Grow Into It

When Rue shop owner Michelle Kim learned that conventional cotton growing accounts for a significant portion of the world’s insecticides and pesticides, she immediately began greening her inventory. New additions include asymmetrical tank dresses by Los Angeles–based Battalion, whose clean-lined looks are cut from jersey made with bamboo, a renewable source that grows like a weed, is biodegradable, and can be cultivated without nasty chemicals. Rue, 611 Stewart St, Downtown, 206-264-0788;

Branch Out

Don’t be fooled by the strip mall. At Olive, Kerrie Lynn Wilton and Michele Fox’s offerings transcend the chain-store setting. Hanging alongside softly draping dresses are jeans by Redmond’s Pine IV, which plants a tree for each pair of denim pants sold, and jackets by Jenna Rose. The Seattle designer constructs blazers from vintage sweaters and adorns them with flying felt swallows, smiling skulls, and other whimsical symbols of pop culture. Olive, 23535 NE Novelty Hill Rd, Redmond, 425-836-4298;

Material Girl

The newest trend in fashion reinvention includes extending the life of designer surplus, and with her Vintage Creations label, Beth Nielsen is on top of it. Her sweet bubble dresses and swingy A-line silk tops are made from end-run fabric discarded by big-name fashion houses. At Violette, Nielsen’s regionally focused boutique, the pretty pieces mix it up with cozy organic cotton hoodies by Seattle-based Prairie Underground. Violette, 212 First Ave S, Pioneer Square, 206-652-8991;

Cat and House

At Juniper, owner Lisa Clinton sits behind a desk made from a salvaged bowling-alley lane and researches the lines she wants to carry. In more ways than one, Clinton really gets behind the green lifestyle. As you linger over Loomstate’s well-cut organic cotton jeans and browse colorful rugs and table clothes fashioned from found fabric, you’ll probably encounter Henry, Juniper’s fifth foster cat; you can take him home too. Juniper, 3314 E Spring St, Madrona, 206-838-7496;

Earth Tones

For a wardrobe that’s worldly and green, try Tweed, where soy- and bamboo-cotton tees, tanks, and dresses in new neutrals (think pale gray and soft taupe) from Spain’s Skunk Funk share space with local designer Lizzie Parker’s ultrasoft collection. Parker, whose designs are both drapey and shapely, dyes and produces all of her brightly colored bamboo—jersey tops, dresses, and leggings right here in Seattle. Also at Tweed: denim for just about every derriere. Tweed, 424 N 85th St, 206-784-4444;