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Sustainable Office Clothes for Women: 17 Thoughtful Brands

Sustainable Office Clothes for Women
The Blazer Dress by VETTA

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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17 Brands That Offer Sustainable Office Clothes for Women

Sustainable Office Clothes for Women

1 | American Giant

American Giant produces their collection ethically in the US, with a priority on natural fibers when possible. Their No-BS pants are made with a custom-developed ponte fabric and fit tested on 65 women. See my review here.

Sizes 0-16

SHOP AMERICAN GIANT

2 | People Tree

Fair trade, organic cotton and linen separates with classic lines and wearable colorways.

Sizes UK 8-16

SHOP PEOPLE TREE

Sustainable Office Clothes for Women

3 | Amour Vert

Soft, sustainable fibers and classic, feminine lines inspired by vintage clothing.

Sizes XS-XL

SHOP AMOUR VERT

4 | Everlane

Everlane has drawn ire (my ire, in fact), but the fact remains that they offer a nice range of business casual attire, with an increasing amount of items made with recycled or organic fibers, and traceable (if not totally transparent) factories.

Sizes XS-XL

SHOP EVERLANE

5 | Eileen Fisher

A classic for a reason, Eileen Fisher has been making organic, ethical clothes for working women for decades.

Sizes XS-3X

SHOP EILEEN FISHER

Sustainable Office Clothes for Women

6 | Universal Standard

With an emphasis on size accessibility, Universal Standard has a social mission and nice selection of work basics, though not all items are made with sustainable fibers.

Sizes 00-40

SHOP UNIVERSAL STANDARD

Sustainable Office Clothes for Women

7 | Tradlands

With a focus on high quality, natural fiber button-up blouses, sweaters, and more, Tradlands offers traditional menswear tailoring with a modern, feminine twist.

Sizes XXS-3XL

SHOP TRADLANDS

8 | Kotn

Streamlined and refined cotton basics made with Egyptian cotton with responsible sourcing and production.

Sizes XS-XXL

SHOP KOTN

Sustainable Office Clothes for Women

9 | Symbology Clothing

Specializing in hand block-printed fabrics in soft, feminine shapes.

Sizes XS-3X

SHOP SYMBOLOGY

10 | Brass Clothing

Brass makes classic, easy-to-wear work clothes intended to work toward slow fashion’s goal of “fewer, better things.”

Sizes XXS-3X

SHOP BRASS

Sustainable Office Clothes for Women

11 | Maven Women

Dedicated to women’s rights, restorative justice, and fair trade principles. Makes business-appropriate attire.

Sizes XS-XL

SHOP MAVEN WOMEN

12 | Grammar NYC

Home of fashion-forward, crisp white shirts designed sustainably and ethically.

Sizes 0-14

SHOP GRAMMAR NYC

13 | Ode to Sunday

Minimalist and modern, work appropriate tops, pants, and dresses in linen and other natural fibers.

Sizes XS-XL

SHOP ODE TO SUNDAY

14 | VETTA Capsule

VETTA produces capsule collections made to mix and match seamlessly. Made in USA with sustainable materials.

Sizes XS-XL

SHOP VETTA CAPSULE


Footwear

15 | Nisolo

Minimalist, ethical leather shoes and accessories in classic, business-appropriate cuts.

SHOP NISOLO

16 | Ponto Footwear

Made with renewable and compostable materials, Ponto makes a supremely comfortable unisex oxford.

SHOP PONTO

For more shoe suggestions, see my post here: Sustainable + Comfortable Shoes For Service Workers


Jewelry

17 | Sela Designs

Add some simple, lightweight jewelry to your outfit. Sela Designs’ donates all proceeds to charity.

SHOP SELA DESIGNS


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Ophelia

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

I find the Vetta capsule really appealing--I haven't ordered from them personally (using what I have is the ultimate minimalist platform for now. Sometimes, it's enough to just "shop" my closet and RETHINK what I own and how it can be paired in a more professional way. Good luck!

Leah Wise

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

I can't believe I forgot about them! Yes, I really like their silhouettes and capsules. I started the job Monday and am realizing that I do have some things - like work appropriate dresses - I can make use out of, but I'm still struggling when it comes to appropriate shoes and pants. The good news is that once I have a critical mass of items, I can wear them for future internships and jobs.

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