4 Ethical Clothing Brands To Know

We have come so accustomed to clothes being cheap and thus disposable that we often forget to look at the reasons why that is. Clothing was once something you invested in, looking for pieces that would be timeless and worn over and over. But now we are able to buy clothes weekly, wear them once or twice and forget about them because they barely cost us a thing and new seems to always be better. Certainly we can’t all afford to buy designer pieces or shop independent all the time, but I think it is important to start taking note of the brands who have very questionable ethics and look to brands that pay fair wages, focus on sustainability, make an effort to be transparent and create really well-made pieces that will last. Looking at clothes the way we look at investing in good furniture may help us to see that our view of clothing and the whole industry has become a little skewed. Of course our first thought is buy secondhand, but if you want to support independent businesses and brands that are doing it right, these are the ones we think you should lookout for.

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Everlane is known for doing immense research on the factories they work with and visiting them often to ensure the factory’s integrity. It is important to them to remain transparent so you know exactly what you are paying for and why.

Common Sort | 5 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 5 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 5 Ethical Clothing BrandsELIZABETH SUZANN

Focusing on careful consumption, Elizabeth Suzann creates timeless pieces that can be worn several ways. All their clothes are manufactured in their studio located in Nashville and they strive to create as little waste as possible.

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Maison Cléo is a mother-daughter brand based out of the North of France, creating pieces that are easy to wear and making French girl style accessible to everyone. Every single piece is handmade in their studio by mother of the duo, Cléo. They are extremely transparent when it comes to breaking down cost of materials and hours put into making each piece so you know exactly what you are paying for.

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Based in NYC, Ö/D focuses on effortless style while putting forth effort into being a brand that supports social and environmental consciousness. They source high-quality fibres from vendors that adhere to a “do no harm” policy, which is to say they do not harm the environment or animals.

 

Five Under Twenty / 2

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Another round of low cost pieces for those that don’t want to spend too much while shopping for new clothes; it’s easy to put together an outfit for under $100!

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vintage skirt size M – $16

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Leather fanny pack – $16

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Forever21 romper size L – $12

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Zara camisole size M – $14

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H&M velvet mules size 37 – $17

One Piece 4 Ways

Common Sort | 1 Piece 4 Ways: Yellow TrousersIt’s a common tip that when shopping for new clothes you should think of several different ways you could style the piece you are eyeing with what you already have in your wardrobe. This tip can be handy when you are trying to avoid adding pieces to your closet that just won’t really get worn. In this series we will be styling 1 piece and giving you a few ideas (4, to be exact) of how you could style it. First up, a pair of Ellen Tracy buttery yellow trousers.

MONOCHROME

Common Sort | 1 Piece 4 Ways: Yellow TrousersEllen Tracy trousers size S ($42), vintage top size S ($15), Ferragamos size 8 ($48) and Coach bag ($58)

Dressing in monochrome outfits has been around for quite awhile, but it seems to be a bit more popular of late. Here we styled the yellow trousers with a vintage knit yellow cami, white flats and a white bag to create a look that is interesting in it’s simplicity.

CASUAL

Common Sort | 1 Piece 4 Ways: Yellow TrousersAmerican Apparel white tee size XS ($10), Ellen Tracy trousers size S ($42), Keds size 6.5 ($20) and sling backpack ($24)

Trousers don’t always have to be worn dressed up. It’s easy to dress down a pair with a white tee, tennis style shoes and a backpack.

DRESSED UP

Common Sort | 1 Piece 4 Ways: Yellow TrousersKIN button down size S ($44), corset size S ($19), Ellen Tracy trousers size S ($42), Prada heels size 37 ($68) and Mat & Nat bag ($21)

If you aren’t a fan of wearing dresses for a night out, try dressing up a pair of your favourite trousers with an interesting heel, simple clutch, corset style top over a button down to create a look that is femme meets masculine meets post-minimalist style.

COLOURFUL

Common Sort | 1 Piece 4 Ways: Yellow Trousersvintage silk shirt size S ($22), Ellen Tracy trousers size S ($42), Chinese Laundry slides size 8 ($28) and shoulder bag ($18)

Why not stand out from the crowd? Here we found a colourful shirt that pairs well with the yellow trousers and a contrasting shoe to really punch up the look. Pattern mixing and colour contrasting can make a simple look really standout.