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

Is your clothing hurting or helping the environment? What can purchasing eco 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 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 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 manmade.)
  • 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 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 manmade 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 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

Is Athleisure “Over” And Out of Style?

Current Boutique Athleisure

Athleisure has been an ongoing trend for nearly half a decade, and it’s completely changed the fashion industry. It seems that athleisure may finally have run its course—but not without leaving a transformation to fashion in its wake.

What has been the impact of athleisure, and what’s taking its place?   

What is athleisure? 

Athleisure refers to the fashion style of “athletic leisure” wear—aka wearing workout clothes as everyday fashion. It’s that “on my way to the gym” look that started to permeate everyday dress. This includes leggings, tights, workout tops, sports bras, and fashion and sports sneakers. 

Athleisure was so popular that designers and celebrities even adapted the “workout look” for high-end fashion. Everyday street-wear turned to the leggings. Companies started selling clothing that looked like gym wear, even if it wasn’t made for the gym. Athleisure took over every facet of fashion and lifestyle. It held such an impact that it may never fully leave our closet, similar to blue jeans or white sneakers. 

How did athleisure impact fashion? 

Persistent fashion trends transform the entire closet. Athleisure became an important staple of fashion in 2015, persisting strongly through the beginning of 2019. Lasting for over four years, athleisure completely changed women’s wardrobes. Sneakers replaced heels, leggings replaced jeans, and sports bras replaced lace blouses. Even headwear changed, with more sweatbands and ponytail holders. Makeup began to emphasize the more natural, neutral glow to pair with the casual style of dress.

More women started wearing what made them feel good, rather than whatever was just on-trend. 

Women have entire wardrobes that live and breathe athleisure. It has permeated every area of style. So there’s no way it’s going to leave overnight. And even with its slow progression out of trend, we don’t expect that athleisure will ever leave in its entirety. It’s leaving behind important breadcrumbs that will impact fashion trends for at least the next decade, if not longer.  

A huge draw for athleisure was the comfort aspect. People loved being able to slip into something casual, no matter where they were going or what they were doing.

Athleisure legitimized comfortable fashion. It became the norm and reduced the stigma around wearing casual clothes, even to major events. It also allowed for flexibility: you could go to the gym, the grocery store, the house, and drinks with the girls in one simple outfit.

This helped shake off the harshness and unapproachability of fashion and get more comfortable with the clothes we put on our bodies. 

Now that we’ve had a taste of comfortable, we’re going to keep it. In 2019, though, women are beginning to demand comfort withmore fashion sense and style. 

Why is athleisure on its way out? 

Whether or not athleisure is still in vogue depends on who you ask. Some say it’s still a relevant staple of everyday dress, while others are saying it’s making room for more classy and elegant styles in everyday wear. We’ve noticed that women are still wearing athleisure in some cases, but its popularity is heavily slowing down.

We have officially moved athleisure to the “acceptable” column of dress but not necessarily the “hot topic” column. For example, jeans are always in fashion to wear. Different styles of jeans—rises, cuts, and washes—will change with the season, but jeans are always good to go. A classic mid-rise blue jean will always be “acceptable,” while ripped, light, high-rise jeans may be a “hot topic” for the season. 

There are two main reasons athleisure is losing its place in the industry: 

  1. It’s not sustainable. 
  2. The pendulum is swinging to the opposite end. 

Sustainability

People are becoming much more aware of how the fashion industry impacts the environment and our personal health. Fashion is one of the most destructive industries when it comes to chemical-ridden materials, air pollution, and poor labor practices.

We’re not sitting idle anymore. Conscientious consumers are recognizing that fast fashion isn’t healthy, and they’re moving towards more sustainable and ethical options.  

Not only are a lot of athleisure companies using unhealthy practices, but a lot of athletic clothing is made of synthetic fabrics. Spandex and polyester create that stretchy, breathable fabric we know and love with athletic clothing—but the production of these is horrible for the environment and for your skin. Athletic clothing is arguably one of the least sustainable aspects of an already unsustainable industry. 

