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40+ Women’s Ethical Clothing Brands for 2021

Looking for the best ethical clothing brands for women? I’ve got over forty brands here for you today, with some exclusive discount codes for Moral Fibres readers. I also update this list frequently so do check back whenever you need to buy new sustainable, eco-friendly or ethical clothing.

The ethical fashion market is growing.  In fact, it’s never been bigger thanks to increasing demands from customers wanting more ethical and fair clothing in response to increasing knowledge on the impact of fast fashion on the environment and on fast fashion garment workers. Especially with increasing knowledge that poorly regulated sweatshops aren’t just found abroad, but in the UK too.

I always say that the most sustainable clothing is the clothing you already have. Therefore, wearing our clothes for as long as possible, and repairing them when need be is key in building an ethical wardrobe. The next most sustainable option is to shop secondhand. Here’s my guide on where to buy secondhand clothes online.

However, sometimes our clothes do wear out, and you can’t always find what you need secondhand. It can be daunting knowing where to start looking for new ethically conscious clothing. To help you out, I’ve listed as many UK ethical clothing brands I know that cater to women.  

I’ve also included sizing information for each brand.  The ethical fashion world is notorious for not being particularly size-inclusive.  While many brands aren’t, some are making steps in providing plus-size ethical fashion. I, therefore, want this guide to be helpful for those looking for specific sizes.

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First off, here are the quick links for women’s ethical clothing brands in case you just want to visit the site of a particular brand. Scroll down past this section if you want more information about each ethical clothing brand, including a price key. Some ethical brands have also offered exclusive discount codes for Moral Fibres readers, so keep reading for these too.

In order to help support the running costs of Moral Fibres, this post contains affiliate links, denoted by *. Moral Fibres may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to readers, on items that have been purchased through those links. This income helps keep this site running.

Antiform (size 8 – 18)

Asquith* (size 8 – 16)

BAM* (size 8 -16)

Baukjen* (size 6 -18)

Beaumont Organic* (size 8 – 20)

Bibico (size 8 -16)

Birdsong* (size XS – XL)

Boody* (size 6 – 16)

Celtic & Co (size 6 – 18)

Christy Dawn (sizes XS – XL)

Earth Kind Originals (size 8 – 22)

Ecoalf* (size XS – XL)

Finisterre (size 8 – 16)

 Frugi* (size 8 – 18)

Girlfriend Collective* (size XS – XXL)

Greenfibres (size 8 – 18)

Gudrun Sjoden (size 6 – 24)

Hiut (size 6 – 18)

Howies (size 8 – 16)

Kemi Telford (custom sizing)

Kitty Ferreira (size 6 – 26)

Know the Origin* (size 8 – 16)

Komodo* (size 8 – 16)

Kowtow* (size 8 – 14)

Lost Shapes* (size S – XL)

Lowie (size S – L)

Madia & Matilda (size 6 – 18)

Mayamiko (size 8 -14)

Monkee Genes* (size 24″-36)

Morcant* (size S – XL)

MUD Jeans* (size 26″ – 36″)

Nancy Dee (size 6 – 18)

Noctu (size S – L)

Nomads* (size 8 – 18)

Nudie Jeans (24″ to 38″)

Origin Africa* (size XS – XL)

Outsider Clothing (size 8 – 16)

Palava (size 6 – 28)

Patagonia (size XS – XL)

People Tree* (size 6 – 18)

Riyka* (size 8 – 18)

Seasalt* (size 6 – 28)

Thought* (size 6 – 20)

 THTC (size 8 – 18)

 Totty Rocks (size 6 – 16)

The White T-Shirt Co (size 8 – 18)

The Best Women’s Ethical Clothing Brands for 2021

guide to women's ethical clothing brands

Here’s more detail about each of the ethical clothing brands listed above.

The price range key for this guide is:

 £ = Under £50 | ££ = £50 – 100 | £££ = £100+

On to the brands!

