Soy Suits

By Abby and Elle

Last week we wrote about clothing made from hemp, and we promised to follow up with clothing made from soybeans. And, wow, is soy an amazing plant; it just might have more uses than hemp.

You can eat soy in a variety of forms, from edamame and soy sausage to tofu noodles (which, by the way, are super low in calories — yum!). But tofu clothing, really? Well, not tofu exactly; rather, soybean fibers, a natural by-product of food production.

Here’s what’s so great about soy clothing: Depending on how it’s woven, it can feel like cotton or cashmere. Clothing made from soy better protects you from UV rays, is more absorbent and dries faster than cotton. Soy clothing never shrinks or wrinkles, and never needs dry cleaning — a plus for the environment and your health.

Though there aren’t many shops that carry soy clothing, we uncovered some funky styles, below, from Also, a quick search on Etsy turned up some winning styles — too many to show!

Soy Tank

Soy Tank from


Soy jumper from

Peek-a-Boo Top

Soy peek-a-boo top from

Stay tuned for a post on fall hats. We’re paying a visit to Studio St. Marie in Rocky River to try on new hats and vintage hats that have been restyled, which is almost as good as being crafted from soy.