Categories Articles & Interviews

Hilary Swank Debuts Conscious Clothing Collaboration: ‘It’s About Wearing Your Values on Your Sleeve’

As a mom to 1-year-old twins, Hilary Swank admits she spends a lot of time “in my robe!”

But when the two-time Oscar winner, mom and entrepreneur goes to pull together an outfit from her closet, it’s always one she can feel good about. That’s because Swank prioritizes re-wearing pieces in her own wardrobe and shopping from sustainable brands.

Her latest project champions just that.

On April 22, Earth Day, Swank and conscious clothing brand YesAnd debuted their limited-edition capsule collection in partnership with the styling subscription service DailyLook.

The line features eight versatile little black dresses and cardigans made from the high-quality, super-soft, certified organic cotton that YesAnd has become known for.

“With this capsule, I want to invite people to make every dress a statement of purpose, championing the cause of sustainability with elegance and grace,” Swank tells PEOPLE. “This proves that fashion can be both affordable and responsibly luxurious. You don’t have to forsake one for the other.”

The collection, with an average retail of $90, is exclusively available on DailyLook, and subscribers can sign up to receive a curated box of sustainable wardrobe staples — pieces have been expertly picked out by pros.

“The DailyLook transcends a traditional styling service, and they’re becoming a pioneer in personalized eco-conscious fashion in choosing brands like YesAnd and others to help be that beacon for people who don’t have the ability to go do that research,” Swank shares.

This mark’s Swank’s first project as partner, brand ambassador and creative director of EcoFashion, a “greenhouse,” collective of sustainable brands led by Marci Zaroff (who also founded YesAnd). Earlier this year, EcoFashion acquired Swank’s apparel company, Mission Statement.

“It’s not just about wearing fashion, it’s about wearing your values on your sleeve and really joining a movement for a better world,” Swank shares of the passion behind her role. “That’s a big part of why Marci and I came together.”

According to Swank, the goal with the first capsule was all about a “buildable” collection that can easily be incorporated into your current wardrobe.

“I feel like black and neutrals are for sure the staples of our closet — those are interchangeable with anything,” she says. “These pieces are something you can slip on and you can go about easily in your day. You can take them from your day into your night, and change your shoes to make it work. That’s really key I think in sustainability ”

Swank champions a re-wear in her day-to-day life and says the limited-edition line really targets wearability and versatility.

“I wear my favorite things over and over and over,” she says. “Even with these dresses, I’ll just put a turtleneck under my dress and put a tight on with it when it’s cold. And then later in the spring, it starts to warm up, you just drop the turtleneck and tights. When you travel, you don’t have to bring tons of stuff. It’s the idea of being able to buy something that goes a distance for you.”

She adds that it was important for her to break away from the red carpet mentality of wearing a parade of new outfits.

“My fashion philosophy is just to be thoughtful,” she says. “I don’t think I was as thoughtful before with recognizing that a lot of young people see us on the red carpet and in the spotlight, and I don’t even know if it’s conscious or not, but the idea of, ‘oh, I don’t want to wear the same thing twice either,’ because we don’t ever wear the same thing twice on the red carpet. We go from event to event to event, and we’re always in something new. That’s just not the way life is in your daily wear. That’s a red carpet thing.”

Currently, Swank admits her style is “super casual,” as busy mom to 1-year-old twins, Aya and Ohm.

“It’s almost like what I take off is what I put back on the next morning because it’s so fast-paced with two being so young. It’s just got to be really easy right now. And I’m not lying when I say I wear my robe a lot.”