Antiform

Budget – ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Fashion-forward Antiform sources all of its materials and workmanship within the UK, and local to their Bristol-based studio if possible.  They are also big on the use of reclaimed materials, with many items made from 100% reclaimed fabrics.


Asquith

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes: 8 – 16

Asquith* produces stylish and ethically made yoga wear and loungewear in the finest quality organic cotton and bamboo fabrics.  Their ethos is sportswear without the “sporty” look, so their pieces make for great, comfortable working from home or weekend wear. 

Read more about Asquith in my post here.


Bam: Bamboo Clothing

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes: 8 – 16

Bam: Bamboo* sells sustainably sourced activewear made from bamboo.  And new for Autumn 2020: low impact jeans.  It takes around 7600l of water to make a conventional pair of jeans. Bam: Bamboo instead says their jeans require less water to make.

Rather than just stopping there, Bam: Bamboo is also seeking to be impact positive.  As such, they are making great steps to minimise their impacts on climate, waste, water, chemicals, humans, and land use. You can find out more about BAM’s work here.


Baukjen

Caters for: sizes 6 – 18

Price range: ££

Baukjen*, a certified B Corp, offers a wide selection of stylish women’s ethical clothing. Ethically manufactured in Europe, these include the use of more environmentally friendly fabrics, such as Lenzing EcoVero, organic cotton, and Tencel.

Use the exclusive discount code MORALFIBRES15 to take 15% off full-price orders.


Beaumont Organic

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Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for: sizes 8 – 20

Working only with factories that are within the EU, pay fair wages, and provide good working conditions, Beaumont Organic’s range of GOTS-certified clothing* is perfect for casual wear.


Bibico

Budget: ££

Caters for: sizes 8 – 16

I would describe Bibico as laidback fairtrade fashion that’s simple yet stylish, and very wearable.  What’s more, all of Bibico’s items are made from natural materials.  As such, you won’t find any synthetics in their range.

Sign up for their newsletter and you’ll even get 10% off your first order.  They also run regular sales which are worth keeping your eye out for.


Birdsong

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes XS – XL

Birdsong* produces ethically made organic cotton unisex slogan t-shirts.  All of their clothing is made in East London by talented women paid a fair wage.


Boody

Budget: ££

Cater for sizes 6 – 16

Boody* produces high-quality basics, with a stringent focus on sustainable materials and ethical and planet-friendly practices.  They’re a great go-to for staples such as leggings, activewear, and loungewear.  Sign up for the Boody newsletter for 10% off your first order.


Celtic & Co

Budget: ££-£££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

Based in Great Britain, Celtic & Co specialise in shoes and clothing made from ethically sourced natural fibres.  Focusing on quality and design, rather than seasonal trends, Celtic & Co pieces are designed to last a long time.


Christy Dawn

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes S – XL

When it comes to high-end women’s ethical clothing, look no further than Christy Dawn. The Christy Dawn team shun new fabrics. Instead, they spend their time rummaging through piles of leftover and discontinued fabric – what’s known as deadstock. When they find the fabric they love, their team of artisans cuts, sews, and finishes each piece in their Los Angeles factory. Making limited-edition runs from existing fabric means each version of a style has a very limited number. This means there’s little chance of being seen in the same dress as anyone else.

Find Christy Dawn in the UK via Content Beauty*.


Earth Kind Originals

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 22

Earth Kind Originals is a women’s ethical clothing brand that specialises in fairly made laid-back leisure ware.


Ecoalf

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes XS – XL

A certified B Corp, Ecoalf* produces sustainable and ethically made clothing, designed to last.  They don’t follow trends and focus on longevity, meaning your purchase won’t look dated in one year’s time.


Fever Few Clothing

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

The Fever Few Clothing* make beautiful jacket style tops to order. Each piece is designed, cut, and sewn in their Bristol studio. Their aim is to create pieces that will become wardrobe favourites, that will be long lasting and well worn, encouraging a connection with your garment as it is worn through the seasons.


