment. It’s also made from petroleum (oil), which is a non-renewable resource. (Petroleum is also used for plastics.) During production, it uses high amounts of energy and releases large amounts of carbon dioxide. It’s non-biodegradable, so it can stay in landfills for over two centuries. 

That’s a lot of bad stuff for you and for the environment. If you’re looking to take  your sustainability game up a notch, avoiding polyester is probably step one.  

Recycled polyester (rPET) is becoming more popular, but it has both positives and negatives. It gives us access to polyester—which is good for active wear and swimwear since it’s so resistant to water—while cutting out the need for virgin polyester that’s so damaging to the environment. However, the recycling of polyester still requires a lot of energy and chemicals, so it’s not entirely sustainable either. 

2. Nylon 

Nylon is a man-made fiber that’s affordable and popular, but it’s bad for the environment. Like polyester, it’s sourced from oil—which is a non-renewable source. It’s also processed with lots of chemicals, especially since it usually requires acid dying. The production process also creates nitrous oxide, which is a powerful and harmful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Say “no thanks” to nylon.

3. Acrylic 

Acrylic is a synthetic alternative to wool. Although it’s lightweight and soft with almost a cashmere feel, it pills easily and it’s not breathable. Production requires a lot of toxic chemicals and immense energy consumption that damages the environment—and the fabric itself. It’s also not biodegradable and it can’t be recycled, and a lot of companies won’t even buy worn acrylic. 

Shop Eco-Friendly Clothing 

Staying mindful of the clothing materials you’re purchasing and wearing can completely revolutionize the fashion industry. You are in control of how the fashion industry moves forward. Let’s work together towards a more sustainable (and stylish) world. 

Want more awesome info about sustainable clothing options? Check out these resources to learn more and be a part of the solution!  

Save The Earth, Save Your Closet: How Sustainable Fashion Is Changing The World

Global Fashion Sustainability Efforts: How We’re Reducing Textile Waste

6 Top Brands To Find Sustainable Fashion

7 Websites To Shop Secondhand Designer Clothing

6 Reasons Why Preloved Fashion Is The Hottest Craze

6 Top Brands To Find Sustainable Fashion

Do you focus on sustainable fashion? Why or why not?

Do you love the environment?

Do you care about the clothes you put on your body? 

Do you want high-quality items that are actually good for you and the earth? 

Do you want to save the earth by purchasing sustainable fashion

Buying pre-loved clothing is innately sustainable, because you’re helping to reduce the turnover of textiles that contribute to material consumption and waste. You’re also not contributing to the fast fashion world, where brands load up low-quality clothing with chemicals that runoff into the air and oceans, leading to pollution and environmental toxins. 

While there are a lot of websites and stores that sell secondhand and consignment clothing, they don’t all promote sustainable fashion, though. Some brands have a mission of sustainability, while others focus solely on the fashion or prices of consignment. (Read7 Websites To Shop Secondhand Designer Clothing)

There are also a lot of “new” stores that offer sustainable options. This means they focus on environmentally friendly materials and processes that do little damage to the earth, so you can feel good about the new clothes you’re buying. 

So today we’re giving you a list of the best places and brands to buy sustainable fashion—new and pre-loved— that promote sustainability at every step of the process. 

1. Current Boutique 

Current Boutique promotes sustainability throughout the fashion journey. From environmentally-friendly materials to eco-friendly cleaning process, all of our secondhand clothing is curated to ensure the healthiest collection of fashion. 

But did you know we don’t just focus on green pre-loved clothing? We also offer a selection of “new” items that emphasize sustainability. Handpicked and curated by me, the owner of Current Boutique, our Current Collection includes the hottest seasonal gems—made from environmentally sustainable materials from ethically responsible companies. 

While browsing the collection, you’ll see a “heart” that identifies the eco-friendly fiber, like cotton, linen, and other organic materials. You’ll also find wooden and wicker accessories that will add to your natural look. 

With Current Collection, you get environmental sustainability paired with gorgeous fashion aesthetic. We work especially hard to ensure we choose pieces that are both “hot” for the season as well as timeless pieces that will endure in your closet. There’s nothing better than trendy clothing that staystrendy for years to come! 

Check out our Current Collection to start shopping for sustainable, gorgeous pieces to upgrade your closet and lifestyle. (P.S. Some of the sustainable designers on this list find their way into the Current Collection. We live our mission of sustainability, so you don’t have to look any further to find awesome brands and responsible clothing!) 

