It was late summer when Daniel and I first moved into our current apartment, so we figured all the plants we could see in our yard were all that we were going to get.
Summer turned to fall then to winter until one February day something started growing in the planter outside our door. Within a week the first yellow bud had bloomed. Daffodils!
It was my first real winter as an adult and it had been a difficult one (I later learned I have Seasonal Affective Disorder). Those bright flowers with their inviting little faces were a living miracle. The daffodils are up again basking in whatever sunshine they can find, and just like that week several years ago, they remind me that the warm days I live for are just around the corner.
In the spirit of sunshine and daffodils, I compiled a few of my favorite ethical and sustainable floral things for spring…
1 | Ash & Rose Alexis Embroidered Sweatshirt Top, $128
My one departure from blue, this piece is great for bringing in some spring while the days are still a bit chilly. Fair trade. Made in India.
2 | People Tree Thandie Marigold Skirt, $94
The perfect modern floral with a bright pop of orange, this organic cotton piece is constructed in medium weight cotton with a front zipper and generous pockets. Fair trade. Made in India.
My Review: I was pleasantly surprised that the UK 10 (my usual size) followed the proportions of my waist and hips without pulling, as some pencil skirts do. It’s also a great midi length for work. The color scheme is tailor made for the colors in my spring capsule wardrobe and I really have nothing but good things to say about it.
3 | National Picnic Digital Print Dress, $128
With a scoop neck, raglan sleeves, and a silhouette that skims the body, this is a really versatile piece, and the digital floral print is vibrant and expressive. Artisan made in the USA.
4 | Language of the Birds Tofino Paperbag Dress, $290
This is actually a minimalistic coral print, but it recalls flowers. Silk screened cotton made in the USA.
5 | Grove & Bay Mokomo Tencel Top, $34.95
I love how the bright floral offsets the casual silhouette of this piece. GOTS-certified cotton/sustainable tencel blend made fairly.
6 | Bead & Reel Betty Blue Floral Wrap Dress, $86
A classic wrap dress in woven cotton. Made with eco-friendly dyes. Fair trade. Made in India.