10 Affordable Sustainable Clothing Brands

This is for the ladies...

The list is finally here! I've been asked the question 'Are there any affordable sustainable brands?' more times than I can count, so I thought this list would be quite useful. Now, when I say 'affordable' I don't mean Forever 21 prices. I don't purchase often, so $50-$100 every blue moon is doable. This, to me, is as affordable a RESPONSIBLE product can be. If you are paying $10-$20 for a shirt, someone is {obviously} being taken advantage of. To me, a sustainable purchase is one you are going to {hopefully} carry around the rest of your life, and pass down to your children - hey, I love wearing my mom's clothes from the 80s. I want my garment to last more than 7, 10, 30 wears, and I want it to be made responsibly. By the way, did you know fast fashion companies purposely make garments to be worn roughly 7 times? Don't let them fool you... Gap, Free People, {aka most mall stores}.. they don't want your garment to last, either. They are selling you trends, and too many to keep up with in a year. I want my clothing to come from a brand who has a distinct personality and leaves trends on the waste side - a brand who pays attention to their carbon footprint, and treats their employees with respect. I love fashion and the art of constructing a garment, and our passion & support for the art doesn't have to stop because the industry has gone sour. We need to come together and support the brands who are allowing us to express ourselves through clothing in the most sustainable way possible. We don't need fashion to live, but it sure does make our life, our culture and our story much more colorful. So here is to supporting an art form, and to the wonderful makers allowing this to be responsibly possible...


1. LA RELAXED

One of the first favorites in my sustainable fashion journey, LA Relaxed has some of the most comfortable clothes around. Plus, they always keep style AND sustainability in mind. Their fabrics are extremely soft, and they love to work with tencel, organic cotton & modal {which is made from beech wood & cool fact: you don't have to take the entire tree down to produce the textile}. Dana Weinstein, their very own #GIRLBOSS, created LA Relaxed out of a need for a clothing brand which didn't sacrifice quality for style, and always kept the environment in mind. She, also, knew the importance of supporting local workers and paying fair wages for a job well done.


2. Stormie Dreams

Being your own manufacturer has its benefits. You get to see all the work put into your clothing, and find the problems first hand. Stormie Dreams saw an opportunity within a LA manufacturing warehouse with the waste leftover from cutting. Using the leftovers and end of bolts from other brands, Stormie Dreams started its venture. Their tagline Cut & Sew Couture is 'the art of designing and manufacturing limited edition couture pieces; individually cut and sewing for a #dreamgirl'. Creating comfortable confident clothing while making the least amount of impact on the earth, and philanthropy {The Penny Jar Project} is the life of the brand Stormie Dreams. 


3. Braintree

A UK based brand with eco-friendly fabrics and a slow fashion approach, Braintree has the mantra to live by when it comes to your clothing - ‘Wear Me, Love Me, Mend Me, Pass Me On’. You may remember them from the fall when I listed my Top 15 favorite pieces. I've worn my Check Dress more times than I can count, and my Kara Organic Cotton Chambray Dress will be no different. I'm a bit of a fabric snob, and this brand puts a lot of time and energy into finding the perfect textiles. Hemp, Bamboo, Natural Wool, Organic Cotton, Recycled Poly, Rayon & Tencel... every fabric is sustainably sourced! Plus, their design team is on point, and I'm always excited to see what they come up with next.


4. EcoVibe Apparel

A boutique & online shop, EcoVibe Apparel is a lovely space full of sustainable & trendy clothing {like the kind you wish your closet was made out of}. Their brick-and-mortar is based in my favorite US city, Portland, Oregon, and - good news for the rest of us - their online store ships worldwide. They carry ten brands within the shops, one of them being their own private line made right here in the USA and ethically imported abroad. EcoVibe's collection focuses on environmentally conscious fabrics like modal, tencel, bamboo and recycled fabric blends. Their designs are timeless, comfortable and perfect for the modern woman. 

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5. My Sister

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, MY SISTER is fighting sex trafficking and supporting positive futures for those rescued. The mission: "To create a world where all girls and women are employed to live free from a life of inequality and sex trafficking". For every purchase, 10% of the proceeds goes to support their non-profit partners working to end modern day slavery. MY SISTER takes it a step further and offers opportunity to women survivors by helping them start their professional career as an intern or supporting the makers like jewelry artisans in Nepal. In order for these women to thrive, they must have the necessary tools to do so - education and jobs are among the most important! 


6. Modernation

A business dedicated to reversing Fast Fashion, ModerNation sources vintage, deadstock & sustainable materials in Southern California giving you truly unique & eco-conscious pieces - so yeah, you probably won't run into your friend at the local coffee shop wearing the same thing. Not only are we supporting a small unique business, we are encouraging the use of already-made textiles. Instead of the previous garment sitting in a landfill and emitting harmful toxins into the air, this fabric has a happy home & a use all over again. 


7. Kestan

"At Kestan, we build our collections around the lifestyle a Kestan woman lives. We understand that every woman is multi-faceted, and we want to enable our customers to express their personality and ethics through their style. By embracing informed and modern design, we seek to offer a wardrobe for the fearless and spirited woman. Kestan is moving towards sustainable fashion practices through our organic cotton initiative. We want to use fabrics that are not only good for the body, but good for the planet as well. Look for our unique Kestan Organic tags to know which of our garments are organic." - kestan.co


8. True Ethic

"TRUE ETHIC exists to bring artisans, ethics, beauty, and shoppers together. We seek out the best national and international brands and artisans to represent in our shop.  We especially love to partner with Fair Trade and Social Entrepreneur brands that exist more to help others than to make a profit.  All of these brands empower women in at least one of the following ways: - through rescue or restoration from sex trafficking - providing education - giving the basic need of clean water. - poverty alleviation through well paid and consistent employment" - trueethic.com


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9. Aeon Row

"We meticulously design our clothing to feature details and silhouettes that have stood the test of time. The results are low-stress cool looks that never go out of style. We know that traditional fashion is a resource-intense industry. The average t-shirt requires 700 gallons of water and 1/3 pound of chemicals to be produced. At AEON ROW, the last thing we want is to add to the problem. We make all of our clothing from recycled yarn, which requires no land, water, chemicals, or cotton dyes to produce. This less-intense process also spares us production costs, allowing us to pass savings on to you." - aeonrow.com

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10. Encircled

BE MORE WITH LESS...is their motto! Encircled is a Canadian based sustainable clothing brand who creates for the stylish traveler {& your everyday busy body!}. They want you to be able to travel light while looking effortless at the same time. Imagine being able to put all your essentials into one carry-on. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Everything Encircled designs is multi-functioning and completely versatile. One of their pieces you can wear 8+ different ways! The fabrics they choose are comfortable and made to be packed - no worries about wrinkles, here. 


*Bonus*

If you have a little extra cash to spend...


A few more great lists:

10 Sustainably-Made Handbags & Totes For The Conscious Lady

9 Eco Products Helping You Go Zero-Waste

 

 

Thanks for supporting these makers, and, remember, sustainability isn't 'cheap' ;)

Bis,

Natalie Kay