How to ethically style vegan accessories

05 August 2021

How to ethically style vegan accessories

How to ethically style vegan accessories

Whether you’re looking for some outfit inspiration or need a new garment, we’ve pieced together vegan accessories with sustainable summer clothes for you. 


We know it can be hard to find garments you love that also have minimal impact on the planet, people, and animals. But as sustainability continues to become more in demand in the fashion world, the number of ethical brands is on the rise. We’re revealing some of our favorite summer items, paired with some of our favorite vegan accessories and shoes. 


Which outfit will be your favorite? 


An everyday summer outfit with the Lena Wallet

Pair together Lena, the beautiful vegan wristlet wallet made with vegan leather with this eco-friendly silhouette floral summer dress. With a satin finish and a light airy feel, the dress has a square neck and featured flutter sleeves. Its mint tones bring out the deep brown shades of the Lena wallet, a match made in heaven. 


To add to the look, why not add a handy 100% recycled cotton beige scrunchie and matching beige vegan sandals? Jackie, the organic cotton block heel sandals have two knotted statement straps and neolite soles which will endlessly compliment the detailing of the dress. Plus, these shoes are super versatile meaning you can wear them over and over again. 


For finishing touches, plant-based ivory tortoise sunglasses and a brown vegan leather watch complete this outfit. The polarized sunglasses are designed with a fashion-meets-function approach by offering a depth perception through their lenses and a lightweight Z-resin frame. The Aalto watch adds to this cruelty-free style since it’s produced with low emissions and incorporating recycled and renewable content. 


By mixing mutual brown tones in the detailing of this outfit, it allows the Lena wallet to be the center of attention. With its handy carry strap and lots of space for your cards, phone, and money, you can’t go wrong. Plus, it’s also lined with an ecological microfiber (OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 certified) meaning it is free from environmental toxins. It’s a sustainable, stylish outfit to further brighten a summer’s day. 


Shop the pieces: Lena Wallet: Nae Vegan Shoes - Dress: People Tree - Scrunchie: nu-in - Sunglasses: Zeal Optics - Watch: Immaculate Vegan - Sandals: Nae Vegan Shoes



A men’s day trip outfit with the Oslo backpack

Who doesn’t love a day trip in the sunshine? The only problem is, you’re going to need to pack some essentials. But luckily for you, we’ve got the perfect backpack to keep your belongings safe, whilst also looking great and dressing sustainably. Meet Oslo red, the vegan backpack made from 100% recycled PET from plastic bottles (GRS certified). 


This simple but effective backpack has multiple sections for you to organize your belongings (it even has a padded laptop compartment!) and an additional pocket for your phone, wallet, or keys. As if it couldn’t get better, it is also water-resistant! 


We’ve paired Oslo with a Stockholm rays and waves off-white t-shirt, a shirt minimalist enough to be worn repeatedly but still stylish in its summer-themed print. It’s fair-trade-certified and made with 100% organic cotton. Mix these items with some organic rigid twill shorts and you’re nearly there with the look. Also made from 100% cotton, the black shorts are equipped with four pockets for both practicality and a baggy workwear style. 


To ensure your eyes are protected from the sun, the matte black plant-based wrap sunglasses will more than do the job. They’re a simplistic design with their polarized dark grey lenses but this leaves more room for other statement pieces. For instance, adding a vegan and cruelty-free ruby red watch to the outfit. This means you’ll be on time for all your day trip plans, and you’ll match perfectly with your Oslo backpack. 


To complete the outfit, the Zander three-strap vegan sandals in black will offer you comfort wherever you decide to go. Made from and lined with an OEKO-TEX certified microfiber, the shoes are hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. These eco-friendly sandals have a footbed made of cork and natural rubber and a sole made from recycled car tires, meaning they only add to an ethical dream outfit. 


