Gallery: 9 Eco-Chic Essentials for the Mindful Commuter

BOW TIED

Nothing says spring more than crisp white linen. Eileen Fisher offers a slim ankle trouser, cinched tidily at the waist, that's modern and refined without appearing stuffy.

+ Slim Trouser With Tie Belt $109

+ Eileen Fisher

Cri de Coeur, Baggu, Lina Rennell, Fin Oslo, Trina Turk, Coclico, Eileen Fisher,eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Nordstrom, Wear to Work

Cars, who needs them? It takes true grit to motor to work by mass transit. Keep your commute green and chic with nine of our favorite eco-friendly travel essentials. From woven linen pants that keep your perambulations unencumbered to cheery zippered pouches that sort and color-code your on-the-road paraphernalia, these planet-friendly selections will help weekday warriors strap-hang in style.

SHIRT Trina Turk Flora Silk Top $198 TRENCH Fin Oslo for ASOS Large Collar Jacket $71.72 PANTS Eileen Fisher Slim Trouser With Tie Belt $109 BAG Charlie by Cri de Coeur $239.25 EARRINGS Ronni Kappos $185 HANDKERCHIEF Lina Renell $54 POUCHES S Dots by BAGGU $8 SHOES Coclico Chula Piombo $350 AROMATHERAPY Tisserand De-Stress Roller Ball $8.10

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Fin Oslo, ASOS, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Nordstrom, Wear to Work

WIDE ANGLE

With its oversized collar, cropped hem, and exposed zipper along its spine, Fin Oslo for ASOS’s organic-cotton jacket speaks volumes in an understated way come rain or shine.

+ Large Collar Jacket $71.72 at ASOS

+ Fin Oslo

Trina Turk, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Nordstrom, Wear to Work

COLOR THEORY

Daubed with pale washes of amaranth, chartreuse, and cobalt, Trina Turk’s “Flora” blouse is the gray-day antidote you seek. Made in the United States from a blend of silk and spandex, the sleeveless topper slips easily over the head and fastens neatly at the neck with string ties.

+ Flora Stretch Silk Top $198 at Nordstrom

+ Trina Turk

Eileen Fisher, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Nordstrom, Wear to Work

BOW TIED

Nothing says spring more than crisp white linen. Eileen Fisher offers a slim ankle trouser, cinched tidily at the waist, that’s modern and refined without appearing stuffy.

+ Slim Trouser With Tie Belt $109

+ Eileen Fisher


Cri de Coeur, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Nordstrom, Wear to Work

DOUBLE AGENT

Swung over your shoulder or held like a tote, Cri de Coeur’s capacious carryall isn’t short of options. Made from vegan leather and lined with organic cotton, the shape-shifting Charlie folds over to half its size or expands in full to double your pleasure.

+ Charlie $239.25 at Cow Jones Industrials

+ Cri de Coeur

Coclico, vegetable-tanned leather, eco-friendly shoes, sustainable shoes, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Nordstrom, Wear to Work

HIGH HOPES

Hoofing it on stilettos is the quickest route to podiatric ruin. If flats are a sacrilege, try the stability of a wedge, instead. Coclico’s T-strap platform, derived from vegetable-tanned leather, sustainably harvested wood, and biodegradable natural rubber, will stand you—and your toes—in good stead.

+ Chula Piombo $354

+ Coclico

Lina Rennell, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Nordstrom, Wear to Work

HANKIE PANKY

Portable, lightweight, and profoundly useful, a handkerchief is an itinerant’s best friend. Available in a black or turquoise aquatic print, Lina Rennell’s organic-cotton square is the perfect size for stemming sniffles, deflecting odors, or fashioning emergency tourniquets on the move.

+ Handkerchief $54 at Beklina

+ Lina Rennell


BAGGU, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Nordstrom, Wear to Work

BAG, YOU’RE IT

If the inside of your purse bears an uncanny resemblance to the aftermath of a Barneys Warehouse Sale, don’t lose your head. Keep your MetroCard, office ID, loose change, and makeup corralled and color-coded in BAGGU’s brightly patterned pouches and rummage no more.

+ S Dots Zipper Pouch $8 for three

+ BAGGU

Ronni Kappos, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Nordstrom, Wear to Work

OLDIE BUT GOODIE

L.A. designer Rooni Kappos uses German glass beads from the ’20s and ’30s to craft her wearable works of art. Strung on 24-karat gold findings, the results are distinctly modern and undisputedly one of a kind.

+ Earrings $185 at Beklina

+ I. Ronni Kappos

Tisserand

SMELL YOU LATER

Rush hour on a packed subway would rattle even the Dalai Lama’s inner calm. Maintain your Zen with Tisserand’s De-Stress Roller Ball Remedy. Packed with the molifying scents of patchouli, orange, and rose oils, the all-natural and vegan-friendly formula glides easily over your pressure points for an instant pick-me-up.

+ De-Stress Roller Ball Remedy $8.10 at MotherNature.com

+ Tisserand

Originally published on April 26, 2010.

8 Responses to “9 Eco-Chic Essentials for the Mindful Commuter”

  1. Yuka Yoneda says:

    Those shoes might end up in my closet…

  2. Jasmin Malik Chua says:

    I’ve been eyeing that bag forever.

  3. Kestrel Jenkins says:

    Those shoes need to be on my feet!! Hot look for those on-the-go girls Jasmin!

  4. Brit says:

    As a New York City commuter I can’t EVER find a great bag to carry all my stuff that is stylish and practical, this one looks amazing! Thanks for finding it :)

  5. MK says:

    you would have to “strap-hang”, you’d never want to sit anywhere on mass transit in white pants.

  6. jessdailey says:

    I LOVE those shoes! Definitely going on my wish list…

  7. ricklin says:

    Those would make a great gift

  8. style_vulture (@StyleVulture) says:

    Note into the trousers (or trousers at all, really) but love, love love the jacket!

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