That’s why preloved designer clothing has become the hottest new craze. In fact, it’s anticipated that “secondhand luxury” will be the “new athleisure.” Consignment clothing will completely change the kinds of clothing you see on the streets—and even the way the fashion industry operates on the whole.  

Learn more about how sustainable fashion is taking over the world here

Elegance 

It’s fun dressing up! We miss that. Lots of women do. There’s nothing better than getting dolled up—for no reason other than to look and feel great.

Fashion lives on a pendulum. When one style is in fashion, the trend usually swings in the completely opposite direction. We went from low rise to high rise jeans and neons to neutrals in the span of a year. Now, the pendulum is swinging from casual and comfortable to sophisticated and tasteful.  

It used to be cool to look like you were headed to the gym. And it actually made the wearer feel more athletic and fit. In a period were personal fitness and health reigned supreme, wearing athletic clothing helped us mold ourselves into that lifestyle.  

Although people are still focused on their health, especially with regards to the chemicals in their daily lives (and in their clothing), the “big topic” of conversation isn’t going to the gym anymore.

The big topic of conversation right now is self-improvement. We’re all trying to learn more, grow more, and be more. We’re taking in information at an incredible rate, looking for accomplishment in multiple areas of our lives: work, health, relationships, family, friends, and more. (Read5 Ways To Find Success As A Working Mother)

How clothing makes you feel

Leggings, which used to be a sign of athleticism, have now started to become a sign of laziness. In our ambitious society, laziness goes against everything we believe and the persona we want to portray with our clothing. 

The clothing you wear signals your brain what to think and how to feel. Athletic clothing makes you feel athletic. Bold colors make you more adventurous. Elegant clothing makes you feel classier. There is a psychology of clothing that impacts how we think about ourselves and one another. 

That’s why more people are moving towards the “dress for success” sort of style. A lot of companies that were formerly all-athleisure (like Lululemon) are starting to come out with comfortable work clothes, like soft editor pants, flexible pencil skirts, and breathable blouses. The “comfort” of athleisure hasn’t left—but more and more people are moving towards quality pieces that support a sophisticated, driven lifestyle. 

Transitioning To Success

Athleisure has introduced casual dress into everyday society, and we couldn’t be more thankful. But now it may be time to retire the daily leggings that could be holding us back from truly achieving all of our potential.

It’s time to revolutionize the beauty of fashion. It’s time to bring back timeless, quality pieces that make you look good and feel great. And it’s time to reintroduce clothes designed for the successful woman.  

Pre-loved fashion has become the answer to this. You can get designer pieces that look and feel expensive—at a fraction of the price. You can fill up your wardrobe with gorgeous, sophisticated pieces without breaking the bank. Start shopping Current Boutique to get started with the next movement in fashion: preloved luxury.  

The Ultimate Personal Style Quiz To Rock Your Wardrobe

What’s YOUR personal style? How many times have you walked into your closet and thought, “Ugh, I have nothing to wear!” even though your closet is filled to the brim with clothing (a lot of which still have the tags on them). 

It’s probably because you haven’t yet figured out what your personal style is. You’re trying out a bunch of different looks that don’t seem to fit you or feel right. And that’s okay!

We’re here to help you discover your unique look, so you can fill your closet with clothing and accessories that make you feel confident, happy, and bright. We can help you reorganize your wardrobe so when you walk into your closet you instead say, “There’s too much to wear in here! I can’t wait to get dressed and look incredible!” 

We love a good style quiz as much as you do… And this is the ultimate test to find out what your current style is!

As you go thorough the quiz, tally up your answers with their corresponding letters. At the end, you’ll unlock your Current Boutique style! It’s that easy—and fun! 

