Could This Be The Most Sustainable Women's Brand… Ever?

By now, you’re probably aware there’s a 50/50 chance that brands who tout their sustainability efforts aren’t actually telling the truth. You also know that faux fur, for example, is actually pretty harmful to the environment. And that shopping consciously isn’t exactly cheap. But there are some brands out there, however, that are radically transparent with their supply chains and wear their ethics on their sleeve, so to speak. Outerknown, the fashion brand co-founded by surf legend Kelly Slater and John Moore, has everyone beat. And the mid-range label is fêting the launch of its women’s line.

Founded in 2015 as a menswear company, Outerknown’s commitment to sustainability has grown far beyond making tees out of recycled plastics and organic cottons. They were the first company in history to join the Fair Labor Association before selling a single product (meaning workers are compensated fairly, given legitimate time off, and provided with clean working conditions), they use Econyl® (virgin quality, recycled yarn recovered from nylon waste, like fishing nets, fabric scraps from mills, and carpets destined for landfills), waste- and pesticide-free hemp, and so much more.

And its newly launched women’s line is no different. Priced between $48 and $268 (which sure beats a $440 sustainable paper shopping bag), its debut collection consists of 17 styles —everyday tops, throw-and-go dresses, and bottoms (including their S.E.A. jeans, made in the Saitex factory and guaranteed for life). But, perhaps the most important part: the entire collection is made of 100% benefit fibers, meaning organic, recycled, and/or regenerated textiles. Additionally, some of the pieces were produced in collaboration with Piece & Co., an organization that works to empower women around the world through textile manufacturing, and is committed to partnering with artisan groups and small businesses around the world to create a global supply chain of sustainable jobs.

“We started Outerknown to prove that we could make great clothes using fair labor practices and materials that are not harmful to the environment,” Slater says of the launch, via press release. “Our growing business shows us that people want to make conscious choices about their clothes—you don’t have to harm people or the planet for the sake of fashion.” Moore adds that Outerknown saw interest in a womenswear line from a lot of their female customers buying and borrowing from their men’s line: “We thought it was time to give them pieces they could call their own.”

Ahead, we’ve got some of our favorite Outerknown women’s items in one place. Sure, they may not be decked out in Swarovski crystals or designed with the latest trends du jour (tiny sunglasses, ugly sneakers, or any other 90s nostalgia) in mind, but they do have a clean conscience — which should be top of mind for any aesthete who knows the difference between blue and black waste bin. And with an estimated 150 million metric tons of plastic already in our oceans, and 8 million metric tons more being filtered into them each, the time to shop smart is… yesterday.

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Dare To Blend In With These 17 Pairs Of Camo Pants

After what felt like years spent toning down our over-the-top styling instincts, we’re finally tossing out the minimalist mentality in favor of maximizing every outfit to its highest potential. From pearl sunglasses chains and rhinestone barrettes to XXL balloon sleeves and patterned tights, ” less more is more” may be be the official tagline of spring 2019. And if there’s one maximalist trend we’re most excited to see stand out this season, without a doubt, it’d have to be camouflage.

Unlike denim tuxedos (which have surprisingly kind of grown on us), camo doesn’t exactly pair well with a partner. So to avoid going totally unseen (get it?) we’re focusing our spring shopping efforts solely on camo pieces of the pant variety. From Urban Outfitters to R13, everyone across the board is trying their hand at this formerly utilitarian trend. So before you settle for yet another pair of light wash jeans or bone-colored sailor pants (yawn), take a hint from your favorite brands and saddle up in a pair of camo pants this spring.

Maximize any look by adding one of the 17 pairs of camo pants ahead.

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Before you know it, it’ll be open-toe season once again. And you’ll want to strap all sorts of colorful leathers, block heels, and delicate buckles upon your sun-deprived feet. Ever on point with the trends, the spring lineup from Brazilian cult-fave shoe brand Schutz is surely electrifying. Its snake-embossed knee-highs, minimalist lucite heels, ’70s-inspired chunky platforms, and other silhouettes will uplift your style, several inches at a time.

