Accessorizing Responsibly… With Scarves!

Heading back to school and don’t have the funds to shop for an entire new wardrobe? Investing in one or two great scarves might be the solution! Bank account in-check AND rocking the latest trend.

Work in a freezing air-conditioned office but you’ve dressed for the summer weather outside? Try opting for a scarf draped over your shoulders instead of a jacket. Goose-bumps eliminated AND consider yourself accessorized.

Scarves are a quick and easy way to change your look. Every fall they come back as the hot accessory, and 2016 is no exception! My obsession began in university when I discovered this video:

Flash forward 5 years later and I have a closet full of them! But if you’re just starting your collection and in need of some inspiration, look no further! Here are my top five favourite scarves from responsible brands that would be a great addition to any wardrobe:

Indigo Handloom

Circus Stripes – Graphic | $65.00  “LOW TOXINS, LOW CARBON FOOTPRINT” “Better for you, Better for the earth”

Circus Stripes – Graphic | $65.00
“Better for you, Better for the earth”


I love this one from Indigo Handloom. Mixing patterns is very fashion-forward, and this scarf does it in a neutral palette that keeps it from being too busy, and would compliment any outfit. BONUS: All of Indigo Handloom’s products are made without electricity, and using ‘khadi’ – a hand-twisted cotton that does not require any chemicals to make.


Canadian Native Products

canadian native products scarf

Eagle Mother Silk Scarf | $33.50
“Designed by Tsmishian artist Morgan Green”

There’s something about lilac/lavendar that I can’t get away from right now. Only one problem: it completely washes me out! Accessorizing with a scarf is a way to wear that colour you love, but just don’t feel like you can pull off. I’m totally obsessed with this 100% silk scarf from CNP. BONUS: All items sold on Canadian Native Products were designed, created, and/or produced by the First Peoples communities in Canada. The website gives Canadian aboriginal art and designs access to the international marketplace.



symbology scarf

Longhorn Cashmere Scarf in Orchid & Gold | $120

100% Cashmere, pop of colour, cute print? I will “ADD TO CART”, thank you very much! If you’re looking to splurge on that one signature piece, Symbology is a good place to start. BONUS: Symbology employs female artisans from India and the West Bank, and pays them a livable wage so that they can provide for their families. If that doesn’t help justify the price tag, I don’t know what does!



Metro Botanical Bamboo Scarf | £15

Metro Botanical Bamboo Scarf | £15

Located in the UK? I’ve got you covered. Hold on to a piece of summer all winter long with this gorgeous lightweight, coral scarf in a cool cityscape print. BONUS: This scarf is made from naturally grown bamboo, which is free from harmful pesticides and chemicals. Check out Brain Tree’s Environmental Policy here.


Krista Norris

4.4 Edinburgh Tartan Shawl | $138

4.4 Edinburgh Tartan Shawl | $138

This line of scarves got a lot of media attention last spring when the Trudeau family gave two Maverick Infinity Scarves as gifts to Malia and Sasha Obama. This one’s definitely an investment piece, but tartan never goes out of style, and you’ll be wearing it in good company ;). BONUS: The fabric is sourced ethically from Japan, and made right here in Canada!

Happy shopping, everyone! Let me know in the comments if there’s any scarves you’re currently lusting over – I’m always up for an online browse 😉

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About the Author

Katie has a degree in Tourism and currently works in radio advertising, but has always had a passion for writing and fashion. As a blogger on Trusted Clothes, she hopes to fuse these two interests while learning more about the ethical, sustainable and healthy sides of the fashion industry. Outside of blogging and her 9-5 job, she volunteers for the Canadian Cancer Society and the OSPCA, and thoroughly enjoys a night-in of online shopping, pizza and wine.

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