Where To Shop For The Best Sustainable Winter Basics

More and more, I am realizing the importance of having high-quality basics. You know, the pieces that you can wear a million times in a variety of different ways. Crew-neck sweaters, silk shirts, turtlenecks, leather jackets, and ankle boots all certainly fall into this category. As do work-out clothes, a classic belt, and some cozy pajamas. When I can’t find these essentials in my local thrift stores, I turn to the next best option: fair trade and ethical clothing brands. Luckily, basics are what these brands thrive in because they are all about making pieces that will last you season after season. There are so many incredible pieces out at the moment that I wanted to share some of my top picks from five of my favorite sustainable brands:

 

California-based Everlane is one of the best places for elevated ethical basics. The company spends months finding the best factories around the world and then cultivating relationships with factory owners to ensure ethical production practices. As one of the most transparent brands in the fashion industry, on their website, Everlane publishes the exact costs of each item and shares the factory and production stories behind all the clothing. Here are my current favorite items from Everlane: 

The Oversized Alpaca Crew ($95)

The Drape Jumpsuit ($148)

The Clean Silk Relaxed Shirt ($98)

The High-Rise Skinny Jean ($68)

 

For those who are looking to make a sustainable fashion statement, Reformation is the place to browse. This LA brand only uses sustainable and upcycled materials in their items and creates everything in a fair wage environment. Plus, on their site, you will find that each item comes with a description of its environmental footprint. If you are looking for a party dress, then this is the place to look. But they also have day-to-day pieces that are just as beautiful, here are my current favorite items from Reformation: 

Mimi Pajama Set ($128)

York Coat ($328)

Jane Wide Leg Pant ($128)

Cashmere Boyfriend Turtleneck ($148)

 

One of my favorite ethical brands, the Nashville-based ABLE employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. They “invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.” In 2018, they became the first fashion brand to publish their lowest wages (which you can read here). For those pieces that can be worn for a variety of occasions, here are my current favorite items from Able:

Sonu Feminine Sweatshirt ($78)

Maha Leather Jacket ($348)

Celina Ankle Boot ($188)

Solome Clutch ($98)

 

Outdoor Voices has changed the game when it comes to sustainably-made activewear. Their merino wool is sustainably-sourced, and they utilize recycled polyester from water bottles. Plus, ethical production and working conditions are a forefront priority. Because we don’t want to give up our workout routines over the winter completely, here are my current favorite items from Outdoor Voices:¬†

7/8 Springs Leggings ($85)

CloudKnit Longsleeve T-Shirt ($65)

OVFleece Half-Zip ($85)

RecTrek Pants ($85)

 

To produce their items, Nisolo¬†collaborates with local artisans in Peru. The brand provides fair wages and full-time employment to these artisans, as well as healthcare and a healthy working environment. Because they don’t use middlemen (they sell directly to you), they can keep their prices down and their quality up. Their boots are the stand-out pieces, but they also have lovely jewelry and accessories that would make ideal gifts. Here are my current favorite pieces from Nisolo:

Amalia All Weather Boot ($248)

Noemi Belt Brandy ($44)

Soft Diamond Hoop Earrings ($38)

Clara Crossbody Purse ($158)

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