Staying fashionable and on trend can put us in an awkward situation when it comes to selecting brands. Do you ever find yourself asking: “Do I want something durable and eco-friendly, or something convenient?” What some people fail to realize is that investing in fast fashion costs more than investing in slow, sustainable fashion. Fast fashion is what the name reads – fast – so these producers are most likely exchanging quality and attention to detail for a quick turnaround.
Let us help you easily identify these budget-friendly, eco-friendly or ethical brands, and what they’re known for making. If you look you can find all kinds of conscious fashion in athleisure, undergarments, business attire, shoes, purses, and even jewelry!
The Sass Budget Scale
- $ Catch My Eye: $50 and below
- $$ Now That’s Some Sass: Between $50 and $100
- $$$ Oo Lala: $100 and up
Conscious Athleisure and Workout Wear
Price Range: $-$$. Patagonia sports wear is known for being sustainably harvested, organic, recycled, and fair-trade certified. This company has something for every adventurer from climbing to running and surfing to biking.
Price Range: $$. Athleta is known for their performance gear, made to take the everyday woman from workout to weekend. They are also a B-Corporation.
Price Range: $$-$$$. Wolven makes sustainable fashion sexy. From matching sets to reversible tops, Wolven makes their summer essentials cool, multi-functional and they make trash look like treasure (literally).
Price Range: $$-$$$. The Girlfriend Collective is an eco-friendly corporation that prioritizes quality. They make their Compressive Leggings and bras from 79% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 21% spandex. Their tees and tanks are 100% cupro, a delicate fiber made from waste that the cotton industry leaves behind. Packaging is also 100% recyclable.
Shop Girlfriend Collective:
Price Range: $$. Ethical factories and radical transparency describe the Everlane way. As of this year, the company has 97% recycled fiber apparel. You’re bound to find something that catches your eye, whether it’s modern basic apparel, shoes, or bags,
Price Range: $$$. Keeping it simple and sustainable, EF uses organic cotton and fibers. They emphasize practicing fair trade with their workers by giving them training, tools, and regular work so that they can provide for their families. The company also has a renew and restore policy where they accept gently worn or used pieces in good condition and find ways to reimagine them for repurposing.
Shop Eileen Fisher:
Keeping it Sassy with Conscious Undergarments
Price Range: $. This New York based lingerie shop believes that “means matter.” By means, they mean the creation. Uye Surana prioritizes ethical and sustainable practices through reduced waste printing and small-batched lingerie for long-term wear.
Price Range: $-$$. Who knew intricate creations from Italy could make us sustainable and sexy in lingerie? Cosabella is a family-owned business in Italy with naturally dyed fabrics in over 100 colors to choose from. They put authentic artisanal design into their bralettes, bras, thongs, and panties.
Price Range: $$. From tree fiber shoes made with sugarcane outsoles to castor bean oil and wool insoles, Allbirds is committed to using all that Mother Nature has to offer. Bonus: They are FSC certified meaning they responsibly manage the forests used in their production. Sustainable flats, sneakers, or slip-ons that are Mother Nature approved? Sounds good to us!
Price Range: $$$. Rothy’s offers comfy, washable and sustainable shoes that are also super cute. You may have already seen them through a pop up ad advertising their unique flats during your web browsing. They’ve even found a way to use one of the oldest textiles in the world for sandals with their new Hemp Collection.
Price Range: $$-$$$+. Hand-crafted, ethically sourced fine jewelry at accessible prices is the Mejuri guarantee. Need something for everyday wear? Look no further.
Price Range: $$-$$$. Soko is a women-led company that connects the artisans of Kenya to the global market. They offer modern jewelry from stackable necklaces and chains to wood creations.
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