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Best Ideas For Eco-Friendly Fashion

July 19, 2011 6:00 AM

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REI Dallas is located just off LBJ Freeway. (Credit: rei.com/dallas)

REI Dallas is located just off LBJ Freeway. (Credit: rei.com/dallas)

Going green doesn’t mean going totally granola when it comes to fashion.  In fact, you can take those visions of a tree-hugging Mother Earth wearing something akin to a potato sack and replace them with the likes of Kate Hudson or Gwyneth Paltrow’s bohemian beauty. Organic, earth-friendly fashion has undergone a surprisingly chic makeover, and North Texas has local designers and stores equipped to show you how to make others “green” with envy.

REI
Locations in Plano & Dallas

REI is known for heavy-duty sporting equipment, but did you know it’s now home to nature loving fashionistas? The retail chain now carries Prana, a soft and stylish eco-brand known for contemporary silhouettes made of organic cotton, hemp, and recycled polyester. Items like the Berkely Knicker cropped pant (on sale for $35) are perfect for enjoying an outdoor picnic.  Tanks, dresses, skirts, and capris come in muted colors and subtle prints that whisper, “I care about organic cotton, fair trade, wind power initiatives and looking lovely.”

Threads for Thought

Threads for Thought brand uses sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and polyester recycled from plastic water bottles to create clothing that is almost too hip to seem all natural. A sexy keyhole dress that also saves the planet? Yes, please! Carried in a slew of popular stores like Anthropologie and Nordstrom, you can also occasionally score Threads for Thought items at even lower price points at The Buckle or TJ Maxx.  This gorgeous silk top is only $38, and some of the proceeds go towards saving polar bears. You’ll look fabulous, and the polar bears will thank you.

lululemon
3 North Texas locations

Going to the gym in North Texas is as much about looking cute as it is getting in shape, so you have to find something stylish work up a sweat in. Luckily, you can be good to your hot body and help with global warming at the same time when you buy fitness wear from lululemon. Designs like the Circuit Tank ($52) and Mudra Pant ($88) may be a little more than you’d usually spend on athletic attire, but they’re so darn comfy and cute that it’s worth the extra bucks.  The store’s design team “continually innovates with sustainable styles that reduce waste in the design and production processes.” Plus, you can feel good about the reclaimed wood flooring, use of natural lighting and environmentally safe paint inside the store while you shop for that sports bra your yoga instructor swears by. Check out the Galleria, Northpark or Fort Worth locations.

Hilary Kennedy is a Style and Beauty Blogger, as well as the host of a national sports show and several local programs. She is the author of the book, “Career Diary of a TV Host: 30 Days on the Job” and her hosting credits include Access Hollywood, Hot on Homes, and The Bite Network. She can be found online at hilarykennedy.com.

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