Sweater Weather: Where to Buy Cozy, Slow Fashion Sweaters

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Slow Fashion Sweaters: It’s Sweater Weather

Here in southern New England, temperatures dipped into the 40s last night. My wardrobe is still packed with t-shirts and lightweight denim, but I woke up this morning determined to begin the great fall transition, unpacking sweaters and long sleeve shirts from under-bed storage in preparation for the cooling days ahead.

Since this blog has been in business since January 2013, I like to look back over old posts (there are 1,000 of them!) before creating new content, on the off chance there’s a similar guide just waiting for an update. I was surprised to discover I didn’t have a post dedicated to ethical, sustainable, or slow fashion sweaters!

For me, sweaters must meet at least these three criteria:

  • Be comprised of predominantly natural fibers, like wool, cotton, or cashmere.
  • Feel relatively lightweight on my body (after all, they’re just one of many winter layers)
  • Be relatively easy to care for (for instance, they don’t pill a lot, droop with time, or require dry cleaning)

The slow fashion sweaters in this post find the balance between natural fibers, labor ethics, price point, and maintenance, in an effort to provide items that don’t exploit others while becoming staples in a long term wardrobe.

Price Ranges: $ = under $75; $$ = under $150; $$$ = over $150 // This post contains affiliate links and I may make commission on purchases generated from this post.

12 Brands that Carry Slow Fashion Sweaters

Ethical Sourcing + Natural Fibers

1 | ABLE

XS-XL. ABLE publishes their wages across production, and prioritizes the wellbeing of women. $$+


2 | Naadam

XXS-XXL. Naadam works directly with their herders, and ensures that suppliers pay a living wage. High quality, “heavenly soft” cashmere and loungewear. $+


3 | Tradlands

XXS-2XL. Prioritizing high quality fibers, production, and finishes, Tradlands produces in audited factories, making products built to last. $$$


4 | Patagonia

XS-XL. Patagonia has some of the most robust sustainability initiatives in the fashion world. The above sweater must made with recycled cashmere. $$-$$$


slow fashion sweaters - People Tree

5 | People Tree

S-L. Made in fair trade coops in Nepal and India, People Tree has been in the fair trade clothing business for nearly 30 years. $$$


6 | Tonle

XS-XXL. Fair trade and nearly zero waste, Tonle’s sweaters are appliqued and woven using fabric leftover from other production. $-$$


slow fashion sweaters - Made Trade

7 | Made Trade

XS-XL (varies by brand). A marketplace for artisanal ethical goods. $-$$$


8 | United by Blue

XS-XL. A certified B-Corp, United by Blue focuses on ethical production and super sustainable materials. $-$$


Natural Fibers (More Budget Friendly)

slow fashion sweaters - everlane

9 | Everlane

XXS-XL. Made with predominantly natural fibers, Everlane’s sweater collection is high quality, but not as ethical as the above options. $-$$


10 | LL Bean

XS-XL. Known for their excellent quality, LL Bean’s sweaters are built to last, though not verifiably ethical. $


11 | Madewell

XXS-3X (depending on style). Check for cotton, wool, and cashmere options from this quality brand. $-$$


slow fashion sweaters

12 | J. Crew

XXS-3X. Check for cotton, wool, and cashmere options. $-$$


Learn more about choosing ethical wool here.

Learn more about choosing ethical wool here.

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Leah Wise

Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.

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  1. I got mine from Etsy and Amazon

  2. Amour Vert generally has some lovely sweaters as well, although it looks like they don’t have a full cold-weather line up with wool in yet. I am tempted by them every year, although I resist because I don’t need more sweaters! They are tend to be on the pricier side though.

    1. I always forget about them, probably because they’re just outside my price range and skew a little more delicate than I normally go for stylistically. I just unpacked my sweaters from underbed storage and was surprised by how many I had!

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