In preparation for the warmer months (which also serendipitously include International Women’s Month), the label is hooking up one lucky R29 reader with a $2,500 shopping spree. The collection comes at an accessible price point, so that’s plenty of cash to treat yourself — and all your best gal pals — to special new heels. Enter here for your chance to win, then click through the picks ahead to plan your looks for your next girls’ night out.

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The ankle straps have shiny, disco-like embellishments, while the clear toe strap and lucite heel boast a sleek, minimalist feel. It’s a sandal that can complement a statement pant or wide-legged jumpsuit.

Schutz Danubia Sandal, $195, available at Schutz

The delicate buckle straps make the shoe look supremely fancy from the front, but the open-back mule and block heel make it casual and cool. Slip it on with a going-out dress or cropped jeans — you can’t go wrong either way.

Schutz Djesie Sandal, $170, available at Schutz

This vibrant mule with delicate multicolored straps is a shoe that lets everyone know you’re the life of the party, even if you’re wearing something as simple as cutoff jeans or black leggings.

Schutz Yaritza Sandal, $160, available at Schutz

These platform heels prove that the ’70s are back and reaching new heights. Make it extra retro with flared jeans or corduroy pants.

Schutz Genellda Sandal, $225, available at Schutz

Consider this snake-embossed boot your official transitional shoe from winter to spring. The print is bold enough to make a statement, yet its colors are muted enough to remain versatile. Wear ’em over skinny jeans or with a sweaterdress.

Schutz Maryana Boot, $290, available at Schutz

You could say this snake-embossed leather shoe has a fierce toe shape that gets straight to the point. The effortless day-to-night slingback can take you from the office to a swanky bar, in a sunny colorway that’s solid for spring.

Schutz Maysha Pump, $170, available at Schutz

Pastels are back! This time, subtle hues of lemongrass and lavender are all over the “grandma mule,” now updated with a clear cylindrical heel.

Schutz Mirlande Sandal, $195, available at Schutz

This snake-print mule slips on like a slipper but wears like a night-out shoe. The block heel makes for a comfier fit, while the wide crisscross straps keep your foot securely in place all night.

Schutz Renna Sandal, $160, available at Schutz

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J.Lo's 15 Carat Emerald Ring Is A Stunner — Here's 15 Engagement Rings That Look Just Like It

It’s happened at last — Jennifer Lopez (J.Lo to her closest friends) and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez are finally getting hitched. After two years, and many an engagement rumor, the baseball great popped the question while he and the multi-hyphenate superstar were vacationing in the Bahamas this past weekend. In true J.Lo fashion, the proposal was anything but low-key. We weren’t exactly surprised by the National Geographic -worthy sunset, the flickering bonfire or the romantic locale, but the ring — no one could have expected that.

According to the diamond experts at Shane Co., between the emerald cut, the solitaire band and the 15 carat diamond (!), Lopez’s new engagement ring could have potentially cost her husband-to-be about $5 million. But Rodriguez can afford it: According to Money Inc., the retired New York Yankee has a net-worth nearing $300 million. To commemorate their upcoming nuptials and toast the happy super-couple, we’ve rounded up 15 emerald-cut engagement rings that, despite costing a whole lot less than $5 million, would be a stunning pick for any J.Lo-obsessed bride-to-be.

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Ken & Dana Design Greer Vintage-Inspired Halo Engagement Ring, Price Upon Request, available at Ken & Dana Design.

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How To Wear Blazers Like Our Instagram Crush Nnenna Echem

You know them well: Those people whose Instagram feeds are on point, all the time. Their aesthetic is so cohesive that when you see their photos, you immediately recognize them. And whether that’s thanks to a certain filter or their unmistakable style, it leaves you double-tapping again and again. With our new column, Shop The Aesthetic , we’re unpacking everything you need to get the look of your favorite social media star. Consider this a recipe for Insta-success.

If Nnenna Echem looks familiar to you, it’s because her outfits are regularly featured in our monthly “Looks To Try ” feature. And with good reason, because her style is always effortless, unexpected and inspiring.

Among the many things we admire about Nnenna? Her blazer game is unrivaled, and could move even the greatest suiting naysayers to reconsider (and perhaps even a try slime green set). “I love blazers in all shapes and sizes,” she tells Refinery29. “I throw on a blazer on a good day, and also on a bad day; it can save me on a ‘bad outfit day’. I love to pair my blazers with a patterned shirt/blouse and a skirt or pants.” Sign us up for her 24/7 blazer philosophy: they’re there to lift you up on good days and bad days.

