Sustainably Chic

10 Sustainable Basics Brands that are Affordable, Organic & Fair

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

building practical wardrobes

What's a closet without your functional collection of basic pieces? Especially if you are interested in building a capsule wardrobe, basics are essential. We all love a good tee, cozy sweater and comfy everyday pants. Therefore, I thought'd I make a list to help your shopping list! 


1. Science of Apparel

"The New American Standard - The First Tees Guaranteed for Life" - If these tag lines don't resonate with you, I don't know what else will :P I am always talking about how low of a standard we have created within the fashion industry, and seeing brands bring up this issue makes me relieved! Gone are the days of the $5 tee {in my books, at least}, and with the textile industry being one of the biggest polluters in the world, it's great to find brands who are using science and sustainability to combat that problem. Science of Apparel has spent a full year of engineering fibers safe for this planet. Their process uses less water, less energy & creates less waste. Best part, this shirt is meant to wear for life.

2. Sustain

So plant dyeing is probably one of my latest obsessions. You probably recognize this brand from a few months ago because their dyeing process is pretty unique. Their Indigo shirt is dyed using a form of ayurvedic medicine called Ayuvastra, the notion your skin absorbs the chemicals {good or bad} within your clothing. 

Sustain just came out with a range of tanks {also plant-dyed but different formula than before} including this one I'm wearing here. It's amazing how you can get this color from plants - it is gorgeous! The Plant-dyed Racerback in Mauve is made from GOTS certified organic cotton fabric and thread, and naturally dyed with madder root and the heartwood of a logwood tree. The front and back dip down to give you the perfect coverage when paired with jeans. 

3. Encircled

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. Yes, Please!


4. 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!


5. 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}. 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. Their private line is full of great basics to add into your wardrobe! 

6. Hope Made in the World

HOPE Made in the World is here to help us transition into a more conscious wardrobe, starting with the essentials. They cover all our favorite basic colors - black, white, greys and a gorgeous burgundy. Most importantly, they are serious about where their fabric is sourced, and have been certified under the Child Labor Free mark which ensures every step of the manufacturing process is held to high ethical standards.



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 ;) 


8. 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 - & the jeans have been pretty wonderful! Looking forward to adding more pieces to my closet.


9. tonle

This brand makes zero-waste look so good. Every design from Tonle is made from dead stock fabric. Besides their great eco fashion practices, Tonle believes in hand made and creating fair work for their Cambodian makers. Their site even breaks down the impact you’ve made from buying a piece of their clothing - like how much water you saved, as well as emissions and pesticides avoided.



10. Organic Basics

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! 

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