Making an impression in the boardroom is important, which is why your business attire should always telegraph decisiveness, ethics, and moxie, as well as mold-busting creativity. We wheeled and dealed to bring you 11 eco-chic power pieces that project both competence and personality. So grab your vegan laptop bag, throw on a fair-trade trench, and straighten your organic cotton tie; it’s time to bring eco-fashion to the table and show the bosses who’s boss.
SHIRT People Tree Puff Sleeve Blouse $80.69 NECK TIE The Hill-Side Organic Cotton and Flax Stripe Tie $80 SKIRT Camilla Norrback Pencil Skirt $204.99 SUNGLASSES Choose Green Sunglasses by Juicy Couture $135 COAT ASOS Africa Belted Trench $134.48 SHOES Olsenhaus Song Heel $270 CUFF Inca Sun Tagua Bracelet by The Andean Collection $26 LAPTOP BAG Matt & Nat Ritual $180 EARRINGS Acai Cluster Chain by The Andean Collection $29 MASCARA Nvey $25 IPAD SLEEVE Comemai Kimono Love €79
This series is brought to you by Nordstrom.com: Think Less Buttoned-Up—It’s a New 9 to 5.
Searching for the perfect crisp, white button-down can be a never-ending battle when it’s your work wardrobe go-to. We found an updated version in People Tree’s Puff Sleeve blouse. Not only does it break convention with its subtle shoulder poufs, woven stripe pattern, and peplum hem, but it’s also made from planet-pandering (not to mention comfy) organic cotton.
ALL TIED UP
Who says neckties are just for men? The corporate neck noose can add some clout to your look, as well. Channel Annie Hall with The Hill-Side’s organic-cotton-and-flax tie for a classic approach to gender-bending.
This versatile yet anti-yawn skirt heightens the look of any outfit. High-waisted to flatter your curves (or lack thereof), Camilla Norrback’s organic-cotton pencil skirt hits perfectly below the knee for a look that’s sleek without being tawdry.
SHADES OF GREEN
A slicker that’s good for more than rain protection, the Belted Trench from ASOS’s Africa line provides vital employment to underprivileged communities in Kenya. With each purchase from the collection, the e-tailer contributes an extra £5 to SOKO, a social enterprise and grassroots project that promotes “community driven, ethical, and environmentally aware trade in fashion” in Kenya. Now, that’s good business.
ABOVE IT ALL
One of our all-time favorite vegan footwear labels, Olsenhaus pairs animal-friendly materials with a high-fashion aesthetic. Whistle while you work with this season’s Song Heel; just don’t be surprised if your co-workers start humming along.
SEEDS OF CHANGE
The superfruit of Central and South America, acai is known for its energizing properties. New Age hokum or no, The Andean Collection’s Acai Cluster Chain Earrings will jump-start even the most sluggish of mornings.
Stake your spot at the conference table with the Kimono iPad Sleeve by Comemai. Made from vintage kimonos, this cushy folio will keep your tablet safe from drops and spills, while offering respite from the drab cubicle landscape.
Keep your eye on the prize with Nvey’s volumizing mascara, which includes a special bristle design to lift and separate lashes. Chockfull of nontoxic, all-natural ingredients like beeswax, horsetail, cinnamon bark, and vitamin B5, the nourishing formula makes it easy to command a room with your gaze.
BAG OF TRICKS
Matt & Nat’s Ritual isn’t your standard-issue laptop bag (read: business conference freebie). Made from vegan leather and lined with recycled PET fabric, this gadget-coddling carryall is virtually indistinguishable from your favorite designer handbag.
TAGUA, YOU’RE IT
If yoga stretches aren’t enough to get you through the day, try recharging with a different kind of sun salutation. The Andean Collection’s Inca Sun Tagua Bracelet, fairly made from sustainably harvested Tagua nut, is tough enough to move you past the worst midday hump.
Originally published on April 12, 2011.