We enjoy reading about the latest TikTok clothing trend or royals style triumph, but let’s be real—most of our apparel shopping dollars are spent on dependable brands with quiet quality like Everlane. Call them capsule wardrobes or closet essentials, the stock at these stores is just fashionable enough to make me feel stylish without being boring. And we can confidently wear brands like Everlane knowing we didn’t overspend, and that they’ve made strides toward a more eco-conscious production (like moving all cotton production to organic, and coloring silk with fewer toxic dyes in LEED-certified factories). And the ethical worker policy, with globally certified fair wages for people working reasonable hours, is heartening, too. Here are 18 brands like Everlane that are totally worth your browsing time, because you’re always going to need those wardrobe essentials, long after you’ve retired last year’s cropped denim jeans.
18 Brands Like Everlane to Satisfy Your Every Essential Style Need
- Pieces designed for repeated wearing in multiple outfit configurations
- 77 percent of styles made from recycled, regenerated or natural materials
Aday is devoted to encouraging its customers to collect a capsule wardrobe that can be worn in numerous mix-and-match configurations, such as the Something Cool Button Down button-front shirt that's just flowy enough to be flattering with leggings as well as a pencil skirt, and a stretch linen collection which blends linen with viscose and elastane to create layer-ready pieces that are machine washable. And the Back-to-Front Shirtdress is travel-ready genius versatility at its best: It can be worn in five different ways.
- Brand uses low-impact materials, rescued deadstock fabrics and repurposed vintage clothing
- Fair labor practices at Los Angeles-based and global factories
- Advises customers on re-wear, re-sell, recycle programs to reduce clothing waste
Sexy but not overtly in-your-face dresses like the Roxana and the Baxley keep the cool girls coming back to Reformation for more, both for the brand's sustainable production practices and also for a limited-edition weekly drop that makes especially popular styles collectors items. Denim, knits and footwear (ooh la la, these danceable gold sandals!) are also noteworthy at this Los Angeles-based brand.
3. Eileen Fisher
- Waste No More program turns damaged clothing into fabric
- ReNew initiative sells used garments
- Slow growth and private employee ownership model
The original "coastal grandmother" with its generously sized clothing in chunky knits and natural fabrics, the Eileen Fisher brand is the newest darling of the fashion world (that's been quietly thriving for decades). Boxy tops in linen and machine-washable silk are multi-generational favorites, and the stretch crepe pant is the brand's cult hit that comes in nine neutral colors and, like many pieces in the collection, petite and plus sizes.
- Factory-to-consumer direct marketing keeps waste low
- Mid-size family-run factories preferred
- Organic linen, cotton towels and percale sheets among their eco-initiatives
A layering-ready 100 percent linen dress for $50? An expensive-looking stretch silk shift for $80? These are among the bargains at this direct-to-consumer brand that prides itself on searching out ethical factories from some of the world's top luxury brands, then tasking them with producing classic separates for men and women. And we're calling it—the linen Euro pajama set in terracotta, olive or black is the resort wear outfit you'll want for all your IGs.
5. Jenni Kayne
- Seasonal collections made from recycled materials
- Ethical trade and labor practices auditing of factories
- Mule shoe repair events and sweater care workshops to encourage garment longevity
Jenni Kayne's laid-back California lifestyle brand belies a big commitment to growth in the past few years, but her core values of capsule collection elegance and wardrobe streamlining remains. The brand's signature mule is a must, as are the most drool-worthy fisherman's sweaters (in cotton and cashmere) we've ever seen.
- Organic cotton comes from sustainable crops and organic farms, and uses GOTS certified manufacturing
- Give Back Box program repurposes delivery boxes as postage-paid donation shipping
Affordable basics for men, women and children (including underwear and bath linens) are on offer at Pact. The airplane collection of matching knits is going to keep wearers looking chic and comfy, and like the stretch jumpsuit, these pieces are going to look as appropriate in the school drop-off line as for a lunch date.
- 78% recycled polyamide from discarded fishing nets is turned into luxury compressive swimwear
- Global factories are held accountable for sustainability in biodiversity, recycling and water neutrality
Known for its 50 UPF swimwear that sculpts flatteringly without constricting, Summersalt has branched out with button-front shirts, casual maxi dresses and silky smooth pajamas you'll want to hang out in all weekend.
- Carefully edited line of luxury pieces intended to last for years
- Working toward full traceability for every piece manufactured by 2025
Need an elegant dress or pair of trousers that will be admired for its perfect design and quiet elegance? This Stockholm-based line is for you. From the crinkled cap sleeve habutai silk dress that references Issey Miyake to an ultracomfortable drapey merino wool sweater, a splurge on Totême will inspire you to become a convert to the Buy Less, Buy Better lifestyle.
