Fashion, Life & Style

Stylish Ethical Hats For Autumn

There’s a definite nip in the air and a decidedly satisfying crunch underfoot, and you’ll rarely see me without a cup of tea in hand.   I’m no fortune teller but I would say it’s pretty much time to dig out hats and scarfs and other cold weather gear in anticipation of the shifting seasons.

This year I’m digging out my old favourites, but if you’re in need of something new then I’ve rounded up four of my favourite stylish ethical hat brands that will keep you cosy and looking sharp over the coming months.  


Finisterre ethical hats

Finisterre, a B Corp certified business, make cosy, functional and stylish knitwear, including ethical hats, made from 100% natural fibres that are built to last.

I have a couple of pieces that were gifted to me two years ago that still look as good as new, despite being worn pretty much every day over two winters.  Should they ever need repair, it’s reassuring to know that Finisterre offers a repair service, whereby Finisterre’s repair gurus – Annie, Amy, and Ally – will work their magic, making your gear look like new.

Gudrun Sjoden

Gudrun Sjoden ethical hats

Like the feel and the cosy factor of cashmere, but lack the budget?  Me too, my friend, me too.  Thankfully, ethical pioneers Gudrun Sjoden sell beautifully coloured recycled cashmere hats for £29, meaning you can enjoy the luxury look for less.  

Hilary Grant

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Orkney based Hilary Grant design beautiful knitwear which is as Scottish as you can get.  Her products are produced from mulesing-free lambswool sourced from the Scottish Borders.  The fibres are then spun and dyed on the east coast of Scotland, before Hilary and her team works their magic in Orkney.  

Scarves, hats, gloves, and blankets are Hilary’s speciality, in a range of stunning patterns and colourways, all in the softest lambswool.  Throw one of her hats or scarves on and I’ll swear you’ll never want to take it off!

Wonky Woolies

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Wonky Woolies are a new company to me, specialising in the highest quality knitted bobble hats, scarves and infinity bands, all of which are designed, knitted and hand finished in their Scottish Borders workshop.  From funky patterns to classic argyle patterns, there’s something for everyone.  

Some products are made from acrylic wool, but a high proportion are made from natural fibres – so do keep that in mind when you are browsing if 100% natural fibres are important to you.  

If you come across any other ethical hats, then as always let me know in the comments below!  

ps: here’s a handy guide on how to wash wool so you can give your ethical hats the best possible treatment!

pps: I have refrained from making any terrible hat puns in this article.  Anyone who knows me will know how difficult this has been for me, so please send your support in this difficult time!   

weekend links

Ten Things

coffee cup and plants

Hello!  How are you on this fine Sunday?  It’s been a busy week and weekend so I’m in need of ALL the coffee! 

I also fitted in a bit of cycling (some autumn cycling tips this way) – cycling is by far my favourite way to clear my head and relax. after a long week.  So if you’re at a loose end today then I totally recommend getting out on your bike!  

This week’s links:

1. I added a new phrase to my environmental lexicon this week – “carbon unicorns”.  Pulling it out when I want to sound fancy.  You’re welcome to do the same.  Also, the article makes some very valid points.

2.  Related: climate scientists are struggling to find the right words to convey the scale and immensity of climate change.

3.  Tesco trials paying UK customers to return plastic bottles.

4.  Finally, a realistic fashion column in mainstream media – with the mainstay being wear what you already have.  

5.  Something I’ve oft pondered – why does so much ethical fashion look the same?

A friend of mine, who shares my love for ethical and sustainable fashion, turned and asked: “Do we really need another ethical brand making neutral-colored basics?

6.  Although I personally think wasps are flying b*stards (wasp allergy person here), scientists are urging us to stop demonising wasps, pointing out they are as ecologically important – and endangered – as bees.  Making a mental note to try harder to at least learn to tolerate the buggers.

7.  This was a really interesting read –  a secret weapon for combating climate change may be the comfort of conformity.

8.  Why the “made in Italy” label on your clothes isn’t always a by-word for ethically made.

9.  Did you catch Drowning In Plastic on the BBC this week?  It’s on iPlayer for the next 26 days if not.

10.  Finally, if you are on the lookout for new uplifting podcasts then try out Mothers of Invention –  all about amazing women from all over the world who are innovating ways to tackle climate change.  Flipping awesome.

Have a great day!