On Trend: Nordic Summer

Dress for long summer days in Scandinavian-inspired pieces that are all about casual elegance and versatility.

Inspired by that particular laid-back Scandinavian style, this look is all about simple, versatile basics that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and time of day. A white dress, like this one by Carrie Parry is a great wardrobe staple for summer. White sneakers give any look a bit of a sporty edge, a big trend this summer, and there are great eco-savvy alternatives to those ubiquitous Converse trainers. Finish it all off with a pair of round glasses, large tote bag and bohemian jewelry and you are totally ready for those long days of summer.

Carrie Parry Sheer Double Layer Shirt Dress
A delicate Peter Pan collar gives this feminine dress by Carrie Parry a dash of attractive androgyny. Ethically made in New York City from 100% handwoven silk georgette with 100% Bemberg cupro underlay.
$385, Fashioning Change

Hip Nighties Sunglasses
These round shades are the perfect mix of hipster cool and vintage elegance. Deadstock original vintage frames by Replay Vintage of Hollywood, CA.
$60, Fashioning Change

Desta Antique Charm Necklace by Raven + Lily
Inspired by a unique pendant found in an Ethiopian market, this charm necklace emits a stunning vintage feel, and will also antique beautifully over time. Handmade, using recycled metals, in Ethiopia by HIV positive women. Raven + Lily gives back by investing in healthcare and literacy programs in the communities where the jewelry is made.
$78, Fashioning Change

Keranga Charm Wrap Bracelet by Raven + Lily
Like the piece above, this gorgeous heirloom-design wrap bracelet by Raven + Lily is handmade by HIV positive women in Ethiopia, from recycled metals. At 22 inches long, it can also be worn as a single strand necklace.
$52, Fashioning Change

Ethletic Low-Top Sneaker
An ethical alternative to the classic style, these sneakers by Autonomie Project are super comfortable and versatile, and also lighten your environmental footprint. Fairly made in Pakistan from organic cotton and FSC-certified natural rubber.
$50, Fashioning Change

Soham Dave Hand-printed Unique Bag
Add some depth to an otherwise simple outfit with this one-of-a-kind bag by Soham Dave. The shell is handmade using a traditional hand block printing technique, and the lining is also block printed by hand with natural dyes. The straps, the bottom and the pocket trims are all made from reclaimed leather. Made by fairtrade cooperatives in Indian villages.
On sale for $144, Fashioning Change

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Johanna Björk

Johanna is a sustainable fashion writer currently based in Ojai, CA. Read her weekly On Trend column to learn what's new in eco fashion.