8 Sustainable Wardrobe Essentials for All-but-Basic Outfits

Giada Nizzoli

8 Sustainable Wardrobe Essentials for All-but-Basic Outfits

The most sustainable wardrobe essentials are… the ones you already own. If you’ve only just begun your ethical fashion journey or are planning on creating a capsule wardrobe, however, here are some ethical basics to get you started.

Don’t forget that repurposing the same garments into different outfits is key when it comes to slow fashion. 

That’s why the right sustainable wardrobe essentials should be versatile, timeless, and even season-less.

1. Organic cotton white t-shirt

A white t-shirt wardrobe essential

The iconic white tee is the least basic wardrobe basic!

While it’s monochrome and simple and looks just as great with a pair of jeans or trousers, you can use it to create different layers, too. 

For example, wear it underneath some dungarees, a dress with straps (add a necklace, too!), open shirt, blazer… you name it.

2. Neutral spaghetti or tank top

Tank top as a sustainable wardrobe basic

Tank tops are also ridiculously versatile. 

Whether you’d rather wear them tucked into your trousers or outside, with a skirt or shorts, with dungarees or breezy layers, they are the starting point that you can rely on for a variety of outfits.

Just be sure to stick to a monochrome model to maximise their potential.

3. Monochrome long-sleeved top and/or turtleneck

A sustainable wardrobe essential for layered outfits

To make it easier to create several layer-based outfits, we recommend choosing a long-sleeved sustainable wardrobe basic that’s also quite tight.

That way, you’ll be able to wear it underneath dresses as well as knitwear, dungarees, and more.

Plus, it’ll be easier to tuck it into your trousers or skirts!

4. Strap dress

A strap dress which can be used as an ethical wardrobe essential to create more outfits

You might have already fallen in love with a couple of bolder and more colourful patterned dresses, but we still recommend choosing a monochrome strap model as your sustainable wardrobe essential.

While you can always wear it on its own, it makes it a breeze to create the layered outfits we’ve mentioned so far (with t-shirts and turtlenecks, for example), or you can wear it with a tied-up blouse, blazer, or denim jacket.

5. Denim jeans

Versatile denim jeans

No wardrobe is complete without a good pair of jeans… and especially one made sustainably!

Lighter-coloured models tend to be more versatile as you can also wear them with black tops without them clashing. 

However, just choose the right hue based on your preference and existing sustainable wardrobe essentials and garments.

6. Blazer

Blazer as a versatile sustainable wardrobe essential

You could be wearing the most casual white t-shirt and jeans combo… and yet, as soon as you add a blazer, you’ll instantly elevate your outfit.

These bad boys are a layering ally across all seasons. Regardless of whether you wear them casually or for more elegant outfits, you will immediately feel and look put together even when getting ready in a rush.

7. Monochrome jumper

Neutral jumper

A versatile jumper is a useful sustainable wardrobe essential during autumn and winter, but it can come in handy even during those unpredictable summer evenings once the temperatures start to drop.

Wear it on its own or with a turtleneck or shirt poking out from underneath.

8. Blouse or button-down shirt

Versatile blouse as a sustainable wardrobe essential

Another essential piece, a versatile monochrome blouse will go with trousers and skirts alike, but you can also use it to create layers.

Get creative with dungarees, dresses, and jumpers!

These are just the sustainable wardrobe essentials that we personally couldn’t live without. While we hope they can be a helpful starting point for you too, focus on what’s actually missing from your wardrobe. Not only that: on what works with your signature style and ethos.

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Have fun finding the right sustainable wardrobe essentials for your outfits!


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