15 Sustainable Workwear Brands For Women

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It can be challenging to find tailored yet affordable clothing for the business casual environment, especially when it comes to ethically made pieces that we can feel proud wearing. But look no further! We’ve found 15 ethical workwear brands for women, ranging from durable denim workwear to business casual and formal.

Whether you’re working from home or heading to the office, these professional styles will leave a lasting impression—on Zoom or otherwise!

Looking for sustainable work shoes? Try one of these brands! And if you need a tote or purse for your work supplies, we love these ethical and eco-friendly purses.

*Article updated November 2022


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1. EILEEN FISHER

Based In | Irvington, NY
Ethics | Certified B Corp, organic, recycled, & sustainable fibers, ethical & eco-friendly production, gives back, secondhand shop
Best For | Lightweight fabrics, petite sizes, cardigans
Price Range | $$$$

Designing products that delight the spirit and simplify life is the mission behind EILEEN FISHER. Whether you’re searching for a coat, cardigan, vest, or jumpsuit, this sustainable line has investment pieces for everyone. The brand also boasts an impressive work culture and a social responsibility model. Initiatives include water and energy conservation programs, fair and ethical labor with frequent audits, and a secondhand shop.


2. ADAY

Based In | New York, NY
Ethics | Vegan & recycled fabrics, responsible & eco-friendly production, recycling program, gives back
Best For | Capsule wardrobes, comfortable WFH apparel
Price Range | $$–$$$

Technical. Seasonless. Sustainable. Those are the core tenets for ADAY. We love this brand for its gorgeous workwear staples but also for the sustainably minded production processes and responsible fabrics (all cruelty-free, majority vegan, and some recycled). The company also prioritizes OEKO-TEX and Bluesign-approved partners to ensure that the chemicals used to treat the fabrics aren’t harmful to the environment.


3. Quince

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Ethics | Eco-friendly fabrics & packaging, ethical production, fair wages
Best For | Washable silk, affordable cashmere, capsules
Price Range | $–$$

SF brand Quince makes affordable and sustainable workwear clothes, perfect for the office or for working from home. The brand keeps costs down by shipping directly from its factories, cutting out the middleman and excessive packaging. As for fabrics, eco-friendly materials include recycled polyester, organic cotton twill, and washable silk (a workwear staple if you ask us!).


4. Sézane

Based In | Paris, France
Ethics | Certified B Corp, fair labor standards, natural & sustainable materials, gives back, recycled packaging, powered by renewable energy
Best For | Blouses, skirts, work dresses, shoes
Price Range | $$$–$$$$

Looking to spruce up your spring workwear collection with a gorgeous flowy skirt or an intricately knit blouse? Sézane may be a great fit! This Parisian brand is our go-to for sustainable staples, and we love that these garments can be styled for the office, date night, or weekend brunch. In addition to giving back, Sézane focuses on responsible and eco-friendly production.


5. Thought

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Natural & GOTS certified organic fabrics, gives back, slow shipping, ethical production, recycling program, plastic-free & eco-friendly packaging
Best For | Dresses, tights, work socks, cardigans
Price Range | $$

Based in London, Thought is an eco-friendly and organic apparel brand, perfect for women’s work basics, including trousers, work socks, bamboo tights, and dresses. Prioritizing ethics and environmental sustainability, Thought utilizes practices like slow shipping, carefully sourced fabrics, and charitable giving. The brand also offers worldwide shipping!


6. Boden

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, responsibly sourced & recycled fabrics, gives back
Best For | Bright blouses, patterned skirts, & dresses
Price Range | $$–$$$$

Boden’s workwear collection comprises of bright colors and bold patterns, while being tailored to perfection. Founded over 25 years ago, the company is a longstanding member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, which requires its suppliers to meet minimum standards relating to working conditions, as set out in the ETI Base Code. Whether you’re looking for a cozy spring cardigan or bootcut pants, Boden has a wide range of pieces ideal for the business-casual workplace.


7. Tradlands

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Ethics | Fair wages, sustainable practices, secondhand shop, natural materials, made in small batches
Best For | Button-ups, basics
Price Range | $$

Founded by Sadie Roberts in 2012, Tradlands is on a mission to make pieces you’ll wear 50 times over, instead of just a handful. The brand creates effortless looks and garments while using a slow and sustainable process. Tradlands pieces are made with natural fibers, crafted within two trusted family-run factories. Check out its Worn Well Exchange for secondhand pieces at discounted prices.