- Owns their own factories in Turkey and Los Angeles to control working conditions and quality
- RenTec technology turns leather scraps into recycled leather
- Green washes and dyes, lasers and other tech processes help minimize water contamination through stone washing and chemicals
Agolde is one of the brands that put Los Angeles on the premium denim map with its covetable fit and on-trend styling. The brand's committed to responsible manufacture and perfect essentials (both a perfect roomy and fitted t-shirt). Next up: Criss-cross denim jeans.
- High-end recycled fabrics including moiré
- Simple shapes designed to coordinate with previous seasons' looks
London-based brand Tove uses longevity as a cornerstone of its sustainability practice. Its dresses and separates source from mills that focus on organic, natural and recycled fabrics in a considered way. The emphasis on tucks and gathers makes the clothes body-conscious without ever being vulgar, from the sleek knot-front Olivia blouse and knotted Bea midi dress to the more casual striped Ling caftan.
- Made in the USA with a transparent supply chain
- Natural fibers used in clothes designed for multi-season wear
With a slogan of "not so basic, basic" minimalist T-shirts, tank tops and body-con dresses with signature interesting necklines and cut-outs, this brand exemplifies the Cali cool of its home base, Los Angeles. Wearers sport pieces like the Alois Mock Neck Dress for date night, then the plethora of ultra-soft T-shirts such as the sexy Kaden V-Neck for chill binge-watching evenings.
12. Amour Vert
- Partners with fabric mills to ensure ethically made fabrics, including wool from non-mulesed sheep
- Plants a tree for every T-shirt sold
- Runs its own ReAmour resale marketplace
Based in Northern California, including boutiques in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Berkeley, this brand established its sustainable and ethical production model from its inception in 2010. We're seeing all the pieces as a perfect capsule wardrobe for the on-the-go tech worker in action, from the subtly figure-enhancing tie-waist Colombe Knit Dress to the versatile Washable Silk Renata Blouse in 12 colorways. Slip on that with the slinky Blaze Cottonseed Cupro Skirt (love the flat front and elastic waist) and you're ready to rise and grind, but stylishly.
13. James Perse
- Made in the USA and maintains transparency in its supply chain
- Luxe separates designed to coordinate with past and future seasons
The New York Times summed up the James Perse brand as emblematic of its Los Angeles base, creating T-shirts, jersey dresses and pull-on pants "appropriate for a range of activities that might include napping, practicing yoga, attending an AA meeting or drinking green tea out of oversize porcelain cups on the patio while contemplating a misty horizon." Whatever we're headed for, it's going to be a smoother experience in a sheer slub crew neck tee which comes in 12 flatteringly dusty hues or a breezy button-front camp dress.
- Sustainable materials used in vegan leather jackets and recycled nylon dresses
- Pivoted fashion shows to Zoom, saving carbon footprint of shipping trunks
The former creative director of Reformation opened her own label in 2015, bolstered by the popularity of a little bucket purse that became an "it bag" carried by fashion influencers. Today we're fangirling over the vegan leather separates and ultra-wearable knits, like the brand's signature Shoko knit dress—if only we could choose between the 17 colorways.
- Use zero plastic in shipments
- Clothing comes with care instructions on cards embedded with wildflower seeds
- Clothing fabric made from Tencel Modal fibers from sustainably sourced forests
Founder Lyndie Benson based her clothing company on apparel suited to her casual luxe Malibu lifestyle (Cindy Crawford is a neighbor, hence the elastic-waist Cindy pant created for her). The separates are made in a tight palette of neutrals, and include a navy classic button-front shirt, heather-gray swing top and a covetable boyfriend blazer in camel. Pro tip: Don't even think of boarding your next flight without the brand's signature wrap, which comes in one-, two- and three-yard lengths and 20 colors.
16. Alex Mill
- Remakes unsold inventory
- Creates totes out of leftover shirting material instead of discarding it
- Upcycled denim used as a raw material
This company of bright and happy classic clothes with updated style tweaks was founded by a team that's worked at J.Crew, the Gap and The Limited. So you know they understand consumer demand, like the irresistable work jacket in six colors made from upcycled denim and the simply genius button-back sweater which can be flipped around and worn as a cardigan. And the line's touted no-stretch denim says, "I'm making a casual cool style statement" instead of "I just threw on a pair of jeans."
17. J. Crew
- 100 percent of cotton to be sustainably sourced by 2025
- Machine-washable wool produced without toxic chlorine
- Recycled nylon and polyester now used in collections
Women's design director Olympia Gayot is an Instagram star with her OOTD posts and insouciant flair for color combination. We're loving her cropped denim jacket, ladylike dress in leopard print and zip-back shortie boots to jazz up our wardrobe for the new season without breaking the bank.
- Sandblasting denim, a potential worker health risk, has been outlawed
- On track for greater management of forestry supply sources
Madewell's endlessly wearable T-shirts and jeans have been augmented recently by super-useful and on-trend accessory designs, like the new Piazza Mini Crossbody made from ultra-squishy leather. Along with a new pair of wide-leg jeans and a fresh button-front, we suggest the shacket in black leatherette, for a smidge of edge.
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