Keep It Casual With These Wardrobe Staples

For many of us in the states, it’s been a long winter—but things are finally starting to look up. As the summer months approach, it’s time to update our wardrobes with essentials that will last us not just this season but also beyond. And we’ve found staple tees that are organic, modern, and functional with any outfit.

So whether you’re dressing up with a cardigan, necklace, and flowy skirt, or dressing down to keep it casual, here are 10 essential organic tees you’ll want to wear as it warms up.

Looking for more ways to clean up your routine? Check out our guides to organic clothing and organic makeup!


1. Eileen Fisher

Based In | New York City, NY
Ethics | Organic, fair trade, ethically-made
Colors | Red, yellow, green, blue, gray, white
Price | $68

Eileen Fisher is one of the most ethical, organic-friendly brands around with their commitment to environmental sustainability, and their Cotton Jersey Slub Elbow Sleeve Top is no exception. With elbow sleeves, we’d wear it through the warm seasons back into the cooler months (only this time, with a denim jacket!) Plus, its softness is unparalleled, hand-stitched in a fair-trade factory. Loose, flowy, and available in a myriad of colors—this is the ideal piece for layering.

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2. Garnet Hill

Based In | Franconia, NH
Ethics | Organic, ethically-made
Colors | Black, white, heather, blue, ministripes
Price | $32

The Essential Short-Sleeve Tee from Garnet Hill is the perfect capsule closet staple, with a relaxed fit and scooped neckline. Made with organic pima cotton in Peru, this tee comes in sizes 0 through 18 and in colors that match any outfit or any season—our personal favorite is the Heather. Pair with a cardigan or with wide-leg pants, and you’ll be living in these all summer long (and beyond).

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3. Thought

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Organic, natural, ethically-made
Colors | Lagoon blue, pebble gray
Price | £34.90

One of our standout favorites is the Savita Stripe Boxy Tee from Thought for its eclectic take on stripes and bold colors. Sustainably crafted from organic cotton and hemp, they’ve released these two colors just in time for summer. And the sleeves hit right above the elbow with a box cut, creating a style that’s both simple and stylish. All you’re missing is the pair of jeans or denim shorts and the sandals to go with it.

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4. Pact

Based In | Boulder, CO
Ethics | Organic, fair trade, ethically-made
Colors | Black, gray, white, pink, green, blue, stripes
Price | $16

When it comes to affordable ethical fashion, Pact takes the cake—as evidenced by their Scoop Neck Tee. This tee is fitted to taper at your waist and hit at your hip, making it as simple as it is timeless. And it works whether you’re at a casual movie night or going for a long stroll, as it’s made to stretch while stayed snug. Don’t let the inexpensive price tag fool you—it’s as organic and eco-friendly as they come: 100% organic cotton, GOTS-certified, and fair trade. Brb, we’re stocking up.

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5. Alternative Apparel

Based In | Atlanta, GA
Ethics | Organic, ethically-made
Colors | White, gray, black, blue, purple, blush pink
Price | $38

Looking for that flowy fit? We got you, with Alternative Apparel’s Origin Cotton Modal T-Shirt. This relaxed fit tee has a wider neck and dropped shoulders that’s universally flattering on just about anyone. And it’s made ethically in a WRAP-certified factory with Lenzing, a sustainable cellulose fiber derived from beechwood pulp and cotton. Add a teardrop necklace and a white cardigan, and you’re ready for date night.

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6. People Tree

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Organic, fair trade, ethically-made
Colors | Navy & white
Price | $54

Simple and subtle, the People Tree Love Tee in Navy comes with a timeless design and beautiful message. In navy and white, this particular tee was made by Fusion Clothing Company in India, using organic and fair trade cotton and crafted under safe working conditions. We envision ourselves in this with a black tulle skirt, heading to the farmer’s market or a night out with girlfriends. It’s easy to feel—and share—the love that comes with this tee.

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7. VILDNIS

Based In | Berkshire, UK
Ethics | Organic, ethically-made, eco-friendly, fair trade
Colors | Brilliant white
Price | £35

Made lovingly in Portugal by small factories, the Waimea T-Shirt from VILDNIS takes the essential tee to the next level. Using organic linen and lyocell, this light and flowy tee comes with dropped shoulders and raw hems, giving you the edge you need. (And our favorite feature? The center-back stitching!) Wear with boyfriend jeans or a (vegan) leather jacket for a bold, biker look.

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8. MATE The Label

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Organic, Ethically Made, Made in USA
Colors | Turmeric, vintage black, bone
Price | $62

Turmeric is the new black, and it shows with the Casey Crew from MATE the Label. Knit, cut, sewn, and dyed in downtown Los Angeles, this Crew uses only 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. It adds just the right amount of grunge to any outfit, with a cutout on the left shoulder, double neckband, and raw edges. This summer, throw these on top of denim shorts and a pair of hoops for your next outdoor concert.

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9. Brook There

Based In | Massachusetts
Ethics | Organic, made in USA
Colors | Coral, pink lavender, myrtle, indigo, black, white, stripe
Price | $48

The Coral Organic Shirt from Brook There is as light and soft as organic tees come, in a vibrant coral that’s made for the summer months. With a relaxed fit, scoop neck, wide hem, and short sleeves, this featherweight tee works on anyone and everyone. And if you like supporting USA-made clothing, Brook There is the place to go—this top itself was cut and sewn in Massachusetts using 100% organic cotton, milled here in the States.

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10. The Summer House

Based In | Bangalore, India
Ethics | Organic, ethically-made
Colors | White, blush
Price | $31

The Summer House’s White Box Tee takes modern style to new heights. We are obsessed with this tee’s short kimono sleeves and delicately twisted neckline, begging to be paired with a plain necklace or choker. Ethically made in India by talented craftsmen, under fair working conditions, the Summer House uses only organic and sustainable materials. Layer over a long skirt or cropped skinny jeans for a casual Friday look.

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