Green Room Thursdays: Sustainable Apparel In The Here And “Nau”
Though environmental judiciousness is far from a novel concept at this point, green fashion is still in its infancy, with most brands focusing on organic cotton and jersey T-shirts. As the risks of human-induced climate change become increasingly apparent (uhm, tornadoes in NYC? What is that?!), eco-friendly apparel is evolving accordingly, with more ready-to-wear separates, basics, loungewear, lingerie, evening gowns, and even activewear options surfacing. Enter Portland, Oregon-based clothing brand Nau, which specializes in urban-friendly outerwear and activewear. Functional, sturdy, and modern, Nau’s eco-friendly pieces cater to the frenetic pace of over caffeinated, time-means-money, constantly-on-the-run city dwellers.
Pictured above are two versatile pieces that any woman can appreciate: the Stylus Camy, a sleeveless, organic cotton jersey knit tank with slim spaghetti straps, a handy built-in bra, and two tiny buttons along the neckline; and the Dis-Dress, a safari-flavored shirt dress made of 63% organic linen and 27% organic cotton and featuring rolled-up sleeves with button accents, an adjustable tie belt, and a tunic collar with intricate stitching details.
Now, of course, these aren’t statement-making pieces but, rather, building blocks for any urbanite’s wardrobe. The Dis-Dress, of course, can be toughened up with funky motorcycle boots, taken further into safari territory with leopard print pumps, or made playful with strappy sandals (not to mention how much you can do through your jacket, handbag, and jewelry choices). The Stylus Cam, meanwhile, is ideal for yoga and pilates classes as it hugs the female body, provides enough support for the busom, and features enough stretch to allow you to move without any restriction.
Nau Stylus Camy, $35, and Nau Dis-Dress, $68. Available at Nau.com