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If You’re Not Reading Your Clothing Labels, You Really Should

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If you aren’t already in the habit of checking the fabric content of your clothing, it may be time to do so. In a world full of synthetic fibers that are culprit to environmental harm, nothing’s a safer bet than natural, from-the-Earth fabrics when it comes to dressing. After all, these are only the clothing items covering your entire body. Given the rising temperatures of spring and summer, we’re infatuated with the effortlessness and goodness of classic cotton. Soft, breathable, sustainable, and low-maintenance, cotton is one of the most reliable bases for high-quality fashion — and it’s what we plan to wear all season, sweat be damned.

Armed with the knowledge we’ve learned from Cotton, we’ve rounded up 10 fashion labels committed to practicing thoughtful production processes, whether it’s sourcing locally grown U.S. cotton or employing ethical factories to manufacture the goods. Needless to say, you better believe these ultra-fun, super-comfy items ahead also boast a perfect 100% cotton score. Listen, we just want what’s best for your body, okay?

Cropped sailor pants may be a dime a dozen these days, but none are guaranteed to bring as much joy as these NYC-made royal blues.

Caron Callahan, $311, available at Creatures of Comfort

For the “T-shirt-and-jeans” gal: Make your next everyday crewneck purchase a covetable one.

Correll Correll, $120, available at Bird

Everlane, everyone’s favorite high-quality basics label, strikes yet again — this time with a lightweight long-sleeve that is perfect for nighttime layering.

Everlane, $28, available at Everlane

This soft-washed-denim cotton jacket is cropped in all the right places.

Loup, $187, available at Loup

As suggested in the photo, layer an oversized cotton slip dress over an oversized T-shirt for double the oversized fun.

Mr. Larkin, $282, available at Mr. Larkin

We love how cotton comes in all forms. This handloomed printed top, for instance, is slightly thicker to the touch, for those who want a bit more structure.

Po-Em, $124, available at Po-Em

Designer Rachel Comey, an expert at reimagining wardrobe staples, updates the cotton chino pant with a radical statement front zip and adorably cuffed ankles.

Rachel Comey, $345, available at The Dreslyn

If you’re vying for new denim shorts, get tuned up in this violin-inspired number. Dare we say, it’s sure to be a classical hit.

Samantha Pleet, $170, available at Samantha Pleet

We’re always crazy for a modern-fit (read: relaxed) dress that’s emblazoned with a print that could be mistaken for vintage.

Selva Negra, $325, available at Selva Negra

This lightweight cotton maxi-dress not only boasts a gorgeous new take on florals, but it’s also offered in a generous range of sizes.

Wray, $265, available at Wray

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