Affordable Ethical Fashion Under $50, $100 & $150

This is the first post in my new budget buys series to help more people shop consciously.

I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time because I know that price is the main deterrent for most people when it comes to switching over to ethical and sustainable fashion.¬†In compiling this superlist of affordable ethical fashion brands, I was surprised by how many options we have now, not just in the US, but in Canada, UK, India, and other countries.¬†Many companies are online only, with direct-to-consumer models, which allows them to pass on the savings to us by cutting out the middleman.

The first section is a general list of brands, followed by sections for online secondhand/consignment stores, ethical lingerie + sleepwear, ethical activewear + loungewear, ethical swimwear, ethical shoes, ethical jewelry, ethical accessories, and ethical gifts. Some shops have clothes for men and children as well.

The country of each company is noted for those who want to know where their items are being shipped from to keep custom fees in mind. The default prices are USD while other currencies are listed when relevant.

While we can’t expect the dirt-cheap prices of fast fashion, ethical fashion items under $50, $100, and $150 are reasonable price points when investing in quality. If you have a lower budget than that, I always recommend thrift and vintage shops, where I’ve been able to find cool stuff under $30. The section on online secondhand shops will help if you don’t have great thrift stores in your area.

If you want to look at the stuff I’ve curated in a pinch, I’ve started a Pinterest board for affordable ethical fashion. I’ll be updating this board as I discover new items.

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AFFORDABLE ETHICAL BRANDS + RETAILERS

EVERLANE (US) – A lot of my basics are from Everlane. It’s easy to build a good quality capsule wardrobe with their items. I either own or am about to own the following picks under $50: Cotton V-neck tee ($18), Pima Stretch Turtleneck ($32);¬†Packable Backpack ($35); under $100: ¬†Oversized Fleece Half Zip¬†($50),¬†Wide Leg Pants ($68),¬†Cheeky Straight Jean ($78); under $150: Cotton-linen Blazer ($145), Day Heel ($145).

FRANK AND OAK (Canada) РSustainable label using eco-conscious materials. Most of their clothes are under $150. My picks under $50: Organic Cotton Tank ($22 / C$29.50), Organic Cotton Boy Tee ($22 / C$29.50); under $100: Recycled Packable Windbreaker ($97 / C$129), TENCEL Jumpsuit ($97 / C$129); under $150: Palace Chelsea Boot ($123 / C$165), Organic Denim Jacket ($112 / C$149).

PEOPLE TREE (UK) РSustainable and fair trade fashion. They often have sales. My picks under $50: Organic Cotton Leggings ($34), Emery Top ($48); under $100: Cat Robe ($77), Yoga Abstract Leggings ($71), under $150: Bella Wide Leg Trousers ($129), Adele Meadow Dress ($148).

MATA TRADERS (US) – Vintage-inspired, fair trade fashion made in India and Nepal. Lots of dresses under $100 and a sale section. My picks: Delia Wrap Dress ($86), Aloha Midi Dress ($98), Ruffled Midi Dress ($98),

PASSION LILIE (US) РFashion designed in New Orleans and made in fair trade factories in India. Many items seem to be under $85, and they have a great sale section. My picks: Pink Pomegranate Dress ($76), Just Peachy Floral Wrap Dress ($86), Georgia Wrap Dress ($90).

VETTA (US) РVersatile and sustainable capsule wardrobe essentials. My picks: Gathered Sleeve Wrap Top, Lace Button Up Blouse ($99), Every Day Pant ($129), Square Neck Midi Dress ($150

KOTN (Canada) –¬†Ethically-made quality basics. B Corporation. They have a sale section. My picks under $50: Square Neck Tank (C$25), Mock Neck Tank (C$28),¬†Fitted Crew Tee (C$30); under $100: Culotte Sweatpants (C$85), Mock Neck Sweatshirt (C$85).

TAMGA DESIGNS (Canada) РColourful, sustainable clothes and accessories made ethically abroad. My picks under $50: Hana Headband ($22), Oritz Anklet ($41); under $100: Mila Off-the-Shoulder Top ($59), Gita Pants ($63), Zane Maxi Kimono ($78); under $150: Annisa Dress ($126), Bethari Dress ($126).

