When I want to take a break from denim I usually opt for activewear or leggings, of course in my favorite color, black. I adore a brand that can make edgy pieces with stylish detailing without relying on prints too much. Boldness without being too eye-catching, dark with a twist or edge without flair. I’m not sure if that makes a whole lot of sense to most readers, but that’s how my mind’s flowing at the moment while I’m trying to describe my preferred style. It also goes without saying here, if you’ve been reading my blog long enough, that if a brand can encapsulate all this while being sustainable gives them major points in my book. I prefer to spend a little more for those doing their best to clean up our environment a bit and have a purpose other than simply helping us look good. I’m a fairly big fan of adidas, and I’ve known about their collaboration with Stella McCartney for awhile, but somehow I only now recently learned they’ve got something much more going on within their already-awesome stylish activewear collections.
The adidas by Stella McCartney collection at Revolve is right up my style alley. Actually, it looks like I already posted about this brand all the way back in 2014. There’s only so much you can do with black items, right? Nope. Not at all. These pieces each speak a different personality on their own, and stand out with their own unique aesthetic. I love having a nice little stash of stylish activewear when I want to break away from my denim obsession for a bit, but kinda gives a boost to my gym motivation as well. To top it off though, adidas and Stella McCarthy were on a mission with this collaboration to reduce fabric waste by incorporating recycled materials like cotton and polyester, sourced from Evrnu and Bolt Threads. The brand’s three goals to minimize waste is focused into three focuses: made with repurposed plastics (reducing the dependency on plastics and CO2 emissions associated with the production of plastics), made to be remade (creating a closed, circular loop to keep garments out of landfills by repurposing raw materials), and made to biodegrade. I’m just going to focus on that last part for a second…As stated directly from the adidas blog, “Using materials developed from naturally concurring resources or made from cells and proteins in a lab, adidas has demonstrated the possibility of creating products using materials that are made with nature.” Pretty awesome!
There is already so any stylish activewear brands on the market that have been competing for years against the denim industry (usually in the form of “athleisure”) and I’m all for it. But as a fan of adidas already, adidas by Stella McCarthy is easily in my top favorites. Below are my favorite items from the current collection at Revolve. It’s obvious I’m not the only one drooling over this collaboration, as so many of these items were selling or already are sold out! I did my best to provide alternative links for more available sizes if anything sold out in your size catches your eye.
“In Fall/Winter 2019, adidas makes strides in the continued drive to solve the problem of product waste with the introduction of two new apparel innovations within adidas by Stella McCartney. With the world producing an estimated 101 million tons of textile waste every year, adidas by Stella McCartney collaborates with Evrnu and Bolt Threads to help turn this problem into a more sustainable design solution. The inspiration behind the products is simple: create products that perform not only for the athlete, but also for the world at large.”
“Repurposed Plastic targets one of the biggest challenges the brand faces today—reducing the dependency on virgin plastic and CO2 emissions associated with production. The first solution to this problem was seen in 2015 with the launch of the first adidas x Parley prototype shoe, created from upcycled marine plastic waste and illegal deep-sea gillnets. In the four years since, adidas has built a large-scale supply chain and will make 11 million pairs of shoes using Parley Ocean Plastic by the end of 2019, with the goal to use only recycled polyester in products by 2024.”
“Made to be Remade is the next step, creating a completely circular loop where products won’t end up on beaches or in landfills in the first place. Through closed systems, raw materials can be broken down and remade into high-performance sportswear.”
“This (Made to Biodegrade) concept is the future-gazing ambition to create a bionic loop where products can completely biodegrade and return to the natural ecosystem. Using materials developed from naturally concurring resources or made from cells and proteins in a lab, adidas has demonstrated the possibility of creating products using materials that are made with nature. This is a step in the brand’s journey to explore innovative solutions that can eventually return to nature.”
“(The) Tennis Dress is a prototype concept incubated in partnership with Bolt Threads, a company that specializes in bioengineered, sustainable materials and fibers. The tennis dress is the first of its kind, made with cellulose-blended yarn and Microsilk™. This is a protein-based material made with renewable ingredients such as water, sugar, and yeast—which is a step on our journey towards fully biodegradeable products.”
“The Infinite Hoodie was created with advanced textile innovations company Evrnu and moves towards a future where products can be completely recycled and repurposed. The Infinite Hoodie made from 60% NuCyclTM by Evrnu and 40% organic cotton that has been diverted from landfills. That makes the product 100% recyclable—it can be remade again and again into a high-performance product.”
Shop more Adidas by Stella McCartney…
…on Revolve here, or shop more stylish activewear by the brand from all over the interwebs below!