Banana Republic / Sebastian Kim
When we shop, we’re looking for things that are more than what they seem—labels and designs and fabrics that are specifically chosen to make the final product the best it can be. In short, clothing is never just clothing. That approach is why Banana Republic’s sustainability efforts, a part of the brand since they began upcycling materials in 1978, hits such a sweet spot. And as we begin slowly shifting out of our cool-weather gear, it’s sustainable knitwear—always MVPs when it comes to layering and transitional dressing—that we’re shopping now.
The heritage brand takes the timeless ease it’s known for and injects a dose of modernity via a whole range of sustainable initiatives. There’s the use of responsible wool and recycled fabrics like polyester made from recycled bottles; its ongoing commitment to use exclusively sustainable cotton by 2023; and a focus on using less water in the production process. It’s a whole catalog of better-for-the-planet decisions.
Here, some of our favorite spring styles that we’ll be stocking up on this season.
The Classic Crewneck
When it comes to sweaters, you can never have too many classic crews—and it’s even better when they’re made from sustainable materials. We love this pick worn on its own, layered with a tee, or even slung over the shoulders.
The Perfect Polo
Sharp collared and equal parts prep and polish, a polo is a go-to for moments when you need your clothing to send multiple messages at the same time. The old long-sleeve standby feels far more luxe, though, when done in a merino blend.
The Chunky Cardigan
Hybrids are almost always masters of versatility, and this open-front cardigan is no exception. Its clean lines make it a fit for dressed-up occasions, while the open cut is so robe-like that we likely won’t be able to resist pulling it on with pajamas at night.
The Oversized Tunic
A longline silhouette makes anything ultra-flattering, and sweaters are no exception. We love this shape for wearing anywhere and everywhere, whether that’s with a favorite pair of jeans or tossed on over joggers for a ready-for-the-outside-world type of look.
The Wide V-Neck
Effortless and easy, a v-neck is our go-to cut whenever we need something that ticks all the boxes. The cut of this one—not too tight, but not too baggy—is ideal, as is the sustainability behind the way the wool is farmed and the waste-minimizing production.
The Slouchy Cowl
The need for cozy sweaters won’t evaporate as we move into spring and summer. Rather, we imagine keeping this beautifully draped pick handy for air-conditioned rooms or still breezy spring nights when we need a warm layer.
Shop more sustainable styles from Banana Republic’s Conscious Edit here.
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