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Comfy in Costa Rica in Aventura Tie-Dye: How I Wear Eco Fashion


A couple weeks ago, I got the chance to zip down to Costa Rica—one of my favorite places on Planet Earth—to stay at The Retreat Costa Rica (don’t worry, I’ll be featuring it in an upcoming post!). I packed my go-to pieces of clothing for the summer, of course, including my Bario Neal Triad Necklace and ALL my bikinis. The second item into my bag was my organic cotton Charlize maxi dress from Aventura clothing (it’s now on sale for less than $50!).


On Jaco Beach in my dress, which yes, got a bit sea-sprayed and sandy (which is always a good thing!) 

This is a supersoft organic cotton, which makes it very comfy to wear, and the light elastic waist means that you can wear it without a belt and still get nice definition at your middle.

I was very impressed when I read up about Aventura, which has seriously impressive sustainable cred, and has been family owned since 1965 (they’ve been slowly-but-surely expanding their use of ethical fabrics since 2001).


I loved the length of this dress, which is a true maxi—the bottom hem of the dress just brushed the tops of my feet when I walk (I’m 5’6″ for reference).



The wide neckline is flattering and the print is thoughtfully places to that it accentuates and flatters the figure. (I’m a size 8/10 in US clothing, and the dress I’m wearing is a size Medium).

Aventura-Dress-Costa-Rica-FullYou can’t see it in this picture, but there is a zipline right above me. I changed into my dress post-ziplining through the cloudforest in Costa Rica—it’s that kind of dress—and then headed to dinner in town!

This is the dusty olive color, but the Charlize Maxi Dress comes in a bright pink and royal blue colorways as well.

Want to see how else we wear ecofashion around the world? Check out farmer’s market fashion in Berkeley, and lost-beachcombing on the Oregon Coast.

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.