From Jeffrey Campbell runway shows to boutiques in Tampa, going green is the latest trend. Not only is it helping the environment, but it's also affordable and fashionable, too. As the green word spreads across Tampa this year and makes its way into your wardrobe, check out a few Tampa Bay area stores that are already carrying eco-friendly items. Who knew being green could be so easy?
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If the name doesn't give away their mission, then just step into the Green Boutique in Brandon. Inside you'll find aisles of green soap, green clothing and even green jewelry and handbags. Being in business in the Tampa community for some time now, this boutique is always top notch on customer service and keeps its word on eco-friendly fashion items. It isn't just endearing—it's affordable.
The Naked Hippie
The Naked Hippie is a Tampa run fashion site that's dedicated to eco-friendly fashion. Costumers should be happy to know there aren't any naked hippies included with their purchase, only 100 percent green products, jewelry made from recycled products, shirts made from hemp, and the list goes on. The greatest thing about shopping at The Naked Hippie is its contribution to people in need. Every purchase goes into a loan for someone's dream. Helping the environment and helping the wellbeing of the human race? Sounds good to us.
Hours: Sun to Mon — 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tues to Thurs — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri to Sat — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Revolve Clothing Exchange has gained the respect of many in the Tampa community. One woman's vintage skirt is another woman's vintage skirt—that's not right, is it? At Revolve Clothing Exchange, there are always trendy treasures and vintage skirts to be found. Revolve guarantees you'll leave with a few little gems. Whether its handmade jewelry or one of its many selections of new to gently used clothing, customers are always coming back for more.
Related: Best Vintage Clothing Shops In Tampa
Hours: Mon to Thu – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Blue Dahlia Marketplace (no way related to the Black Dahlia) doesn't just support the fine arts, but also the promotion of organic products as well. Customers can find authentic jewelry they won't be able to find anywhere else in the Bay area. Blue Dahlia even carries inexpensive clothing from the Whitley Kros line, who, by the way, makes organic look very chic. If you leave Blue Dahlia empty handed, you probably entered the wrong store.
Looking for an Eco-friendly restaurant to go to after a long day of shopping? Try some of Tampa's best vegetarian and vegan restaurants.
Geraldine Sanchez is a student, fashion blogger, and freelance writer struggling with a case of restless fashion syndrome. She is currently curing it with large doses of retail therapy throughout the Tampa Bay area. Her expertise is on shopping and style. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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