Beau Soleil: C'est Tres Chic…

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Beau Soleil is a new line of ecofriendly dresses, and are they gorgeous! Designer Anne Epstein uses bamboo, veggie-dyed organic cottons, vintage fabrics, tencel, and recycled leather trims in her designs. What caused Epstein to go green?

When Anne discovered she was pregnant, she and her husband morphed their “overly excessive” New York City lifestyle into one that is “Simple. Modern. Organic.”. They moved into a green building located in mid-town Manhattan, increased their trips to the green market, and made conscious everyday living decisions to do their part in saving the planet. This new mindset, coupled with Epstein’s career experience at Marc Jacobs and IISLI, opened her eyes to how the manufacturing process impacts the environment. It was imperative for her to be kind to the planet and laborers when bringing her design vision to fruition.

Beau Soleil is available at Shopbop and Intermix online. These dresses look uber-comfy as well as flattering, with great lines and simple color schemes; I can see them looking great dressed down over a pair of skinny jeans with flats or paired with some fun tights in primary colors like ruby, electric blue or orangy-yellow.

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Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.