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We love fashion in earthy shades of brown, camel and tan but responsibly produced fashion in these colours are hard to find – unless of course, the colours are “on trend” or the autumn (fall) season is approaching.
We’ve searched high and low across the internet plains to curate conscious brands consistently producing garments in these shades every season. So if you’re after a toffee-coloured top or a cocoa-tinged dress to enjoy wearing all year-round, we hope this list helps you find what you’re looking for.
This premium basics brand doesn’t disappoint in the colour stakes, constantly releasing collections in various shades of brown, camel and tan. Designed in Canada and sustainably made in the Nile Delta using 100% Egyptian cotton, KOTN understands that for many customers, these colours are as staple in our wardrobes as black and white.
2. Girlfriend Collective
The American ethical label that’s taken the sustainable fashion world by storm, Girlfriend Collective produces modern, size-inclusive activewear and outerwear from regenerated materials that look good, feel good and do good. Diversity and inclusivity has been front and centre of this brand since it launched, featuring diverse models of various ages, ethnicity, racial background and able-disabled. With core collections and limited edition colours, you’re bound to find a shade of brown that suits your tastes, preferences and complexion.
For fair-trade, certified organic undies in shades of brown, Knickey has got you covered. You’ll find a variety of styles such as thong, low-rise bikini and full brief (read: Granny undies) in two hues: ‘Bon Bon’ (dark brown) and ‘Butterscotch’ (caramel). These undies have a soft elastic so it won’t cut into your skin and are designed for maximum comfort and sustainability. The perfect for everyday undies.
4. Vege Threads
Producing sustainable basics, casual wear and swimwear in Melbourne, the Vege Threads‘ range features colours including mocha. Known for its use of GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton, the brand incorporates other eco-friendly materials into its collections such as hemp, modal and regenerated nylon. All dyes used are Australian Certified Organic to ensure minimum pollution into waterways. This Australian label is also member of 1% For The Planet and is also accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia.
5. Aliya Wanek
When we came across this slow fashion label last year, we were instantly mesmerised by the relaxed, playful imagery and the effortless styling. We were also drawn to the shades of cocoa and browns featured in the collections. Fashion designer Aliya Wanek founded her eponymous label in 2016 on a mission to create “comfortable, stylish clothing ethically and sustainably as an extension of the wearer’s individuality”. Working with two small factories and contractors in the Bay Area, this label epitomises intentional, sustainable design.
If you’re based in Australia, conscious basics brand Boody produces organic bamboo viscose bra and undies in various shades of nude that will suit all skin tones. Designed in Australia and responsibly made in China, this PETA-approved vegan underwear also comes in recyclable and compostable packaging.
LA-based women’s slow fashion brand Sotela produces locally- manufactured wardrobe staples that celebrates size, gender, ethnicity, race, age and the spirit of humanity. This made-to-order ethical fashion label (read: less waste!) has built a reputation not only for its radical inclusivity, but for its comfortable styles made from natural and eco-friendly materials such as linen. The collections are contemporary yet timeless and garments are available in a range of classic range of colours, including earthy tones. Sotela garments are designed to be cherished and valued, from the day you purchase the item and every day thereafter.
8. Organic Basics
This sustainable basics label produces modern and minimalist eco-friendly underwear, activewear and casual basics made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, recycled materials and other sustainable materials such as Tencel. Made under fair-trade conditions in Europe, Organic Basic’s core collection features invisible bras, underwear and tank tops in walnut brown and ocher (tan) colours. The range is also PETA-approved vegan.
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