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).
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.
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.