DOODLAGE (India) РUpcycled and recycled clothing. My picks under $50: Ethical AF Eye Mask ($7), Overlap Pants ($48); under $100: Front Knot Jumpsuit ($82), Striped Kahlo Dress ($97); under $150: Floral Gathered Dress ($104), Floral Bow Dress ($104).

THE SUMMER HOUSE (India) РSustainable clothes, swimwear, and homeware made in India. My picks under $50: Harper Fox Top ($42), Rustic Platter ($28); under $100: Boyfriend Shift ($62), Arandi Dress ($92); under $150: Piko Dress ($121), Hersh Dress ($142).

NO NASTIES (India) РOrganic fair trade cotton clothing. My picks under $50: Flared Tank Top ($28), Oasis Dress ($50); under $100: Merak Wrap Skirt ($62), Carina Shirt Dress ($92); under $150: Oxford Jumper Dress ($120).

REFORMATION (US) РReformation is popular for their sexy sustainable dresses, which are usually over $150, but they have affordable denims and tops. Look out for the occasional sale. My picks under $50: Perfect Vintage Tee ($28), Bardot Top ($48); under $100: Alexis Top ($78); High & Skinny Jeans ($98); under $150: Eloise Jean ($128), Hart Top ($148).

LA CAUSA (US) РCalifornia chic fashion made in LA. They have a good sale section. My picks under $50: Racer Slip ($48), Frank Tee ($48); under $100: Button Cami ($58), Triangle Bikini Top ($75); under $150: Tallulah Dress ($102), Sunflower Dress ($140), Rosie Jumpsuit ($124).

KNOWN SUPPLY (US) – Quality tees that you can customize, made in ethical factories abroad. My picks: Women’s Fitted Crew ($28), Women’s Long Sleeve ($36), Almond Showdown Striped Tee ($44), Leigh Maxi Skirt ($65), Petra Jumpsuit ($65).

KROCHET KIDS (US) РClothes, knitwear, and accessories ethically made abroad. Many of their items seem to be under $50 right now. My picks: Dress sale ($25), Hawthorne Beanie ($36).

ASOS ECO EDIT (UK) – The big online retailer’s sustainable section. My picks under $50: Linex Coral Pajama Top ($24), Eco Boxy Sweater ($43); under $100: Organic Cotton Mom Jeans ($64),¬†Organic Cotton Mini Skirt ($72).

THOUGHT CLOTHING (UK) РSustainable clothes, socks, loungewear. My picks under $50: Naturegram Bamboo Thought Scarves ($18 / £23), Spring Flower Socks Box ($32 / £25); under $100: Tegora Ikat Print Hemp Dress ($91 / £70), Rosabel Paperbag Waist Hemp Trousers ($91 / £70); under $150: Vase Print Tencel Dress ($116 / £89), Dominika Kimono Sleeve Tencel Maxi Dress ($116 / £89).

SIIZU (US) РEthical fashion, jewelry, and homeware. My picks under $50: Plant Lady Tee ($32), Alice Knot Earrings ($35); under $100: Vina Turtleneck ($65), Pearl Hexagon Necklace ($85).

SYMBOLOGY (US) – Feminine fashion designed in the US and ethically made in India. While their regular pieces are from $140-$180, they do have a sale section with great dresses under $120.

TONL√Č (US) – Zero waste fashion made in an ethical factory in Cambodia. My picks: Nataly Dress ($65), Mekong Wrap Dress ($86), Lillian Dress ($84).

SYNERGY CLOTHING (US) РSustainable and organic fair trade clothing made in Nepal and India. A B Corp. My picks: Barre Wrap Top ($56), Camila Wrap Dress ($85), Wave Print Havana Dress ($106).

LIZ ALIG (US) РFair trade fashion made with recycled and sustainable materials. Dresses and jumpsuits under $120, and they have a good sale section. My picks: Savannah Jumpsuit ($52), Charlotte Dress ($75).

GROCERIES APPAREL (US) РCasualwear made with organic or recycled fabrics. My picks: Organic Cotton Cami Crop ($48), Organic Cotton and Recycled Plastic Della Hoodie ($88), Montclair Mock Neck Dress ($128).

