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Top 10 Ethical + Affordable Clothing & Accessories Brands for Fall

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Lucky for us, there are now hundreds of ethical clothing brands making cool clothes in all sorts of innovative ways. But just because it's ethical doesn't mean it's practical. And just because it's practical doesn't mean it's affordable.

To make life a little easier for you as you fill out your fall wardrobe, I've narrowed the list down to my top 10 ethical and affordable clothing and accessories brands. Every brand on this list makes items that are both fashion forward and versatile enough for a busy life, whether you're a student, a mom, a freelancer, or anything else.

All brands offer items priced well below $200, with most items averaging around $40-80.00. When you consider that these items have been made by people who receive a fair wage and work in safe factories using organic and sustainable textiles, that's not too shabby.

CLOTHING:


1. Everlane

Tees, blouses, dresses, backpacks, and shoes made with transparency. Everlane is my go-to for knit cotton tees and dresses.

2. Amour Vert

Minimalist and feminine silhouettes made with ecologically sustainable textiles. I love Amour Vert's contemporary-cut tops.

3. Synergy Organic Clothing

Versatile, organic cotton tops, skirts, and dresses made fairly. Synergy is my first stop for easy-to-wear skirts and dresses. Take an extra 50% off sale items through Labor Day with code, laborday.

4. LA Relaxed

Laid-back tees, skirts, and dresses made with ecologically sustainable textiles. LA Relaxed is for cool girls (and obviously we're all cool girls).

5. Dorsu

Mix and match separates made with factory remnants in Cambodia. Their tees have a great drape.

6. Braintree Clothing

Vintage-inspired tops, bottoms, dresses, and accessories made fairly with ecologically sustainable textiles. Braintree's patterns and textures liven up a basic wardrobe.

ACCESSORIES:

7. FashionABLE

Contemporary jewelry and sustainably-sourced leather bags. $5 off your first purchase when you click through the link above.

8. Sseko Designs

Versatile sandals, loafers, boots, and bags made ethically in Uganda and Ethiopia. My pick for loafers.

9. Etiko

Converse look-a-likes out of Australia made with sustainable rubber, organic cotton, and vegan glues. Their high tops are just what I've been looking for.

10. Oliberte

Fair trade certified flats, loafers, and boots. Try their super comfy boots.

For me, it's important that the clothes and accessories I buy have at at least something in common with the rest of my closet. Having access to brands that know how to make flattering, modern, comfortable pieces makes my life a lot easier.

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Did a miss a brand? Give me suggestions in the comments. 

the moral wardrobe: autumn glow

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Ethical Details: Cardigan - thrifted; Necklace - c/o Bought Beautifully; Boots - Oliberte; Jeans - old

For all the complaining I do about cold weather, it's hard not to revel in the splendor of fall in all its warm, leafy glory. The weather has been mild this October and the leaves look especially bright. I'm enjoying dressing to match the red and orange leaves and the periwinkle Blue Ridge Mountains that loom in the background of every drive through Charlottesville.

Speaking of dressing to match, I got the shirt and scarf I'm wearing at a J. Crew Warehouse sale that blew through town a couple weeks ago. I have complicated feelings about whether it was the best decision, but here's why I allowed an exception to my normal thrifting/fair trade routine: this is the end of the line for J. Crew items. Samples, rejects, past season returns - anything that doesn't sell here is sent off to textiles processors, thrift shops, and maybe ebay used good resellers. It's not the most ethical, but it also doesn't increase demand for new goods. I only bought high quality basics in richly saturated colors that are hard to find elsewhere, so I think I'll get a lot of use out of them. If this paragraph sounds like one big excuse, perhaps that's because it is. I'm open to that, but I'm also feeling like it's ok to cut myself some slack in this instance.

What are your thoughts about shopping sample and warehouse sales from companies that don't adhere to ethical guidelines?

ethical review bonanza: summer edition

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I've purchased a fairly high volume of new ethical goods recently thanks to a combination of an awesome ebay gift card and site sales. I thought I'd review them all in one fell swoop to give you an idea of what did and didn't work for me.

1. Fair Indigo Organic Sleeveless Shirt Dress  


This looked a little big out of the bag, but I washed and dried it and now it fits really well. My coworkers liked it, too. It hits right at the knee and you can unbutton the lower buttons if you want to make it a little more vacation ready. Fair trade, organic.

2. Fair Indigo Organic Scoop Neck T-shirt  


Heavyweight, soft pima cotton with a bit of stretch. I like the dimensions on this, but the small fits a little big. I kept it anyway, because I think the length and arm holes would be too cropped in a size smaller. The fabric is really high quality, too, so I think it'll be a closet staple for a long time. Fair trade, organic.

3. Pact V-neck Tee  


I love the white and navy stripes, but this felt too tight at the hips and the v dipped too low on my small chest (didn't want to expose myself!). I returned it, but if you have a straighter frame (and maybe bigger boobs), this might be awesome on you. Fair trade, organic.

4. The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow in Mon Cherry  


I love this eyeshadow. It leans a bit pink on my skin, but it contrasts beautifully with my hazel-brown eyes without being in-your-face. Slight shimmer. Uses community fair trade Marula oil.

5. The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum  


I have used this sparingly so far, but the good news is that I haven't had an allergic reaction! I have really sensitive skin, particularly under my eyes, so that's really saying something. The serum adds a bit of moisture and smooths out and brightens my skin immediately upon application. I'd recommend layering this over your regular moisturizer because it's not quite strong enough to do it alone. Uses community fair trade aloe and Soya oil.

6. Oliberte Hirari Booties  


I ordered these two sizes up from my normal size (I typically wear a US 7 and I got a EU 40 in these). They're comfy and beautiful and have a great sole. I got mine on ebay, but they're currently available at the link I provided. Fair trade.

7. Synergy Organic Clothing High-Low Peacock Skirt  


I'd wanted this skirt ever since I saw it all over Floyd Fest last summer. I got mine in a pretty plum color in one size smaller than normal (a size small) and it fits great. The lightweight, stretch cotton is comfortable and the front length hits at the knee, which makes it more versatile than most high-low skirts in my opinion. Fair trade, organic.


All in all, some pretty good experiences! I've been working to replace everyday basics this summer as my old things deteriorate and pill. I feel confident that the things I ended up keeping will stand the test of time, which is such an important part of the ethical shopping process.