Ethical Fashion Doesn't Have To Be Expensive & Exclusive

Fast fashion is easy for consumers because it’s just that: fast and inexpensive. Lasting for only a season or so, it’s easy for us to end up with clothes that tatter and rip after just a few wears. And when it comes to ethical fashion, we know the price tags for better, more quality pieces can be daunting.

That’s why we’re sharing brands that make shopping ethically an affordable experience. Let’s stock up on apparel that makes us feel good and look good, without breaking the bank.

For the purpose of this article, we are using the following pricing scale:

$ = Up to $25
$$ = $25–$50
$$$ = $50–$80
$$$$ = Over $80


Ethics | Organic, GOTS Certified, fair trade, eco-friendly
Product Range | Men's, women's, and children’s apparel
Price Range | $

If you’re on the hunt for super soft basics that are long lasting, look no further than PACT. Their range of basics include everything from leggings to underwear, tees to hoodies. And they offer fair pieces for everyone in the family, toddler and baby included. Not only are their basics organic and Fair Trade, but they’re also universally flattering and comfortable all-year round. Given their affordable prices and high quality, a purchase from PACT is sure to be a steal.

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Alternative Apparel

Ethics | Sustainable and eco-friendly materials, non-toxic and low-impact dyes, fair labor
Product Range | Men's and women’s apparel, bags, accessories
Price Range | $$

Alternative Apparel is a one-stop shop for the bargain hunter. Whether you’re searching for loungewear, gift sets for friends and family, or accessories like scarves and socks, they’ve got you covered. They use recycled materials and processes whenever possible, along with ensuring workers receive fair pay and safe working conditions. You can find us on the weekends hanging out in their off-the-shoulder sweaters and ultra-comfy sweats.

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Ethics | Ethically made
Product Range | Men's and women’s apparel, shoes, and accessories
Price Range | $$–$$$$

For those of you who turn basics into boldness, Everlane is right up your alley. Their ethically-made and affordable basics come with a twist, whether it’s a little flair in an A-line dress or box-cut tees in stunning colors. Easy to dress up or dress down, they sell both men and women’s apparel along with women’s shoes—their Day Heels are known to be some of the comfiest pumps around, and well worth the investment.

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Threads 4 Thought

Ethics | Sustainable, eco-friendly, B Corp
Product Range | Men's and women’s apparel, activewear
Price Range | $$–$$$

Threads 4 Thought began as more of a passion project and now is a major resource for those mindful of people and planet. Their eco-friendly and sustainable apparel is perfect for the casual wardrobe—think back to your college days or a Saturday morning coffee run. We’re huge fans of their activewear collection too; you can get your sweat on while looking good.

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Thought Clothing

Ethics | Organic, eco-friendly, sustainable
Product Range | Men's and women's apparel, socks, accessories
Price Range | ££–££££

Thought is for our friends over in the UK, but ships worldwide too! Their eco-friendly and organic clothing are made from cotton, bamboo, and hemp. Full of unique colors and gorgeous styles, you’ll find affordable pieces perfect for work, a night out, or simply hanging out with friends. More than just basics, they offer apparel ranging from nightwear to dresses to knitwear. Everyone will think these are designer threads, but it’s okay—we can keep this secret between us.

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People Tree

Ethics | Fair trade, Certified Organic
Product Range | Tops and bottoms, dresses, skirts, accessories, gifts
Price Range | $$$–$$$$

It would be remiss of us to not include Fair Trade pioneers, People Tree. Based out of the UK, they create beautiful clothing that women can wear all year round using fair trade practices and eco-friendly and organic fabrics. And more often than not, their sales make even their most expensive pieces come out on the affordable side. We speak from experience: Items we’ve bought years ago from People Tree still look as stunning today as we did when we first grabbed ‘em.

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Ethics | Upcycling
Product Range | Women's and children’s apparel and accessories
Price Range | $–$$

thredUP is a dream: If you’re looking to purge your closet of old clothes and grab some new styles at a fraction of the cost, here is your new go-to. Acting as an online thrift store, they sell everything from dresses to outerwear to handbags at a nearly 90% markdown. They also carry all sorts of ethical fashion brands, so you can get the real thing with knockoff prices.

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Ethics | Upcycling
Product Range | Women's, men's, and children’s apparel
Price Range | $–$$

Similar to ThredUp, Swap is an online thrift store with thousands of options for women, men, and children’s apparel. Carrying brands like Everlane, Mata Traders, and Amour Vert, you’ll find everything you need to stock up on ethical fashion. Plus, you get free shipping with your first order over $10.

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Amour Vert

Ethics | Ethically made, made in USA, nontoxic dyes
Product Range | Women's and children’s apparel
Price Range | $$–$$$$

When it comes to elegance and style on a budget, Amour Vert takes the cake hands down. They take every step to be a sustainable brand, including non-toxic dyes and luxurious high quality fabrics. Best of all? They craft effortless layers you can wear for any season. These staples for women and baby are sure to turn heads no matter where you go.

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Mata Traders

Ethics | Fair trade, women’s empowerment
Product Range | Tops, dresses, skirts, accessories
Price Range | $$–$$$

Known for their unique prints and standout colors, Mata Traders is ethical fashion with an eclectic personality. Handcrafted by women in Nepal and India, they sell a limited line of apparel and jewelry, but they do what they know best. Our personal recommendation? Invest in their jewelry. Their extremely affordable earrings, necklaces, and rings are timeless, classy, and still bring a touch of boldness to any outfit.

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