2. Conscious Collection by H&M 

H&M is one of those fast fashion icons that sells cheap, lower-quality clothes. But they are working to offset this reputation with their Conscious Collection, launched spring 2019. H&M still promotes affordable fashion, but they use sustainably sourced materials with environmentally friendly methods. This is a great way to get hot trends at low prices, while still purchasing goods that won’t kill the environment. This collection includes 100% organic cotton, Tencel, and recycled polyester, with a focus on positive and healthy labor practices. The style of the line itself is very feminine and floral, including 13 inspirational women from across the globe.  

This campaign isn’t H&M’s first run at sustainability. H&M actually offers clothing recycling at their stores. You can drop off clothes and textiles from any brand in any condition, and H&M will recycle the clothes in a sustainable way. Better yet, you get rewarded with a voucher to shop in store. They were the first brand to launch a clothing recycling program in all stores across the world, and they have no signs of slowing down this movement. 

Although Conscious Collective is currently a “campaign,” we anticipate H&M will move more towards this level of sustainability in the near future. 

3. Reformation

Reformation is completely transparent in their sustainability efforts. They don’t just focus on healthy materials and textiles. They have a deep care for social sustainability—the peoplebehind our clothing. Individuals across the globe come to work at their sustainable factory in Los Angeles, producing passion and products with safety and fair labor practices. 

Reformation is so proud of their sustainability efforts that you can actually take a tour of their factory and meet the people making your clothes. On the first Friday of every month, you can save your spot to walk through the factory and chat with the awesome people who love working with Reformation.  

If you want gorgeous clothes with a social story, Reformation is an awesome place to start browsing.  

4. Mara Hoffman 

Mara Hoffman takes a sustainable approach to reduce their impact, generate awareness, and make improvements in the fashion world. They use organic and recycled materials whenever possible, reduce manufacturing pollution, emphasize fair labor, and partner with organizations who also have sustainability initiatives. They follow stringent operating procedures to stay honest and responsible, and they call their customers to hold them accountable as well.  

We especially love Mara Hoffman swimsuits. It’s hard to find sustainably made swimsuits that are both practical and trendy, but Mara Hoffman delivers! 

5. Stella McCartney 

Love designer clothing that emphasizes sustainability as a core mission? Stella McCartney should be your go-to, then. We love their mission statement: “We are agents of change. We challenge and push boundaries to make luxurious products in a way that is fit for the world we live in today and the future: beautiful and sustainable. No compromises.” 

Their mission statement radiates from social sustainability to environmental materials to care for animals. They also focus on “circularity,” acknowleding the cyclical lifespan of fashion and textiles. That’s why they work to make clothes that never end up as waste, collaborating along the value chain to make the future of fashion as healthy as (or healthier than) the present.

We love that Stella McCartney makes designer, high-end clothing not just for the sake of beauty and fashion but also as a means of timeless, longstanding clothing that will last through the decades. Read more about their sustainability efforts here.

6. Yooxygen

This is a super unique shop that we’re totally obsessed with. Yooxygen curates green brands, so everything in their collection is organic to zero waste. They sell high-end, unique finds from brands like A Peace Treaty, Daniel Silverstein, Pachacuti, Goodone, The North Circular, Joanna Cave, etc. Their mission is to offer rare fashion finds outside of seasonal styles, while promoting social and environmental responsibility. 

We love that they don’t just have sustainability in their clothing production and processes. They emphasize their social mission of sustainability in every aspect of their brand. Their vision has three pillars including education, empowering women, and responsibility. They believe it is their responsibility to empower the future, which is ultimately what leads to sustainability.

Learn more about the breadth of their sustainability mission here

Shop sustainable fashion 

The decisions of today impact every tomorrow. So make the decision for yourself and for the world to buy sustainable. Whether you buy pre-loved or new clothing, you want to focus on natural materials, ethical labor practices, and environmental processes. You want to shop from brands that live and breathe a mission of sustainability.    

Not sure where to start? Start with Current Boutique! Our secondhand items are hand-selected to ensure authentic designer goods, and we use eco-friendly cleaning processes. Our Current Collection offers new goods that emphasize sustainability in materials and processes. When you shop with Current Boutique, you never have to worry about your impact. We’re a fashion-loving brand with a sustainable mission, made by women for women just like you! 

Start shopping with Current Collection here