It's a wonderful thing when looking good and doing good for the planet come together, as they have in the world of organic denim. From old standbys like Levi's to newcomers like Del Forte, plenty of labels now marry style with eco-savvy, producing jeans as cool as any designer brands but minus the chemical-laden fabric. (Sadly, cotton is one of the world's most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops.) New styles range from trouser to skinny to comfy and slouchy, so whether you're wide-hipped, no-hipped, short-legged, or lanky, we've got the perfect pair for you.
Those brave enough to work the now-ubiquitous skinny jean will love Levi's new Slim Jean from its Eco line of organic denim. While the cut is current, built-in distressing and whiskering give these jeans a timeless feel. Nothing complements great curves better than a boot cut, and Levi's Eco Vintage Boot Cut jeans are no exception. A dark wash and contrast stitching on the organic-cotton fabric make this pair a slimming wardrobe staple. levi.com for stores
Of the Earth
If you crave comfort but like looking put-together on weekends, slip on a pair of these chemical-free cotton jeans. Large flap pockets in back keep the look casual yet cool and help minimize a fuller rear. The best part? Made with 2 percent Spandex, they fit like a glove. backcountry.com
Del Forte Denim
These chic, trouser-style Juniper jeans from Del Forte -- with wide legs that deftly balance a thicker middle -- have both style and substance. They're not only 100 percent organic cotton, their sale also supports the Sustainable Cotton Project, which benefits organic farmers. pangaya.com
Fans of Loudermilk's edgy yet wearable dresses and tops will love the designer's new sustainable denim line. The 12 Inches Straight Leg jeans are woven from earth-friendly bamboo, have a lower rise that's good for elongating a short torso, and boast an incredible worn-in softness.
Designer Anna Cohen of Portland, Oregon, is a rising star on the eco-fashion scene, and these straight-leg jeans prove why. Wide-set back pockets and a slightly low rise help create curves on narrow hips. Crafted from a sturdy organic cotton and dyed with natural indigo, they say "fashion-forward," not "fashion victim." thegreenloop.com
You'll recognize any Loomstate jeans (the brainchild of designer Rogan Gregory and Scott Hahn) by its bold yellow hemstitching. The skinny Flux cut, shown here, accentuates curves and flatters slim figures. cocosshoppe.com
Though not organic, Edun deserves credit for bringing social consciousness and high-end fashion into step. By working directly with cotton growers, mills, and factories in Africa, the company provides sustainable employment in poverty-stricken communities and helps support fair trade. And as the universally flattering, boot-cut Monarch jean proves, Edun's designs are as admirable as its ethics. eluxury.com