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Affordable Brands For Ethical Fashion On A Budget

Ethical Fashion Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive & Exclusive

Finding ethical fashion is mostly easy these days, because it’s become a trend. Trends come at a premium when they play on our conscious. Ethical brands know that we want to buy better and we’re willing to pay more, but that doesn’t mean we can all afford some of the exorbitant prices…

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.

1. Everlane

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

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.

2. PACT

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

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.

3. thredUP

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

Acting as an online thrift store (but much more curated), 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.

4. ABLE

Ethics | Female artisan-made in Peru, fair labor practices, B Corp
Product Range | Women’s apparel, denim, shoes, bags, jewelry
Price Range | $$–$$$$

Their beautiful bags and wardrobe staples like denim and basics are made all over the world by fairly-paid women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances. If you don’t pick the right size or color the first time, ABLE also offers free unlimited US shipping back and forth until you find the perfect fit on your apparel, denim, or shoes.

5. 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 | $$

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.

6. Thought Clothing

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

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.

7. People Tree

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

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.

Shop some of our favorite pieces from these brands.

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