1. Which of these sets of words do you most identify with? 

  • A – casual, comfortable, vintage 
  • B – timeless, sophisticated, elegant 
  • C – unique, spirited, eclectic
  • D – bold, confident, striking
  • E –  pretty, girly, soft
  • F – magnetic, flaunting, flirty 
  • G – trendy, Contemporary, tonal 

2. Which description sounds most like you? 

  • A – My favorite clothes are ones I can lounge in. I prioritize comfort and practicality, but I also love clothes that have a cool story to them. 
  • B – I prefer investing in quality clothing that’s good for my health and for the world. I like timeless looks that withstand the test of time. 
  • C – I love expressing my personal style. I am spirited and original. 
  • D – I wear clothes that make a statement. I’m comfortable being the center of attention, and I like wearing pieces that feel like artwork.  
  • E – I love feeling girly and feminine. I like clothes that make me feel flowing and free. 
  • F – I love my body and I want to flaunt it. I am magnetic to those around me. 
  • G – I am poised, polished, and professional. I want to be both classic and contemporary at the same time.

3. Which outfit would you prefer to wear out on the town? 

  • A – white tee shirt, bootcut jeans, a black sweater, and sneakers
  • B – light neutral blouse, black pants, a beige overcoat, and designer ballet flats
  • C – graphic shirt, floral print pants, bright windbreaker, sparkly high tops
  • D – frilled crop top, flare jeans, woven wedges, statement necklace
  • E – pink floral top, white jeans, denim jacket, and light pink ballet flats
  • F – red velvet bodysuit, leather pants, black heels, hoop earrings
  • G – white button up, light wash jeans, black denim jacket, neutral loafers

4. Which formal outfit would you wear to a party?  

  • A – knee-length sundress, black sandals, cross body bag, silver watch
  • B – little black dress, pearl earrings, black stilettos with gold accents, black frame bag
  • C – neon print top, artwork heels, character purse, white gem earrings
  • D – floral maxi skirt, white tank top, black frill earrings, lace up heels
  • E – white lace dress, pink strappy heels, floral crossbody, dainty rings 
  • F – slip dress, sparkly clutch, swooping necklace, mesh heels
  • G – maxi black dress, gold tear drop earrings, investment bag, red heels

5. Which designer do/would you shop at the most? 

  • A – J. Crew 
  • B – Chanel 
  • C – Alice and Olivia 
  • D – Ted Baker 
  • E – Rebecca Taylor 
  • F – Diane Von Furstenberg
  • G – Theory 

6. Which activity sounds most fun to you? 

  • A – reading a good book
  • B – attending a conference 
  • C – painting or journaling 
  • D – window shopping 
  • E – dancing in the mirror 
  • F – going dancing with your girls
  • G – going to work   

7. Which quote speaks to you most? 

  • A – “Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  • B – “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel
  • C – “Always have fun with fashion. Dress to entertain yourself!” – Betsey Johnson
  • D – “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katherine Hepburn 
  • E – “The essence of femininity is to absolutely love being a woman.” – Madonna  
  • F – “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • G – “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah  

If you got mostly As… 

You’re a Vintage Lover!

Your easygoing nature and carefree attitude draw you towards more casual, relaxed outfits. You like simple lines and designs that are easy to wear. You’re obsessed with soft, cool vintage pieces that have been lived full lives with a history in them. You tend towards denim, cotton, and lightweight fabrics, and your accessories tend to be minimalistic, and often sentimental. Your footwear is practical and comfortable, like ballet flats or your favorite sneakers. You’re fashion savvy, but you love the practical part of fashion too. You’ll throw on a vintage piece because it makes you feel connected to the world around you. 

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If you got mostly Bs… 

You’re a Classic Beauty!

You love investing in quality fabrics with timeless styles. You prefer to throw on something with classic refinement rather than jump on trends and styles. Your polished, professional look that often matches and coordinates. You lean towards more neutral colors, blacks, and solid colors. Your accessories complement your clothes, but they’re not the centerpiece of the look.  For you, putting on clothes is about sustainable fashion and connecting with timeless fashion icons of years past. You’re a pro when finding, selecting, and purchasing quality clothing items that will last in your closet for years to come. 

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If you got mostly Cs… 

You’re a Downtown Darling!

You are spontaneous, fun, and the hit of the party. You’re not overly influenced by trends, but rather you’re a trendsetter yourself. You believe that fashion comes without rules, and every outfit is uniquely yours. Fashion, for you, is meant to reflect your personality and make a statement. Your wardrobe is filled with colors, textures, and prints. Your accessories are usually statement pieces, and you’re not afraid to mix and match. You’re always down to hit the town and show off your style. 

