Looking sharp while beating the heat is only half the battle when it comes to choosing summer clothing. Many of us like to choose clothes and fabrics that are as healthy as possible, both for ourselves and for the environment.
Here are some of our top picks for men’s organic summer clothing. You can feel good about reducing potential toxins in your closet as well as the environmental footprint of your wardrobe – and look good while doing it.
Prana Ombre Fade Stripe Shirt
With its roots in rock climbing and yoga gear, Prana has long blended technical performance with sustainable production techniques. The Ombre Fade Stripe Shirt offers a regular fit for comfort and warm-weather ventilation. The dobby-texture organic cotton fabric is blended with polyester to give added durability and wrinkle-resistance, and a front button pocket is perfect for securing small items on the go. The shirt is available in blue, green, or orange stripe designs.
You can find the Prana Ombre Fade Stripe Shirt at Amazon for $43.00.
Icebreaker Kent Polo Shirt
Another great option for a summer shirt is the Icebreaker Kent Polo. The lightweight, superfine merino wool fabric has excellent breathability in hot weather, and it’s naturally odor-resistant. The slim cut 3-button design is perfect for social or casual office wear.
Note: Although the wool fabric in the Kent Polo isn’t certified organic, Icebreaker strives for sustainable manufacturing practices throughout the production cycle of its products. And sustainably-produced wool can be a great alternative to cotton, since even organic cotton requires substantial water resources during its production.
The Icebreaker Kent Polo Shirt is available for $94.99 at Amazon.
REI Organic Merino Wool Light Hiking Mini Crew II Socks
Merino wool has terrific natural temperature-regulation and moisture-wicking properties. The organic wool used in REI’s Light Hiking Mini Crew II Socks is combined with recycled nylon and polyester yarns for durability, and the socks receive a chlorine-free shrink resistance treatment to help them fit properly after repeated washings.
The REI Organic Merino Wool Light Hiking Mini Crew II Socks are available from REI for $10.50.
Topo Ranch Organic Cotton T-Shirt
Topo Ranch is a small, sustainably-minded company that has attracted a loyal following of low-key cool cats and celebrities alike. They currently have just two retail locations (in Venice, CA and Boulder, CO), but thanks to the magic of online ordering anyone can sport their funky western-inspired designs. These super-soft, 100% organic cotton T-shirts come in a huge variety of colors and styles.
Most Topo Ranch organic t-shirt designs retail for $39. You can browse all the different options at the Topo Ranch website.
Patagonia Compound Organic Cotton Cargo Shorts
Patagonia is no stranger to sustainably-produced clothing, and they deliver again with the Compound Cargo Short. 100% organic cotton ripstop fabric is durable for active use, and the relaxed style is perfect for traveling or summertime hangin’. The shorts offer a regular fit with a 12-inch inseam, and plenty of storage thanks to the side cargo pockets.
The Patagonia Compound Organic Cotton Cargo Shorts are available from Amazon for $55.25.
Ecoland Organic Cotton Boxer Briefs
Ecoland’s boxer briefs are constructed of 95% organic cotton, with 5% spandex added in for stretch. Even the waistband is knit organic fabric, with no synthetic elastic. The manufacturer promises sweatshop-free production, and even the packaging is derived from entirely recycled materials. Reviewers on Amazon love the feel of the fabric, and they note that since the fit can be slightly full, buyers in between sizes may wish to choose the smaller option.
The Ecoland Organic Cotton Boxer Briefs are available for $17.50 from Amazon.
Simple D-Solve Organic Sneakers
If you want to help preserve the Earth by choosing organic clothing, shouldn’t that include the part that actually touches the Earth? Simple’s D-Solve shoes feature organic cotton uppers and laces, plus recycled-rubber soles. And best of all, the EVA cushioning is infused with an additive to help them biodegrade in a landfill once they reach the end of their usable life.
The Simple D-Solve Organic Sneakers are available in a variety of colors at Amazon. Prices range from $58.46 to $69.95.