Finisterre

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

Finisterre is an ethically made and sustainable outdoor clothing brand, which even offers a repair service.  New for autumn 2021 is a trade-in service, where you can trade-in your old Finisterre clothing for money off new online purchases. They’ll revive and re-home them, or recycle the materials. Finisterre is also a great choice for swimwear.  Find my full guide to ethical swimwear here.


Frugi

ethical dress from frugi

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Yup, Frugi*, the ethical kidswear brand, is now making ethical clothing for women! Their focus is mainly on maternity wear, however, they do offer a small non-maternity range that is bright and fun. Their clothes are made from 95% GOTS certified and Soil Association certified organic cotton jersey fabric.


Girlfriend Collective

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes XS – XXL

Girlfriend Collective* is an ethical clothing brand that makes ethically made activewear from recycled materials, which are dyed using eco-friendly dyes.  What’s more, in true circularity, they take back your old Girlfriend pieces to turn them into brand new Girlfriend pieces.


Greenfibres

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Greenfibres produce ethically sourced and responsibly made organic cotton basics. Think t-shirts, vests, and other wardrobe staples.


Gudrun Sjoden

eco friendly fashion brands

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 6 – 24

Gudrun Sjoden makes colourful eclectic clothing made ethically, and often organically.  I also appreciate their use of diverse models.  It’s such a refreshing change.  What’s also refreshing is their more comparatively inclusive sizing.


Hiut Denim

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

Hiut ethically makes beautiful bespoke jeans, handmade in Cardigan.  These are expensive jeans, but whilst the initial outlay might be high, expect a pair to last forever.  Hiut stands by their jeans even when they fail you. As such they offer free repairs for the life of your jeans, with just one rule. You have to send them back washed.

They cater for waist sizes from 28″ to 40″, and offer a range of leg sizes.  


Howies

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

Howies make high-quality organic and recycled outdoor clothing designed to last.


Kemi Telford

black ethical clothing brands uk

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for: see website for details on their sizing

Black-owned brand, Kemi Telford, designs and sells beautifully bold Nigerian-influenced clothing, with a western twist.  Sustainability lies at the heart of the brand.  What’s more, conscious of waste, remnants from the clothing are made into colourful hair bows or gift bags.

Check out my full guide to Black-owned ethical fashion brands here.


Kitty Ferreira

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes 6 – 26

Another Black-owned brand, Kitty Ferreira makes stylish sustainable clothes perfect for work or special occasions. 

All of their clothing is made in London using upcycled and hand-dyed fabrics. Here, they use natural dyes, created using pomegranate and onions skins for a low environmental fooprint.  And in a very welcome move, the clothes go up to a size 26 – which is good news for customers looking for plus size ethical clothing.


Know The Origin

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

Know the Origin* make ethical basics.  Think soft and comfortable cotton t-shirts, jumpers, and dresses. These are ethically made from 100% organic fairtrade cotton sourced from fairtrade producers.


Komodo

komodo fashion

Budget: ££

Cater for sizes 8 – 16

Komodo* sell ethically sourced, organic, and natural fibre fashion that’s every bit as stylish as ethical.


Kowtow

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes 8 – 14

Kowtow* was one of the earliest starters in the sustainable and ethical fashion movement – founded in 2007. They are committed to creating positive change by using only renewable and sustainable fibres, as well as ethical manufacturing. What’s more, Kowtow has also recently earned an A+ in the Tearfund / Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Survey.  This New Zealand women’s ethical clothing brand sells in the UK via Content Beauty.


Lost Shapes

Budget: £

Caters for sizes S – XL

Lost Shapes* sells organic cotton Earth Positive t-shirts hand-printed with water-based inks. The quality is second to none and from experience, I can personally attest that each item washes really well.


Lowie

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes S – L

Lowie makes stylish heritage-inspired clothing for women, fairly made from organic cotton, recycled cotton, or ethically sourced wool.  They even offer a free repair service for life on all items from their current and past seasons.


