9 Ethical Fashion Brands You Need To Know

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It’s been almost 18 months since I set out on my quest to only shop from brands that have strong ethical and sustainable values. Having decided that I was having no more to do with stores that advocate fast fashion, I suddenly became very aware I had no idea where I was supposed to buy clothes from. Here’s a short guide to nine of my favourite brands that are taking huge strides in the world of ethical and sustainable fashion.

The I’m Up Here Collection – Reformation

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I would apologise for yet another Reformation post, but the truth is, I’m not sorry! And until they stop producing the most beautiful range of sustainable fashion these posts will keep on coming!

I know I’ve mentioned how much I love the skinny straps and low scooped backs of many a Ref dress but if you have any hint of a boob a backless dress always raises the age old question, “What do you do about a bra?” This is where Reformation have stepped up to the mark and produced “The I’m Up Here Collection”, a range designed to conceal your bra but without compromising on true Ref style. Or as they put it “The best of Ref, recomboobulated to fit ladies with a bigger bust” – beauty with a boob pun, what could be better!

All the clothes are made from either deadstock materials (fabric that’s going to waste due to fashion houses over-ordering) or from viscose, a natural and biodegradable fabric woven in a mill free of harmful substances and dyes.

I think the reason I love Reformation so much is that they’re the perfect antidote to the tiresome assumption that ethical fashion can only be frumpy or fleecey. They continue to create ranges of the highest quality and with an undeniable sense of style.

Here’s just a few of my favourite items from their latest collection.

Azalea Two Piece| Photo: The Reformation

Azalea Two Piece| Photo: The Reformation

Begonia| Photo: The Reformation

Begonia| Photo: The Reformation

Dream summer wardrobe moodboard

Dream Summer Wardrobe

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“The sun has got his hat on, he’s coming out to play…”

I am loving this sunshine despite the fact it’s still actually quite chilly in the shade and I haven’t yet ventured out without my coat.  Even so this beautiful weather is making me crave hot summer days and long summer evenings on the beach.  As I’m not yet brave enough to get my legs out I have created a little moodboard of dream items to add to my summer wardrobe.

Ethical Summer Wardrobe

I am rather desperate for a pair of sandals and TOMS have got a really beautiful range of sandals this year.  As a company they have come a long way from their roots whilst still staying true to their ethos, for each pair of shoes bought they give a pair to child in need. I love this company for a million reasons and I cannot wait to get my hands feet on a pair of the sandals.

I can’t go wrong with a good skirt and People Tree have some really pretty patterns (they’ve teamed up with Orla Kiely, enough said!) and colours, I will definitely be getting some of these over the next few months!  I know I have mentioned Reformation in quite a few posts over the last few weeks, for which I am sorry (not sorry, I am borderline obsessed with the this company), but they really do have the best selection of dresses I have seen from an ethically minded company.  Although they are a little out of my price range I will continue to stare, and drool, over their delightful range of beautifulness (hey, it’s a “Dream Summer Wardrobe” right?)

I am a real sucker for a floral pattern and a kimono style top (I’m even wearing one now – seriously) they are just perfect for covering up a little when it’s hot without overheating. They also make a pair of skinnies look a little bit more interesting without having to try to too hard (something I live by!).  This Annie Greenabelle kimono is quite possibly one of the most perfect things I have ever clapped eyes on, and I have a feeling I will be wearing it before the month’s out.  The floral sleeveless shirt is by Komodo, an ethical brand I have just stumbled upon. I really love the colours and patterns in this shirt, if their future ranges continue in this theme they will have a very loyal customer in me!
Finally, the beautiful Breton striped top.  As you may know I get weak at the knees at the sight of a classic Breton, and this contrast yoke top from Seasalt sent me into 60s/French Riviera stupor. The ‘saffron’ coloured yolk screams summer, but with it being a cotton knit it’s perfect for Spring or a slightly cooler summer afternoon. I love this top more than words can say and I hope to find it folded neatly in my chest of drawers in the coming weeks!

After all that I am sufficiently summery and desperate to chase the ice cream man down the street.  How are your summer wardrobes shaping up?   What are your favourite  pieces for the season?

{This post was written whilst listening to Francoise Hardy and eating a very juicy mango}