I like to think of hemp as a modern day magic bean. But instead of a giant beanstalk, it creates anything from paper to milk to insulation and pretty much everything in between. Yup, that means clothes too. I found the five best hemp clothing lines to transform your wardrobe and put you on the cutting edge of eco-friendly fashion.
Why Choose Hemp Clothing?
The best thing about hemp is that it’s extremely sustainable. As a naturally occurring material, it’s renewable and therefore safer for our planet than most other textiles. According to the National Hemp Association, the plant requires little to no pesticides to grow and very little water, making it both environmentally friendly and easy to farm.
You no longer need to choose fashion over function because hemp clothing covers both. Hemp fabric is also naturally antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and moisture-wicking. What’s more, it’s thermoregulating, meaning it’ll keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Oh, and one more thing. If you know anything about hemp, you’re probably thinking, “that’s all great, but it’s itchy.” Well, I’m here to tell you (with love!) that you’re wrong. Hemp fabric actually gets softer the more you wear it. Plus, it’s great for sensitive skin due to its antimicrobial properties.
Onto the Brands
Jungmaven was founded on two basic values: simplicity and sustainability. They aim to spread awareness about the wonderful world of hemp and all it has to offer. Most importantly, they work to advocate for the hemp industry with a goal of establishing a flourishing market in the U.S. Their line has a casual, laid back, beachy feel. Go to their website and you might be shocked at just how many different products they offer — there’s truly something for the whole family.
Our pick: the Malibu Muscle Tee. A relaxed fit and available in 12 colors, it’s the ideal go-to top for the days when you have no idea what to wear. $44
If you’re a street-wear snob, Recreator is for you. Their edgier designs stray away from the classic bohemian styles we tend to see with more cannabis-friendly brands. The product lineup includes tie dye sweatpants, graphic tees and crop tops, among an array of other street-wear staples. As a brand, they’re very conscious and transparent about their operations, with a focus on ethicality in the hemp fiber supply chain.
Our pick: the Flower Hemp Leggings. You can wear these while you workout, shop, eat, lounge, sleep… and they’ll most definitely be the perfect attire for your next smoke sesh. $70.
Hempy’s has been around for a while. They were founded in SoCal in 1995 on the basis of sustainability (are you seeing a theme here?). But unlike many other hemp clothing brands, their products are manufactured right here in the U.S. The entire line is unisex, and I mean it when I say they carry pretty much everything hemp you could ask for: socks, candles, journals, jeans, lip balm, even DIY craft packs.
Our pick: the Totem Series Elephant T-Shirt. It features an intricate elephant illustration and a positive reminder to live by compassion. $38.
Hemp underwear is something you didn’t know you needed, until now. Wama makes underwear for both men and women — including bralettes — that are both comfortable and cute. Their undies are going to keep you feeling fresh down there. Plus, they offer a refund or replacement on your first pair if you aren’t happy with it. Sounds like a win/win to me.
Our pick: the Triangle Bralette. It’s flexible, soft and breathable, featuring adjustable straps so you can get that just-right fit. $38.
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about shoes! Bohempia is a newer brand, founded in 2015 with a focus on promoting environmental and social sustainability in fashion. They offer a range of hemp sneakers and accessories that are lightweight and comfortable. The best part? Their shoes will keep your feet comfortable all day thanks to the moisture wicking and odor eliminating properties of hemp.
Our pick: The ORASA high top sneaker. For that vintage, sporty feel without the carbon footprint. $115.
Give these hemp clothing lines a try if you’re in the market for more sustainable, fashionable and high-quality options for your wardrobe.