Another Nnenna-ism: Her enviable mastery of patterns outside of just technicolor plaid. From triangle printed tights to zebra pants coupled with artsy florals, she’s has mastered chaotic print mishmashes with ease.

At first glance, these outfits are complicated, but Nnenna simplifies them with smart styling. Every look is unexpected, but also so organic to Nnenna’s style DNA. Click through to see how to get this blazer babe’s signature style.

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From the moment it launched as a tiny vintage boutique in Richmond, Virginia back in 1996, indie retailer Need Supply has commanded our attention — and our dollars — thanks to a visually clean and independently-minded point of view. They can claim a lot of firsts: bringing vintage Levis to a small-but-cool city underserved by indie brands; launching a web store over a decade ago, when e-com will still in its infancy, and creating aspirational content to support their shopping offerings with elaborate editorials and even a magazine, Human Being Journal, all produced in-house.

Now, over 20 years after its launch, they are an indie-brand powerhouse with three in-house lines and most of our favorite small-batch brands on its roster, including Ganni, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and Rachel Comey. So when we heard they were having a tiered buy-more-save-more sale, we got really excited. Today through March 15, you’ll save $25 when you spend $250; $100 when you spend $500; and $200 when you spend over $800 at Need Supply. This applies to both new arrivals and sale items (with a small group of brands excluded), so you can go hog wild on both deeply-discounted steals and new arrivals.

We’ve used our shopping expertise to suss out the best of both worlds, with options from both white-hot labels that have just hit the shelves and some overlooked hidden gems that are marked way down. Everything here is under $200, so you can take advantage of the increased savings. Click on through to check out the goods, and no need to jot down a code — the discount will be applied automatically at checkout, so your only responsibility is deciding what’s going to be in your closet this spring. (Not an easy thing, we know.)

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We’re hard pressed to find a better value than Need Supply’s in-house Stelen collection, with runway-inspired basics that rarely exceed $150. This fuzzy baby tee is exactly what we’ve been looking for to liven up our late-winter wardrobes.

Stelen Aimie Short Sleeve Fuzzy Tee, $59, available at Need Supply

New York-based footwear brand Gray Matters has an ardent fashion-girl following, and we can understand why: a serene and sculptural approach to design make each pair of the Italian-made shoes feel like an actual work of art. It’s pretty rare for a pair of these cherished kicks to make it to the sale section, so we advise that you get to clicking before someone else does.

Gray Matters Mildred Heeled Mule in Argento, $194.99, available at Need Supply

A good liner is going to get you through those confusing weeks of late winter and early spring. Layer it under a coat on unexpected cold days, or throw it on solo as the weather warms up.

Herschel Supply Co. Featherless Liner in Dark Olive, $180, available at Need Supply

Trademark’s indispensable gingham shopper is soon to be a collector’s item, as the beloved brand’s Resort ’19 collection will be its last — and your bag needs will be met for the rest of the year.

Trademark Large Gingham Grocery Tote, $148, available at Need Supply

This surprisingly flattering silhouette from Just Female will look perfect with literally any type of footwear, so prepare to be wearing this 24-7 as the weather goes from cold to warm.

Just Female Just Female, $148, available at Need Supply

We didn’t think we’d see the day that a lime-green quilted parka would be considered polished, but it looks like that day has arrived. The classically neat tailoring on this Stussy jacket is juxtaposed with a technical fabrication and a hyphy color that’s making us want cold weather to stick around.

Stussy Lyra Long Coaches Jacket, $155, available at Need Supply

The extra-long sleeve turtleneck is the under-blazer detail that you didn’t know you needed.

Kimhēkim Petal Corduroy Turtleneck in Sky Blue, $69.98, available at Need Supply

A rainbow-sequined mini skirt is actually a totally evergreen wardrobe item. Score one now for less than $60.

Farrow Shanice Sequin Mini Skirt, $58.99, available at Need Supply

We know you’ve had your eye on a puff-sleeve top for a while, but haven’t pulled the trigger because you’re waiting for the perfect one to come along. Well, we think it’s time — this Mijeong Park design checks all the boxes. We predict this wear-with-everything blouse is going to be in constant wardrobe rotation.

