12 Essentials for a Woman's Organic Wardrobe

Building An Organic Wardrobe? Here are 12 Essentials.

Every woman has a set of go-tos in their closet. Many of them have been sitting around for years, and you can't bear the thought of throwing them out. They're the most versatile items in your wardrobe: they go with everything. Each outfit you pick out has at least one, if not multiple go-tos that are simply mixed and matched with the rest of your wardrobe every day. As time goes on, each item unavoidably meets its end, whether it be from natural wear and tear, or the dreaded I-left-it-somewhere-but-I'm-not-sure-where. Happens to the best of us.

When the time comes, how do you pick that new article to replace the old? If you're anything like me, choosing the replacement is a process. Maybe I'm just stubborn, but the new go-to has to be perfect in every way. My list of criteria is a long one, and every item on that list is being ethically sourced and produced.

It's hard enough to find a wardrobe staple that's cute, fashionable, flattering, and goes with the rest of your clothing. But adding the ethical criteria can make shopping feel hopeless.

Well, fear not. I've compiled a list of 12 essential items that will cure any wardrobe crisis ethically, sustainably, and fashionably! All of these items are either made in USA or Europe at Rawganique Atelier.

1. The Long-Sleeve Top
Everyone needs a long-sleeve top for cooler months in the year. For this I recommend the Mont Blanc 100% Hemp V-Neck. This top is designed for women's natural curves — cut to move and flow with you throughout the day. Elegant enough for dressing up, and comfortable enough to be casual. Offered in Lilac and Black.

2. The Short-Sleeve T-shirt 
T-shirts are a must. When shopping for a t-shirt, you want one that you can throw on anytime, anywhere and still look fresh and presentable. A t-shirt must be dependable and able to get you through the day no matter what life throws at you. The Joely Organic Cotton Crewneck T-Shirt is versatile, simple, and flattering. It comes in a variety of colors and will hug your curves, making it a perfect shirt to wear under your hoodies in the winter, or by itself in the summer.

3. The Hooded Sweater 
As women, we must be prepared for everything. That includes sweater weather. A go-to sweater is ideal if it's hooded, comfortable, and still cute enough to be worn in public on a cloudy day. The Madison Hooded Hemp Sweater is all of the above. Being loose-fitting, it will keep you comfy-cozy all day and allow you to layer up when the temperatures drop. This sweater comes in beautiful naturally-dyed blues, greens, greys, and black. Plus a hood for ultimate functionality.

4. The Zip-Up Jacket 
It is essential that your zip-up be designed for layering. You want a jacket that you can throw over the top of your hoodie for added warmth and insulation. Many of you may still have your old NorthFace lying around for this very purpose. It's time you got a fleece jacket that won't pollute our waterways and aquatic life with microfiber plastics. Introducing the super warm, ultra soft, plastic-free Explorator 100% Organic Cotton Fleece Jacket. Available in Black, Red, and Natural (unbleached and undyed).

5. The Black Leggings 
Who wears normal pants anymore? A pair of black leggings are all you need. They're my #1 essential item because of how versatile they are. Dress them up, dress them down, wear them to the gym, you name it. They always work. And the L.A. Hemp Leggings will do just that. They're thick enough to keep you warm, stretchy enough for exercise (especially yoga), and fitting enough to be dressed up under a nice dress or cardigan. They're as versatile as your LuLus, but they're chemical-free!

6. The Everyday Bra 
This item is tougher to find your go-to. Your bra of choice will vary depending on the clothes you're wearing, your activities for the day, and how comfortable you want to be. Bras are also one of the most important articles of clothing that should be replaced with organic material in order to avoid rashes, irritation, and allergies from chemicals in the fabric. The Encinitas Organic Cotton Bra will work well as an everyday, comfortable bra. Featuring thin straps and a low neck that can hide under any top, and a supportive band that will stand up to light exercise and active movement.

7. The Boy Shorts 
There's nothing I love more than a pair of versatile boy shorts. I wear them as sleeping shorts, panties, or even workout attire. Being in contact with sensitive areas, this is another undergarment that's important to go organic. Our Marilyn Hemp Boy Shorts have a covered elastic waistband, and are super flattering in all the right places. Thick enough to be cozy in bed, and fitting enough to be worn under any bottoms. These babies are fiber-reactive dyed black (what other color could you possibly need?).

8. The Classic Ankle Socks 
You may not spend much time thinking about your socks, but now that we're on the topic, perhaps you realize that you do have a set of go-tos. Why ankle socks? Because, duh: versatility. (I'm sensing a theme here.) The Cypress Point Cotton Ankle Socks are short enough to hide under most of your shoes. They are SO soft, stretchy, and come in the most crucial colors: black and white. They're also thick enough to provide a perfect layer of cushion to some of your more uncomfortable shoes.

9. The Ballerina Flats 
Flats are a standard for fancy occasions. You need a pair that look nice enough for a job interview, but cute enough to be worn casually, too. Flats are also inherently uncomfortable, so when you find a pair that is wearable all day, you've struck gold. The Giselle Hemp Ballerina Flats come in the prettiest red and teal, as well as our traditional natural (unbleached, undyed) color. They are fun, spunky, and handmade for amazing quality. You can easily dress these up to look professional, and the natural hemp fibers will mould to your feet making them incredibly supportive for a flat.

10. The Sneakers 
Should your beloved sneakers wear out, we have the perfect replacement. The Forbidden City Cotton Sneakers come in cotton's natural off-white color. They are essentially Keds' sustainable substitute. All the great look and feel, but handmade, vegan, and organic. It doesn't get much better (and simpler) than this.

11. The Boots 
Your boots will be worn when the temperatures drop, so you need something a little cozy. They should compliment your fall and winter wardrobe perfectly. The Bostoneer Hemp Boots are lined with our signature 100% organic cotton fleece, keeping your toes warm and toasty in the cold. They also come free with an extra pair of Malahat fleece booties to stuff inside for extra insulation. Available in black or a beautiful blue-grey shade called "blue suede." As always, these boots are handmade, vegan, and chemical-free.

12. The Crossbody Bag
With a million things to do and places to go, every woman needs a shoulder bag that's designed for both style and functionality (one without the other is simply useless). Your new go-to bag is the Santa Fe Shoulder Bag. Vegan, chemical-free, and 100% organic. These bags are made from our special stiff hemp canvas, adding structure and durability. It's the perfect size to organize any and all of your essential belongings into a cute, versatile, crossbody bag.

So there you have it: 12 essentials for your organic wardrobe. Sustainable shopping made easy.

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