Saying "no" to fast fashion and "yes" to ethically made style is easier than we think. You don't have to look like you are on your way to a world dance party (not that there is anything wrong with that), and you don't have to spend zillions of dollars. You just have to be thoughtful, and selective, and make your choices count. Here is a little round up of some of my favorite ethically made sweaters right now.
Everlane to me is like the anti-Zara. They have a similar modern and urban aesthetic, but these clothes won't come apart after three washes, and they will do your body a whole lot more justice than the fast-fashion pieces that never fit right. They are only a step up in price from stores like Zara, but the quality and vision of the company far surpasses.
The sweater above is a modern cut, made in the softest Mongolian cashmere they could find. Especially light and warm, it features a curved hem that is slightly shorter in the front for a little bit of edge.
Made in Dongguan, China See the factory
Everlane also provides transparent pricing for all of its pieces. See below.
Lastly, you can shop their 100% Human Collection, where for every product sold, they donate $5 to the ACLU.
Reformation designs and manufactures the majority of their collections in their factory headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. All other garments are produced by responsible manufacturing partners in the U.S. or abroad using sustainable methods and sourcing from sustainable fabrics and vintage garments. Their clothes are seriously sexy, but maintain a luxe vibe. So go ahead and join the Reformation, you won't be sorry.
Collarbone is the new side boob. This is an almost off-the-shoulder top with a wide v neck.
They also track what impact each of their garments have on the environment.
I just love the raw hem. The perfect mid-weight layer for a cool season. Loose-fit and slight crop allows you to throw it on over a tank top for a easy and warm look. Made with super soft organic french terry, with raglan sleeves and a rolled raw edge at hem. You'll find a sweet bird embroidery at the cuff and a covert note clamp label on the hem. 100% organic cotton, made in a GOTS certified
LNA has a cool sexy west coast vibe, and a loyal following of celebrities from Kate Moss to Ryan Gosling. Check out this ethically made and super soft sweater with double cut detailing at the neckline. Free shipping on all orders over $100 within the US.
Sustainable / Trade Not Aid / Handcrafted / Vegan
is a great resource for Fairtrade and sustainable designers. Ethica is proud to offer eco-friendly packaging and carbon-neutral shipping. Based LEED-certified green building in New York City and they support Nest
, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of responsible artisan businesses.
This open-stitch top by Pima Doll
was made using leftover fabric cuttings from the brand’s line of chic cap-sleeve tees. Layer it over a white bralette or tank to add head-turning texture to a tonal look.
There’s cotton and there’s pima cotton–the former's softer, silkier and more durable sibling. It's this high-quality, organically grown fiber that founder Ashley Hamedi uses throughout the Pima Doll basics range, a line of meticulously designed, eco-friendly tops, leggings and dresses. To round out her waste-free collections, Hamedi upcycles the leftover fabric cuttings into one-of-a-kind, artisan-made knits.
Pima Doll knits support a traditional craft and the vibrant community of women knitters
Pima Doll gives 10% of its profits back to the knitters it employs.
Think of Rev-En-Vert
as the ethical Net-A-Porter. They have beautiful, albeit expensive, garments but they focus on sustainable style: organic, re-made, local and fair.
Pepper & Mayne's seminal collection launched in 2013 and quickly cultivated a loyal following amongst the fashionable gyms and ballet barre studios across London and the South East. Pepper & Mayne was one of the formative driving forces behind the 'Athleisure' movement and has since grown to international acclaim, becoming synonymous with ballet style, elegant performance wear and baby soft loungewear. Pepper & Mayne is dedicated to a fully traceable supply chain, sustainability and ethical trade.
This hoodie in blush cashmere is a closet staple and perfect for crossing over from activewear to loungewear. This beautiful and versatile luxury piece was designed in collaboration with The Royal Ballet. Spun and knitted in an eco-label approved factory in Nepal, it is highly breathable and naturally anti-bacterial.
Zady's mission is to cultivate "The New Standard...We’re making clothes what they should be: Clothes that fit. Clothes that feel great. Pieces that inspire". The site features a lot of ideology, alongside a limited selection of inspiring clothing, some of which has been inspired by Emma Watson.
This Linen Sweater is great spring and summer layer. It is lightweight and cooling, and features beautiful ribbing details at the shoulders and cuffs. Made from the finest linen grown in Belgium—one of the few places with the perfect environment for the flax plant to flourish—the fabric was then spun and dyed in Italy, and then knit in California. With one of the smallest carbon footprints of any fiber, an elegant texture, plus breathability, linen makes warm summer nights and cool spring mornings that much better.