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Our editors have reviewed the best resort casual wear from sustainable brands — these are our top picks.

Whether you’re packing for a vacation or just looking to spruce up your sustainable summer wardrobe, the resort casual aesthetic is perfect for easy, transitional, and comfortable clothing staples. From airy linen to flattering chinos to flowy dresses, we love that we can live in these clothes during warmer months and then use them for layering as we transition from spring or into fall.

What is resort casual wear?

Resort casual is the ultimate in comfort: breathable fabrics that can double as swimsuit coverups or even for a dinner date on a hot summer night. These are pieces that take you from the plane to the beach to a sunset dinner—or even to the grocery store! Think basics and layering: resort casual wear is generally simple in style and color and can be worn on its own or with a bolder item to really make a statement. Try monochrome for an effortlessly chic look, or keep it simple with pinstripe button-downs, birks, and linen pants.

Our criteria:

  • ETHICAL PRACTICES | These brands adhere to ethical and responsible labor practices, ensuring their employees receive fair wages and have safe working environments. We’ve also included brands that give back to their communities and prioritize size inclusivity in their offerings.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY/SUSTAINABLE | Each of these brands practices sustainability throughout their manufacturing process, including using all natural and organic materials, low-impact processes, and recycled/upcycled materials in their clothing where possible.
  • DESIGN | From flowy sundresses to chic linen pants, we’ve compiled a roundup of looks for every possible occasion and need.

The below brands make creating a sustainable vacation-inspired wardrobe effortless and fun. Don’t forget summer hats or our favorite sustainable summer sandals!

1. For Days

Best For | Circular fashion
Sustainable Materials | Recycled and organic fabrics, natural dyes
Size Range | XS–XXL
Price | $64–$525

For Days is one of our favorite casual brands for circular fashion, meaning all of its clothes are created to be recycled, reused, and regenerated—you can read more about the brand’s recycling model here.  We love the linen rompers and the natural dyed sweaters in their Coastal Cool collection. Best of all, For Day’s clothing is made from high-quality organic and non-toxic fabrics, making each garment easy to be recycled into new fabric.

2. Eileen Fisher

Best For | Mature pieces you can layer
Sustainable Materials | Organic linen and linen blends with Tencel Lyocell, organic cotton, and responsible and regenerative Italian merino wool
Size Range | XXS–3X
Price | $68–$468

EILEEN FISHER is renowned for creating fair trade, organic, and carbon neutral clothing for mature women. Each garment can be layered, or mixed and matched with other pieces to create a unique yet casual look. Whether you are traveling to Spain, lounging by the pool, or grabbing coffee with a friend on a warm summer day, EILEEN FISHER has something you’re sure to love.

3. Vitamin A

Best For | Swim and beach-inspired resort wear
Sustainable Materials | Eco-conscious textiles, organic and ecocotton
Size Range | XXS–XL
Price | $78–$280

Vitamin A is a leader in conscious beachwear. Their sustainable swim and clothing collections are made from conscious and innovative fabrics, including EcoMetallic and organic cotton. We especially love Vitamin A for a resort casual vibe. The linen sets are easy and breezy for hot days outside, whether you’re on vacation or spending the day in your own backyard.

4. MATE the Label

Best For | Neutral shades and summer athleisurewear
Sustainable Materials | Non-toxic and organic fabrics
Size Range | XS–3X
Price | $48–$268

MATE the Label is dedicated to creating seasonless closet staples. MATE creates the perfect resort casual aesthetic go-tos. Whether it’s a sweat or linen set, their pieces can be worn for adventure or relaxing by a pool. Their organic basics are sustainably made in Los Angeles, avoiding a strict list of toxic substances in their production process to ensure the cleanest fabrics possible. They’ve also eliminated all plastics from their clothing and packaging.

5. Quince

Best For | Washable silk
Sustainable Materials | Tencel, organic cotton, and recycled materials
Size Range | XS–XL
Price | $40–$100

Quince is challenging the fashion industry by offering affordable, sustainably made, luxury-quality products. They’re a one-stop-shop for responsibly made resort casual aesthetic clothing, home, and accessories. Quince’s elevated basics come directly from the ethical factory it was made in which keeps the cost low. We love their washable silk and cashmere collections for whatever adventures the road takes you on. 

6. Reformation

Best For | Dresses and two piece sets
Sustainable Materials | Recycled and regenerative materials
Size Range | XS–3X
Price | $48–$620

Reformation is a leader in sustainable fashion and our go-to for destination wedding dresses! We love the brand’s transparency of their efforts to become climate positive by tracking their water and carbon footprints with RefScale. Their entire collection is the ultimate resort casual aesthetic. Ref pieces are designed to help you stand out wherever you are, with their bold silhouettes and prints. If you want something trendy, glamorous, or truly special without compromising on your sustainability ethics, start here.

7. Cuyana

Best For | Timeless luxury looks
Sustainable Materials | Recycled plastic, regenerative linen, GOTS Certified organic cotton
Size Range | XS–XL
Price | $80–$230

Cuyana creates staples made for thoughtful closets and discerning consumers interested who value quality over quantity. Their clothing and accessories are made in very small batches, which creates less waste and makes their pieces extra special. These gorgeous pieces have a luxurious quality that makes us instantly feel pampered and relaxed, whether we are on vacation or not! The brand’s “Fewer, Better” philosophy makes them an OG for capsule wardrobe practitioners everywhere and ensures a quality to all of their goods that is meant to last a lifetime. Check out their Travel Essentials for inspo for your next vacation!

Featured image is from Vitamin A