Whether it’s because you’re a fashion history nerd or you care deeply about the environment, you already know that bamboo is one of the most interesting materials in fashion right now. If you’re not quite convinced yet, read on to learn more about the many benefits of the promising material down below.

An Iconic Part of Fashion History

As any fashionista will know, bamboo is far from new to the fashion world – although its textile form is a more recent addition. Back in 1947, Gucci’s solution to leather shortages following World War II was to create a bamboo collection. Since then, plenty other brands have not only replicated their iconic bamboo handles, but also used the striking material for earrings, stiletto heels and other details on clothing as well as accessories.

While the styles mentioned above certainly used bamboo as a unique statement that wasn’t for everyone, they’ve still managed to become classics in their own right. Today, you’ll see plenty of iterations of bamboo hoop earrings on the street – whether in the actual material, gold, silver or other synthetic materials – and bamboo heels are still selling like hot cakes. Bamboo handle bags are especially having a moment this year, with several designers and boutique brands coming out with versions of it.

The Material Our Environment Needs

Besides being iconic, bamboo of course also has many other interesting qualities – especially when it comes to sustainability. To give you an example, Copenhagen Bamboo creates their bamboo clothing using the Lyocell method. Since this process takes place in a closed circuit, about 99 % of the chemicals that are necessary to use can be recycled. While no chemicals at all would, of course, be ideal, this isn’t yet possible – but with that being said, this bamboo fabric production still requires much fewer chemicals and much less water consumption than the production of most other textiles.

Another benefit of bamboo clothing is the sheer quality of the fabric. The reason this contributes to making it sustainable is that durability will allow consumers to keep using items for longer without having to replace them – allowing them to invest in timeless basics instead of wearing through one cheap fast fashion item after another. Since bamboo fabric has smooth, round fibers, they don’t stick out and risk getting tangled or ripped out. This makes for incredibly soft fabric, which will allow people – including those with sensitive skin, diabetes etc. – to keep wearing them without experiencing discomfort due to wear and tear.

Infinite Styling Options: Classic Cuts and Trendy Escapades

It’s a common misconception that bamboo clothing only comes in basic styles and neutral colors. And yes, it’s certainly true that this selection is what many bamboo retailers started out with and have built the foundations of their businesses on. But that doesn’t mean that black, white and beige basics are all they have to offer.
Today, you’ll find bamboo options in pretty much all colors of the rainbow in a wide range of innovative designs. The soft fabric is great for both long, flowing dresses in exciting patterns as well as strong statement pieces for color blocking. Stunning ensembles like this casual top and legging look worn by Lori Harvey can easily be replicated, letting you go about your day both comfortable and looking supremely cool. And if a classic T-shirt and jeans look is more your style, you’ll of course always have your pick of beautiful, sustainable bamboo pieces – that you’ll be able to treasure for many years to come.