Several years ago, I had the opportunity to take a class devoted to understanding and identifying textiles. Though I changed majors several months after completing this course, I still value the hours spent analyzing fabrics, investigating their quality, and learning how they are sourced and created.
Throughout my journey toward a balanced ethical lifestyle, I’ve slowly been appreciating sustainable textiles all the more. Organic cotton, raw silk, soft wool, hemp, and linen have particularly caught my attention. As I’ve begun to study the ethics behind apparel production, I’ve been made aware that textiles are an incredibly important ethical factor easily missed in manufacturing. You may be unaware of the fact that synthetic fabrics–while comfortable, versatile, and unique–do not break down in the same way natural fibers do. Their complex composition means modified threads are difficult to reuse and take hundreds to thousands of years to decompose, if at all. The haunting thought is what becomes of these manipulated fibers once we are through with them? Perhaps they will be sold online or hung secondhand for several months. Unfortunately, many of these items make their way to landfills or are shipped to third world countries where they, in an attempt to decompose, breathe out harmful toxins into our environment.
My words are not meant to scare you, but rather help you become a more informed consumer. Though we may not be buying less as a society, we can be more thoughtful with our purchases and at least buy better. As I work to upgrade the quality and sustainability of my wardrobe, I’ve been attempting to purchase clothing that not only meets ethical production standards, but is also made of sustainable fibers.
You can imagine my excitement when I discovered a new favorite company: Not Perfect Linen. Truthfully, the aesthetic of this brand is what first caught my attention. The billowy, effortless design of their pieces invites confidence from the wearer. No need to be concerned about curve-hugging seams or buttons that just won’t close. These garments are meant to be over sized and completely forgiving.
For our vacation to Bali, I selected the loose linen sleeveless summer dress in large checks. I had no hesitancy rolling this piece up at the bottom of my bag, knowing it would unravel with crinkled character, just as this brand envisioned. Not perfect? Fantastic! I think we could all use a little more imperfection in our lives.
Each garment is handmade upon order in Lithuania with the utmost care. This brand is a family business, crafting pieces slowly (up to two weeks wait time) to ensure lasting quality. When I received my linen gown, I was taken aback at the sturdiness of the fabric. I know this piece will last for seasons to come! Though it took several weeks to produce, I value the expertise and intention invested in the creation of my dress.
I am not a mother yet, but I would particularly recommend this brand for soon-to-be moms. These pieces are loose, yet chic, masterfully draping over any shape or size. As I’ve chatted with expectant girlfriends, I’ve learned how vastly your body changes throughout pregnancy. Beautiful changes, of course! Just not always what was anticipated. I feel that owning a garment which can fit well regardless of how your body changes is a true wardrobe essential.
Specializing in quality fit, fibers, and hues, Not Perfect Linen boasts a vast selection of silhouettes. Uncertain which color suites your preference? No problem! This creative family business re-purposes fabric scraps into swatch kits to ensure you select your optimal shade. Whether you’re a newbie to investing in ethical fashion or an age-old sustainable expert, Not Perfect Linen is a unique brand that bonds ethics and aesthetics seamlessly!