Women's Workwear
From The Boardroom & Beyond

Most of us struggle to find clothing that is tailored yet affordable for the business casual environment, especially when it comes to ethically-made pieces that we can feel proud wearing. But look no further. We’ve found 15 ethically-made workwear brands for the working woman, that range from durable denim workwear to business casual and formal. Whether you’re dressing for function, durability and comfort, attending your nonprofit’s annual gala, or heading to meet a corporate client, these styles will leave a lasting impression.

1. Citizen’s Mark

Based In | Berlin, Germany
Ethics | Fair wages, sustainable practices, 100% biodegradable materials
Best For | Classic blazers
Price Range | $$$$

Citizen’s Mark is a socially responsible brand that designs blazers for professional women on the rise. Not only do they seek responsible suppliers, but they look for leaders in quality & ethics to join their supply team. Crafted from 100% biodegradable materials in a factory that pays living wage, their blazers make a comfortable & conscious staple to the working woman’s wardrobe.

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2. Boden

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Ethical trading, fair wages, give back, recyclable packaging
Best For | Bright blazers, patterned skirts, slacks, & dresses
Price Range | $$

Boden’s workwear collection comprises of bright colors and bold patterns, while being tailored to perfection. Founded over 25 years ago, Boden is a longstanding member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, and their clothes are ethically- and sustainably-produced with recyclable and eco-friendly packaging when possible. Whether you’re looking for the perfect fall cardigan or bootcut pants, Boden has a wide range of pieces ideal for the business-casual workplace.

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3. People Tree

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Fair trade, eco-friendly, organic cotton, GOTS-approved dyes
Best For | Blouses, dresses, slacks
Price Range | $$

Based out of the UK, People Tree has been a leader in the Fair Trade movement for years. Their gorgeous patterns are made by in-house designers and are handwoven by Fair Trade groups paid living wages. People Tree also values transparency - clearly listed under their garments are who made each piece and where. Their high quality ethically-made workwear will last you forever and have you feeling confident and comfortable with their flattering dresses, tailored slacks, and elegant blouses.

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4. Kestan

Based In | Irvine, CA
Ethics | Fair wages, organic cotton, sustainable practices
Best For | Skirts & slacks
Price Range | $-$$

Kestan is the go-to brand if you’re a woman on the go wanting a modern, effortless look. Using organic cotton and sustainable practices including transparencies with their factories, Kestan produces ethical work clothes that are affordable and easy to style. Their range of bottoms include loose yet sophisticated slacks, and elevated pencil skirts that can be mixed to match any business casual outfit. 

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5. Komodo

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Eco-friendly, GOTS-certified, sustainable practices, fair wages
Best For | Skirts, dresses, jackets, slacks
Price Range | $$

Komodo is a pioneer in the movement for organic and eco-friendly fabrics and fibers, including bamboo, hemp, tencel, and recycled rubber. From these, they produce beautifully unique pieces that are sure to turn heads in the workplace, ranging from wardrobe staples to socks to outerwear. You’ll love feeling luxurious and stylish in Komodo’s skirts, dresses, and jackets - while knowing their clothes were made sustainably in factories using solar energy. 

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6. Wallis Evera

Based In | Canada
Ethics | Eco-friendly, organic hemp, biodegradable, ethically-produced
Best For | Dresses
Price Range | $$-$$$

Wallis Evera knows how hard it is to find comfortable, stylish, and affordable work clothes - and their workwear collection changes the game with high-quality eco-fabrics that give you the perfect fit and look. Produced ethically without sweatshops or child labor, Wallis Evera uses hemp as the basis for each of their pieces - and we are loving their hemp dresses lined with natural rayon. Their dresses are perfect for the corporate setting or an after-work dinner - with stunning silhouettes and a neutral palette.

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7. Raven + Lily

Based In | Austin, TX
Ethics | Eco-friendly, fair wages, sustainable practices, B-Corp
Best For | Dresses
Price Range | $$

Raven + Lily believes in not only empowering businesswomen but also women around the world - they currently employ over 1,500+ women in developing areas to help break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families to make their line of modern workwear and clothing. Their dresses can be worn at your next fundraising event, client dinner, or on Casual Friday—versatile and simple to accessorize.