Madia & Matilda

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

Madia & Matilda make stylish ethical clothing, that’s made in the Cotswolds.  They specialise in upcycled and sustainable fabrics, and they say minimising wastage is at their core.  Madia & Matilda also say they create clothing that is high quality and timeless.  As they are not trend-focused, their pieces are ones you can truly invest in.  Whilst their clothing range generally extends to a size 18, they do say for more sizes to email them. 

As a bonus, if you sign up for their newsletter you can receive 25% off your first order.  


Mayamiko

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 14

Mayamiko clothing is ethically made in Malawi and combines contemporary design with traditional African techniques.  Part of their profits also goes towards the Mayakiko Trust.  This helps some of the most disadvantaged people in Malawi by providing skills training, education, nutrition, sanitation, and promoting fairer trade practices.  

Prices range from £19 upwards for tops, and £35 upwards for dresses.  As well as being at the more affordable end of the scale, you can also receive 10% off your first order by signing up for their newsletter.


Monkee Genes

Budget: ££

Caters for: tops size XS-L; jeans waist sizes 24″-36″

Monkee Genes* are purveyors of organic bamboo jeans, made in England, that are beautifully soft.  My only gripe is that Monkee Genes only come in two leg lengths – regular and long.  The regular leg length is 31″, so if you’re on the shorter side you may struggle with the fit.


Morcant

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes S – XL

Morcant* is a gender-neutral essentials label founded in Sheffield. Their aim is to make functional everyday clothing using high-quality & long-lasting premium fabrics. With sustainability at the core of the brand, each piece of their organic collection is crafted using certified eco-friendly materials and ethically manufactured in Bangladesh.  


MUD Jeans

Budget: £££

Caters for waist sizes 26″ – 36″

MUD Jeans* make jeans from recycled denim, avoiding waste and cutting down on water and CO2 use.  At the moment their jeans contain 40% recycled denim.  However, keep an eye out as MUD aim to launch the first jeans made from 100% post-consumer recycled denim.  The other good news is that once your jeans are worn out send them back to MUD for recycling.


Nancy Dee

ethical fashion brands for women

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

Nancy Dee offers British-made fashionable ethical clothing for every occasion.  Their pieces are made ethically with sustainable eco-friendly fabrics.  What’s more, join their mailing list to get a generous 15% off your first order.


Noctu

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes S – L

Noctu make ethically made sleepwear and loungewear that’s both fairtrade and made using 100% GOTS certified cotton.  Specifically interested in loungewear and sleepwear?  See my guide to ethical pyjamas for more brands.  


Nomads

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Nomads* make bohemian-inspired stylish ethical clothing.  All their pieces are designed in the UK and fairly made in India using GOTS-certified cotton.


Nudie Jeans

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes 24″ to 38″

Nudie Jeans make 100% organic jeans made with sustainability in mind.  And if your Nudie jeans need mending you can pop into their London shop for a free repair service.  Don’t worry if you are not London-based, they can send you a repair kit free of charge.  And once your jeans are finally worn out, you can send them back to Nudie and they’ll recycle them into new jeans.


Origin Africa

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes XS – XL

Origin Africa* is the UK’s first 100% not-for-profit fashion brand, making contemporary ethical and sustainable unisex garments.  These are produced using 100% organic cotton and vegan-approved water-based dyes.  What’s more, profits are used to fund social enterprises in Africa.  These include projects around improving child health through proper sanitation, and female empowerment through skills training and education.


Outsider Clothing

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

Outsider Clothing makes beautiful, timeless clothes ethically made by this ethical clothing brand using sustainable materials, such as hemp, hemp silk, organic cotton, naturally coloured cotton, peace silk, and more.


