7 sustainable basics brands to help you complete your WFH wardrobe

Anastasia Barbuzzi
·Shopping Writer
·6 min read

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If you were to reflect on how your style has changed since government ordered quarantines were enforced (thanks to COVID-19), how has it differed from less restrictive times?

Let’s face it: for as fun as playing dress up sounds, its never as enjoyable or practical while working from home when the only person viewing your highly curated #OOTD is the one behind your laptop screen.

A WFH wardrobe can take on many different forms, though blouses and pyjama pants, oversized sweatshirts and leggings, as well as actual pillows and bedsheets have become popular combinations. Whatever the case, the most basic clothing items are always involved.

Thankfully, there’s more responsibly made clothing options available to us than ever before. If you’ve been on the hunt for brands to shop from who create clothing that’s as good for you and the people making it as it is the planet, you’ve hit the jackpot.

Ready to fill out your WFH wardrobe? Here’s seven of our favourite sustainable brands to shop from for the highest quality basics on the market.

KOTN

A Certified B Corporation, KOTN focuses on one thing and one thing only: crafting clothing from authentic Egyptian cotton. The brand plans to rebuild the cotton industry by making their own fabrics from raw material bought directly from farmers at guaranteed prices.

Best place to shop for: Simple, premium essentials that look like a million bucks.

KOTN V-Neck Tank

KOTN V-Neck Tank in White
KOTN V-Neck Tank in White

If a plain white tank top isn’t already on your to-buy list for summer, add this one to your list.

SHOP IT: KOTN, $25

Pact

At Pact, making organic affordable for all consumers is the goal. Transforming the way the company treats the environment, its workers and lives up to its Fair Trade standards is all part of producing some of the most ethical fashion products on the market. Pact is a place where style and sustainability can coexist when it comes to ethically made cotton clothing and home goods.

Best place to shop for: Incredibly well-priced separates, from sleepwear to socks.

Pact Tank Bodysuit

PACT Tank Bodysuit in White
PACT Tank Bodysuit in White

Under jeans, shorts, and skirts, this white bodysuit offers a lot more comfortability than a tank that won’t stay tucked in.

SHOP IT: Pact, $35

FRANC

Founded by veteran apparel designer Brandy Mercredi, FRANC became a solution to the fast fashion industry’s substandard practices. All of Mercredi’s designs are constructed, knit and dyed in Canada using plant based fabrics so that you can look good in clothes that are also good for the environment.

Best place to shop for: Compliments to your athleisure that are also work-appropriate.

Franc The Boxy T-Shirt Dress

FRANC The Boxy T-Shirt Dress in Black
FRANC The Boxy T-Shirt Dress in Black

A FRANC staple, this boxy t-shirt dress is a pair of colourful sneakers best accessory.

SHOP IT: FRANC, $71

MATE the Label

Made in L.A. with non-toxic, natural, and certified organic materials, MATE the Label founder Kayti O'Connell Carr’s sustainability efforts don't just stop with her clothes. The brand uses 100 per cent recycled materials for shipments too.

Best place to shop for: The cutest and comfiest loungewear with a vintage twist.

MATE the Label Classic Jogger

MATE the Label Classic Jogger in Bone
MATE the Label Classic Jogger in Bone

A pair of tapered-leg sweats to wear with all of your favourite crop tops this season.

SHOP IT: MATE the Label, $128

Frank And Oak

Back in February of 2012, Frank And Oak was founded in a kitchen by a couple of longtime friends. Seven years later, it became a Certified B Corporation, meaning Frank And Oak meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Now, the company makes clothes for daily Canadian living.

Best place to shop for: Clothes that you can wear to work and mix into your everyday casual wear.

Frank And Oak Drop Shoulder Sweatershirt

Frank And Oak Drop Shoulder Sweatershirt in Oil Green
Frank And Oak Drop Shoulder Sweatershirt in Oil Green

The slightly oversized sweatshirt of your dreams.

SHOP IT: Frank And Oak, $70

Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective, an ethically-made activewear brand that can transfer easily into your everyday wardrobe, uses textiles made from recycled materials like Girlfriend Collective in its Taiwan-based facility. The SA8000 certified factory pays living wages, provides fair working hours and safe conditions, allows unionization, and uses no forced or child labor either.

Best place to shop for: Body positive sportswear.

Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging

Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging in Black
Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging in Black

Each pair of Girlfriend Collective’s Compressive High-Rise Leggings starts with 25 recycled post-consumer water bottles. Waste not; keep that in mind when purchasing your next pair of tights.

SHOP IT: Girlfriend Collective, $68

Everlane

Everlane works with the world’s best ethical factories and sources only the finest materials, then shares the true cost of every product they make. “Radical transparency” is what they like to call it, and it’s working - Everlane’s timeless pieces last for years, and you can get them without the traditional retail markup.

Everlane The Organic Cotton Pique Polo

Everlane The Organic Cotton Pique Polo in Anise
Everlane The Organic Cotton Pique Polo in Anise

A classic polo in a summery, pastel shade for any occasion.

SHOP IT: Everlane, $43

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