Best Sustainable Fashion Brands in 2018

From water contamination to toxic chemicals, fashion is the 2nd most polluting industry. After learning about the truth cost of fashion, I started to buy less and better. Over the past few years, I have collected a list of sustainable fashion brands that I personally like and shop from. Today, I am rounding up all my favorite sustainable fashion brands in 2018 to help you shop responsibly!

My Favorite Sustainable Fashion Brands in 2018

One common frustration people have with many sustainable fashion brands is that their styles are so limited. Often basic and overpriced, people are discouraged to buy from them. I too hate paying $100 for a simple white tee that I can get for $5 elsewhere, but luckily not all sustainable fashion brands are like that. Here, I am sharing my favorite sustainable fashion brands in 2018. These brands have rad styles/high qualities, and they mean it when they say they are sustainable!

Amur

Website: www.amur.com

Physical Store: I rarely go shopping in person now, but I think you can find Amur in Bloomingdale, Anthropologie and they are even available on Rent the Runway too!

Price Range: $300+

Category: Women’s apparel

Occasions: Formal. Date nights. Gala.

Style: Feminine. Exquisite.

How is it sustainable? Biodegradable fabrics.

Why I like it? Amur is probably my favorite sustainable fashion brand so far. Made with exquisite details

My Review: A Feminine Sustainable Fashion Brand: Amur


Mara Hoffman

Website: www.marahoffman.com

Physical Store: No, but check out Anthropologie, Net-A-Porter, and Revolve, etc.

Price Range: $150 – $500

Category: Women’s swimwear and clothes.

Occasions: Resort, beach, vacation, day, bar, lounges (during summer)

Style: Bohemian, abstract, colorful, fun, pop

How is it sustainable? Conscious fashion. Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion.

Why I like it? I love Mara Hoffman because their styles and prints are truly one of the kind. She uses a lot of vibrant, tribal prints and incorporates whimsical silhouettes into her pieces. When I wear her clothes, I feel like a kid all over again. Additionally, Mara Hoffman is very conscious about where she sources fabrics and makes clothes. While not everything on their site is 100% sustainable as stated, I appreciate the honesty and the effort to become more sustainable. Today, many fashion brands just blatantly slapped on the “sustainable fashion” label without any proof, and I would rather support honest brands such as Mara Hoffman.

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Reformation

Website: https://www.thereformation.com

Physical Store: Yes! You can check out their physical stores in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco.

Price Range: $50-$400.

Category: Women’s clothing and accessories.

Occasions: Day. Wedding. Date night. Beach. Night out. Travel.

Style: Feminine. Sexy. California cool. Vintage.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion.

Why I like it? Who said sustainable fashion has to be basic and plain? Reformation’s pieces are fun, sexy, and wearable. I particularly love their summer dresses, and their fit flatters my body. The Reformation also launched a petite collection, so now smaller ladies can find sustainably made clothes that they can’t find elsewhere.

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Amour Vert

Website: https://amourvert.com

Physical Store: No, but you can find them on Amazon!

Price Range: $50 – $250

Category: Women’s apparel

Occasions: Everything. Work. Casual. Day.

Style: Classic. Essential.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion.

Why I like it?  I recommend Amour Vert for their high quality basics. After side by side comparison, I can attest that Amour Vert’s tees are super soft and substantial. I think they are worth the higher price tag. I personally think their quality is better than Everlane.


Everlane

Website: https://www.everlane.com/

Physical Store: Everlane has their sample lab in San Francisco and New York City, and you can try on their clothes in person (but you still have to order online). I’ve also seen their pop up stores in Nordstrom too where you can actually buy clothes!

Price Range: $10-$400.

Category: Women’s clothes and acessories. Women’s shoes. Men’s clothes and accessories. Men’s shoes. Leather goods.

Occasions: Day. Travel. Work.

Style: Minimal. Modern. Classic.

How is it sustainable? Supply chain transparency. Ethical fashion.

Why I like it? Everlane sells relatively cheap basic pieces that are ethically made. While I don’t think their pieces have the highest quality, I still recommend them for the price. What makes Everlane stand out is that their supply chain transparency. And it is considered groundbreaking to be so transparent with your supply chain in the fashion industry, because it is very hard to accomplish since the manufacturing process is wildly complex and global. For big companies such as Inditex (the mother of Zara), it is nearly impossible to know where everything comes from and how the clothes are made. Many serious problems such as human trafficking and child labor stem from the lack of supply chain traceability. By setting up an example, Everlane indirectly sets up a new standard in the  fashion industry.

