Everyday Basics for your Sustainable Wardrobe

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Everyday basics for your sustainable wardrobe. Everyone needs some great everyday basics at the foundation of their wardrobe. I live in basics! It’s always nice to get all dressed up and feel fancy, but I feel the most me and comfortable in a relaxed tee, jeans, and maybe a crewneck sweater if it’s cold… who am I kidding, I am always in a sweater 🙂 .

Everyone might have a different interpretation of what an everyday basic is to them. To me, they are those pieces in your wardrobe that you always reach for and can pair with anything. The items that you can quickly pull together an outfit without a lot of effort and feel confident in. My everyday basics are pieces like jeans ( I am going to save jeans for another blog post 😉 ), all types of tees, sweaters, shirt dresses, and loungewear.

Why Sustainable?

I used to buy my basics in bulk, usually at Target as some sort of 3 for $30 deal in all the colors that I liked. While I love a good deal, they never lasted me very long and I would always go back for more. They were never exactly the right fit for me, the fabric was a little off-putting or the moment they were washed a hole would appear or would shrink beyond recognition.

As I began to shop more sustainably, I quickly realized that investing in quality pieces that will last is the way to go! Buying better quality pieces from ethical, sustainable companies means you will like them more and therefore wear them more, you won’t have to keep repurchasing due to premature wear and tear, and your money will be invested in a company that is making responsible choices.

So, I wanted to compile a list of sustainable companies that have the best everyday basics so you can begin to build a solid foundation for your sustainable closet. Ready. Set. Read on.

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Website | MATE the label

“MATE is a Clean Essentials brand made sustainably in Los Angeles with non-toxic, natural and certified Organic materials.” Directly from the Mate website because I could not have written a more clear, concise brand description than that! Thank you Mate!

MATE is a basics lover’s dream! They have the coziest looking loungewear and loads of basic tees, cute graphic tees, a couple of dresses, and even have a bundle option! I love their color scheme, light neutrals, and really appreciate that you can mix and match different styles but can still find the matching color for a complete set.


Website | KOTN

KOTN is a Certified B Corporation with a farm-to-table philosophy but with clothes. They offer everyday essentials made from organic, Egyptian cotton at affordable prices. KOTN is very transparent with their entire process. You can learn about their factories, farms, the fabrics they use, and more on their site.

Tanks, tees, trousers, loungewear they have it all! They have a wide variety of different style tanks and tees to choose from. From form-fitting silhouettes to loose cropped tees, there is something there for everyone’s style.

Harvest & Mill

Website | Harvest & Mill

Harvest & Mill creates organic clothing completely made in the USA. They use organic cotton grown in the USA and use only natural dyes. Most of their pieces are unbleached and undyed revealing how many diverse colors the cotton plant can produce! I had no idea that the cotton plant produced anything but white cotton!

They sell t-shirts, joggers, and socks! They have an artist series where they showcase the artist who dyed the shirts. For example, the yellow shirt above was dyed using a California Clay and it takes you through the artist’s process of creating the shirt. I purchased their jogger and unisex tee set in natural. I would recommend sizing down as I found the sizing to run a bit on the larger side.


Website | Everlane

Everlane creates high-quality modern basics at affordable prices. Their philosophy is radical transparency and is shown through the information on their website about each factory they use and how their pieces are priced.

Everlane is your one-stop-shop for minimalist basics! They have everything your basics wardrobe could ever need. Also, their simple, organized website has my type-A personality jumping for joy. I have purchased several pieces from Everlane and have not been disappointed yet. Truly great quality and fair pricing! They recently launched an organic tee collection and I am itching to get my hands on those $18 tees!


Website | Pact Apparel

Pact is a Fair Trade Factory Certified company creating GOTS Certified organic clothing. I have mentioned Pact before in my affordable, ethical activewear post.

Pact makes some of the best basics and has some of the most affordable price points. They have great basic tops, tanks, lounge shorts, tank dresses, and leggings! Their Go-To leggings are really my go-to, everyday leggings and I love their tank bodysuit. I find their sizing to be true to size.

Alternative Apparel

Website | Alternative Apparel

Alternative Apparel is an online store producing clothing made from recycled cotton, organic cotton, and other sustainable materials. They also sell pieces from other sustainable brands like Girlfriend Collective and ABLE.

They have a great selection of tops, loungewear, and other staple basics that won’t break the bank. I love their effortlessly chic style with tons of variety to mix and match pieces.

Happy Shopping!

I hope you have found some lovely new basics to add to your sustainable wardrobe! Basics really are the foundation of any wardrobe and are a great place to start when you are switching to ethical, sustainable shopping.

It can be so overwhelming when looking for a place to start cultivating your ethical closet. There is so much information and great brands to choose from that it is easy to either get carried away or get stunned by information overload. Buying your basics first is a great way to dip your toe into the ethical shopping ocean and invest in pieces you know you’re going to love, wear, and repeat.

What are you go-to, everyday basics?

This blog post may contain affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase through one of these links, I may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Please note that my reviews are 100% my own personal opinion.


  1. Sunny
    September 17 2020 / 9:26 am

    Sustainable clothing is always something I wanna dabble into so I’ll read this one and learn from it.

    • Kelsey Castleberry
      September 17 2020 / 11:36 am

      There are so many sustainable clothing brands out there! Definitely worth dabbling in 🙂

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