The Top 10 Most Ethical Fashion Brands You Should Check Out

Check out these 10 ethical fashion brands to build a wardrobe of ethical outfits in style.

Fast fashion has given us a lot of things, and ethical clothing is not one of them. Yes, you can change your style every week without breaking the bank, but let’s be real — these clothes are both cheaply made and endanger the lives of people (watch The True Cost on Netflix). Let’s return to the times where we can keep a dress for 30 years without fear that it will have rips, tears, and hanging threads. And, you can even wear that dress again in 30 years when it comes back into style. The quality pieces that I’ve gotten from these brands legitimately feel better, sturdy, durable. Go to these 10 brands for timeless pieces. 

 

 

1. Reformation

Why Is It ethical:

Reformation has a holistic standard for their fiber selection before the clothes are even made, as they report that 2/3 of the sustainability impact happens at the raw materials stage in fashion. Reformation considers water input, energy input, land use, eco-toxicity, greenhouse gas emissions, human toxicity, availability, and price. Read more about their practices here — they are truly making an impact!

What should I Buy Here:

You can literally buy anything here. The fit of the garments are impeccable. Because you can’t go wrong, I would get basic dresses and pants that fit you very well, and also get the boldly feminine, fashion-forward items.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $30 – $500.

2. Réalisation par

Why IS It ethical:

Réalisation par uses silk for all of its clothing, and silk is a sustainable fabric because it’s biodegradable. However, silk is not a vegan-friendly fabric and we don’t know where they are producing their clothes. But, they are committed to creating individual pieces rather than collections, which would lessen their waste overall.

What should I Buy Here:

Because Réalisation par creates individual pieces to accent your personal style, you should go here if you want a piece that will make you look like a goddess. They sell silk dresses, skirts, and tops. If you want to look beautiful, and like a femme fatale, try one of their daring dresses and you won’t be disappointed.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $140 – $250.

3. tonlé

Why IS It ethical:

Tonlé is a zero-waste fashion brand, which means that they use scrap waste from mass clothing manufacturers to make their garments and use every last thread of the scrap waste. They even let you see the environmental impact of each piece by showing you the amount of water, chemical and pesticides, and carbon that went into making the garment. Learn more about their philosophy here.

What should I Buy Here:

Tonlé has beautiful dresses and sweaters with intricate, unexpected prints. Go here if you want pieces that have an easy elegance about them and if you love texture.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $40 – $220.

4.  Aritzia

Why IS It ethical:

Aritzia is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where they help solve industry-wide sustainability problems. Their corporate responsibility statement covers a range of topics, such as sustainable denim, sustainable and responsible materials for their products, energy efficiency, recycling, transparency about their supply chain, upholding human rights, and empowering women and girls. If you want to learn more about Aritzia’s policy go here.

What should I Buy Here:

Aritzia is the perfect place to get your basics, whether its a sweater for the winter or slacks for work. These are timeless pieces that will always look classy. If you want to look refined and elegantly cool, get their pants, jackets, and intricately designed tops.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $20 – $475.

5.  Everlane

Why IS It ethical:

Everlane spends months trying to find the best factories all over the world, and they give each factory a compliance audit that evaluates factors like fair wages, reasonable hours, and environment. They even give you access to learning about each of the factories they source from in the world. Everlane also has a motto of radical transparency. They reveal the true costs behind their products to the customers, from materials to labor to transportation. Learn more here.

What should I Buy Here:

Go to Everlane for fantastic quality basics. They have classic shoes, sweaters, work shirts, and tee shirts. These basics will last you decades and will always look in style.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $15 – $265.

6. Eileen Fisher

Why IS It ethical:

Eileen Fisher has extensive information about their sustainability practices, where you can go Behind the Label. You can see their factories in the USA (25% of their clothes come from New York and California), organic fibers, sustainable fibers, certified dying, fair trade practices, human rights practices, supply chain, etc. There’s so much to unpack so check it out.

What should I Buy Here:

If you need the highest quality basics, go to Eileen Fisher. These are perfect black, grey, and white staples that will go with anything in your wardrobe. Go for the classic tops and pants. You can even filter by their sustainable practices when shopping online.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $70 – $740.

7. American Apparel

Why IS It ethical:

American Apparel is sweatshop-free, with a workforce of over 48,000 people. Production employees earn more than the legally mandated minimum wage, receive 24-hour access to onsite medical clinics, receive free transportation to and from work, receive subsidized meals, and have access to financial aid programs. American Apparel also use The Biotip, a 100% natural way to treat and filter used water. Check out more here to learn about their practices.

What should I Buy Here:

American Apparel has both basic and trendy pieces. Go here if you want to add flair to your personal style with their cool skirts, pants, tops, and bodysuits to look California cool.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $15 – $120.

8. Hackwith Design House

Why IS It ethical:

Hackwith Design House’s pieces are made in-house in their Minnesota studio. They reduce waste by making orders at the time a customer purchases the item, as well as having a limited edition design every week with no more than 25 made of each design. They even allows customers to send back their worn and used Hackwith Design House items, which go to their Sustain Shop. See the Sustain Shop here.

What should I Buy Here:

Go to Hackwith Design House for gorgeous, feminine pieces. Particularly, their beautiful blouses and dresses will catch anyones attention. Also, their HDH Basic collection is impecabble, where you can get basic items that are at a whole new level of sophistication and class, and some items have multiple ways to wear them.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $70 – $2,200.

9.  Mara Hoffman

Why IS It ethical:

Mara Hoffman’s approach to sustainability involves responsibly sourced organic, recycled, and regenerated materials, responsible manufacturing, alliances with organizations and partners, and operating guidelines that adhere to internationally-accepted environmental and human rights standards. You can check for more information here.

What should I Buy Here:

Go to Mara Hoffman if you want to find cool, architecturally-crafted design. Their top, dresses, and jumpsuits will are amazing conversation pieces. These clothes are perfect for someone who wants both structure and femininity.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $175 – $2,100.

10.  Patagonia

Why IS It ethical:

Patagonia is the OG sustainable fashion brand. For almost 40 years, Patagonia has joined the environmental activist community and supported grassroots efforts to find s a solution to the environmental crisis. They also pledge 1% of sales or 10% of pre-tax profits (whichever is greater) to environmental groups. Patagonia monitors their whole supply chain, and they provide information about each manufacturer. Check out their loads of information here.

What should I Buy Here:

Patagonia is where you go for all things outdoor, whether you need a jacket, sweater, vest, pullover, fleece, or warm pants. If you need to keep warm and get pieces that last for decades, this is the place to go. And, as a bonus, their clothes are well crafted and stylish.

 How Expensive is it:

Prices on average range from $35 – $400.

What’s your favorite ethical fashion brand? Comment below.

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