Shop Downtown Darling

If you got mostly Ds… 

You’re a Rebel Style Star!

You’re all about effortless yet striking fashion. You like trying out trends while maintaining a mysterious, cool air about you. You’ll often go for a basic piece with lots of details or a single accent, like a bold lip or an eye-catching shoe. You believe jewelry is like wearable art, and you’re not afraid to get funky with thick chains and big earrings. You’ve got an edgy vibe, and you look incredible in leather pieces head to toe. You’re confident knowing you totally rock the look.

Shop Rebel Style Star

If you got mostly Es… 

You’re a Boho Romantic!

You are a total free spirit in a soft, feminine way. Generally, you prefer flowing silhouettes with girly features like bows, ruffles, pleats, and lace. You tend towards the muted and light colors as well as florals and delicate designs. It’s possible you even imagine yourself wandering along the beach or in the middle of a meadow when you throw on your favorite skirt or white blouse. You look gorgeous in both minimalist jewelry as well as larger, eclectic finds. You can rock it in ballet flats or strappy sandals equally. Your style is as free and flowing as you are. 

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If you got mostly Fs… 

You’re a Sexy Siren!

You are the center of attention in bold colors and prints that make you stand out. You’re all about figure-hugging silhouettes, sparkly heels, and thrilling accessories that will turn heads. You know how to intrigue with mystery, and grab the attention of the room. Flirtation and fun are the name of the game, and your fashion style helps you dominate with confidence. You know that when you look great, you feel great! You’ll go for trending styles or timeless looks, as long as they make you feel hot. 

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If you got mostly Gs… 

You’re a Polished Professional!

You dress to impress. You’re driven by work, and your fashion reflects that drive and confidence. You’re willing to experiment with styles and trends, but you like to keep it tasteful for the office. You love playing around with solid colors with classic silhouettes, and you tend towards the monochrome look with one color in different tones and materials. Your jewelry and shoes are minimalist but confidence-boosting. Your wardrobe is filled to the brim with boss-lady essentials that bring out the fashion leader in you. 

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How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face

Buying the perfect sunglasses is one of the greatest challenges of being a fashionista! It can feel especially impossible to buy sunglasses online, because you have no way of knowing if they’ll be the perfect fit when they come in the mail. Even if you’re in the store, you could end up staring at a rack of sunnies, trying every pair on for hours…until they all start to look the same. 

How can you find the perfect pair in less time without the headache? 

Let’s make purchasing sunglasses simpler and easier—and a lot more fun!  

In this blog, I’m taking you through how to choose the right sunglasses for you based on face shape, size, style, color, and protection! 

Face shape 

You can narrow your search quickly and effectively if you start the buying process based on your face shape. You want the shape of your glasses to accentuate your face’s best features. Most face shapes fall into four gorgeous categories: heart, round, oval, or square. 

Heart

Your heart is so big that it shows up in your face shape too!  A heart face has a broad brow line and the chin is the narrowest part of the face. To highlight the downward pointed jawline and moderate the brow, you want frames that are wider on top than on bottom. 

Your heart shaped face would love these kinds of frames:

  • Cat eye 
  • Retro square
  • Brow line 

Round

The soft roundness of your face is gorgeously feminine and delicate. Round faces are widest at the cheekbones and narrower at the forehead and jawline. The width and length of your face are roughly the same. We recommend focusing on horizontal frames, as this will elongate the look of the face while drawing attention to your natural beauty.  

Angular frames look especially striking against a round face:

  • Cat eye
  • Square
  • Oversized

Oval 

The most versatile face shape, an oval face is longer than it is wide. You can pull off just about any sunglasses shape with your oval face, but more upswept styles will complement your cheekbones and brow gorgeously. Horizontal, rectangular frames look especially nice against your face’s vertical orientation. 

Some styles you’ll want to start browsing: 

  • Aviators
  • Oversized
  • Retro square

Square

Square faces have striking, prominent features like a strong jaw, high cheekbones, and a wide forehead. To balance the strength of your face, you’ll want to look for soft lines, curvy frames, or rimless edges on your glasses. 

