Lucky for us, there are now hundreds of ethical clothing brands making cool clothes in all sorts of innovative ways. But just because it’s ethical doesn’t mean it’s practical. And just because it’s practical doesn’t mean it’s affordable.
To make life a little easier for you as you fill out your fall wardrobe, I’ve narrowed the list down to my top 10 ethical and affordable clothing and accessories brands. Every brand on this list makes items that are both fashion forward and versatile enough for a busy life, whether you’re a student, a mom, a freelancer, or anything else.
All brands offer items priced well below $200, with most items averaging around $40-80.00. When you consider that these items have been made by people who receive a fair wage and work in safe factories using organic and sustainable textiles, that’s not too shabby.
Tees, blouses, dresses, backpacks, and shoes made with transparency. Everlane is my go-to for knit cotton tees and dresses.
2. Amour Vert
Minimalist and feminine silhouettes made with ecologically sustainable textiles. I love Amour Vert’s contemporary-cut tops.
Versatile, organic cotton tops, skirts, and dresses made fairly. Synergy is my first stop for easy-to-wear skirts and dresses. Take an extra 50% off sale items through Labor Day with code, laborday.
4. LA Relaxed
Laid-back tees, skirts, and dresses made with ecologically sustainable textiles. LA Relaxed is for cool girls (and obviously we’re all cool girls).
Mix and match separates made with factory remnants in Cambodia. Their tees have a great drape.
Vintage-inspired tops, bottoms, dresses, and accessories made fairly with ecologically sustainable textiles. Braintree’s patterns and textures liven up a basic wardrobe.
Contemporary jewelry and sustainably-sourced leather bags. $5 off your first purchase when you click through the link above.
Versatile sandals, loafers, boots, and bags made ethically in Uganda and Ethiopia. My pick for loafers.
Converse look-a-likes out of Australia made with sustainable rubber, organic cotton, and vegan glues. Their high tops are just what I’ve been looking for.
Fair trade certified flats, loafers, and boots. Try their super comfy boots.
For me, it’s important that the clothes and accessories I buy have at at least something in common with the rest of my closet. Having access to brands that know how to make flattering, modern, comfortable pieces makes my life a lot easier.