Sustainable Office Clothes for Women
Ah, office clothes. For some reason, the U.S. has decided that the key to looking “professional” is shrouding ourselves in polyester blends and calling it a day.
The kind of work clothes we associate with the corporate world were historically made with natural fibers. Think materials like cotton, silk, and fine wool.
But when I sat down to try to find some decent clothing for my “business casual” internship, there was hardly a natural fiber in sight. I was also trying to build a wardrobe on a very small budget, which made the task feel insurmountable.
This post is intended to provide options for sustainable office clothes for women that bridge the gap between sustainability and affordability.
While I am in agreement with most sustainable bloggers that truly sustainable goods must be biodegradable and small batch, I have also adopted a personal ethic that what I do in the world and what I buy in the world can balance each other out in terms of ethics. While I may not be able to buy a custom pair of pants right now, I can use what I can afford to do good work in the world.
With that in mind, the following options are natural-fiber based, sustainable, and/or ethical; made with high quality fabrics and finishings (that will hold up over time); and priced at under $150 a piece.
I understand that this will not be affordable for everyone. Indeed, it is not strictly affordable for me. This guide is meant to do the heavy lifting of finding the brands so that you can add to your wardrobe when necessary.
I suggest shopping secondhand as often as possible, and don’t feel bad about supplementing with the occasional non-ethical item when you need it.
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16 Brands That Offer Sustainable Office Clothes for Women
15 | Nisolo
Minimalist, ethical leather shoes and accessories in classic, business-appropriate cuts.
16 | Ponto Footwear
Made with renewable and compostable materials, Ponto makes a supremely comfortable unisex oxford.
For more shoe suggestions, see my post here: Sustainable + Comfortable Shoes For Service Workers
17 | Sela Designs
Add some simple, lightweight jewelry to your outfit. Sela Designs’ donates all proceeds to charity.