Alternatives to Babaa Sweaters
Babaa has popularized the old school, classic knit sweater more than any other brand in the slow fashion niche. But their products, though beautiful, are quite an investment.
I have not personally tried a Babaa sweater, so I can’t verify if the quality warrants the amount of influencer buzz surrounding this sweater brand. But I do know that the vast majority of good reviews on social media seem to be from people who have received one of Babaa’s nearly $300 sweaters for free in exchange for a feature.
I’m an “influencer,” too, so I get it. I don’t doubt that Babaa makes a good product – not to mention a very sustainable one. But it can be really easy to let the enthusiasm of receiving such a luxury item for free bleed into an enthusiastic review that doesn’t account for the high investment.
Babaa also does this bizarre thing of offering all of their items in one-size-fits-all, which, in my experience, means one-size-fits-nobody-well.
I had initially thought this was because items were hand knit, and having a set size made the process easier for their knitters. But it turns out that the sweaters are machine-knit, so all I can do is shrug.
In any case, this post came about as a response to Babaa’s immense popularity and my desire to find some more affordable alternatives.
There are other ethical and transparent brands that make similar sweaters in 100% cotton and sustainable wool. There are also a bazillion lovely vintage wool sweaters available for sale online.
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9 Alternatives to Babaa Sweaters
1 | ABLE
Always a round-up favorite, ABLE recently released a few varieties of chunky-knit sweaters made with 100% organic, GOTS-certified cotton in an ethical factory.
XXS-3X, Under $160
2 | Quince
Quince uses Grade-A cashmere and a Manufacturer to Consumer business model to reduce waste from overstock in their supply chain. Learn more in my full review.
Sizes XS-XL, Under $150
Try the Boyfriend Cardigan (pictured).
3 | Tradlands
Ethically produced in 100% cotton, the Shelter cardigan is about $50 less expensive than Babaa, but comes in multiple sizes.
4 | Backbeat Co.
Made in an ethical factory with organic cotton.
Shop the Organic Cotton Tie Cardigan (pictured).
5 | Reformation
A curated collection of cozy sweaters made with recycled cashmere.
Shop the Luisa Cropped Sweater (pictured)
6 | Amour Vert
Made ethically with fully traceable, humane merino wool.
Shop the Penelope Sweater (pictured)
7 | People Tree
Classic knits made with 100% organic, fair trade certified cotton.
UK 8-16, ~$130
Shop the Rowena Cardigan (pictured)
8 | Toad & Co.
Using certified non-mulesed and OEKO-TEX certified wool, Toad and Co. is committed using 100% responsible wool by 2024. The brand is dedicated to using biodegradable fibers and responsible sourcing for all products.
Shop the Wilde Quarter Zip (pictured).
9 | Vintage
Don’t forget to look for vintage wool cardigans and sweaters on Etsy and Ebay. They’re numerous, and often available at a very good price. Once you see a style you like, try narrowing your search by brand name or key terms.
I often search for “Irish wool” if I’m looking for a thick, sturdy style.
Looking for more sweater options? Guide to Sustainable Sweaters