Sustainably Chic

10 Affordable Sustainable Clothing Brands

Conscious Lists, Conscious Lists Pt. 2Natalie Kay

{updated April 2019}

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 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...most mall stores don't want your garment to last, either. They are selling you trends, and too many to keep up within 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...


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pact

Probably one of the most affordable organic brands, Pact has you covered on any basic piece you can think of. I love their lace undies and bras, and Travis has a ton of their tees. Everything washes well, and stays nice & soft. I’m constantly looking at this brand online to see what new basics they come out with!


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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.


threads 4 thought

As much as I love dressing up, I would say my usual daily uniform is leggings and a tee. We start our morning out at the Y, and then the rest of the day I chase around a toddler. Threads 4 Thought fits right into my non-stop schedule! They only work with factories holding the highest certifications in the industry and ensuring the best working conditions possible. These factories also take sustainability into account every step of the way.


left edit

When I first saw this brand launch their Kickstarter last fall, I knew it was going to be a great success. The bold prints, versatile designs and style-driven attitude is what a lot of us women want in a conscious wardrobe. Left Edit leaves an impression behind, and it’s something new & refreshing to add to the sustainable fashion movement. This brand would be on the ‘high’ side of affordable, but worth every penny!!


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nobody’s child

This UK brand makes sure to partner with both local and international factories that ensure fair pay and safe working conditions. They are also big on eliminating textile waste so any leftovers are donated to fashion colleges in order to avoid the landfills. & I’m kind of obsessed with that skirt over there….


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face a la mer

Facε à La Mεr has teamed up with EarthPositive to produce all of their tees. They also have a strong code of ethics for their workers, and are members of the Fair Wear Foundation. Overall, with their GOTS Organic fabric and manufacturing process, they have reduced their carbon footprint by 90%.Facε à La Mεr was started by Gordon Fava, a scuba diver who is passionate about the state of our oceans. He decided to partner up with Project Aware, a global force of scuba divers who have been protecting our oceans for over 25 years.


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everlane

To be honest, I haven’t worn anything from this brand until very recently. I like to keep everything on my blog genuine, so knowing the product is super important. I decided to order a pair of jeans because I’m in need and the price was super reasonable. I think their line has every design to build the perfect capsule wardrobe. I’ll be sure to update this once I get to know my new denim!


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la relaxed

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. LA Relaxed is the brand to know, and I hope you fall in love with it as much as I have!!

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united by blue

This brand creates responsible durable goods perfect for outdoors. Not only are their designs thoughtful, they help clean up trash in the world’s oceans and waterways! So far they have removed 1,108,117 pounds of trash!! If you are in the market for a new flannel or coat, I highly suggest you check this brand out - snag one for your man, too!


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!


A few more great lists:

14 Affordable Sustainable & Fair Trade Handbags

9 Eco Products Helping You Go Zero-Waste

15 Sustainable Clothing Brands for The Minimalist

 

 

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

Bis,

Natalie Kay