Try out the follow styles: 

  • Aviators
  • Brow line
  • Round
  • Butterfly
  • Rimless or semi-rimless

Color

Want to find the perfect color for your sunglasses frames that will make your face “pop”? Here’s how! 

First, determine the undertone of your skin color. There are three classifications: 

  • Cool: pink, red, or blue undertones
  • Warm: peachy, gold, or yellow undertones
  • Neural: a mix of warm and cool 

The best way to figure out your undertone is by looking at your veins. If they’re blue or purple, you’re likely cool-toned. If they’re greenish, you’re warm toned. You’re likely neutral if your veins look both blue and green. 

You may also be able to tell based on the jewelry that looks best on you. If you tend to look better in silver or platinum jewelry, you’ve got cool tones. Gold looks great on warm tones. If both look equally good on you, you’re neutral. 

Still not sure? If you burn easily, you’ve probably got a cool skin tone. If you tan more than you burn, your skin tone is likely warm. 

Cool-tones

Cool-toned skin looks beautiful with blue, green, pink, purple, and magenta colors. You look stunning in indigo, eggplant, and grey frames. 

Warm-tones

If you have warm-toned skin, you look good in warm colors like red, yellow, orange, brown, and ivory. Amber, turtleshell, and walnut frames look especially beautiful on you.  

Neutral

You can make either shade work for you, but you may look best in a lighter color frame like white, pearl, or pink. 

What about the color of your lenses? 

Along with adding a unique style, different lens colors can actually have different practical uses – 

  • Gray lenses: minimize light without distorting colors 
  • Brown lenses: enhance contrast, especially good in the snow or outdoors
  • Yellow lenses: block blue light, but it loses most coloring 
  • Red/orange lenses: enhance contrast on cloudy/overcast days 

We also absolutely love mirrored lenses. These never go out of style, and they’re a great way to stay in stealth mode! 

(If you play a sport or use your glasses for another purpose, you may want to look into the best lenses for that specific activity. For example, copper lenses work well to find a golf ball in the grass, while blue lenses help you with your tennis game.) 

Size

Not sure how big your frames should be? 

Measure the size of your face from temple to temple using a ruler (measured in inches). In general, you can determine your frame size with the following chart:  

Face size (temple to temple)Frame size, suggested
4.5”49-50mm
5”52-53mm
5.25”54-55mm
5.5”56-57mm
5.75”58-59mm
6”60-61mm

Do you already have a pair of glasses or sunglasses that fit you perfectly? Measure them to see the width, height, and length. You especially want to note the length of the earpiece and the width of the lens. Inside your glasses frame, you may find a series of numbers like 54-18-131, which refers to the eye width, bridge size, and temple length respectively. Knowing your size helps narrow your search and ensure you get the right size for your face – so they’re not too tight or sliding off your head. 

Protection

Sunglasses are one of our favorite fashion accessories, but they also serve a practical purpose. The goal of sunglasses is first and foremost to protect your eyes from UV radiation from the sun. This keeps your eyes healthy and strong, helping to minimize cataracts, burns, cancer, and more. Sunglasses can also help prevent wrinkles! They stop you from squinting in the light, and frequent squinting can cause crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes! 

If you live somewhere sunny (everywhere has sun), you want your sunglasses to be as protective as possible.  Look for sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVB rays and 95% of UVA rays. That means for the most part you’ll want to avoid “cosmetic” sunglasses. Generally, higher-end designer or luxury sunglasses offer strong protection withthe style you’re going for. 

Polarized glasses offer more sun protection. These are especially useful if you use your glasses on the water, where the reflective sun can especiallydo damage. Some women don’t like the look of polarized lenses, so you may just want one functional pair for outdoor use. 

Fun in the sun

Now you’re ready to take on the sun with gorgeous sunglasses that fit your face, style, and coloring beautifully! 

What are you waiting for? Find your perfect pair of designer shades with Current Boutique right now! It’s time to find your summer 2019 pair!