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DOEN

Website: https://shopdoen.com

Physical Store: No, but you can find them on Reformation occasionally.

Price Range: $130-$400

Category: Women’s clothes, accessories, and shoes.

Occasions: Day. Travel.

Style: Casual. Bohemian. Vintage. West Coast Vibes.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Give back. Women Empowerment.

Why I like it? DOEN offers a very different style from other sustainable fashion brands – their style is very relaxed and Bohemian. Besides offering a unique sustainable fashion selection, DOEN donates to ROOM TO READ to promote literacy and gender equality.


STAUD

Website: https://staud.clothing

Physical Store: No, but you can buy them online such as Net-a-Porter

Price Range: $130-$400

Category: Women’s clothes, accessories, and shoes.

Occasions: Day. Travel.

Style: Dressy Vintage. West Coast Vibes.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion.

Why I like it? Does STAUD look familiar to you? Yes, you guessed it! The creative director from STAUD is also involved with Reformation too, and so their styles carries the same west-cost-girls-don’t-care vibe that you feel from Reformation. What makes STAUD different is that their pieces are dressier and more contemporary.


Patagonia

Website: http://www.patagonia.com

Physical Store: Yes. You can find Patagonia in many retail stores such as Amazon!

Price Range: $30-$200

Category: Women’s clothes and accessories. Men’s clothes and accessories. Kids’ and Babies’ clothes. Outdoor gears.

Occasions: Day. Gym. Sports. Travel.

Style: Functional. Outdoor.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion. Slow fashion. Supply chain transparency. Give-back.

Why I like it? Patagonia is the OG in sustainable fashion. They set up a Fair Trade Program and pay their workers more than the industry standard. Also, they strive to use eco-friendly fabrics whenever they can. Lastly, Patagonia even fixes and repairs all your old Patagonia jackets, so you don’t have to buy new ones.


Round + Square

Website: https://roundplussquare.com

Physical Store: No. Online only.

Price Range: $30-$160.

Category: Accessories. T-shirts.

Occasions: Anywhere.

Style: Bright. Colorful.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion. Give-back. Women empowerment.

Why I like it? Round + Square is a conscious fashion brand that makes super cute feminist fashion. For every piece you buy, they donate a potion of their revenue to charities that help stop human trafficking and advocate for women. I love their bandanas and scarves!

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People Tree

Website: http://www.peopletree.co.uk/

Physical Store: No. But they have an easy return process and offer cheap shipping to the U.S. at only $5!

Price Range: $30-$130

Category: Women’s clothes and accessories.

Occasions: Day. Work.

Style: Modest. Classic.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion. Supply chain transparency.

Why I like it? While many fashion brands claim they are sustainable, People Tree is one of the few ones that get certified and accredited by the WFTO and the Fairtrade foundation. I bought a work dress from them, and the quality is amazing. They make modest and classic pieces that you can wear to work and offices.


Gårdendal

Website: https://www.gardendal.se

Physical Store: Not yet!

Price Range: $200-$800.

Category: Leather goods.

Occasions: Day. Travel. Work.

Style: Minimal. Modern. Classic.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion.

Why I like it? Gårdendal is a Swedish leather good company, and they make high quality timeless leather goods for both men and women. I met with the founder, and he is one of the most inspiring people I met. I love Gårdendal because they are ethical and environmentally-conscious. They use vegetable tanned leather which is way better for the environment, and their leather bags age very well.

My Review: Sustainable Fashion Review: Gårdendal


VETTA

Website: http://www.vettacapsule.com

Physical Store: Not yet!

Price Range: $80-$130.

Category: Women’s clothing.

Occasions: Day. Travel. Work. Date Night. Night Out.

Style: Feminine. Modern. Simple. Multi-functional.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion. Slow Fashion.

Why I like it? VETTA is my favorite capsule wardrobe fashion brand. They make mini capsule wardrobes that are perfect for traveling. With each mini capsule wardrobe, you can create 30 different outfits with just 5 pieces. VETTA makes everything ethically in NYC with eco-friendly fabrics such as TENCEL and organic cotton.

