Dress for success this year — for yourself and for the future of the planet.
Fast fashion is fun, but it’s time to slow it down and really consider the environment when shopping for new clothes and accessories. With so many sustainable and eco-friendly brands flooding the market, it’s not hard to budget for the health of the eco-system while you shop. But, it doesn’t have to be expensive.
“Ethical” and “sustainable” can be confusing terms, as they mean different things for different brands and shoppers. To put it simply, sustainable practices may involve making the dyes from eco-friendly materials that are chemical-free, using renewable energy in the production process, using durable fabrics so clothing lasts as long as possible and recycling old materials like scrap fabric and even plastic bottles into new garments. Basically, the less harm to the planet, the better.
From single-origin cashmere sweaters to fully recycled shoes and accessories, you can rock responsible outfits, head-to-toe, no matter your style or price range. Take a look at the top 40 brands for her, him and anyone who values Mother Nature every fashion season of the year.
Best for women’s clothing
Cozy cashmere that has less of an environmental impact than other brands, with the same softness? Count us in, Cuyana.
The sustainable brand has three principles to make being eco-friendly as easy as possible. They produce responsibly, maximize wear time with high-quality products and extend the life of your cashmere with a donation program and a resale platform.
Check out their collection, which starts with sweaters and tops, but spans an entire wardrobe with clothing, pajamas, small leather goods, accessories and more. Prices are reasonable, with most tees and pants going for under $50 and higher-end cashmere sweaters and capes run between $100 and $300.
If you’ve been shopping fast fashion, here is a better eco-friendly alternative.
Alternative Apparel carries a huge stock of comfortable and fashionable items, including tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories. The women’s line of Alternative Eco puts even more of an emphasis on sustainability, as well as softness.
Their promise is simple: to use the best materials for the planet and produce them in sustainable and responsible ways for the planet and the workers behind the scenes and seams of your items. Using recycled materials like heavy-weight cotton and hemp-blend jersey, clothes remain soft and durable, and a majority of their factories are WRAP-certified, adhering to the Fair Labor Association guidelines every step of the way.
H&M’s dedicated line of organic and sustainable clothing has you covered if you want an easy and affordable way to transform your closet into an eco-friendly one.
From basic tops and pants to pajamas and even denim, the collection covered pretty much everything you should need for the ultimate capsule wardrobe that won’t go out of style and end up in a landfill. With sweaters at just $19.99 and denim starting at $29.99, being conscious of the environment and your wallet can be one and the same.
The most sustainable fashion is to be naked, but this is second best.
NA-KD is a great brand for all your fashion needs, selling women’s clothing, outerwear and accessories on a mission to better the planet. The company has come a long way but recognizes the work isn’t over until they are fully sustainable. With goals to become fully climate neutral by 2025, they also aim to use only 100% organically grown cotton in all NA‑KD denim products by this year and make sure everything from the supply chain and production to shipping and clothing care are fully transparent and eco-friendly.
Once you find out there’s a sustainable swimwear company, you’ll be doing somersaults, too.
Summersalt sells swimwear made from 78% recycled polyamide, made from post-consumer materials and nylon waste pulled from the oceans that you’ll soon be swimming in. Aside from suits, the brand also sells activewear and other clothing, made from other sustainable materials like their TENCEL, TENCEL Modal and Cupro fabrics. Their packaging is also recycled, shipped out in poly bags and shipping mailers that double as return packaging to limit waste….