Affordable Sustainable Denim Outfit: Summer Colorblock

An affordable sustainable denim outfit with white and two shades of blue

With modern technologies, the process of making denim is becoming more and more eco-friendly. Choosing companies or materials that are respectful to our environment is easy and won’t break your piggy bank. There are numerous ways to buy affordable sustainable denim, if you are willing to do a little homework and shop mindfully.

Levi’s Water<Less® 

On the Historic Hugeunot Street in New Paltz, New York

For me, knowing what I’m supporting makes my fashion choices beautiful inside and out: just like my denim shorts. They are from Levi’s using the Water<Less® techniques.

Besides the eco-friendly mindset, I also love the subtle colorblock designs on these high-waisted shorts. Per Levi’s, the Water<Less® production methods use far less water than the traditional processes: up to 96% less water to be exact. 

Levi’s shorts (size 25). Reformation straw bag. Sam Edelman Bernice sandals (size 5.5).

Even if the jeans are made in traditional ways, you can still save water by washing them less. You don’t need to wash your jeans after every wear unless they are super dirty.  Hanging them out in the sun or in an airy and sunny indoor area will usually do the trick. Sunlight kills germs and gets rid of odors on the fabric nicely. Plus, this way of maintenance will elongate the life of your denim clothing.  

For size references: my waist is 26in, and hip is 36in. I have Levi’s jeans in size 24 to 26 depending on the style. These shorts fit nearly true to Levi’s size chart, maybe slightly bigger on the waist. The same lovely design is also available in jeans and jackets. 

TENCEL™ – The Natural Choice

TENCEL™ top (found in ThredUP Goody Boxes for $19, size XS).

Another alternative to traditional denim is TENCEL™. This fibre is made from wood pulps sourced from sustainable forestry. They are as soft as cotton, but have a much smaller carbon footprint thanks to its closed-loop production.

If you are interested to learn more about TENCEL™, go to tencel.com 

Summer Colorblock Outfit: white cloud, blue sky and an outfit to match

ThredUP – Secondhand Online

The TENCEL™ top on me was found in one of my ThredUP Goody Boxes. I like cropped tops because they often fit like a regular length on me.

summer color block outfit by LunaPetieStyle

Lastly, if you are eyeing on my super cute straw and linen bag (also carried in this outfit), you can get it from Reformation. It fits all my daily essentials and I have been using it for weekdays and weekends. 


Affordable sustainable denim may be easier to find than you think. Especially if you taking secondhand denim into consideration, the possibilities are endless.

Thank you very much for reading, and see you next Friday on the Blog.

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