How to Curate an Ethical Wardrobe: Workwear

October 31, 2016

Welcome back to the third installment of how to curate an ethical wardrobe.

Previously, I’ve dug up conscientious options for underwear and everyday casual basics.

This time I’m sharing ideas on what to wear in the workplace when you’re tasked with wearing the sometimes-dreaded (at least by me) “business casual” or business formal.


How to Curate an Ethical Wardrobe: Workwear

Tradlands The Charlie-Organic

Whether you’re wearing it for work under a blazer or for a day out with jeans, the classic white button-down is a wardrobe staple.  This 100% organic cotton shirt’s versatility makes it a go-to piece in a majority of capsule collections ranging from blogs to Pinterest boards–Tradlands’ US-based manufacturing is sure to make it a keeper, too.

How to Curate an Ethical Wardrobe: Workwear

Prana Uptown Pant

If you’re tired of the basic work pant and are looking for a new, relaxed classic pant to go with both heels and trainers, then the Uptown pant will be a new favorite.  Made of 87% recycled polyester with a relaxed fit, its easy style lends itself to a boardroom (or even a jaunt to the grocery store) and is available in two colors. Indeed, Prana is a brand to keep on your radar. In addition to offering sustainably-made clothing, Prana is committed to giving back by partnering with various charitable organizations.

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Beyond Skin Lexie

Vegan options for shoes are now a dime a dozen, but not many companies can boast being stylish and animal-free with a track record of 15 plus years(!).  Beyond Skin is one of those rare few, and their Lexie heel is a solid choice that’s as comfortable in meetings as it is going out.  An added bonus? Beyond Skin’s statement that their shoes are made in Spain in a non-exploitive work environment.

How to Curate an Ethical Wardrobe: Workwear

Amour Vert Emma

Looking for a dress that’s as comfortable in the workplace as it is for a coffee shop date?  Then the Emma should be on your list.  With a stylish herringbone pattern and made with 100% organic cotton, this simple dress is as cute as it is versatile. Amour Vert supports local business by manufacturing within a 20 mile radius from their San Francisco office.

How to Curate an Ethical Wardrobe: Workwear

Vaute Couture Belden

Buying a sophisticated coat and supporting a vegan fashion brand? Check and check 😉  Vaute Couture’s Belden will look just as fabulous walking into the office as walking out to go wherever the mood takes you.  Made from waxed canvas, this wind- and water-resistant coat was designed with Chicago winds in mind. The buttonable collar makes a scarf optional. Other good news: Vaute’s garments are cut and sewn in NYC’s garment district by people who earn a living wage.

How to Curate an Ethical Wardrobe: Workwear

Mata Traders Pencil Me In Skirt

Feel like breaking up the monotony of wearing pants to work?  The “Pencil Me In” skirt not only brings class to your wardrobe but also your life.  Need convincing?  All Mata Traders garments are made by fair trade women’s co-ops where support services such as healthcare, literacy classes, and retirement pensions are offered.  Can’t find your size?

How to Curate an Ethical Wardrobe: Workwear

BC Footwear Turf

For those of us who prefer a chunkier heel with our workwear, the vegan Turf in Black is a solid choice.  With a 4″ heel and 1/2″ platform, this shoe has sold out fast online and is now only available at *drum roll* vegan shoe shop Moo Shoes.  Get ’em before they’re gone!

Stay tuned for the next installment on getting cozy in winter gear 🙂


What are your favorite vegan, organic, or fair-trade options for workwear?  Let us know in the comments!

Also by Kim: 5 Cheap Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe (and Possibly Your Life)

Related: 5 Simple Ways to Kick Your Fast Fashion Addiction

Conscious Wardrobe: On Making the Most of What I Have

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Kim, a recent Portland, OR transplant, is always on the lookout for cute street style. If she's not caught in the Pinterest vortex of fashion and tasty food, she's reading, running, or writing--not necessarily in that order. You can check her out on Pinterest @restlessnights and Twitter.


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