How to Accessorize with Nothing but Green How to Accessorize with Nothing but Green

How to Accessorize with Nothing but Green

An outfit—no matter how stylish—can't go it alone. Sure, your tops and bottoms might look stunning, but why stop there? There are so many eco-friendly options in accessories to mix and match that there is really no excuse not to embellish your look.

It's a Hold-Up: Belts

Whether you need one to hold up your pants or just to accent your waistline, a belt is a key accessory. Forget leather—reach for recycled seatbelts, tires, and plastic. Woven hemp, cotton, and rubber are innovative materials for a traditional fashion accessory. Most buckles are still made from metal, but you might find a wooden one here or there. New blends of natural and recycled materials give you an enviable green solution to your belt loop boredom.

You Can Take It With You: Purses and bags

A little creativity goes a long way when it comes to fashion and going green. Nowhere is this more evident than in the grand selection of handbags and purses available. Brilliant colors and ingenious materials combine to create clutches, hobo bags, shopping bags, handbags and more. With the variety of materials used to make these catch-alls, you're bound to find something you like. Some are even one-of-a-kind. So whatever you're carrying, you can carry it well. Look around online—that's where you'll find the best selection.

Winter-wear as Green as Ice is Cold

Whether you live where the weather gets chilly or just like to visit, winter gear can be green (even if the trees aren't!). Look for scarves, earmuffs, gloves, and mittens made from organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp. Some of the different materials are water resistant, shrink resistant, or quick drying which make them better than common fabrics, especially for winter wear. Instead of an itchy wool scarf, why not try finding one made of a softer, eco-friendly, less-likely-to-shrink material?

Recycle, Re-wear

Glass, metal, fiber, and trinkets come together in fascinating combinations as green jewelry. Using traditional features as models for latches and designs, eco-friendly jewelry can accent your fingers, ears, wrists, neck, and ankles. You can find boutiques online that sell custom, one-of-a-kind items, or buy from a merchant that makes ready to wear jewelry. A touch of shine in your ensemble now means a beautiful Earth and a beautiful you.

Top of the Day: Hats

Cover your head with something green. You can find everything from cool baseball caps and shady straw hats to warm winter caps and fashionable cabbies. Check tags or labels to see what materials were used in production. Not only that, but itchy hats are essentially no more with green materials! Softer and sometimes versatile enough to be worn in more than just one season, eco-friendly is you-friendly. Go bamboo head to toe, or try something else for a blended style.

Green Sox: Forget baseball

So what are your socks made of? Cotton? Silk? Wool? Do they hold up for a year or wear out in a month? What happens to them after that? Socks are a throw away item now more than ever. Instead of buying poor quality socks frequently, try getting socks made from green materials. They might cost a little bit more than a six-pack at the department store, but they're likely to last longer. Green materials also make better socks since some are antimicrobial or can wick away moisture to keep your feet feeling dry (not to mention blister-free!). And of course, green socks are biodegradable, so there's no harm done when it's time to replace them.

So Close: Skivvies

When you think about the things that are closest to your body, underwear seems more important than its hidden nature might imply. Women's panties, bras, and even sports' bras can be found in organic cotton as well as blends of bamboo and tencel. These same fabrics are used in men's boxers and briefs, too. If something is going to be that close to you all day, don't you want that to be natural, comfortable, and green?

Karissa J. Kilgore loves to write and has a passion for the Oxford comma. She has her BA in English, and hopes to teach writing one day. Karissa lives in Pennsylvania with her dog Trixie.

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