Ethical Fashion, Life & Style

Ethical Socks and Tights That Are More Affordable

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On the lookout for ethical socks and tights?  Good news! I’ve got you covered with this handy guide to the best sustainable and ethical socks and tights out there, updated for 2022.

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I write lots of ethical guides. From ethical underwear to ethical pyjamas, right the way through to UK-based ethical clothing brands. And today I wanted to turn my attention to socks and tights.

As a permanently cold-footed person, I’m never without a pair of socks or tights.  So, as a wardrobe essential, I’ve been hunting down ethical socks for men and women to feature here.  I’ve also thrown in some ethical tights for good measure too.

And not only ethical but more affordable too.  In my hunt, I’ve come across ethical socks that are £20+ a pair.  And even some at an eye-watering £40!  I don’t know about you, but I personally would never dream of spending even £20 on one pair of socks.  As such, here are my top more affordable yet ethical picks.

The Best Ethical Socks For Cosy Toes

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I’ve got something for almost every preference. From plain to patterned. From socks made from bamboo to cotton. To socks made from recycled materials, such as recycled denim and wool, here are my top ethical and sustainable picks for cosy toes.

Bam: Bamboo

Bam: Bamboo* sells soft ethically made socks from sustainably sourced bamboo.  Packs of four cost around £18. What’s more, if you buy any 3 selected mix and match garments from Bam Bamboo – these don’t have to be socks – you will receive 20% off.

Boody

Are you overwhelmed by choice and just want plain black socks? Then try Boody*. Here you’ll find ethically made plain black socks in every style under the sun. From everyday socks to sports ankle socks, to even ballet pump liner socks – they’re plain, and they’re only available in black.

What’s to love about Boody’s socks is that they are ethically made from sustainably produced bamboo. This means their socks are soft, comfy, light, moisture-wicking, and breathable.

Prices start from £4.95 and take 10% off your first order when you sign up to their mailing list.

Colorful Standard

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Colorful Standard*, as the name suggests, makes colourful socks as standard for both men and women. These cosy and chunky ankle socks are ethically made in Portugal from recycled merino wool. The wool is blended with organic cotton and elastane for stretch, before being dyed with environmentally friendly and Oeko-Tex®certified dyes for a low-impact pair of socks.

Prices are a flat £12 per pair of socks, and come in more colours than you could shake a stick at! I counted 27 different colours.

Heist Ethical Socks

Heist* sells lightweight pop socks for £7 that despite their thinness, are designed to last, thanks to their reinforced toes and heels.  And their stay-up ankle band means no digging or your socks rolling down.  This is great because I always have this problem with this particular type of sock, and there is nothing more annoying! 

What’s more, Heist has a strong commitment to sustainability. From measures such as lowering the amount of water used in the manufacturing of their products, to eliminating the use of virgin fossil fuels in their products and packaging, Heist is on it. 

Leiho

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Leiho’s* sustainably sourced and vegan-friendly bamboo socks are not only fun but charitable too.  For every pair of their hip socks sold, a pair is donated to homeless shelters.  Prices for Leiho socks come in at around £12 per pair.

Organic Basics Ethical Socks

Danish-based Organic Basics* sell soft and durable socks ethically and sustainably made in Turkey and Portugal from organic cotton, recycled denim, and recycled wool. Prices start at £12 for a pack of two and take 10% off your order with discount code WENDYOBC at the checkout.

True to the name, Organic Basics, you won’t find any fancy prints or colours. However, you will find ethically made ankle socks, trainer liners, sheer socks, tennis socks, and more – catering for all of your sock-based needs. I’m a big fan of their recycled wool socks. So cosy and soft – they are a real treat for your feet.

People Tree

Ethical stalwarts People Tree* sell super soft GOTS certified and Soil Association certified organic cotton socks in a wide range of colours, prints, and designs.  Their ethical socks start from £7 per pair.

Silverstick Socks

Silverstick’s cosy socks* are made in Britain by craftsmen using traditional methods and natural wool yarns of the highest standard. The wool is dyed using azo and chlorine-free clothing dye, in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and ISO 17050-1, to ensure your socks tread lightly on the planet. Find them at Ethical Superstore, from £12 per pair.

Thought’s Ethical Socks

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Thought* has a great selection of men’s and women’s ethical socks, like the beautiful ones pictured above.  Ethically made from organic cotton, and super soft bamboo or hemp, and in a wide selection of funky prints and patterns, there’s a pair of socks to suit everyone.  The prices are around £6.95 a pair.