Mijeong Park Puff Sleeve Top in Orange, $130, available at Need Supply

The peekabo sleeve on this light-as-air Farrow top is still totally-office appropriate.

Farrow Poppy Pearl Sleeve Blouse, $49.99, available at Need Supply

The bodysuit is our spring-dressing secret weapon, and this on-trend pink Rachel Comey number, at almost half of its original price, is way too good of a deal to pass up.

Rachel Comey Idle Scoop-Neck Bodysuit, $189.99, available at Need Supply

Susan Alexandra’s beaded Pop Art handbags have taken our feeds by storm, and the designer has long waiting lists for some of the most coveted styles. This watermelon design is too perfect for summer, and is sure to sell out if you wait too long.

Susan Alexandra Watermelon Dream Mini Tote Bag, $189, available at Need Supply

Trademark Large Gingham Grocery Tote, $148, available at Need Supply

Get the most compliments at the office and the picnic with these easy-but-polished Simon Miller jeans. The side slit will elevate your ankle boots now, and accentuate heeled sandals come summer.

Simon Miller Slidell Side-Slit Jean, $115.99, available at Need Supply

We cannot fathom a better summer companion than these joyful, cropped palazzo pants from Creatures of Comfort.

Creatures of Comfort Camelot Pant in Chili, $119.99, available at Need Supply

We’re dying over this light-as-a-feather, 1oo% cotton kimono — it will add a vintage-inspired mystique to anything in your regular wardrobe rotation.

Farrow Cassis Sheer Lace Kimono, $48.99, available at Need Supply

A sheer cobalt top is the perfect layering piece to break up your tank-top-and-jean spring uniform.

NEED Mesh Spenser Top in Cobalt, $125, available at Need Supply

The summer shoe you didn’t know you need — a dyed-blue pony hair slide from rarely-on-sale Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Andrea Pacific Pony Mule, $180.99, available at Need Supply

Sneaky side ties add some subversion to an otherwise sweet-as-pie top.

Stelen Rosie Tie Sleeve Striped Top, $33.99, available at Need Supply

We’ve been eyeing this Ganni top since since it first made its round at holiday parties. We are, however, so glad we waited to buy it — the price has dropped a lot, and we can see ourselves wearing it day and night, all spring long.

Ganni Lagarde Silk Lamé Blouse, $135.99, available at Need Supply

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Matches Is Selling A $440 Paper Shopping Bag & Here's What It Means

You spent $6 on a box of water last week at Soul Cycle because the shame of buying plastic after forgetting your Swell at home was too much to handle. Your new $1000+ mattress contains no wool because the barista who makes your Oatly lattes in the morning said that you’re not really vegan unless your bed is vegan, too. And you’ve already pre-ordered a $128 summer swimsuit from Reformation because of its ECONYL… before you found out that it still, in fact, sheds dangerous microfibers into the ocean.

Suffice to say, saving the planet’s not always straightforward… nor is it cheap. So, when an ad promoting a reusable shopping bag, made of biodegradable paper fibers and 100% organic cotton, popped up on your Instagram feed this morning, it was a wink from the universe that was hard to ignore. Sustainability comes at a price, it seems, and it’s somewhere around $440.

Putting a tongue-in-cheek spin on sustainability, these paper totes make up three of Stefan Cooke’s 18-piece exclusive handbag collection for MatchesFashion.com. After all, these $440 bags resemble the grocery bag you paid a nickel for after forgetting your reusable bag. But for the London-based brand — which has become known for taking what’s traditionally regarded as boring and giving it an avant-garde twist — these bags say a little more than just, “Do you need a bag today?” And with a rap sheet that includes assisting John Galliano (pre-Margiela), getting short-listed for the LVMH Prize, and winning the H&M Design Award, we’d be wise to listen up.

So here’s what we know: Cooke, alongside his partner in life and design, Jake Burt, are breathing new life into the boring items around us. They’re sourcing and modernizing accessories from the past and re-selling them at luxury prices (an eco-friendly alternative to producing something new). And now, they’re printing those exact vintage handbags on a reusable grocery bag and marking them for a mere $69 ( nice) less than the actual purses that inspired them. So what? Is this all part of an elaborate plan to get people thinking about sustainability, or is Stefan Cooke just messing with the kind of suckers who buy $6 water boxes?

