Get to know the Dominican-founded fashion brand making sustainable clothing sexy

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“Thanks, it’s sustainable!” Words like “cute” or “sexy” might not come to mind when you think of sustainable fashion, but Dominican-based fashion brand Olette might make you reconsider.

Olette is a sustainable, ethical and Caribbean-founded fashion brand creating clothing “inspired by you and made for you.” The brand’s mission is to provide sustainable and ethical clothing that’s both beautiful and comfortable to wear.

“Our designs are meant to grace the body while paying homage to the skin you’re in,” according to the brand’s website. “We use organic materials to curate unforgettable wardrobe staples for women who take time to fully embrace the feeling of every moment.

Founded by Dominican entrepreneur Carolyn Compres-Diaz, Olette is one of the few fashion brands to launch during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In an interview with Emperifollá in July 2020, Compres-Diaz described the decision to launch a fashion brand during the pandemic as “hopeful.”

“I already had everything in hand; everything was ready,” Compres-Diaz said of all the planning she had done well before the pandemic. “So I was like, […] I can’t waste more time just because of this. The people who believe in the brand, the people who like it, will still eventually find a way to help us out.”

All of Olette’s designs are made with organic materials like cotton and linen. Even the buttons are made of recycled coconut! Browse from gorgeous designs like the sensual Historia Top and the sexy Siempre Dress in Verde.

Clothing from Olette is available in sizes XS to L and is best cared for by dry cleaning only. Take a look below at some of our favorite Olette designs to add to your summer wardrobe.

1. Terra Shorts

Meet the adventure shorts of your dreams. These cuffed shorts are made of cotton and linen and feature side pockets and a button made of recycled coconut. They are loose-fitting and meant to be worn high on the waist, and are available in sizes XS to L.

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2. Siempre Verde Dress

This sophisticated and sexy dress will turn heads with its verdant color and stunning silhouette. This dress hits just below the knee, featuring trendy details like a square neckline, puff sleeves and open back. It's best to care for this dress through dry cleaning only because it is made of cotton and linen. It's available in sizes XS to L.

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3. Historia Top

A little bit sexy and a little bit chic, this eye-catching Historia Top from Olette should be at the top of your summer 2021 fashion inspo board. This crop top, featuring stylish puff sleeves and a button made of recycled coconut, is what your summer wardrobe is missing. Don't forget to use some fashion tape for extra secure coverage. It's available in sizes XS to L.

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4. Mila Dress

Meet the cottagecore dress of your dreams. This puff-sleeved, off-the-shoulder mini dress from Olette is made of cotton and linen for a lightweight, breezy feel. Get it in sizes XS to L.

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5. Penelope Top

Perfect for the beach or a warm and lazy Sunday morning, this tied crop top is the perfect summer companion. This top, made of cotton and linen, features small off-the-shoulder puff sleeves. It's available in sizes XS to L.

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