Guide To Ethical Tights

The market for ethical tights is small, but I have found some gems for you:

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Heist

Heist’s* speciality is their Italian-made tights.  From their range of nude tights in seven representative shades; to their thicker 80 denier tights; to fishnets made from sustainable pre-consumer recycled waste. What’s also to love is that all of their tights come in more inclusive sizes – from a UK size 4 to a UK size 22. 

Swedish Stockings

Swedish Stockings* sustainable hosiery range is made from pre-and post-consumer nylon waste that is non-biodegradable. They recycle this waste nylon to create their range of tights, socks, and leggings, reducing water consumption and energy. They also run a great tights recycling scheme, where you can recycle your old tights.

Another option for tights in autumn and winter, if you’re wearing boots, is to wear leggings with socks.  Ok, it’s not so attractive when you take off your boots. However, I like wearing leggings in colder weather as they keep your legs, cosy and don’t snag or run like tights do, making them a much more durable option.  I personally don’t mind spending a bit more on something that I know is going to last and are as versatile as leggings.  Here’s my full guide to ethical leggings if you are looking for my top recommendations.

I hope you’ve been able to find what you’re looking for. Here’s to sustainably cosy toes!

Ethical Fashion, Life & Style

Best Places to Buy Vintage Clothing Online

On the hunt for retro or vintage items for your wardrobe? Let me make it easy for you, by showing you the best places to buy vintage clothing online.

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With an increasing understanding of what’s wrong with fast fashion, it’s not surprising that many of us are turning to vintage clothing as a way to make our wardrobes more sustainable. However, shopping online for vintage clothing can be a tricky business. It can be tough finding exactly what you want. And then there is also the worry that there might be something wrong with an item. Or worse, that your item arrives and it has that dreaded vintage musk to it. Then you are stuck with it.

Thankfully there is a wide range of vintage shops online, that make vintage clothes shopping a breeze. From the stores that make it easy to find exactly what you are looking for at the click of a button. And from the stores that offer free postage, to free returns, to quality checked and freshly laundered items, this all means that you can shop sustainably in confidence.

The Best Places to Buy Vintage Clothes Online

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Whatever the era – from 1950s rockabilly to 1970s disco and beyond – here are the best places to shop for vintage clothing online.

ASOS Vintage Clothing

ASOS itself is a fast-fashion nightmare. As many as 7,000 new items of clothing are added to the site each week, which is not sustainable at all. As such, it’s not normally somewhere I would recommend shopping for clothes. However, the site does have an off-shoot – ASOS Vintage – that remains a solid place to buy vintage clothing online.

I wouldn’t say ASOS is the single most ethical choice when it comes to vintage shopping. Even by shopping for vintage clothing here, you are supporting the growth and profitability of this fast-fashion retailer. However, in terms of accessibility and price, there’s no denying what ASOS brings to the table.

Give the reclaimed vintage section* a hard pass. In this section you’ll find “reclaimed vintage-inspired” and “reclaimed vintage revived” mixed together. The reclaimed vintage-inspired range is brand new clothing that is ‘inspired’ by vintage clothing. Meanwhile, the Reclaimed Vintage Revived range supposedly features “handpicked vintage gems from around the world”. I couldn’t find a single revived item of clothing in this section of over 1000 brand new synthetic (re: plastic) items. And I felt that lumping the two very different ranges together under the reclaimed vintage heading is a horrible attempt to confuse and greenwash customers.

Instead, head straight to the independent vintage boutiques* that sell through ASOS Marketplace. Here you’ll find over 400 online vintage boutiques, selling a variety of clothing for both men and women. Some of these include charities, such as Barnados*, Cancer Research*, and the British Red Cross*, who all have their own vintage boutiques on ASOS. All profits from these specific purchases go towards supporting the work of the charity in question.

Whilst you can’t filter by era, or fabric type, you can filter by the country the boutiques are located in. This means, for example, that you can request to only see clothing from vintage boutiques located in the UK. This is helpful in terms of avoiding import duties from shipping outside of the country you live in.


Beyond Retro

If it’s confusing shopping at online retailers that sell both vintage clothing and new clothing, then Beyond Retro* is a good port of call. Selling only vintage men’s and women’s clothing – from vintage sportswear to vintage dresses and vintage jeans – every item is handpicked by the Beyond Retro team.

Product experts examine items for quality control, so you can be sure you won’t get any nasty surprises. And if what you’ve bought doesn’t live up to your expectations, or doesn’t fit, then you can return your item free of charge within 14 days.

