Fall color forecast: green

Not too long ago, eco-minded attire consisted of shapeless pieces of clothing in uninspired shades of clay, putty and oatmeal. To the fashion conscious, earth-friendly clothes held all the appeal of a gunnysack (and not in the sense of Jessica McClintock’s Gunne Sax collection).

Hat trick: Reversible wool cap ($55-$150) by Oosss Designs.

Luckily, as “going green” snowballs into full-on trend mode—touted by celebrities and featured in glossy magazines—eco-wear has taken on new dimensions. No longer just the stuff of burlap-like flax and hemp, green clothing now comes in silky bamboo, lush soy and versatile organic cotton enhanced with body-hugging lycra. Rich organic dyes boost the color spectrum (think jewel tones rather than shades of beige) and designer detailing make these good-for-the-earth pieces equally good for the wardrobe.

Xpress checks out what local eco-fashion retailers have to offer.

Models: Melissa Terrezza and Reggie Tidwell. Photography by Jonathan Welch.

Hemp: not just for hippies. Black hemp and cotton cargo pants ($37) and emerald-green wool “nebulous” sweater with button placket ($68), both by Of the Earth from the Oko Box. Set courtesy of The Shady Grove, 65 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville (236-1713).

Easy being green: Cotton and bamboo three-quarter sleeve “star” dress with crochet detail at shoulders by Of the Earth ($92.50) and organic alpaca cable-knit purse by Indigenous ($57) from the Oko Box.

Sweet dreams: Bamboo bralette ($20) and bikini ($12) by Elita and plush organic cotton and cashmere robe by Subtle Luxury ($156) from Terra Diva. Set courtesy of Terra Diva.

Natural mystic: Turquoise bamboo, cotton and lycra tunic ($45), cropped pants ($52) and skirt belt ($29), worn with a long-sleeved black bamboo tee ($26) from My Pumpkin Doodle.

Still life with bamboo: White unisex bamboo sweater ($32) from My Pumpkin Doodle. Black and white hat by Oosss Designs ($55-$150). All hats feature at least 50 percent local wool and are one of a kind, custom fit and made to order.

The big chill: Hooded bamboo tunic with pockets by Subtle Luxury ($116) from Terra Diva. Set courtesy of Terra Diva.

Love these clothes? Here’s where to get ‘em:
• Shop the Oko Box online at theokobox.com.
• Visit My Pumpkin Doodle’s e-store at mypumpkindoodle.com.
• Stop by Terra Diva at 80 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville (225-4884 or www.terradivainc.com).
• Contact Oosss Designs at Jacobscmatt@gmail.com or www.myspace.com/oosssdesigns.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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