10 Sustainable Work Wardrobe Essentials for Creative Professionals

* Article I wrote for Conscious Magazine originally published on February 16, 2016*

Work culture is radically changing. The creative economy is well underway and we’re now finding ourselves lounging in coworking spaces on leather couches with unlimited supplies of pour over coffee.

In our quest to achieve better collaboration and creative thinking, our wardrobes are adapting to accommodate the new fluid way we work. Wardrobes that share our values and keep up with our exploratory lifestyles while serving community, country, and world.

Where to start? Below are 10 Sustainable Work Wardrobe Essentials to get you smartly dressed with time to spare. Rad office or not, you’ll soon be rocking any work space with style and integrity.

01 | SHOES

Nisolo is known for their clean and comfortable design, but also for the stunning craftsmen in Peru who take such care and pride with every shoe they construct by hand. Slip on a leather smoking slipper or step it up with this modern creamy heel. Either way, you can’t go wrong with Nisolo.

02 | SOCKS

Socks can be the greatest part of your whole outfit, but often they fall completely under the radar—they’re subtle, smart, and unabashedly clever in print. Try these socks by This Night and show off those ankles loud and proud!

03 | BAG

Purses just aren’t doing the job these days. You need a sleek backpack by Stone + Cloth that leaves you hands free and takes you from bike, bus, to rails, while keeping your stuff safe and snug.

04 | JEANS

Let’s take your jeans up a notch with Raleigh Denim Workshop. They’llkeep you looking classy with a hint of grit. Love this company! Crafted in North Carolina, these pants speak durability and remarkable fit.

05 | BUTTON UP

Designed by husband and wife duo, Jeremy and Sadie, any exquisitely tailored and constructed shirt from Tradelands is a find like this classic white button up with a fun Peter Pan collar.

06 | BIKE HELMET

You’re a woman on the go, but not in the “live to work” sense. True, you have a killer work ethic and take risks, but you also love to experience life up close. This gorgeous gold helmet by Thousand is bound to make every driver you pass on the road wish they were biking too.

07 | JEWELRY

If you’re looking for something a little more bold when your capsule wardrobe is just too ordinary for the day, this necklace by Pichulik will knock off everyone’s polka dot socks.

08 | EYEWEAR

Don’t want to deal with the hassle of contacts or the price tag of Lasik? Well, stick with these snazzy Amber Tortoise frames by Fetch and you’ll catch every designer’s eye in the room.

09 | JACKET

Opting for creamier coat instead of a dark jacket will certainly lighten the room and your mood. Layer off your look with this by Hackwith Design House and you’ll feel fresh, focused, and ready to pitch any idea!

10 | DRESS

Let’s face it, a black dress is essential for the working woman, let alone life. This dress by Eenvoud feels chic, but has just the right amount of sporty design to still keep that cool casual vibe you’ve got going.

Photo Credit: Nisolo