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8. Amour Vert

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Ethics | Made in USA, sustainable practices, zero-waste philosophy, certified organic
Best For | Blouses
Price Range | $$$

If you don’t want to sacrifice style for sustainability, Amour Vert blends the two together seamlessly. Made right outside San Francisco, Amour Vert uses organic cotton, low-impact dyes, and zero waste to achieve stunning, put-together looks that are as eco-friendly as they are fashionable. Their gorgeous silk blouses and fitted tops will be sure to impress in your next big meeting.

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9. Everlane

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Ethics | Fair wages, sustainable practices
Best For | Modern basics
Price Range | $$

Best known for their modern basics, Everlane has a wide-ranging workwear collection ranging from blouses to slacks to their newly released work shoes. And if you work in a more casual or business casual setting, their lightweight and simple styles should be a staple in your wardrobe. Plus, with each piece comes a link to the factory where it was produced. Radical transparency is at the core of their work, and you’ll feel proud to wear their effortless and clean looks.

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10. Karen Kane

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Made in USA, sustainable practices
Best For | Plus Size
Price Range | $$$

For nearly 40 years, Karen Kane has created fashion for the modern woman full of passion and integrity. Their workwear line, in particular for plus size, is no exception. With upbeat patterns and flattering fits, their ethically-made work clothes include tops, bottoms, and sweaters - but our favorites are the dresses. Made in the USA, their dresses are a mix of laidback and stylish, ideal for the working woman on the go.

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11. Gamine Workwear

Based In | Tennessee, USA
Ethics | Made in USA, fair wages, small batch production, minimal waste
Best For | Denim workwear
Price Range | $$-$$$

Not all women work in an office - and Gamine Workwear celebrates these women who work outdoors, who work with their hands, and even weekend warriors. Their denim dungarees are handcrafted in a tiny town in Tennessee by skilled, fairly-paid craftspeople, and are field-tested by gardeners, geologists, and farmers. Their styles are produced in small batches with minimal waste, and are designed with function and form in mind - which means they get better with use.

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Shoes & Bags For The Office

12. Matt & Nat

Based In | Montreal, QC
Ethics | Vegan, recycled materials, fair wages, sustainable practices
Best For | Vegan briefcases & shoes
Price Range | $$$

If you’re like us and obsessed with handbags, you are sure to love Matt & Nat. Made out of vegan leather, their collection includes totes, crossbody bags, and messenger bags - but we most love their vegan briefcases for the workplace. Their briefcases come with 100% recycled lining, smartphone pockets, adjustable straps, and fits a laptop comfortably - you’ll always look and feel professional.

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13. Nisolo

Based In | Nashville, TN
Ethics | Fair wages, sustainable practices, eco-friendly, ethical treatment of animals
Best For | Oxfords
Price Range | $$$

Proud of their humble beginnings and commitment to sustainable practices, Nisolo is now a key player in the movement for transparency and ethically-made fashion. Their shoes, whether loafers or chukkas, are made responsibly throughout Latin America. For the business professional, their Oxfords are gorgeously styled, built for comfort, and a long-term investment that are sure to last you throughout the year. Our personal favorite is the D’Orsay Oxford, a fun play on their signature flat.

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14. Veerah

Based In | Berlin, Germany
Ethics | Responsibly-sourced, 100% cruelty free, organic cotton, vegan, eco-friendly packaging
Best For | Vegan Heels
Price Range | $$$$

If you’re on the hunt for heels that are both vegan and versatile, you’ve found them! Veerah creates elegant and luxury-style heels that can be worn in a number of ways, and best of all, they are cruelty-free and made with the finest sustainable materials around, including cork and microfiber. Go from the workplace to the weekend with their heels that come with detachable accessories and are sure to be a conversation starter.

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15. Tribe Alive

Based In | Fort Worth, TX
Ethics | Fair wages, sustainable practices
Best For | Clutches & bags
Price Range | $$$

On a mission to empower women in need, Tribe Alive employs women across developing countries to create and produce functional and sleek pieces for the modern working woman. Their range of totes, clutches, and weekender bags are handmade, and are bold statement pieces that will make you stand out no matter where you are. Professional enough for the workplace, and stylish enough for your wardrobe.

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