Honestly, capsule wardrobe or not, a white shirt is essential. Pair it with jeans, a pair of patterned culottes, or even a fun and vibrant skirt.
While countless labels offer white t-shirts, they do come at a cost to the people making them and the environment they pollute. Here are nine ethically made basic white shirts which you can add to your capsule wardrobe.
Tluxe | Perfect Tee
Tluxe is an Australian lifestyle label whose philosophy comes from the idea that garments should go beyond fashion and become a lifestyle identity. They produce timeless pieces that are perfect for layering and pure comfort. All the way from field to market, Tluxe tracks the entire supply chain behind their products to ensure that ethical practices are in place.
The Perfect Tee from Tluxe is just that, perfect. It is a classic cut scoop neck tee made from superfine organic cotton giving it a luxurious, soft feel. I actually own this tee myself and it has become a staple in my wardrobe, something I wear a couple times per week.
Know The Origin | Poppy Tee
I’ve spoken about Know The Origin before, and I’ll keep talking about them again and again. From seed to garment Know The Origin have a completely transparent supply chain delivering ethical and sustainable basics at an affordable price point. Not only this, on their website they talk deeply about the processes in which it takes to create their garments so that you can know the origin and processes in which your clothing was made.
The Poppy Tee from Know The Origin has quite an ‘on-trend’ design. It has a cropped fit with a small front pocket. It is made from organic cotton and is fairtrade manufactured in India.
Tradlands | The Elms Shirt
Tradlands was born in 2012 with the idea of creating high-quality essentials for women, inspired by classic menswear. They employ adults who are paid a living wage and work in a clean environment. Sadie and Jeremy, the founders of Tradlands visit their production facilities regularly to assure a happy and safe environment. Their pieces are ethically made using natural fibres (where possible) and they even have a recycling program for offcuts and remnant fabric.
This is the type of effortless shirt that you can just throw on and look great in. It is made of oxford cotton and is ethically made in Shanghai. Tuck it into a pair of jeans for a clean and classic look.
Dorsu Cambodia | Fitted Long Sleeve
Dorsu Cambodia ethically produces high-quality clothing under fair conditions. The clothing is made in-house and their fabric is remnant cotton jersey sourced from suppliers in Phnom Penh. Through running a healthy, happy and supportive production space, Dorsu offers workers an opportunity to grow in an environment that supports them as individuals and as skilled workers. They have a year-round Core Collection and release a Key Collection each season.
This is a classic scoop neck long sleeve that can be worn year round. Layer it during colder months or wear it solo during warmer months.
Encircled | Evolve Top
Encircled are on a mission to help women live and travel lighter by designing modern and versatile essentials to help them build conscious wardrobes filled with items they love and actually wear.
This top from Encircled can be worn 8 ways, yep you read right. This versatile piece has two neckline options; cowl or boatneck, three sleeve options; cap sleeve, sleeveless or dolman sleeve. If you are interested in a capsule wardrobe or simply getting more value for money, this is the top for you!
WE-AR | Elle Tee
WE-AR is a New Zealand based brand that mindfully makes yoga wear, everyday wear, and accessories. They use mainly organic cotton and bamboo as fabrics as they are both breathable and better for the planet. All of their workers are treated with the utmost respect and empowerment.
The Elle Tee from WE-AR is made from 50% organic cotton and 50% cotton. It has a slight v-neck, half-length sleeves, and a dipped back for a flattering fit. Additionally, the top also has a double edge raw neck and hemline, designed to distress over time.
The White T-Shirt Co | Fitted Scoop Neck Vest T-Shirt
The White T-Shirt Co was founded in 2004 after the founder, Penny, struggled to find a high quality and ethically made white t-shirt. They are 100% committed to a responsible production process that looks after the environment and the people creating their tees.
Made from an organic cotton mix, the Fitted Scoop Neck Vest is soft and long-lasting. Layered in winter or on its own in summer, this is a wardrobe staple that can be worn year round.
Citizen Wolf | The Three Quarter Boat
Most of the world’s fashion brands use a process of mass production to create their clothing. This results in clothing that is bad quality, doesn’t support the workers behind it, and simply, just doesn’t fit. This is where Citizen Wolf come in. They tailor clothing to fit and even more so, flatter your shape. They use only natural fibres as well as rescue deadstock fabric that would otherwise go to landfill.
The Three Quarter Boat tee has ¾ sleeves and a boat neckline. The saying ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ truly comes through with this design. It is custom made and tailored to flatter your body shape.
ReCreate Clothing | Knot Tee
ReCreate is an ethical, New Zealand based fashion brand that creates unique and timeless pieces. They cater to both men and women through their gorgeous collections and provide fair and empowering employment to their seamstresses in Cambodia.
With a boxy shape, back cut out, and ties with foil endings, this tee shows that you don’t have to compromise on style with ethically made fashion. It is ethically made in Cambodia using organic cotton jersey. Can a white tee get any better?!
With a feel-good factor guaranteed, these tees not only look good but do good. Do you know of any ethically made white shirts? Or do you have a capsule wardrobe?