Sustainable clothing brands guide
According to The True Cost documentary, “there are roughly 40 million garment workers in the world today; many of whom do not share the same rights or protections that many people in the West do…[and] the average American now generates 82 pounds of textile waste each year.” But while I could lay a whole list of facts in this post about the impact of fashion, I’d recommend watching The True Cost since they’ve done a great job documenting what goes on behind the scenes of our clothing, and it speaks much louder than any words I could ever write.
Over the years of my sustainability journey, I’ve taken note of so many great sustainable, ethical fashion brands that challenge the fast fashion industry and it’s been on my heart to share them in a resource guide which will be updated over time. Kathryn (from Going Zero Waste) and I also made a quick lookbook of some of our favorite outfits in the video above which includes a few sustainable brands, thrifted items, or pieces that we’ve had before we started living more sustainably. So below, you’ll find a curated list of my favorite brands and more. Brands with an * indicate that there are both mens and women’s products.
Shop my closet
The most sustainable option is buying secondhand. While I love to support new, sustainable business, I also love to extend the lifecycle of a pre-loved piece. If you’re interested scoring some secondhand items from my capsule wardrobe, I am selling some pieces on my Instagram shop @christinesclosetshop.
I’m currently drawing inspiration from these brands, or have a few of their pieces in my wardrobe.
Ali Golden ($$-$$$) - Accessible, adaptable modern women’s clothing
Elizabeth Suzann ($$$) - Thoughtfully designed timeless essentials
Eileen Fisher ($$$) - Simple and sophisticated basics
*Etiko ($$) - Fairtrade, organic, and vegan shoes
*Everlane ($-$$) - Ethically made and transparently priced basics
*Nisolo ($$) - Handcrafted and ethical leather shoes and accessories
*Nudie Jeans Co ($$$) - Organic cotton, non-toxic dye jeans with free repairs
Sseko Designs ($$) - Fair trade sandals and accessories empowering women
Though these brands aren’t in my current wardrobe, here are a few brands I admire and think are also great sustainable options.
*Amour Vert ($$-$$$) - Feminine pieces with sustainable fabrics and prints
Christy Dawn ($$$) - Sustainable floral dresses with a vintage feel
Cuyana ($$$) - Timeless and elegant pieces for an intentional wardrobe
KOTN ($-$$) - The essentials made from authentic Egyptian cotton
MATE the Label ($$) - Casual pieces made sustainably and ethically in DTLA
Reformation ($$-$$$) - Trendy pieces made from sustainable and deadstock fabrics
Two Fold Clothing ($$$) - Simple, easy clothing made in small batches
Vetta ($$) - Sustainable pieces for a conscious capsule wardrobe
For all the men out there, here are some options for you.
Apolis ($$-$$$) - Classic menswear and accessories made to drive social change
*DSTLD ($$) - Simply designed pieces made ethically and without the markup
*Outerknown ($$) - Durable, classic outerwear designed to last
*United by Blue ($$) - Sustainable materials and a mission to clean up the ocean
Footwear and accessories
Stay up on your feet with some of these quality made, sustainable shoe brands.
*Allbirds ($$) - Sustainable footwear made from wool
Fortress of Inca ($$$) - Fairtrade leather shoes, use ‘simplybychristine15’ to get 15% off
*Matt and Nat - Vegan shoes made sustainably
*Veja - Transparent and organic sneakers for casual wear
Want to find more brands?
I’d recommend checking out the following lists from other bloggers and websites.
Crossing Cue’s extensive list
Capsule Closet’s where to shop online
Style Bee’s style directory
The Good Trade’s fair trade fashion list
Here are a few key words or certifications I also like to look for when finding sustainable clothing brands:
If you like the minimalist, clean style brands that I’m mentioning, be sure to pin this post as more brands will be included on this guide in the future!