I have a high tolerance for impractical garments, but when it comes to everyday essentials, I am as scrutinizing as a mean girl.
My t-shirts, socks, and leggings need to be particularly sturdy, because they're bound to be worn and washed again and again. My Everlane tees and J. Crew socks (not ethical, but high quality) are going strong 2 and 3 years in, but my ancient Old Navy leggings - purchased before I fully embraced ethical fashion - are definitely worse for the wear.
When it came to finding a replacement, I didn't want to settle. The old pairs are semi-sheer, too short, and cut a bit too low to be flattering at the waist. I knew I wanted to replace them with a high waist, thick, organic cotton pair that covered more of my ankle and wouldn't ride up. That's a lot to ask from a pair of stretchy pants, so it took my awhile to find what I was looking for:
Ethical Details: Top - A Beautiful Refuge; Legging Pants - c/o Soul Flower; Scarf - Synergy Organic Clothing; Fitbit - refurbished via ebay; Sandals - c/o Mawu Lolo
Don't let the name fool you: Soul Flower's made in USA, low-impact dyed, organic yoga pants are super versatile. I wore stirrup pants as a kid in the early '90s and had been itching for another pair, because they stay put. They'll go perfectly with boots and high cut flats, because I can tuck them in and they won't ride up my ankle like other leggings. The thick stretch cotton means I can wear them as pants without exposing myself, or simply keep warm when I'm wearing them as a cold-weather layering piece.
As seen in these photos, the stirrup piece is sewn on like a cuff, so you can easily pull it up your leg and wear these like a regular pair of leggings depending on the activity and footwear choice. Every detail was carefully planned, from the wide waistband to the contoured reverse seams that snake down the front and the back of the legs.
I honestly did not expect to love a pair of leggings this much, but here we are. The quality is immediately apparent, and that makes me feel respected as a customer.
Soul Flower specializes in affordable, eco-friendly clothing for hippies, yogis, and people who like to wear comfortable clothes. They carry a range of original screen-printed tops, leggings, and accessories, as well as ethically-made jewelry from like-minded brands.
Each Soul Flower product adheres to a set of clearly labeled values, incorporating organic and recycled fibers, sustainable hemp, domestic production, low impact dyes, repurposed textiles, fair trade standards, and more. They're a testament to the fact that something can be made responsibly without costing $200. Most items in the Soul Flower line fall in the $25-60 range. The Stirrup Eco-Friendly Yoga Pants retail for $62.00.
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Photos by my sister, Jennifer Nichole Wells