Shop the pieces: Oslo Backpack: Nae Vegan Shoes – T-shirt: Dedicated Brand – Shorts: Nudie Jeans – Sunglasses: Zeal Optics – Watch: Immaculate Vegan – Sandals: Nae Vegan Shoes

A casual day out with the Blanes belt

The Blanes women’s vegan belt is crafted from an eco-friendly microfiber in a beautiful camel. It is elegant and modern in its style, with a round silver nickel-free buckle in its center. It adds to both a casual and a smart outfit since it is minimalist in its design. It jazzes up and adds detail to this classic denim skirt, which is made with 100% organic cotton. At an above knee length, this skirt is perfect for the summer heat and its environmental impact measure is 17, meaning it has a low impact score. Eco-friendly and practical. 


As if designed to be paired with the denim skirt, the camisole top in eco white has a gathered neckline and tapers in at the waist to create a fitted look. This top is sure to become a staple in any wardrobe thanks to its useful adjustable straps and super soft feel. It is made from 95% organic fair-trade cotton and 5% elastane; therefore, its materials have a low negative impact on the environment. 


To add a pop of color to this outfit, the plant-based square polarized sunglasses in orange will do just that. With a statement frame and copper lenses, these glasses adapt well to suit a wide variety of light conditions, particularly making green, red, and blue colors more vivid. 


Just to top this off, the slip-on Bay sandals in white will make this outfit a favorite. Crafted from Piñatex - an innovative eco-friendly material made from pineapple leave fibers – these shoes are a great talking point. Piñatex is naturally very durable, making these shoes useful for wearing both indoors and out. With a footbed made from natural rubber and cork, and a sole made from recycled car tires, they’re a vegan sandal you can’t go wrong with. Shop the pieces below. 


Shop the pieces: Blanes Belt: Nae Vegan Shoes – Skirt: People Tree – Camisole: People Tree – Sunglasses: Zeal Optics – Sandals: Nae Vegan Shoes

A holiday look with a turtle bag

For the perfect holiday look, the high-waisted Bermuda shorts in beige tones offer a sustainable style. Made from a mix of organic cotton, recycled cotton, and recycled elastane, they are a coated denim ideal for summer seasons. Matched with the black cropped round neck rib top, the contrasting colors create a bold look, but with pieces adaptable to ensure a minimalist wardrobe. Plus, the stylish u-neck top is made from 98% organic cotton and 2% elastane, meaning its impact on the planet is minimal. 


A necessary essential to this outfit is the black turtle bag which is cleverly designed to roll up when not in use and expand when needed. Turtle bags are 100% organic and ecological, created in 2001 in response to the lack of ethically sourced reusable shopping bags. The company guarantees fair wages, support and, healthcare to its employees, as well as doing good for the planet. They are a must-have. 


To complement the look, the cat-eye polarized sunglasses in giraffe print and classic all-black dial vegan watch bring together the pieces. Plus, combined with the sustainably crafted distinctive chain-link gold-plated necklace and ring stack, the small detailing of these items adds a stylish flair to this summery outfit. 


Last but not least, Darco - the black vegan sandals crafted from Piñatex – ties up this look. With two chunky adjustable straps with old gold nickel-free buckles, they are a classic sandal design with the planet at heart. They have recycled car tire soles for extra grip, and a footbed made from cork and natural rubber to offer you arch support. They match perfectly with the pieces in this outfit, showing off just how great an ecological and animal-friendly look can be. 


Shop the pieces: Bag: Nae Vegan Shoes - Shorts: nu-in – Crop Top: nu-in – Sunglasses: Zeal Optics – Watch: Immaculate Vegan – Necklace: Shop Soko – Rings: Shop Soko – Sandals: Nae Vegan Shoes


If you loved our vegan outfit suggestions and were left wanting more, be sure to check out further inspiration here


We hope whatever you wear this summer is as sustainable, ethical, and vegan as possible. 


Have a great day!


The Nae Team


Madeleine Bird

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