Sustainable office fashion is pretty difficult to come by. You might not even realize what fast fashion is, even though you probably own some. I know I wasn’t aware of it for a long time. Fast fashion is all about bringing the newest styles from the runway to your closet as quickly as possible. To keep your wardrobe stocked with the latest styles, companies design and manufacturer quickly, sometimes so quickly that quality takes a hit. Fast fashion is about now, not forever.
In contrast, slower style focuses on sustainable clothing that’s made to last, even if the process takes longer and the prices are a bit higher. But slowing things down often means I can expect that dress or top to last much longer. Because I am mindful of what I support with your money, slower style is right up my alley (heh.) I had to do a little research to find places to buy slower style for work, however, but I love the following sustainable office fashion stores.
The Best Sustainable Office Fashion Stores:
- Resale Shops
- Eileen Fisher
- Citizen’s Mark
- Elsa and Me
Part of the ethos of slow clothing is elongating the life cycle of the clothing. Instead of throwing it out when it no longer fits my lifestyle — or my body — I can donate it to someone else who can use it. Resale shops are the place to go when I want to add some gently-used staples to my wardrobe, and some of them also benefit at-risk populations. It’s a win-win situation. As far as sustainable office fashion, this is the best place you can go.
Slower Style often focuses on the warm and cozy. Thinks sweaters, hats and the like. So when I was looking specifically for workwear, Eileen Fisher filled the void. I’m especially a fan of the designer’s pants, many of which work well in a professional setting but can be dressed up for a night out, too.
This store is one I recommend that all my friends check out. They make blazers for women, a staple in most professional workplaces. There are only a few designs, but they’re all quality. Citizen’s Mark will soon offer “better than silk” tops, too.
Let me introduce you to Vespertine. This sustainable fashion shop takes cues from days gone by. When I wear a top, skirt, dress or jacket from Vespertine, I know I look good — plus I feel good about supporting them!
Elsa and Me does one thing, but they do it amazingly: dresses. Every dress is designed for your measurements. You choose your silhouette, the neck style, the sleeve style (if you want any), and the fabric. I always opt for the stretchy satin to hug my curves, and these dresses look great with a blazer. I love that you can choose to add functional pockets to these dresses, too!
Honestly, there are more slower style choices than just the ones I listed here. You can buy regular button-down shirts from Kirrin Finch and suit separates from Judith and Charles…. or button-down shirts you’ll never have to iron from Bottle Thread. If slower style is something you’re interested in, I would definitely recommend the book “Slower Style” to learn more about it!