Either way, what Stefan Cooke is doing is working. Scrolling down from the original Instagram post, you’ll discover a chorus of positive commenters (something we didn’t even know existed these days), many of them vowing to purchase these shopping bags ASAP. Which, if you’ve ever listened to the peanut gallery on a luxury fashion site before, is as rare as a plastic bottle at my 7am Soul Cycle class.

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We all know that April showers bring May flowers, right? Unspoken among us women is that the entirety of spring — and summer — brings a different kind of shower. The kind where you have to bring a present, see old friends, get photographed a lot, and are expected to look really, really cute. If spring isn’t bringing you a shower, then it’s probably bringing you a formal event of some kind — maybe it’s prom, or a wedding, or even (gasp) a high school reunion. For any and all of these events, you need a special dress.

Now, we know that the prospect of a new purchase might make you sweat, but don’t say “stress” to the dress — everything in this story clocks in under $100. Special times call for special measures, and you don’t need to spend more than a hundo for something that you can wear event-in and event-out that’s going to help you stand out rather than blend in. Click through see some of the best party dresses we could find for under $100. They’re all guaranteed to make your friends ask where you’ve been shopping recently, and guaranteed to make their jaws drop when you tell them how much you spent.

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If your dream music-festival outfit looks like a flowy tunic dress with suede tassel booties and a faded denim jacket tied loosely around your waist, you probably take fashion inspiration from global influencer Julie Sariñana, also known as Sincerely Jules. That signature Cali cool-girl vibe gave Sariñana aspirational style clout, and now she’s translating her laid-back aesthetic into the trendiest 2019 Coachella accouterments: hair accessories.

We’re not talking a single silk ribbon headband or a fancy designer claw clip that’ll set you back half a concert ticket price. Instead, the fashion-forward collaboration is actually crazy affordable — everything’s under $10 — and will be stocked on the ever-accessible shelves of Target. From rainbow gemstone bobby pins to plush velvet scrunchies, check out the new 12-piece Sincerely Jules x Scunci festival-inspired collaboration, ahead. Shop your favorite to infuse a little Coachella flair into your spring wardrobe — even if a trip to Palm Desert only exists in your daydreams.

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Try laddering all six bobby pins down your hair for a spectrum of sparkle.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Bobby Pins with Rainbow Stones, $7.99, available at Target

This pack comes with a bedazzled star barrette, plus two thicker bobby slides for stacking.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Star Barrette and Bobby Slides, $5.99, available at Target

The most extra bobby pin there ever was, this one comes lined with six dangling gemstone tassels.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Bobby Pin with Rainbow Stones, $7.99, available at Target

Meet the braid rings: the chic piercing trend that comes with zero pain, holes, or longterm commitment.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Galaxy Hair Rings with Stones, $4.99, available at Target

With bobby pins on each end, you can wrap this rainbow string of stones around your hairline for a new take on the headband.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Headwrap with Rainbow Stones, $9.99, available at Target

This stretchy rainbow-glitter headband adds some twinkle to your high pony, while keeping any flyaways off your face to preserve your view of the stage.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Galaxy Headwrap, $9.99, available at Target

If your style is a little more boho, this turquoise crochet hair wrap might be more your speed.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Headwrap with Galaxy Glitter, $9.99, available at Target

Don’t call it a comeback: The claw clip is here to stay.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Pastel Jaw Clip, $7.99, available at Target

Your favorite candy-striped silk headband from fifth grade just got a major upgrade.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Rainbow Headband with Tail, $9.99, available at Target

This metallic galaxy turban was practically made to be styled with space buns.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Pink Satin Headwrap Turban, $9.99, available at Target

What’s better than a velvet scrunchie? Two for the price of one.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Galaxy Glitter Scrunchie – 2ct, $6.99, available at Target

And it wouldn’t be a Coachella collection if there wasn’t a clear plastic visor thrown in for good measure.

Scunci Sincerely Jules x Scunci Black Visor Headwrap Lurex, $9.99, available at Target

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