Shopping Guide to Chic Ethical Fashion {Updated April 30, 2016}

Since my 2016 resolution is to buy only ethical clothes, I made this list to make it easier to find what I need. This is not a complete list; it only includes the sites I see myself shopping at. Fortunately, I’m still spoilt for choice.

Many brands are also sustainable, meaning they take the environment into account in making their pieces, but not all, so check for yourselves to make sure. I’ve also marked where you can find¬†affordable pieces (with some pricing on par with Zara and Urban Outfitters) and the ones that are luxury brands. Most brands fall in the middle.

This list doesn’t include seasonal items like swimwear and winter jackets, or accessories like bags or jewelry. I will make separate posts in the future.

A = affordable

L = luxury

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My Fave Shops

Christy Dawn Рvintage inspired dresses made in L.A. from deadstock fabric.

Edun¬†– (L)¬†Bono’s company that has¬†a fair trade partnership with African artisans.

Everlane Р(A) transparent pricing, ethical factories.

Gather&See РUK based. Carefully curated collections from the very best in sustainable fashion.

LemLem – founded by supermodel Liya Kebede, made in Ethiopia.

Loup – classic clothes with a vintage touch, made in New York

Maiyet Р(L) promotes self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship in developing economies.

People Tree Р(A) a pioneer in fair trade fashion.

Reformation Р(A) made in LA from sustainable fabrics and vintage garments.

Tempest + Bentley Р(L) sustainable knitwear sourced, designed and made in the US.

Zady Рconscious label and retailer featuring a story behind each product.

 

Ethical Apparel Labels

Ace & Jig РBrooklyn designers working with Indian textile makers.

Aiayu РDenmark label working with Bolivian artisans for sustainable knitwear.

American Giant – basics and active wear made in the USA.

Amour Vert¬†– sustainable¬†with a zero-waste philosophy. Buy a tee and they’ll plant a tree.

Apom Рfun modern label designed and made in Australia.

Appalatch¬†–¬†personalized, customizable knitwear made in the USA.

Arkins Рmade in Manhattan with sustainable standards.

Beaumont Organic¬†–¬†contemporary classics with¬†luxury organic, fairtrade and eco fabrics.

Behno Р(L) High quality & tailored pieces by artisans in India.

Bon George Рvintage inspired designs, ethically sourced and made in LA.

Chinti and Parker¬†–¬†British luxury ready-to-wear of quirky knitwear and basics.

Citizen’s Mark¬†– working women essentials‚ÄĒblazers.

Cossac Р(A) eco-friendly contemporary fashion.

Della Р(A) funky LA-based line working with a community in West Africa.

D√īen – US brand using local or ethical, women-owned factories overseas.

Eileen Fisher РUS made knitwear and basics. Plans to be 100% sustainable by 2020.

Elise Ballegeer Рstructured and elegant shirts and dresses.

Faircloth & Supply Рinspired by Japanese folkwear, supports girls education in Nepal.

Fonnesbech – Danish family-run heritage label with focus on sustainability. Buy on Yoox.

IGWT Рcontemporary apparel, accessories and more, made in NY.

Kate Spade On Purpose – accessories made in Rwanda.

Kowtow РNew Zealand label using 100% organic certified cotton.

Mata Traders Рfeminine dresses made by artisans in India and Nepal.

Naadam Cashmere – Sustainable cashmere company.

Organic by John Patrick Рquality organic basics.

Osei Duro РLA based, textiles and garments produced in Ghana.

Shaina Mote – LA based. Casual pieces with an edge.

Stella McCartney Р(L) РA vegetarian company committed to responsible sourcing.

StyleSaint Р(A) Luxe, sometimes sexy, essentials, made in LA.

Studio JUX – Amsterdam based with own ethical factory in Nepal.

St. Roche Рlaid back and edgy sustainable and trans-seasonal womenswear.

Tara Starlet Рvintage inspired label, sourced and made in London.