8. Vetta

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Sustainable fabrics, responsible & eco-friendly factories, eco-friendly packaging
Best For | Capsule wardrobes
Price Range | $$$

Vetta creates sleek and stylish capsule wardrobes for work and leisure. We love the focus on sustainability, where five pieces can make up to a month’s worth of outfits! Vetta’s thoughtful garments are made in responsible factories, often with sustainable and deadstock fabrics like Tencel, organic cotton, and recycled polyester. Plus, the brand ships with recycled packaging materials, inserts, and poly bags.


9. ABLE

Based In | Nashville, TN
Ethics | Fair labor & wages, eco-friendly production, organic & GOTS certified cotton, LWG-certified & responsibly sourced leather
Best For | Blouses, sweaters, denim, dresses
Price Range | $$–$$$

ABLE’s motto is to “move fashion forward.” These thoughtfully designed pieces are ethically made by women all over the world, who are paid more-than-living wages and given safe, ethical working conditions. Most apparel is made with responsibly sourced cotton blends, and we love the elevated yet simple styles you can find here—like the puff sleeve tee, fitted jackets, and perfectly slouchy sweaters.


10. People Tree

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Fair trade certified options, eco-friendly & organic materials, GOTS-approved dyes, take-back box, gives back
Best For | Patterned blouses, dresses, trousers
Price Range | $$

UK brand People Tree has been a leader in the Fair Trade movement for years. The brand values transparency, and under each piece on the website, there’s a note about where it was made and by whom. This collection will surely have you feeling confident and comfortable—whether you choose a printed skirt, tailored slacks, or an elegant blouse!


11. Patagonia

Based In | Ventura, CA
Ethics | Certified B Corp, Fair Trade Certified collections, sustainably & responsibly sourced materials, gives back, secondhand shop
Best For | Durable, outdoor-ready clothing
Price Range | $–$$$

Patagonia has long encouraged adventure, so it should come as no surprise that its workwear collection is made to withstand the outdoors. Canvas jackets, overalls, and aprons are crafted from industrial hemp while the boots are built from high-quality bison leather. And there are vests, insulated caps, and waterproof slickers, too. 85 percent of Patagonia’s line is Fair Trade Certified™ sewn, and the company also donates one percent of sales to environmental causes.


12. Kestan

Based In | Irvine, CA
Ethics | Fair wages & labor, GOTS certified organic & sustainable fibers, gives back
Best For | Dresses, blouses, slacks
Price Range | $$–$$$

Kestan is all about that modern, effortless look. Using sustainable fibers (Tencel, bamboo, cupro, and organic cotton) and practices including transparency about its factories, the brand produces ethical work clothes that are versatile and easy to style. The brand’s range includes pastel-colored button downs and wrap dresses that can be mixed to match any business casual outfit. 


13. Gamine Workwear

Based In | Tiverton, RI
Ethics | Made in the USA, natural & sustainable materials, fair wages, small batch production, low waste, repairs & recycling programs
Best For | Denim workwear & hats
Price Range | $$$–$$$$

Not everyone works in an office or at a computer—and Gamine Workwear celebrates women who work outdoors. Its denim-driven pieces are handcrafted across the US by skilled, fairly paid artisans. The clothes are then field-tested by gardeners, geologists, and farmers. Best of all, Gamine Workwear is made in small batches with minimal waste and designed for function and form—essentially, the clothes just get better with each wear.


14. Loup

Based In | New York, NY
Ethics | Made in USA, small brand, repair program
Best For | Jumpsuits, vintage-inspired workwear
Price Range | $$–$$$$

For a more casual workwear wardrobe, we love the Parisian-inspired brand Loup. The cotton rompers and dresses are perfect for spring, and we’d style the jumpsuits all year long—for work or play! All made in NYC, Loup is a small biz prioritizing curvy fits, inclusive sizing, and clothing that lasts. If your garment rips or tears, the brand will even repair it for you or reimburse your tailoring receipt.


15. Landau

Based In | Memphis, TN
Ethics | WRAP-certified ethical production, family business, gives back, inclusive sizing
Best For | Scrubs, lab coats
Price Range | $

For healthcare professionals, Landau scrubs are designed to be sophisticated, stylish, and functional. With rich colors and print designs, each garment produced is made with quality fabric and then meticulously inspected. A third-generation family business, Landau was founded in 1938 in Tennessee. To this day, the brand is committed to ethical manufacturing and is holds WRAP certifications for all its facilities. 


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