7 California Chic Clothing Brands That Are Sustainable & Stylish

West Coast Is The Best Coast

When we think of California, some words come to mind: boho, romantic, breezy, and stylish are just a few. The summers feel endless and permanently doused in a soft, golden glow. From laying out on the beach to sipping on cocktails on a rooftop bar, there’s plenty to keep you busy, and plenty of looks to flaunt. These seven California chic brands bring out the true spirit of West Coast living, and are perfect for the summer—no matter where you are.


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1. Reformation

California Chic Clothing Guide // Reformation

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Made in USA, uses sustainable fabrics, carbon neutral, purchases carbon offsets, energy efficient, fair wage, plus size line
Price Range | $$$

A fan favorite, Reformation is a leader in creating the most sun-kissed trends—and entirely from sustainable and upcycled materials made in fair wage environments. There is no shortage of ethically-made beautiful dresses and blouses, both simple and decoratively patterned, for summertime fun and exploring. You’ll look fully ready for California sunshine and summer romance in these sustainable pieces, which also include jeans, shoes, swimwear, accessories, and wedding attire.


2. Faithfull The Brand

California Chic Clothing Guide // Faithfull The Brand

Based In | Bali, Indonesia
Ethics | Ethical production, fair wages, handmade, local talent and resources, gives back
Price Range | $$$-$$$$

If you have travel plans this summer, Faithfull The Brand is your new best friend. Their travel-friendly boho chic style and breezy fabrics will look stunning against a tropical background or by the sea. With plenty of bold floral patterns and tie tops, these pieces are sustainably handmade by local workers in Indonesia—and the brand makes sure to give back to the local community. Whether you are planning on a day by the pool, at a local farmer’s market, or out on the town, Faithfull has you covered this summer.


3. Lacausa

California Chic Clothing Guide // Lacausa

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Ethical manufacturing, partner with charities, gives back, made in LA, local sewers
Price Range | $$–$$$

From classy to flower child vibes, Lacausa has all of the ethically-made pieces you could want for warm, breezy weather. Lacausa stands for two things: the first is “The Cause” in Spanish (La Causa), because of the brand’s dedication to ethical production. The second is LA, CA, USA, as a tribute to Los Angeles, where production is based. The brand carries dresses, jumpsuits, swimwear, accessories, and even loungewear that all look stunning in the glow of California sunshine.


4. Whimsy + Row

California Chic Fashion // Whimsy + Row

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Eco-friendly, locally sourced deadstock textiles, made in LA, sustainable practices, recycles
Price Range | $$–$$$

Made in small batches, Whimsy + Row ensures their classic and flowy pieces are made with love. The brand uses deadstock fabrics that may never be found again—so if you own one of their pieces, know that it’s unique and there may never be another like it. From floral wrap dresses to sleek bodysuits to adjustable jumpsuits, Whimsy + Row has all of your elegant summer looks. Made locally in Los Angeles, the brand screams Cali chic, perfect for a night out on the town or a day on the pier.


5. First Rite Clothing

California Chic Clothing Guide // First Rite Clothing

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Ethics | Garments produced in LA, ethically sourced, naturally derived fabrics, women-owned and operated factory in Peru
Price Range | $$$$

At First Rite Clothing, less is more. This high-quality brand focuses on clean, simple designs that form interchangeable sets within each collection. This way, you can mix and match tops and skirts, and tops and bottoms all summer long. You can pair a top with a matching skirt or pants for a dress or jumpsuit look—or wear the pieces separately and pair with other fun looks. The possibilities are endless. These pieces are great for a balmy summer by the pool, but can also be worn throughout the year.


6. Flynn Skye

California Chic Clothing Guide // Flynn Sky

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Designed locally, made in LA, ethically-made
Price Range | $$$

Flynn Skye is beach meets city—relaxed meets chic. The brand is named after the designer Amber Farr’s daughter, who is free-spirited and embraces life with a big smile. The same can be said about the line and the women for whom the line is created. From working professionals to social butterflies, Flynn Skye has a trendy piece for every occasion and woman. With a lot of floral and boho dresses and jumpers, Flynn Skye is perfect for giving off west coast vibes.


7. Sugar Candy Mountain

California Chic Clothing Guide // Sugar Candy Mountain

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Ethically-made, environmentally and socially conscious, natural materials, designed and manufactured in LA
Price Range | $$$$

Sugar Candy Mountain is a reference to Heaven, as described by George Orwell. If heaven is timeless, breathtaking pieces that are made to last forever, sign us up! The brand has a few collections and a “Forever Collection” with Cali cool staples that work in any season. The solid-colored dresses can be worn casually with sneakers or dressed up with heels and accessories. Throw on a sun hat, and you’re instantly ready for the beach!


Originally written for The Good Trade: CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY. 


Written and researched by me, as a staff guide.

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