My Review: Sustainable Fashion Review: VETTA Capsule Wardrobe


Naja

Website: http://www.naja.co

Physical Store: No

Price Range: $15-$70

Category: Women’s intimates, active wear and swimwear.

Occasions: All sorta occasions.

Style: Feminine. Cute.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion. Give back. Women Empowerment.

Why I like it? I love everything at Naja because their lingeries are just so darn cute and well-made. Naja employs single mothers and female head of households in their factories. In additional to above market wages and health care benefits, Naja also pays for all their workers’ children’s books, supplies and school meals.

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Nisolo

Website: https://nisolo.com

Physical Store: No

Price Range: $200+

Category: Women’s and Men’s shoes

Occasions: Informal. Casual.

Style: Hipster. Simple. Casual.

How is it sustainable? Ethical fashion. Give back. An advocate for local businesses and artisans.

Why I like it? Nisolo’s dari boots are by far one of my most comfortable shoes. Since I got a pair of Nisolo’s boots, I have been wearing them on a daily basis. Beyond providing a fair wage and health case, Nisolo work with local artisans in Peru to help expand their businesses.

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DL1961

Website: www.dl1961.com

Physical Store: No, but you can find them in many retail stores such as Bloomingdale, Nordstrom, and Amazon!

Price Range: $150+ – $300

Category: Women’s and men’s denim and apparel

Occasions: Casual. Day. Night Out.

Style: Closet staples. Classic. Versatile.

How is it sustainable? Conscious fashion. Ethical fashion. Eco-friendly fashion.

Why I like it? DL1961 takes pride in their Instaslim jeans which really do live up to the hype. I bought my first pair last year, and I am in love! They are super soft, stretchy, and yet holds up pretty well. Usually when I wear jeans, they get so stretched out toward the end of the day that I have to constantly pull them up. These DL1961 jeans, however, holds up pretty well despite being so incredibly soft.

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Rent the Runway

Website: www.renttherunway.com

Physical Store: Only in certain cities: San Fransico, Topanga, NYC, Chicago, and DC!

Price Range: $89 for 4 pieces a month; $159 for unlimited pieces a month (4 pieces at a time); Individual rental rate.

Category: Women’s accessories and apparel

Occasions: All occasions from causal to gala.

Style: Everthing. The selection is so wide, but choosing items to rent can be tough! Read my Rent the Runway tips here.

How is it sustainable? Conscious fashion. Rental fashion. Slow fashion.

Why I like it? Want to be sustainable but don’t want to compromise your style? Rent the Runway got you covered! They offer more than 400 different brands in their monthly subscription program, and you never have to worry about repeating outfits or purging your closet ever again! I am currently using it, and you can read my tips and tricks below!

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Marais USA

Website: https://www.maraisusa.com/

Physical Store: No, but you can find them in many retail stores such as Bloomingdale, Nordstrom, and Amazon!

Price Range: $250 – $300

Category: Women’s shoes

Occasions: Casual. Day. Night Out.

Style: Simple. Vintage. Classic.

How is it sustainable? Ethical Fashion.

Why I like it? Deemed as the unicorn of shoes by Vogue, Marais USA’s shoes are L.A. made, well constructed, and comfortable.  I have yet gotten my hands on a pair yet, but they have gotten mad good reviews online. Is it just a hype? I guess you will have to try them yourselves to find out!


Misa Los Angeles

Website: www.misalosangeles.com

Physical Store: No, but you can shop online such as Amazon, and Revolve!

Price Range: $250 – $300

Category: Women’s apparel

Occasions: Casual. Day. Night Out.

Style: Resort. Bohemian.

How is it sustainable? Ethical Fashion.

Why I like it? Misa Los Angeles is best known for their bohemian dresses. Colorful, whimsical and girly, their pieces are all made in LA ethically. They are perfect for traveling and summer time!


RE/DONE

Website: https://shopredone.com/

Physical Store: No, but you can shop online such as Revolve and Net-A-Porter!

Price Range: $250 – $500

Category: Women’s denim

Occasions: Casual. Day. Night Out.

Style: Vintage. Classic

How is it sustainable? Ethical Fashion. Eco-Friendly Fashion. Recycled Fashion

Why I like it?  Wearing vintage pieces has never been so swaggy. RE/DONE is known for its mastery in frankensteining aged levi’s and giving them a whole new fit and look. I love RE/DONE because it recycles denim!