MARCELLA MODA (Bulgaria) РMinimalist, effortless clothing made ethically in Bulgaria. My picks: Party Top ($65), Black Dress ($98), Boxy Oversized Hoodie ($115), Hoodie Sweatshirt Dress ($115).

SIMONE’S ROSE (Canada) – Sustainable fashion made in the designer’s Canadian studio. My picks: Reversible Tank Top ($38),¬†BeckyB Wrap Dress ($106).

ECOVIBE APPAREL (US) РAffordable ethical online retailer. My picks: Bamboo Wrap Bodysuit ($42), White Linen Culotte ($89), Andrea Midi Dress ($89).

ASH & ROSE (US) РOnline retailer of curated ethical fashion and accessories. My Picks: Crystal Cuff Bracelet ($30), Raw Silk Speckle Crop Top ($68), Cinta Fringe Top ($70).

 

AFFORDABLE SECONDHAND + UP-CYCLED FASHION

THE REALREAL (US) РOnline luxury consignment store. Has a good sale section. My picks under $50: Boy. by Band of Outsiders Sweater ($35), FRAME Le Crop Jeans ($35); under $100: Alexander Wang Striped Top ($52), Reformation Midi Dress ($66); Under $150: Brian Atwood Velvet Boots ($101), Moschino Wool Jacket ($115).

THREDUP (US) – Fashion resale website for consumers to buy and sell secondhand clothing online. Ships to US and now Canada. A lot of options and very affordable. Tip: do a search for your favourite mid to high-end label and the category you’re looking for, ex: “J.Crew blazer,” “Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress,” etc., or shop by brand.

VESTAIRE COLLECTIVE (different countries) – Authenticated pre-owned luxury fashion from sellers around the world. Shipping fees depends on where the seller is from.

URBAN OUTFITTERS VINTAGE (US) – The trendy retailer’s vintage section, often up-cycled. My picks:¬†Recycled Levi‚Äôs Basic Denim Short ($49),¬†Tie-Dyed Sweatshirt ($59), Linen Midi Dress ($69).

EBAY (different countries) – I use this online auction site to buy designer fashion and pricier ethical fashion. If there’s a specific item or brand you want to keep an eye on, save your searches, and keep an eye out. I like to use the Ebay app for this.

ETSY (different countries) – Handmade and vintage goods from different sellers. The choices can be intimidating. Here are some affordable vintage sellers I follow: Granta and Garbo, SL Vintage, Time Travel Fashions.

SWAP.COM¬†(US) – The largest online consignment and thrift store for women’s and men’s apparel, baby, kids’ items, and accessories. Note they only ship within US for now.

ASOS VINTAGE (different countries) –¬†Rare clothing and accessories from boutiques around the world is ASOS’ online marketplace. Search boutique by your country on the lefthand side.

RENT THE RUNWAY (US) – Rent clothes for special occasions with the option to buy what you rent at a discount. Their sale section also allows you to own previous rentals.

 

AFFORDABLE ETHICAL LINGERIE + SLEEPWEAR

AZURA BAY (Canada) РCurated collection of ethically made & eco-friendly lingerie, swim & loungewear. My picks: Mesh Floral Bralette ($52), Dolores Cami Bralette ($59), Only Hearts PJ Set ($149).

ORGANIC BASICS (Denmark) – Women and men’s underwear made from organic cotton. Get 10% off with code¬†TERUMOBC

PACT (US) – Fair trade underwear and clothes made with organic cotton. Get 20% with this link.

UYE SURANA (US) – Delicate lingerie handmade in NYC. Each piece is usually $50-$75. Has a sale section.

CHAKRA INTIMATES (US) РEco-friendly, spiritually inspired lingerie. My picks: Valiant Bikini Brief ($38), Harmony Bra ($70), Resonance Robe ($128).

THINX (US) – Period-proof underwear using ethical and sustainable manufacturing.

THE ETHO (US) – Retailer of ethical fashion, beauty, gifts, and more. My picks: Petal Bathrobe ($60), Pink Blush Cotton PJs ($105)

Also: EVERLANE, PEOPLE TREE, REFORMATION, THOUGHT CLOTHING.