4 All Humanity (A) fair trade line of one-of-a-kind skirts, dresses and jackets.

 

Ethical Apparel Retailers

A Boy Named Sue РHong Kong online shop stocking cool clothes with a conscience.

Accompany¬†–¬†scours the globe for beautiful, one-of-a-kind finds.

ASOS Africa Рfair trade using African craftsmanship.

ASOS Green Room Р(A) an eco edit of dresses, accessories and beauty buys.

Elborne – Cruelty-free, ethical & sustainable online shop.

Ethica¬†–¬†learn about ethical fashion and discover emerging designers.

The Good Closet РCanadian online shop and studio for beautiful things.

Imby Р100% American made everyday essentials.

Kaight Shop РBrooklyn shop stocking sustainable indie pieces.

Lisa Says Gah РFeatures female designers who also use ethical production methods.

The Lost Lanes¬†– (A) UK’s largest ethical marketplace.

MadeFAIR Рsustainable, fair trade picks inspired by the Cambodian ex-pat lifestyle.

Maison de Mode¬†–¬†(L)¬†like a Net-a-Porter for leading ethical brands.

Modavanti – conscious clothing, beauty and products for the home.

New Left РAustralian online shop stocking contemporary pieces.

Styled by Africa Рcurated items from African, rooted in African heritage.

Swords Smith РBrooklyn store of high-quality goods made by skilled artisans.

Yooxygen¬†– Yoox.com’s eco edit.

 

Vintage, Upcycled or Preloved

ASOS Marketplace Р(a) indie labels and vintage boutiques.

Beyond Retro Р(a) vintage shop with 10 retail stores across UK and Sweden.

TraidRemade Рtrendy recycled fashion with profits going to charity.

Urban Renewal by Urban Outfitters Р(A) vintage, recycled, or remade pieces.

Vestaire Collective Р(L)  luxury resale and pre-owned designer.

 

Jeans

AG Jeans Рmostly made in the US with the environment in mind.

Imogene + Willie¬†–¬†made in Nashville using one of the oldest denim mills in the world.

Kuyichi Рorganic jeans, aiming for a completely closed loop collection.

Nudie Jeans Рunisex jeans with stores around the world.

 

Lingerie, Legwear & Loungewear

Alas Р(A) Sydney-based, organic sleep and loungewear label.

Alternative Apparel Р(A) a brand rooted in sustainable and Eco-friendly practices.

Ayten Gasson Рluxury silk lingerie made in Britain.

BaseRange¬†–¬†¬†a line of sustainable under and easy wear.

Between the Sheets Рlingerie and sleep wear made in the US with sustainable practices.

Braintree Clothing¬†– (A) Sustainable clothing‚ÄĒand socks.

Loom state Р(A) cool basics and loungewear made from organic cotton.

Miakoda Рeco-friendly and cruelty free basics and accessories.

Naja Р(A) fun lingerie line with a traceable supply chain and helps women.

Only Hearts Рlingerie made in NYC.

Pact Рorganic loungewear, legwear, PJs, socks and other basics.

Uye Surana Рbeautiful lingerie delicately made in NYC.

 

Yoga & Sportswear

Dear Kate Рyoga pants and lingerie made in NYC.

Icebreaker Рclothes including activewear, hoodies and jackets.

Prana Р(A) stylish and sustainable clothing for every activity.

 

Shoes

Brother Vellies Р(L) boots, shoes and sandals handmade in South Africa, Kenya and Morocco.

Coclico(L) luxury shoes with materials  sustainably sourced in Europe and made in Spain.

Ix Style Рcolorful Guatemalan sandals. Every sale helps provide clean drinking water.

Osborn – fair trade and made in small batches in Guatemala.

Sawa Shoes Р awesome sneakers made in Africa.

Sydney Brown Р(L) luxury footwear from ethical and sustainable production.

Yull – High heels and boots made in Britain.

 

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Thanks to the Ethical Writers Coalition for helping me compile this list. See more ethical shopping guides and resources from The Note Passer, EcoCult, Style Wise and Walking with Cake.

Will you be shopping more ethically this year? Let me know in the comments below.