Ethical Fashion

6 Affordable Ethical Clothing Brands (Under $100) That Don’t Compromise On Style

Affordable Ethical Fashion Brands (Under $100) That Don't Compromise on Style

It’s commonly thought that buying ethically costs more. And it’s true – to a certain extent.

When you start paying more attention to ecologically friendly, ethical, and sustainable brands you soon realize that average costs of buying ethical clothes is higher than fast fashion pieces because the prices of inputs and wages for ‘fair trade’ or ‘responsibly produced’ runs higher.

But if you think you won’t be able to afford or live up to making “ethically conscious” decisions, better think again. There are definitely ethical brands out there that offer conscious fashion without the extravagant price tag.

To help you in your search for affordable ethical fashion, we’ve rounded up a list of fashion brands that won’t hurt both the planet and your pocket!

Tonlé

This zero waste free clothing brand sees fashion differently – basically from the way it’s made to the way it’s worn. Promoting zero-waste and fair trade eco clothing line, it takes pride in its latest collection of trendy shirts and dresses that range from $46 to $88. There are items priced over the $100 threshold but very few.

Believing that every thread matters, Tonlé makes sure that its customers own one-of-a-kind clothes that carry significant meaning across cultures and continents. To browse their fair trade zero waste fashion collections, click here.

Tess Dress in Navy - Tonle Zero Waste Fashion

Tess Dress in navy $82

Tess Dress in cream - Tonle

Tess Dress in cream $82

Threads For Thought (or Threads 4 Thought)

Its collection of casual dresses is perfect for a beachy getaway or even for “no-occasion-at-all” pegs. Started in 2006, the brand initially launched its small collection of tees made from eco-friendly fabrics with graphic designs. The creative minds behind it are inspired by causes that moved them: care for humanity and the environment.

Tagged as a full lifestyle brand of fashion that is produced responsibly and supports sustainable fashion, Threads 4 Thought boasts its affordable eco wardrobe staples with prices varying from $44 to $68. It claims that every time you buy its clothes and accessories, you are voting for products that help to improve the planet and move the fashion industry towards a healthier future for everyone. I’m sure you’d love that, right?

Sammy Dress from Threads for Thought

Threads 4 Thought ‘Sammy’ Dress $48

Nonna Dress from Threads 4 Thought

Threads 4 Thought ‘Nonna’ Dress $49.99

Jetta Culotte Threads 4 Thought

Threads 4 Thought ‘Jetta Culotte’ $58

People Tree

This UK-based, fair-trade and eco-friendly fashion company partners with artisans and farmers in developing countries to produce look good, feel good clothing. It offers ethical and sustainable fashion dresses, comfy tops, sleepwear, designers, jackets, accessories, and even hand-made jewelry that come with cheap price tags. Remarkable value given its ethical and sustainable credentials. Some of its “perfect-for-all-occasion” dresses cost only $37.80!

Imagine getting the style you love at a price that won’t hurt the bank account – all while living up to your eco-conscious principles. They even have a super SALE with whopping discounts of up to 70 percent. To shop the collection, head to www.peopletree.co.uk

People Tree 'New Tasha' trousers in black

People Tree ‘New Tasha’ trousers in black $56.70

People Tree organic cotton Respect tee in navy

People Tree organic cotton ‘Respect’ tee $43.20

People Tree Nita Stripe Dress in Navy

People Tree organic cotton ‘Nita Stripe Dress’ in navy $67.50

Everlane

This ethical American clothing retailer offers unique, flexible, and trendy pieces like comfy tees, shirts, sweaters, dresses, bottoms, and outerwear. Nearly everything is under $100 so you won’t need to browse the website for long hoping to find a ‘bargain’.

Everlane is renowned for its commitment to crafting beautiful garments that even the mainstream consumer covets because it’s neither arrogant in the way it markets it transparent responsible business practices on certain and it’s affordable. Plus its a conscious brand that doesn’t compromise comfort and minimalist style.

Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Long Slip Dress – $88

Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Long Slip Dress $88

Everlane Cotton Pocket Dress in navy

Everlane Cotton Pocket Dress in navy $78

Everlane The Cotton Pocket Shirt Dress in navy:white

Everlane Cotton Pocket Shirt Dress in navy/white $78

The Road Clothing

This Australian ethical clothing brand believes that having a conscience is neither a luxury nor a sacrifice. For this brand, it is more of an innate, precious thing that you should wear with pride and passion. Committed to tailoring clothes that last and won’t wreck the planet, The Road Clothing takes pride in its very affordable eco collection of tees and tops (almost all under $50) that could really make you feel good. The Road Clothing: Safe for your health, your pocket, and the planet.

The Road Clothing Life is Beautiful Tank Dress $59

The Road Clothing ‘Life is Beautiful’ Tank Dress $59

The Road Clothing Citylights Bralette in stripe

The Road Clothing ‘Citylights Bralette’ in stripe $49

The Road Clothing 'Women's Dust Jacket Tee' in black

The Road Clothing ‘Women’s Dust Jacket Tee’ in black $39

Matter Prints

With a dream to bring textile artisanship mainstream, Renyung Ho founded Matter Prints, a socially motivated lifestyle brand focused on travel wear. This conscious brand relies heavily on artisan knowledge and local input to influence their beautiful designs, creating a collaborative approach that acknowledges the expertise of the artisan community.

Each designer’s piece is crafted to inspire sustainable fashion and reflect noble ethical standards and classic cultural traditions. With its line, you are assured that you get what you deserve: comfy and stylish tops and bottoms! (Please note: While the tops and shorts are priced under $100, the pants and scarves are not).

Matter Prints 'The Classic Shorts' in Bird Moss

Matter Prints ‘The Classic Shorts’ in Bird Moss $79

Matter Prints The Pyramid Top & Hairline Stripe

Matter Prints ‘The Pyramid Top’ in Hairline Stripe $79

These six ethical fashion brands prove that “going green” doesn’t have to be expensive. Do away with your “can’t afford it” excuses and kickstart that sustainable wardrobe you’ve always wanted.

Looking for more cheap ethical brands? You might also like our post ‘Cheap But Definitely Not Nasty: 10 Affordable Ethical & Sustainable Fashion Brands

Now over to you: Is there an affordable ethical fashion brand we’ve missed? Leave a comment below and let us know!

 

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Myraine Carluen-Policarpio

Myraine Carluen-Policarpio

Myraine Carluen-Policarpio is a seasoned writer, journalist, editor and researcher who also works as a Tertiary English Professor. When she's not writing for others, she's writing for herself over at her blog, Realities and Realizations.

5 Comments

  • Thanks for this list! I had never heard of The Road or Matter Prints before.
    You should also check out arcapparel.ca, it’s a new online store for sustainable fashion – there lots of things over $100 but a ton that are under $100 too!

  • I’m waiting for part 2 of your ethical clothing for plus sizes, hopefully you’ll find some sellers.

    I found a few from OS but each article of clothing was around $200. That’s waaaay too much.

    • Thanks Mel! Yes I hadn’t had a chance to write it yet as I’m pulled between all business demands (including our organic farm) but hopefully this week. And I agree, clothing priced at $200 is a bit much, unless it’s a pair of jeans or shoes that I will get years of wear out of because low cost per wear is a factor I consider besides sustainability and ethics 🙂

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