Sustainably Chic

10 Affordable Sustainable Clothing Brands

Fashion, Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

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.  YALA

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 ;) 

2. Swap Society

Well, not a brand, BUT it doesn’t get much cheaper than this {not to mention, ecp}. Swap Society is the best online place for clothing swapping & has two types of monthly memberships - LUXE & BASIC. The site works on a point system. When you send your clothing in, a certain amount of points are awarded to you based on brand and quality of garment. With those points you are able to swap it for something of equal.


3. Thought Clothing

A UK based brand with eco-friendly fabrics and a slow fashion approach, Thought 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,  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. Soul Flower

With lots of hippy vibes, Soul Flower is a natural clothing brand for kind souls and free spirits. Their comfortable range features everything from dresses to leggings, and even some things for the guys and kiddos! Wearing one of their pieces will surely put a smile on your face :)

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. Pamut

Each piece from Pamut Apparel is made in small batches in Raleigh, NC with USA organic cotton. All of their prints are uniquely hand designed by local artists, and dyes are always low-impact. They even believe sustainable fashion should be cost conscious & available to everyone. Therefore, their prices are extremely fair for all the love that goes into creating the garment! 


If you are looking for plain tees, socks and undies, this is your place! They even have a range for men so you can stock up for your man, as well. I love using their bras for nursing since they are so easy to slide off the shoulder. Very comfy, and a great price at only $40. 



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." -

*use code CHIC15 for 15% off at checkout!*

10. Encircled

BE MORE WITH 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. 


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

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' ;)


Natalie Kay