Yooxygen

Website: https://www.yoox.com

Physical Store: No, but Yooxygen ships to the U.S., and they have really good return policies.

Price Range: $250 +. High end.

Category: Everything. Women’s apparel, accessories, and shoes

Occasions: Everything. Casual. Day. Night Out.

Style: Everything.

How is it sustainable? Ethical Fashion. Eco-Friendly Fashion. Recycled Fashion

Why I like it?  Yooxygen is a online boutique that sells assorted high end, sustainable pieces. Their selection is huge, and it’s a convenient one-stop shop. I personally love using Yooxygen to discover new sustainable fashion brands!


We Are Kindred

Website: www.wearekindred.com.au

Physical Store: No, but you can shop online such as Revolve and Shopbop!

Price Range: $250 – $700

Category: Women’s apparel.

Occasions: Resort. Day. Night Out.

Style: Feminine. Bohemian.

How is it sustainable? Give back.

Why I like it?  First off, I can never resist resort, feminine styled clothes. Second, We Are Kindred has a “Seed The Change” program where they plant a tree for every piece sold. By planting trees, they promote agricultural jobs and offset carbon emissions.


Adidas by Stella McCartney

Website: https://www.adidas.com/us

Physical Store: You can find them in many major apartment stores such as Nordstrom!

Price Range: $100 – $300

Category: Women’s active apparel.

Occasions: Sports. Outdoors.

Style: Contemporary. Sleek.

How is it sustainable? Give back.

Why I like it?  Always in quest of innovative fabrics, Stella McCartney partnered with Adidas to help us stay active in comfort and in style. Her line of active clothes are cute, sustainable and practical!


Naadam Cashmere

Website: https://naadam.co/

Physical Store: No, and I don’t know many places carry this brand either 🙁

Price Range: $100 – $300

Category: Women’s and Men’s apparel

Occasions: Day. Casual. Work. School.

Style: Classic. Simple.

How is it sustainable? Fair wage. Ethical fashion. Non toxic. Eco friendly fashion.

Why I like it?  Who can say no to baby soft sweaters? Not to mention, Naadam pays a fair wage to all their workers and they never use toxic chemicals!


Vitamin A Swim

Website: https://www.vitaminaswim.com

Physical Store: Yes, you can find them in many department stores such as Bloomingdale. You can also get free 2-day shipping and returning at Revolve.

Price Range: $100 – $300

Category: Women’s swimwear

Occasions: Vacation.

Style: Classic. Simple.

How is it sustainable? Recycled fabrics. Eco friendly fashion.

Why I like it?  I love Vitamin A’s sleek and timeless designs. Simple but sexy, their swimwear always fits so well. Plus their swimwear are all made with recycled nylon!


Melie Bianco

Website: https://www.meliebianco.com/

Physical Store: No, but you can find them on Amazon!

Price Range: under $100

Category: Women’s handbag.

Occasions: Everything. Work. Vacation

Style: All sorts

How is it sustainable? Vegan fashion.

Why I like it?  I recommend Melie Bianco if you like luxurious brands such as Chloe but want alternative leather options such as PU. Melie Bianco is a sustainable fashion brand that only uses PU or vegan leather, and their handbags are very affordable.


This is no science paper, but in case you are puzzled by some of the buzz words, here are their definitions.

  • Ethical fashion. When workers are compensated fairly, and they work in a safe environment.
  • Eco-friendly fashion. When brands make clothes with eco-friendly fabrics and environmentally-conscious processes. Tencel and organic cotton are some of my favorite eco-friendly fabrics. An environmentally-conscious process entails low water usage, zero toxic chemicals, and a relatively smaller carbon footprint, etc.
  • Fast fashion. “Fast Fashion. Instead of two seasons a year, practically we have 52 seasons a year. So we have something new every week.” It describes how fast and cheaply fashion companies churn out clothes, and all the unsold clothes end up being sent to the .
  • Slow fashion. Slow fashion means anything made in small batch productions, made to order, and/or made to last. Thrifting and 2nd hand are considered slow fashion too!
  • Supply chain transparency. Allow consumer to find out where their clothes are made. And having this transparency allows brands to make sure the process is ethical and sustainable.