We certainly cannot talk about spring sustainable style and layered dressing for the great outdoors without checking in with Patagonia to see what they have on tap for the season ahead. Whether you are a surfer chick, a seasoned rock climber, or an urban adventurer, Patagonia organic cotton hoodies and hemp separates create eco-chic combos for both travel and at home lounging. Patagonia Women’s ‘Rhythm Hoody’ is a classic staple for climbing groupies as well as beach combers. Its breathable blend of 90% organic cotton and 10% spandex, provides a non-bulky layer of stretchy warmth for early morning hikes or cool nights dining alfresco. (The ‘Aba Daba’ print is, as usual, part of the Patagonia corporate insiders naming-convention). Also in bloom is the Women’s ‘Valley Sweatshirt’, made of 95% organic cotton and 5% spandex. Its breathable and smooth finish fabric allows for a comfortable fit in all climates and situations. The generous hood and front kangaroo pocket are welcome additions to this eco-accent piece.
Hemp has come along way baby, and Patagonia, of course, helped paved the way for designs and styles that are more than your usual gunny sack. The playful and practical Women’s ‘Island Skirt’ is great for far flung expeditions as well as neighborhood jaunts. Bias-cut panels and a handkerchief hem make for a bit of asymmetry and swing as one moves to and fro. The hemp fabric is super lightweight and packable, and drapes with a smooth, flat front with tie to just below the knee. Making tracks in the sand has never been so free of (carbon) footprints!