 

AFFORDABLE ETHICAL ACTIVEWEAR + LOUNGEWEAR 

GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE (US) РEco-friendly activewear made from recycled bottles. My picks: Paloma Bra ($38), Margo Wrap Top ($38), Compression High-Rise Leggings ($68).

ATHLETA (US) РBig fitness brand owned by Gap, but they are a B Corp and 60% of their materials are made with sustainable fibres. My picks: Hyper Focused Sports Bra ($49), Essence Tank ($49), Contender Shorts ($59), Elation Tights ($89).

ALTERNATIVE APPAREL (US) РResponsibly made basics, loungewear, and activewear made with organic cotton or recycled polyester. My picks: Eco-Jersey Hoodie ($46), Cozy Pullover Hoodie ($46), Eco-Fleece Jogger Pant ($54).

MIAKODA (US) РFair trade and sustainable fashion made in NYC! My picks: Zero Waste Headband ($14), Bamboo Moon Athletic Bralette ($60), Bamboo Crescent Moon Athletic Yoga Shorts ($72).

OUTDOOR VOICES (US) – Ethical brand with some sustainable fabrics. My Picks: Steeplechase Bra ($45),¬†Women’s Tech Kit ($95), Exercise Dress ($100).

Also for loungewear: EVERLANE, LA CAUSA, ASOS ECO EDIT, THOUGHT CLOTHING.

AFFORDABLE ETHICAL SWIMWEAR

SUMMERSALT (US) – Direct-to-consumer designer swimwear using recycled materials and packaging. My picks: The Marina ($95), The Babba ($95), The Voyager ($95).

HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE (US) РSwimwear made with recycled fibres in Minnesota. My picks: Wrap Top ($92), Knot One Piece ($132), Retie One Piece ($138).

VITAMIN A Р(US) РMade in the USA with recycled fibres. My picks: Neutra Bralette Bikini Top ($98) and matching bottom ($99), Sienna Tank Bikini Top ($106) and matching bottom ($105).

BIKINI EMPIRE (Canada) – Comfortable swimwear made in Vancouver. My picks: Miss Parker Top (C$88) and matching bottom (C$74), Betty Draper (C$159).

SWOON SWIMWEAR (US) – Reversible Swimwear made in the US. My picks: Leopard Print Bikini Top ($55) and matching bottom ($50).

Also: AZURA BAY, REFORMATION, ATHLETA, LA CAUSA.

 

AFFORDABLE ETHICAL SHOES

MATISSE FOOTWEAR (US) РShoes made with fair labor standards and penchant for small-scale artisanal production in family-owned factories. Options for vegan shoes. My picks: Catalina Slide Sandals ($30), Pebble Sandals ($30), Astoria Boots ($90), Paris Heeled Sandal ($115).

ABLE (US) РEthically made shoes, bags, jewelry, and accessories. My picks: Joselyne Double Strap Sandal ($78), Gisela Sandal ($88), Mary Sandal ($128).

CASTANER (different countries) РClassic Espadrilles from the famed Spanish label. I buy from MatchesFashion because duties are included in the price. My picks: Carina 60 ($85), Campesina 30 ($107).

ROTHY’S (US) – Washable, woven flats made from recycled plastic. My picks: The Sneaker ($125), The Point ($149).

ALLBIRDS (different countries) – Comfortable walking shoes made with natural and recycled materials. B Corp. The Wool Runners are $95.

THE BENDY (US) РComfortable walking shoes handcrafted in Los Angeles. Under $150.

VEJAS (US) Р Sneakers made from organic or recycled and fairly traded cotton for the canvas of the shoes and wild & fairly traded rubber for the soles. Recycled plastic bottles are also used to create technological fabrics. All products are made in a high standard factory in Brazil. $95-$150.

Also: FRANK AND OAK, EVERLANE.

