Our We Try Before You Buy series aims to take the stress out of shopping and eliminate the number of post office visits you make each month to return failed online orders. We test new-season buys and styling ideas so you don’t have to. Here, we’re letting you know what’s actually worth investing in and the styling tricks you can re-create with pieces you already own.
If you haven’t yet heard of PANGAIA, then it’s about time you became acquainted. I stumbled across the brand on Instagram earlier this year, drawn in by its joyful spin on basics and its science-driven, innovative approach to materials—a breath of fresh air after the sad staples that have come to dominate my wardrobe over the last 18 months. Intrigued, I found myself browsing PANGAIA’s website and soon learned that there’s so much more to the brand than its rainbow-hued separates. (Although I entirely understand why they came to be so very popular among the style set.) Leading the way in textile innovation, PANGAIA is a materials-science brand that uses everything from recycled cotton and grape leather to bio-based fibers and natural dyes to create its garments. Finding a brand that creates clothing with the planet in mind and without compromising on design is a rare thing. And somehow, quite magnificently, PANGAIA manages to do just that.