Sustainable and toxin-free living

Sustainable and toxin-free living

Sustainable Street Style: Work Hard, Socialize Hard

Dress by Arkins, purse by Baggu.

In the past couple of weeks, I have found myself in the possession of two shirtdresses, one white and one black. I’ve realized, much too late, that they are the ultimate versatile wardrobe item. Brunch, work, church, dinner date, happy hour, networking events – what fashion question can’t be solved with a good shirtdress?

Dress by Arikins SS16, cape by H. Fredrikkson AW12, belt by American Apparel, shoes by Charlotte Stone SS15, sunglasses by Quay.

The dress is from Arkin’s latest collection. It’s proudly made in Manhattan from organic cotton. As a socially conscious brand, Arkins uses a variety of sustainable textiles, such as soy, hemp, and silk.


I bought this tweed cape in 2012, and I still use it to class up an outfit. It was made in New York from reclaimed materials.



Shouldn’t All Fashion Be Sustainable and Ethical?

If you’re wearing a non-sustainable or ethical fashion item today, don’t fret! It’s Fashion Revolution Week, so turn it to your advantage by taking a picture of the tag, putting it up on instagram, tagging the brand, and asking them #whomademyclothes. Find out more here.


  • Alden Wicker

    Alden Wicker is an award-winning investigative journalist and author of To Dye For: How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick — and How We Can Fight Back (Putnam). She splits her time between managing her internationally recognized platform on safe and sustainable fashion,, and contributing to publications such as The New York Times, Vox, Wired, Vogue, and more. She’s made expert appearances on NPR’s Fresh Air, the BBC, and Al Jazeera to speak on consumer sustainability and the fashion system’s effect on people and the planet.

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