5 Days of Ethical Work Wear
It’s easy to get lost in the typical workroom uniform of slacks and blouses, but now more than ever, designers are trying to appeal to female executives. That means bold colors, versatility, and of course, innovative and ecofriendly materials. Assert your presence in the corporate world with these ecologically minded and fashion conscious dresses and jackets! KAMI Organic Collection’s tagline is “Chic by Nature,” and with pesticide and chemical free natural fibers as the foundation for it, that is chic! This organic wool dress maintains a simple shape that is always work appropriate, but with the rich color and bold natural leather details it is anything but boring.
In soft black, the Marie LBD is a fantastic and eco-friendly addition to your work wardrobe. Nancy Dee fabrics are sustainably manufactured and each style is produced in a limited edition, which means that you will most likely be the only person that you know to own one of these dresses! If the cool peplum detailing wasn’t intriguing enough, this little black dress is made of bamboo and organic cotton!
Pair this graphically detailed sleeveless dress with a sharp blazer on top or even a turtleneck underneath for multiple looks at the office. Elroy Apparel works with developing communities in Indonesia to produce sustainable garments and support fair trade markets in areas of low income and unemployment.
Elsa and Me clothing is designed to be seasonless and focuses on creating classically shaped pieces that will outlast any trends. This midnight blue dress is powerful in the boardroom, but can still be dressed up with jewelry and accessories for post-work outings. This office (and eco) friendly dress is made of 100% organic cotton twill fabric.
We featured their corporate capsule collection earlier in the week, but this innovative shift from British label Antithesis checks all the boxes: it’s navy not black (allowing you to buck the office uniform but not noticeably), it’s 98% wool and 2% elastine (it will pack and travel well, not to mention sit through endless hours of meetings without wrinkles), plus the zipper inserts allow you to take this dress from day to night easily. Shown here with fringe, you can also chose leather or feather inserts. Antithesis makes all of their garments in the U.K.
No office outfit would be complete without the requisite blazer, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a blazer in the traditional sense. For example… Carrie Parry’s sophisticated women’s brand is sustainable, wearable, and has a refreshing appreciation for print and color. Mix and match pieces like this jacket are a fun way to add color at the office while still looking tailored.
People Tree works to improve the lives and environment of the artisans and farmers in developing countries and only uses Fair Trade, natural resources in their designs. This cropped jacket is made of 100% organic cotton and has a universally flattering silhouette. With the double layer lapel and full sleeves, you’ll be able to dress this up or down.
This beautiful jacket is made of hemp and organic cotton and lined with ivory hempsilk. Cool detailing and the crisp white color make this Organic Leaf Jacket by Thieves Boutique a chic alternative to the traditional blazer. The Thieves brand strives to use only sustainable fabrics like hemp blends and organic textures in their designs so that you can bring elements of nature with you into the office. So next time you think about new duds for the office, change up that boring blazer with a fresh jacket and swap out that pencil skirt for an updated dress!