10 Closet Essentials for a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe
If your New Year’s resolution was to build a sustainable wardrobe.… you’ve come to the right place. Beginning your ethical fashion journey can be super daunting. There are multiple brands, confusing sustainable certifications, and opinions galore. It’s just like starting a new day at school; you don’t know anyone, you can’t find anything, and you feel like giving up all together and just going home to mum!
Starting with quality basics you can trust is key to building your sustainable wardrobe. It’s a simple way to start off your resolution, without feeling like a fish out of water. The items below are a stepping stone to introduce you to the expert sustainable basic brands.
Welcome to our Top 10 Sustainable Basics for 2018:
The minimalist black t-shirt dress can be worn with layers in winter or on its own in summer. Founded in New Zealand and known for their simple but unique designs, Kowtow’s building block collection is the home of basics. Kowtow are 100% sustainable from seed to garment, holding mindfulness at the centre of all production.
Made from 100% GOTS
certified organic textured cotton, this boxed shirt is built for longevity in your wardrobe. Recreate don’t stop at fair-trade practices and sustainable fabrics. They work on training and developing their seamstresses through full training courses which involve sewing, reading, writing, and budgeting.
A sweet bright dress for your sustainable wardrobe goes a long way. With crease resistant and silky drape fabric, the Everlane tank dress is super dreamy. Everlane fill the fashion industry with new perspective on how to build a wardrobe that will last for decades.
A modern take on the track pant, you can still chill out whilst embracing eco-fashion! The Melbourne based Organic Crew strive for 100% transparency. They use their local production method to enable careful control over every stage of the process, ensuring ethical standards and quality.
People often think ethical fashion means giving up fashion… it’s totally the opposite. This organic jumpsuit proves that design isn’t overthrown by ethics. Their fabrics are dyed with plant based dyes in Bali, and their mantra: tread lightly, keep it simple, and make it local.
Everyone needs a plain black tee! Dorsu are at the forefront of ethical fashion, incorporating remnant fabric into their collection; fabric that would otherwise go to landfill. Their garments are made in house by a team in Cambodia who work to challenge the way the fashion industry is conventionally approached.
Leggings are a girl’s best friend, and these beauties are made to support your body like a best friend should. Girlfriend Collective are big on saving the world. Check this: all leggings are made with recycled plastic bottles in Taiwan. Girlfriend Collective openly share detailed info about their cutting and sewing factory in Vietnam.
Make this your first evergreen staple. This silk shirt is naturally hypoallergenic and ethically sewn in the US. Silk is super sustainable, meaning when it does wear out, it will biodegrade in only 1-2 years. Tradlands grew from the desire to turn clothes into timeless heirlooms; to be passed onto your children and worn for many years to come. That’s sustainability at its finest.
Some jewellery to spice up your basics…
You can’t have basics without earrings! You’ll never take these little gold hoops off. Puck Wanderlust have created these earrings out of 100% recycled sterling silver, hammered to finish, with a little sleeper ball for detail and practicality. Their values stem from appreciation of skills, sustainability, and a love for all things unique.
Whilst we may be biased, the bubble statement necklace is the perfect match for your basic wardrobe. Basics don’t need to be basic. Mixing up your wardrobe with versatile jewellery that goes with everything, is a sure way to make sure you’re never bored! The bubbles have been laser cut onto honey brown bamboo wood… sustainably sourced of course.
Written by Kate Hall
Kate is a word smith, kombucha addict, serial smiler, and zero waste enthusiast. She believes life's too short to think of yourself as one tiny person who can't make change. Slow fashion and green living are what gets her up in the morning, and her hand-raised bird will forever be found nuzzling into her shoulder.
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