Many vintage clothes selections can run small. However, the good news is that Beyond Retro has a healthy men’s, women’s, and unisex plus size section.

Use the exclusive code MORALFIBRES at the checkout to receive 15% off your order at Beyond Retro.


eBay

Despite many newcomers to the online shopping scene, eBay* remains a solid place to shop for vintage clothing online. This is because eBay has a really strong set of filters, that you can use to really hone down what you are looking for.

You can use the filter to select the precise decade you are looking for – from the pre-1890s right through to the 1990s. You can select the colour of the item you have in mind. And you can select the look that you require – from androgynous to Art Deco, to Military/Landgirl, and everything in between.

And eBay doesn’t stop there. You can select the occasion the item should be suitable for. You can even specify the country of manufacture. If shopping for vintage clothing online seems like finding a needle in a haystack to you, then try eBay! If you can’t find it there, then it probably doesn’t exist!


Etsy Vintage Clothing Online

Etsy* is an absolute goldmine for vintage clothing online. I’ve bought many a piece of clothing from Etsy over the years.

You can search for items based on style – from gothic through to Harajuku. You can search for items with a specific pattern – from stars and celestial to Fairisle. And you can even search for the occasion or celebration that you want the item of vintage clothing for. The only thing you can’t search for is by era or decade.

What I also love is that you can find vintage clothing that has been reworked or upcycled by clever craftspeople. This vintage sweater, pictured above, has been transformed by ReviveUS* into a cropped sweater, whilst maintaining the original ribbed hem. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind vintage with a modern twist, then Etsy is a great place to look.


Oxfam Online

If you are looking for vintage clothing with a charitable aspect, then you will be pleased to hear that Oxfam Online has a dedicated vintage clothing section*. Here you can filter their vast donated vintage clothing by size, budget, colour, or condition. The only thing I don’t like is that you can’t filter by era, decade, or style. These are variables that you might want to search when looking for specific vintage items.

Sign up for Oxfam Online’s newsletter, and receive 10% off your first order. Returns are free of charge, and there is a flat postage rate of £3.95 – no matter how many items you buy.

All profits go towards Oxfam’s work on the alleviation of global poverty.


Rokit

Rokit* sells a huge selection of vintage clothing for men, women, and in unisex styles.

Here you can shop by size or shop by era, from the 1940s up to the 2000s (yup, this is now horrifyingly considered vintage!). You can even shop by specific brands if you have one in mind. For a clever touch, you can also shop by material. This is useful if you are vegan and trying to avoid animal products, or if you are trying to avoid synthetic fibres.

What’s more, in an effort to curb waste, Rokit’s in-house reworked sustainable fashion label Rokit Originals reworks undesirable or unsalable stock into new and exciting pieces. Here, bags are made from leather jackets, jumpsuits from jeans and dresses are created from scarves. They also use remnant, deadstock, and post-consumer textile waste in order to create contemporary limited edition lines. 

Shop with confidence – Rokit quality checks each piece before placing it for sale. They will also launder items, where necessary, so you can avoid any unexpected odours!

Even the shipping is carefully considered. Your order will arrive in compostable packaging that is made from recycled and renewable sources.

Talking of shipping, UK customers enjoy free shipping. There’s also an easy returns process. And for an added bonus, sign up to Rokit’s mailing list and get £10 off your first order when you spend over £40.


Goldsmith Vintage

Goldsmith Vintage* has been selling quality vintage clothing since its beginnings in London’s Brick Lane in the 1990s. This LGBTQ-owned and run business is known for its distinctive, boundary-pushing aesthetic and its strong commitment to diversity and social justice. 

As well as its three physical shops in London, Goldsmith Vintage also sells a huge range of vintage clothes online, in men’s, women and unisex styles. Known particularly for their vintage denim and original vintage sportswear ranges, Goldsmith Vintage also offers vintage designer wear, from big names such as Burberry, Valentino, Missoni, Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.

I can’t find a way to filter by size or era at Goldsmith Vintage, and not all items have a size listed in the description, so it does take a little longer to find what you are looking for. My advice? Take your time, and make full use of the search bar.


Hopefully, with this guide, you can find the vintage item of your dreams! If you’re having problems finding what you like, do check out my guide on how to shop for preloved clothes like a pro. You can also check out my guide on the best places to buy secondhand clothes online, and the best places to sell clothes online for more preloved clothing inspiration.