10 Basics to Build Your Ethical Wardrobe
Every ethical wardrobe needs a good foundation. While statement pieces, accessories, and trendy styles come and go, well-made, versatile basics can take you far beyond #30wears, last many years in your closet, and serve as a starting point for any outfit. There are more ethical companies than ever encouraging thoughtful fashion choices by offering seasonless, neutral wardrobe basics. We've pulled together a short list of our favorites from The People Label family!
The Dressy Sweatpant
Not your typical grungy sweats, The dressy sweatpant from Encircled can go from running errands to traveling to lounging- and even to work, depending on your dress code!
These pants have pockets (complete with anti-droop reinforcing), and come in three different basic colors.
The ethics are on point, too: Encircled's dressy sweatpants are 100% made in Canada: the fabric is knit and dyed in Canada, the sewing and finishing is done in Canada, and every step of the supply chain is evaluated to ensure fair treatment of everyone involved.
The Black and White Stripe Dress
This number in organic cotton features classic stripes and a fun scooped hem. It's manufactured under fair conditions in Australia. The cotton used in Shift to Nature's designs is GOTS certified and the entire manufacturing process including knitting, screenprinting & dyeing is ACO certified.
Use this dress on its own during the summertime, or as a layering piece during cold weather. If you're building a capsule wardrobe, a simple knit dress is a great addition!
The Perfect Jeans
Everyone needs a pair of jeans in their closet- but ethically produced denim can be expensive for some budgets and it can be difficult to find the right fit!
Made from deadstock fabric, these high-waisted skinny jeans are stretchy, comfy, and universally flattering. They are sewn in the USA, and run under $100 a pair. Hurry, they're on sale for $44.00 and only available through IMBY until early February!
The Cozy Jacket
Synergy Organic Clothing's Berkshire Jacket is the perfect mid-weight layering piece that can keep you cozy through spring, fall, and winter alike. Sewn under fair wage guidelines in Nepal from organic cotton, it comes in black, charcoal, and "windsor wine".
Because of the super-soft material, this jacket will make you feel like you're wearing a sweatshirt, but the structure and details will keep your look chic and polished.
The Statement Tee
Look no further than MY SISTER for graphic tees that make a statement. MY SISTER's tees feature slogans focused on social justice, equality, and feminism, and proceeds from each sale go toward anti-trafficking initiatives and employment for women affected by domestic sex trafficking. To date, MY SISTER has raised an impressive $121,200 for their non-profit partners and funded over 3,162 hours of survivor employment.
The "we are a choir" tee, designed by Amber Tamblyn, is just one of your many choices from the MY SISTER collection. There's something for everyone, with tees in all sorts of colors and cuts.
The Basic Button-Down
Tonle's button down shirt is made in Cambodia from deadstock fabric. The breezy fabric and loose-fitting cut won't easily go out of style, making the shirt a closet staple that you'll be able to use for it's entire lifecycle.
Tonle is committed to not only fair wages, but also to zero waste practices as a factory. Scraps from production are woven into new designs, and even the tiniest of scraps are used to make paper for Tonle's tags!
The All- Occasion Purse
Crafted from supple leather, this large crossbody bag is the perfect everyday companion.
The bag is hand cut, hand assembled, & hand stitched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia providing fair wages for Purse & Clutch's highly skilled artisans with a positive work environment.
Purse & Clutch's mission of "supporting & sustaining long-term employment for men & women with limited opportunities" is furthered by every bag sale, and these artisan-made bags are designed to last a lifetime if cared for well.
Just like your favorite Chuck Taylors, but ethically made! You can find these organic cotton and natural rubber lowcut sneakers in Thread Harvest's online shop in a variety of colors.
The rubber used for these shoes is certified by the FSC, which guarantees that the rubber came from a tree in a healthy, growing, and well-maintained forest. The laces and cotton canvas are organic and free from harmful dyes and chemicals.
Even the shoe box that the sneakers come in is actually made from post-consumer waste.
In addition to being plastic free, you can be assured that these shoes are 100% Vegan, with no animal glues (common in most footwear) or leather inserts.
The Wrap Dress
Modernation's wrap dress is reversible and multi-functional, making it a great basic piece that can be styled enough different ways to keep you from getting bored!
Wear it open as a kimono, tied up as a cute v-neck dress, or turned around to become a scoop neck dress. The ties can become a belt, too, to add waist definition.
Modernation manufactures this dress in small batches in the USA, and all Modernation garments use either vintage, deadstock, or eco-friendly fabrics.
The Basic Tee
Elegantee's basic "Beth" raglan short sleeved tee features a few fun details like a flattering curved hem, loose-fitting sleeves, and a slight a-line cut.
Like all Elegantees products, the Beth tee is designed with purpose to provide meaningful employment for women affected by sex trafficking. Items from the Elegantees line are made in Nepal, where each sewer earns between 2-3x minimum wage in Nepal.