When we hear the word "bamboo," we think of pandas, groves, sophisticated space dividers, and that funny new IMAX movie. But, according to Doie Designs, what we should be thinking is "100% sustainable, highly breathable, darn good-looking clothing." Yes, clothing. SheFinds discovered the company's wares last week when the temperature in New York reached 600 degrees, and we were desperately searching for dresses that would keep us as close to naked (figuratively, of course) as possible. Turns out that bamboo fabric stays two degrees cooler than other fabrics, and is naturally anti-bacterial–which means that even when you do sweat, your clothing will stay odor-free, longer. And, you'd never know you're wearing a tree. The Spring/Summer 2008 collection is full of loose, Grecian sundresses, work-appropriate tops and tunics, and even some clingy clubwear.
I cinched this white Tie Strap Dress ($161) at the waist with a wide gold belt, added some low-heel gladiator sandals, and was the coolest gal in the bar–literally and figuratively.
I got more (kind, appropriate) "You look like Helen of Troy" comments than anyone deserves in a lifetime, more (embarrassing, inappropriate, but reaffirmating of how hot the dress is) "Nice ass!" catcalls than I needed for a Friday night, and stayed un-sweaty on the dance floor while the cotton-wearing masses ruined their make-up.
Check out their new Alus collection, and don't forget to check back in on them next winter when temperatures drop–because this miracle fabric not only keeps you cool, it keeps you warm (and green) too!
Get Yours: dresses and bottoms at Tobi ($29-$161)