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The Ethical Capsule Wardrobe – 10 Essentials

Written by Grace & Silas
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A capsule wardrobe favors timeless, defining personal style and dismisses fast fashion. It consists of a limited, well curated, durable array of items that offers a wide variety of looks from a modest selection. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_fashion

And the first step to building your own ethical capsule wardrobe is to think about what defines you. So here are just a few brands to get you started.

The Shoes

Whether it’s sneakers or sandals you’re after, there is a huge array of ethical shoe brands out there that provide versatile shoes that don’t damage the planet. Here are just a couple:

Veja – 100% fair trade and environmentally friendly.

Matt & Nat – 100% Vegan

The Jeans 

Having a great pair of well-fitted jeans is a must have in any woman’s closet. They can be dressed down with a baggy tee or dressed up with a pair of killer heels. 

Reformation – Made 100% in the USA, using only sustainable (often upcycled) fabrics as well as purchased carbon offsets and guaranteeing fair living wages.

Everlane – Partnering only with ethical factories, they share every step of the production process so you know exactly how your product was made. 

The Statement Skirt 

Although the key to an ethical capsule wardrobe is keeping it simple, there is always room for a wow piece and what better way to go bold than a statement skirt?

Mayamiko – The fabrics are hand-picked from local fabric markets in Malawi (supporting the local women). They are then made in solar powered workshops by tailors, who when they first arrived, had no prior experience!

Reformation – Made 100% in USA, using only sustainable (often upcycled) fabrics as well as purchasing carbon offsets and guaranteeing fair living wages.

The Tee

Whether it’s a comfy every day tee you want or something a bit smarter, these brands provide an array of options. 

Elegantees – Hiring Nepalese women in a fight to stop sex trafficking.

Kotn – From their farms to their factories, Kotn ensures all their garments are made in a fair and safe environment, from B Corp, organic 100% Egyptian cotton.

The Hoodie

Just because it may rarely see the light of day doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be just as ethical and environmentally friendly as the other pieces in your wardrobe.

PACT – Beautifully soft, as well as sustainable and kind to humans.

Alternative Apparel – Ensuring ethical production and fair labor as well as the use of sustainable materials and processes.

The Jacket

A smart jacket that is perfect for every occasion is not always easy to find, but these ethical brands are a very good place to start.

Thought – A wide range of styles all made from organic cotton and sustainable fabrics.

Nau – These responsibly sourced, eco-friendly jackets are made from 100% organic cotton and 100% recycled polyester. 

The Warm Coat

A warm winter coat should last for years, so purchasing a classic, timeless piece is key. These are the brands that will guarantee that.

Patagonia – One of the first defenders of environmental ethics and uses of recycled materials.

United by Blue – Made only from responsibly sourced, eco-friendly, B Corp fabrics. They also remove a pound of trash from oceans for every product sold!

The Black Number 

Maybe one of the most iconic pieces in a woman’s wardrobe, a sleek black dress is something that will always make you look amazing!

Miakoda – All made from eco-friendly, plant based materials in ethical, local factories.

Kotn – From their farms to their factories, Kotn ensures all their garments are made in a fair and safe environment, from B Corp, organic 100% Egyptian cotton.

The Party Dress

It may not come out that often, but when it does, it is crucial that you feel your best. 

Mayamiko – The fabrics are hand-picked from local fabric markets in Malawi (supporting the local women). 

Symbology – Each piece is handcrafted by women artisans in developing countries providing them with work and you with a gorgeous one of a kind dress.

And Last but Definitely Not Least… Undergarments

Whether it’s comfort or style that you’re after, these brands guarantee to provide you with one and even both!

PACT – Beautifully soft, as well as sustainable and kind to humans.

Everlane – Partnering only with ethical factories, they share every step of the production process so you know exactly how your product was made. 

Through capsule dressing, you will join the fight against fast fashion and curate a wardrobe that not only looks great but makes you FEEL great!

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Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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