 

AFFORDABLE ETHICAL JEWELRY

CATBIRD (US) РEthically sourced jewelry made in Brooklyn. Price range varies and there are plenty of pieces under $150. My picks: Yellow Gold Mignon Memory Ring ($48), Silver Dollhouse Locket ($58), Yellow Gold Twisted Stacker Ring ($78) Yellow Gold Kitten Mask Charm ($78), Brass Zodiac Ring ($124).

KIND KARMA (Canada) РEmploys at-risk and transitioning homeless youth to handcraft quality jewelry. My picks: Raw Apatite Crystal Stud Earrings ($30 / C$40), Aquamarine Necklace ($33 / C$45), Cactus Necklace ($39 / C$52), Clarity Necklace ($43 / C$58).

MEJURI (US & Canada) – Direct-to-consumer jewelry and accessories. They have a whole selection of jewelry under $150. The¬†Travel Case ($85) looks handy. (Here’s my honest review of Mejuri jewlery.)

BY / NATALIE FRIGO (US) РGorgeous jewelry made with recycled material and ethically-sourced gems, handcrafted by Natalie in her US studio. Lots of great pieces under $120, and they have a sale section. My picks: Birds and Clear Lucite Earrings ($70), Tiny Cat Cuff ($75), Cow Skull Ring ($95), Deco Beryl Ring ($105), Deco Small Agate Pendant ($110).

Also: ASH & ROSE, GOOD GIFTS, SIIZU, ECOVIBE APPAREL.

 

AFFORDABLE ETHICAL BAGS + ACCESSORIES

PALA (UK) РSustainable sunglass brand that gives back. My picks: Itri Sunglasses ($91), Vrede Sunglasses ($98), Meria Sunglasses ($104).

WARBY PARKER (US & Canada) – Direct-to-consumer eyeglasses and sunglasses with a social mission. My picks: Remy Eyeglasses ($95), Percey Wide Eyeglasses ($95), Nancy Sunglasses ($95), Evelina Sunglasses ($145).

CUYANA (US) РTimeless apparel and accessories. Get their leather goods monogrammed. My picks: Silk Stripe Scarf ($45), Crossbody Pouch ($115), Leather Zip Wallet ($115), Mini Circle Belt Bag ($140).

BAGGU (US) РTrendy reusable bags, backpacks, totes, and more. My picks: love all the Market Plaid resusable bags ($10-$32), 3D Zip Set ($34), Fanny Pack ($48), School Back Pack ($60).

MOTHER ERTH (US) – Eco-friendly and upcycled bags. My picks: Silver Woven Handbag ($85),¬†White Woven Shoulder Bag ($90), Artisan’s Choice Tote ($90).

ROUND + SQUARE (US) РConscious fashion brand with a focus of scarves and shawls. My picks: Girl Power Silk Bandana ($58), Girl Power Tee ($50).

Also: EVERLANE, ETSY, KROCHET KIDS, ASH & ROSE.

AFFORDABLE ETHICAL GIFTS

ACCOMPANY (US) – Conscious online retail shop for fashion, homeware, and gifts. They’ve filtered gifts under $25, under $50, and under $100. They also have a good sale section.

MADE TRADE (US) РEthical home goods, sustainable fashion, fair trade gifts. They have $100 or less filters for home goods, shoes and accessories, clothing, textiles.

WOOL AND THE GANG (US) – Fun knit kits and patterns for the ethical knitter. Responsibly sourced wool.

FRIDAY PATTERN COMPANY (US) – Contemporary sewing patterns for DIYers. Patterns from $12-20.

UNCOMMON GOODS (US) – search “made in USA” or country of choice for locally made gifts.

THE LITTLE MARKET (US) – Fair trade home decor, accessories, and gifts. A nonprofit with gifts for every occasion.

PARGAARD (Denmark) – Eco-friendly fashion and zero waste products.

GOOD GIFTS (Canada) – Online marketplace with handmade and ethical goods.

Also: ASH & ROSE, EVERLANE, ETSY, ABLE, CUYANA, BY / NATALIE FRIGO, BAGGU, ROUND + SQUARE, THOUGHT CLOTHING, THE SUMMER HOUSE, THE ETHO.

Remember that just because something is affordable doesn’t mean you need to buy it. Consider how many wears you can get out of an item (aim for at least 30) and whether it’s really your style.

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