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While I’m keenly aware of who makes my clothes, I don’t always give much thought to what makes my clothes. Closet staples like acrylic and polyvester are made from petroleum. Conventional cotton is responsible for environmental damage due to pesticides and herbicides. And while I like the idea of “natural fibers,” I really don’t know where to start.
When I think of hemp clothing, I picture rough fabrics and necklaces worn by surfers. Canadian brand Wallis Evera is shattering my expectations with their line of hemp-based work wear. Each part of their line of eco-friendly clothing is manufactured in Vancouver, Canada, from natural fibers like organic cotton, lyocell, silk, and — of course — hemp.
I think back to my corporate career years ago and wish I had a Wallis Evera wardrobe then. The sleek skirts and sheath dresses would have upped my professionalism in a major way. Now that I’m home every day with my kids, the Ana Button Down tunic is a good match for my on-the-go, casual lifestyle.
I was expecting a smoother fabric when I first read about the hemp/organic cotton/silk blend of this shirt, but the fabric is more akin to linen. The lightweight, breezy feel is great for the hot days of Tennessee summer. The cut of the tunic is a bit boxy, but since the shoulders and sleeves fit me perfectly I wouldn’t want to go down a size. The quality of the fabric and workmanship is fantastic — I definitely view this piece as one of the nicer items in my wardrobe.
Another pleasant surprise about the tunic is the ease of care. The fabric instructions list handwashing as the ideal method for cleaning the shirt. After a few wears I actually tossed the tunic in my washing machine on a handwash setting, then hung it to dry. The piece held its shape well and only has a few wrinkles that I’ll erase with my steamer.
To make their eco-friendly styles easily accessible, Wallis Evera recently created a home try-on program. When a customer orders one item from Wallis Evera, they can request up to two additional items to try on for free. Shipping in the US and Canada is free both ways for the additional products, so you can try them on and ship them back with no risk at all.
I wasn’t sure Wallis Evera’s hemp-based styles would work for me, but I find myself thankful to have them in my wardrobe. The versatility, durability, and quality means you’ll find me wearing this eco-friendly brand all year long.