Coronavirus quarantine, but make it fashion. As we’ve all been told to practice social distancing, it can be tempting to fall into a uniform of sweatpants and pajamas when working from home for an extended time. And while there’s something to be said for relaxing your style when you don’t need to adhere to an office dress code, some actually prefer to get dressed up to maintain a sense of normalcy. You’ll have to get on conference calls, plus wear real clothes to walk to the dog, get some fresh air, or check in on your elderly neighbors. You want to be comfortable, and your clothes to be comforting. But you’ll be seen by the outside world, so they have to be somewhat appropriate.
We’ve put together a list of sustainable and ethical sweats, loungewear, and casual clothing that will keep you feeling like a human while you shelter in place.
The name says it all: Thought Clothing genuinely thinks about the environment, and also encourages their customers to reflect upon what they are wearing. The brand sets high standards in terms of working ethically and reducing their environmental footprint, and they put just as much ‘thought’ into their designs as they do their ethics. Take this Odelia poncho, below, for example. It can be worn loose, over tights, or tucked into trousers or even sweats. In any case, the result is relaxed and chic.
2. People Tree
This brand has been a renowned pioneer in sustainable Fair Trade fashion since 1991. Their core mission is to create beautiful collections through the use of forward thinking, responsible fabrics, made using traditional artisanal skills. We love their 100% certified organic cotton tee shirts not only because they’re natural and cute, but because they carry empowering slogans like Be A Warrior, Not A Worrier, which is just the kind of motivation we need sometimes when we’re feeling lazy working at home!
3. Neu Nomads
Sometimes, you can have it all. This top merges the best of minimalist-chic style and total comfort. Featuring a plunging v-neckline (that is still bra-friendly), this top exudes modern elegance that’s sure to turn heads. Neu Nomads has managed to design an impressively sleek and professional line of loungewear made out of fabrics like organic cotton, linen, and Lenzing Modal. From their founders to designers to factory workers, the Neu Nomad mission is to empower the growing global collective of women. Their garments are produced in a family-owned factory in Delhi that maintains healthy working conditions, health care benefits and compensation far above the living wage. Their female designers celebrate women’s bodies and take an inclusive approach to fit and design.
Alternative Apparel’s joggers, jumosuits, and other work-from-home clothes are made in WRAP certified facilities out of eco-friendly materials like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and low-impact dyes. They use water-conserving processes, oxo-biodegradable mailer bags, and have implemented a vendor recycling program.
Outerknown has a wide variety of sweats and comfy apparel for men and women. The brand was started by 11-time World Surf League Champion, Kelly Slater and acclaimed designer, John Moore. As a brand, they are committed to transparency, working with manufacturers who abide by the Fair Labor Association’s standards and keeping a list of those suppliers right on their website. They use eco-conscious materials like ECONYL (recycled nylon), organic cotton, and hemp and they also give back a portion to the Ocean Conservancy.
6. We Drifters
We Drifters has designed a multi-tasking sleepwear brand that’s so well designed, you can also wear it outside of the house, too! It’s all made from natural, lightweight and sustainable bamboo fabric, which has anti-microbial properties and the ability to regulate body temperature.. This matching top-and-bottom outfit is perfect for travelling, sleeping, hanging out with friends, and yes – working from home, too!
Theo + George uses a lot of eco-conscious fabrics like natural cotton, wool, cashmere that comes directly from herdsman from Tibet and Inner Mongolia, and modal that’s sourced from an OEKO-TEX certified supplier. They are committed to sustainable production, but they do use synthetics in a few of their pieces, so make sure to check the materials before buying!
Ninety Percent launched in 2018, with the goal of helping disappearing tribes and craftsmen, and maximising the virtues of a natural lifestyle, that is perfectly reflected in the brand’s responsibly made clothes. Their organic cotton-jersey jumpsuit is an excellent choice for working from home: it’s got pockets to keep your tissues, phone and snacks, and if you get chilly, throw a sweater over it and it still looks awesome!
Since its foundation, Frank and Oak has focused on minimising the impact on the environment by increasing the usage of recycled materials and reducing waste to landfill., as well as promoting socially responsible economic development. The collections from this popular Canadian label are fit for all occasions, as shown by their machine washable sweater dress, below. This is the loungewear version of the little black dress! It’s super easy to throw on, and you if you need to rush to a meeting, just throw on some tights, nice shoes and some jewellery, and you’re good to go!
When is a sweatpant more than a sweatpant? When it’s made from ethically sourced cashmere, of course! Ethical brand Everlane partners with conscious suppliers and factories around the world to bring its collections to life, which are ‘radically transparent’ and will last through time. The label’s Grade-A cashmere sweatpants are incredibly elegant, yet supremely comfortable, thanks to their slim-yet-relaxed fit, ribbed cuffs, and a comfortable drawstring waist, making them a timeless classic that will last through time.
Amour Vert, the brand that signifies ‘Green Love’ in French, has always been committed to creating a healthier planet for future generations through ethical fashion. Every item is made in limited quantities to ensure the highest production standard and eliminate excess waste. We particularly love their Ebonne wrap top that comes in autumnal hues of aubergine and rust, and offers the perfect contemporary drape: it’s roomy, it’s comfy, and it pairs so well with your favourite pair of jeans.
Jeans. For some of us, they’re a pain to wear; for others, they’re our working-from-home go-to. We couldn’t exclude jeans from a list of ethical outfits for working at home, but we’d suggest to make them comfy, they need to have some stretch – and that’s exactly what these high rise, skinny legged jeans from Reformation have in spades. The Serena model, below, is fitted throughout with just the right amount of elasticity. And of course, as you probably know, Reformation is an exceptional brand in terms of its ethicals and materials (these are made from organic cotton).
Kotn creates beautiful basics from authentic Egyptian cotton that’s finer, softer, and more breathable than any other cotton. By working directly with cotton farming families in Egypt, Kotn is seeking to rebuild the industry from the inside. They make their own fabrics from raw cotton bought direct from farmers at guaranteed prices. A Certified B Corp brand, they built a school in Egypt to combat child labor, and are now working on building a second one.
Groceries Apparel makes sweats and loungewear out of natural materials like organic cotton, Tencel lyocell, hemp, and linen, along with recycled plastic and cotton. They operate their own factory in Los Angeles so they can keep a strict eye on worker wellbeing, as well as cut down on waste and increase traceability.