Back to Basics: An Ethical Capsule Wardrobe (Updated)

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When it comes to basic wardrobe builders, we're not all going to have exactly the same list. The dress-inclined may need dresses, cropped sweaters, and tights, while the jeans-lover may prefer classic tees and boyfriend cardigans.

That being said, I think we can agree that most women want a dozen or so key pieces in their wardrobe to mix and match with the signature items that makes one's style truly personal. I searched through the archives and realized I'd never really offered a concise list of basics, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to provide some options today.

Think of this as an ethical capsule wardrobe that can serve as the jumping-off point to developing your personal style within the ethical marketplace. 

You don't need to hurry to replace the conventional items in your closet that you can still get some wear out of, but when you're ready, I hope this list will be helpful.

List completely revamped for ease of shopping on 1/10/18. Includes affiliate links.

An Ethical Capsule Wardrobe: 18 20 Essential Pieces

WHERE TO FIND...

1. The Tee

Everlane
Elegantees
American Giant

2. The Casual LBD

Encircled
Synergy Organic Clothing
Tonle

3. The Jacket

ABLE
Eileen Fisher
Ode to Sunday

4. The Jeans

Everlane
ABLE
Levi's Waterless

5. The Statement Skirt

People Tree
Mata Traders
Mayamiko

6. The Blazer

Everlane
People Tree
Mm. Lafleur

7. The Drapey Cardigan

Encircled
Soul Flower
Synergy Organic Clothing

8. The Sandals

Nisolo
Birkenstock
Nicora (vegan)

9. The Sneakers

All Birds
OESH (made in Charlottesville!)
Adidas Parley Collection (made with ocean plastic)

10. The Versatile Flats

Nisolo
The Root Collective
Fortress of Inca

11. The Boots

Fortress of Inca
LL Bean (made in Maine varieties)
Po-zu
Bhava (vegan)

12. The Cotton Undies

PACT Apparel
Organic Basics

13. The Leggings

14. The Party Dress

Accompany
Victoria Road
Mayamiko

15. The Black Pants

Brass Clothing
Mm. Lafleur
Everlane

16. The Socks

PACT Apparel
Maggie's Organics

17. The Hoodie

Fibre Athletics
American Giant

18. The Button Down

The Fable
Kowtow
Eileen Fisher
Tradlands ($25 off with this link)

19. The Cold Weather Coat

Patagonia
United By Blue
Everlane

20. Classic Jewelry

Hannah Naomi

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Suggestions or questions? Let me know in the comments.


A note on selection: I judged items by ethical labor standards, transparency, and eco-friendly advances while prioritizing fit, quality, and versatility. Many of these items are things I own myself.

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