Sustainably Chic

15 Sustainable Clothing Brands for the Minimalist

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

Like keeping your closet small? These brands are exactly what you've been needing to know about! Their minimalistic design and versatility will surely keep your closet to a minimum while feeling as if you have a lot to work with. 



The functionality & minimalistic design of Encircled garments make this brand one of the best for minimalist closets. Most of their garments can be worn more than one way. That means more versatility in a smaller closet. Not only are their clothes comfortable to wear, they are great for packing. You don't have to worry about wrinkling, and they don't take up too much space so you can pack light. Their choice of fabrics make garments last longer, too. Contrary to its other viscose cousins, modal {made from beechwood tree cellulose} is processed without chemicals through a closed loop process {meaning the water & solvents are continuously recycled}. It's a type of fabric that washes easy, and doesn't lose its wonderful properties. 



Something that stood out to me when I first went through Sassind's collection was their garment's versatility - they aren't made just for lounging. The silk collection can go from bedtime to out for a drink. Nothing more than a capsule wardrobe enthusiast could want than a garment you can use morning, noon & night! Plus, their palette of neutral colors and soft pastels is ideal for smaller wardrobes. Their collections consist of cashmere, merino, silk and the finest of cotton {with some french linen on the side, too}. They are easy to travel with, and paired with designs forgiving to any body type. 



I'm drawn to a 'clean' look, and Mila.Vert does is so effortlessly. Their timeless designs have added detailing giving them a modern day feel, and the fabrics are always so crisp & fresh. I love that they keep a minimal palette focusing on shades that are easy to wear, and pair with your existing closet. Transparency is a big deal to Mila.Vert. They want you to feel confident your clothing was produced ethically with the smallest carbon footprint as possible. In order for a brand to really keep track with how something is produced, they need to be near it. Therefore, Mila.Vert collaborates with two family-owned sewing companies, both located in  their home base of Slovenia.

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Echo + Air

This LA-based brand creates intentional designs meant to last year after year. Trends are cast aside, and the thought of practicality and longevity take over. Every piece is 100% cut & sewn in Los Angeles. Their local factory enables them to watch over the entire process, and pay their workers a fair wage. Even many of their fabrics are woven and knitted locally. They say, "We understand the importance of sustaining a local economy, producing small runs of well constructed clothing made only a few miles from our studio. We define sustainability through local manufacturing, eco-conscious textiles, and sound environmental practices." 

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Cosmos Studio

One of the most sustainable shirts on the market, not only is their design super practical, but extremely eco-friendly, as well. Their Gidelave™ technology is a color diffusion technology saving 95% of water and waste compared to traditional dyeing methods. & guess what - these shirts are unisex! So grab one for your man, too ;)

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Hope Made in the World

HOPE Made in the World's women's collection features effortless tees, sweaters and scarves. They cover all our favorite basic colors - black, white, greys and a gorgeous burgundy {which to me, is a must! It's one of those colors you don't tire from}. Serious about where their fabric is sourced, HOPE Made has been certified under the Child Labor Free mark which ensures every step of the manufacturing process is free from child labor and holds high ethical standards for the workers involved. Since HOPE Made does not produce everything in house or grow their own material working with certified farmers and factories, as well as logistic companies like eco-minded Verde, help keep the entire chain transparent and honest. 


Aeon Row

Great basics and an even greater concept. Aeon Row only uses recycled yarn to create their line. This means they don't require land, water, chemicals, or cotton dyes to produce! Having to use less resources also means having to spend less money so it ends up being better for our pocketbook, as well. They say, "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 love them for that!

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Wallis Evera

FINALLY, I can give a great answer when I'm asked, "Where can I find ethical women's workwear?". This is it!! It's sophisticated, classic & oh so 'green'. Every piece is ethically, locally & responsibly made in Canada. Their choice of fabric {oh, just one of my favorites} - hemp! One of the most eco-friendly fibers out there, hemp is naturally biodegradable and highly renewable. Wallis Evera says, "We serve women who want natural fibre, locally made, and sustainably produced clothing that's also suitable for the traditional office environment. We believe that clothes can be more than just cute or comfortable or highly functional. They can be an ethical statement".

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Eco Vibe

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 several brands within the shops, one of them being their own private line made right here in the USA and ethically imported abroad. This private label is great for basics and staple pieces! 



 1x1, an LA-based sustainable brand, is changing the way products are launched. They are taking our favorite wardrobe staples, giving them a conscious twist and releasing them one by one. By taking this approach, they are able to take the time to give you the best garment possible! Plus, they keep it local. The materials used for each design are sourced responsibly. For example, one of their partners is committed to sustainably produced wool, and it looks very luxurious! Also, in order to maintain quality control, fair practices and transparency, 1x1 uses factories in their hometown of LA. 


Good Apparel

An exceptional new clothing line, Good Apparel is raising the bar in sustainable fashion. Their minimalistic aesthetic paired with ethical manufacturing is something I know most of us will gladly stand behind {AND wear}. Their designs are so chic, they produce in small batches to avoid waste, they use eco-friendly and sustainable fabrics, they treat their workers fairly and they develop & manufacture everything in-house to maintain a smaller carbon footprint. Plus, they offer a custom inseam option so it is tailored for your height {or the shoes you would want to pair with them}. Good Apparel will release a small collection every 45-60 days so keep your eyes on them throughout the year.



Have you ever thought about the amount of chemicals the average t-shirt holds? From the pesticide-treated cotton to toxic azo-dyes for color, it seems as if every step of the way a new chemical is added into the mix. What we wear on our body, ends up in our body so why aren't we taking the necessary precautions when it comes to our clothes? Better yet, why not choose clothing that is actually beneficial to our body? With Sustain, you can! Sustain is made for everyday  - from work to home to dinner out. The best part of it all, not only are the fabrics eco-friendly but they benefit your health, as well. 


milo + nicki

A slow fashion, cruelty-free line that mixes and matches so seamlessly, Milo+Nicki is sure to bring your closet a conscious splash of color. Their fabric is handwoven in India all under fair practices and transparency. In the newest collection, The Bandhani, their fabric of choice is banana fiber which is biodegradable, sustainable, ethical, fair-trade, vegan, cruelty-free, and all handmade, hand-tied, & hand-dyed with plant-based indigo and madder root. Wow - say that 10x fast :D


Tribe Alive

A platform dedicated to women empowerment, Tribe Alive is a lifestyle brand helping raise women out of poverty all over the globe through gorgeous handmade clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories and home goods. They have partnered with talented artisans in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Honduras, and Fort Worth, Texas, and provide each worker with fair-trade wages, a  safe working environment and the power to choose their own future. Tribe Alive believes in transparency, and in order to know exactly where the product comes from {& who made it} they make sure they are on site when it is produced. This worldwide artistic collaboration is a positive business model setting an example for the rest of the industry. 



This cozy line is great for building a capsule wardrobe! Their mission is to provide comfort every day. YALA says, "No matter where life takes you, embrace your strengths, wear your passions, and find your comfort". Their designs are very classic and modern, yet they never sacrifice being cozy! The few pieces I have I could easily wear to bed and wake up the next day ready to go ;)