Palava Clothing

sustainable clothing brands

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 6 – 28

Palava’s uniquely printed dresses and skirts are made from organic cotton in Europe and the UK. These seriously beautiful ethical clothes are high up on my wishlist!  Keep your eye out for sample sales.  As a bonus, take 10% off your first order by signing up for their newsletter.


Patagonia

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes XS – XL

Patagonia* makes responsibly-made outdoor clothing designed to last and to be repairable.  Their website also gives advice on how to repair all Patagonia items, which is seriously useful.  And for any clothing that can’t be repaired then you can drop it off at a Patagonia store for recycling or repurposing. 

I’ve included Patagonia in my guide to ethical coats, in case you want to browse other coat retailers.  


People Tree

Budget: ££-£££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

People Tree* sells fairtrade basics, leisurewear, workwear, and occasion wear, often in 100% organic cotton.  They often work in collaboration with designers, such as Orla Kiely and Zandra Rhodes, to produce some original prints.  As such this ethical clothing brand is one of my first stops when looking for ethical clothing.  Do keep an eye out for regular sales if you’re shopping on a tight budget.


Riyka

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Riyka* is an ethical clothing brand that sells a small collection of fun and colourful wardrobe basics.  All of these are designed in the UK and made in a fair-wage, sustainable atelier in Bulgaria.  Riyka says they use reclaimed, organic, and/or British-made fabrics where possible.  What’s more, all of the organic cotton they use is GOTS certified.


Seasalt Cornwall

sustainable clothing brands Seasalt Cornwall

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes 6 – 28

Seasalt* specialises in beautiful timeless clothing and stunning prints.  Through their Locally Made project, they are actively increasing the number of products they manufacture locally in the South West, Guernsey, and across the UK.  In particular, look out for GOTS-certified organic cotton products and waterproof fabrics made from organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles.


Thought

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes 6 – 20

Thought* makes easy-to-wear fairtrade clothing made from bamboo, hemp, and/or organic cotton, often in beautiful prints.  Keep your eye out for regular sales.


THTC Clothing

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Short for The Hemp Trading Company, THTC is an ethical clothing brand.  In particular, they specialise in eco-friendly organic and ethically sourced and produced politically-conscious streetwear.


Totty Rocks

Budget: £££

Cater for sizes 6 – 16

Edinburgh-based Totty Rocks produce stylish retro-inspired clothing, all of which are designed and made in Scotland.


The White T-Shirt Co

Budget: £

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

The White T-Shirt Co produces simple wardrobe basics in 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.  As such, if you’re looking for the perfect ethical white t-shirt then step this way.  And take 10% off your first order if you sign up for their newsletter.

Looking For Specific Types of Ethical Clothing for Women?

If you have a specific item that you have in mind, then I’ve put together lots of separate guides, which have all been updated for 2021:

I also have a handy guide on what to look for when shopping for ethical clothing.  It covers topics such as what fabrics to look for and explains what all the different eco-labels mean if the ethical fashion jargon bamboozles you.

What Can I Do To Make Women’s Ethical Clothing Brands More Accessible?

To make the ethical fashion movement more inclusive to all, then it’s important to take action beyond your wallet.

To help make ethical fashion more affordable, things that you can do to help engender change include asking High St brands who make their clothes (see Fashion Revolution for their great resources).  This will help press for transparency and sustainability on the High Street, making ethical clothing much more accessible for all.

You can also support Clean Clothes Campaign’s Pay Up drive, whereby they are pressing the global fashion brands that have refused to pay for over $16 billion worth of goods ordered since the outbreak of COVID-19. Big brands cancelled all orders placed before the crisis – some of which had already been shipped. This financially devastated factories since they had already had to pay for fabric and other production costs for these orders. Many were left with no money to pay workers’ wages.

Here are also some other ideas on how to support the ethical fashion movement from the bottom up.

Representation in Ethical Clothing

Sustainable fashion also lacks diverse representation.  Particularly in terms of race, and of the LGBTQ+ community.  However, there is also a lack of a range of sizes which leaves a large swath of potential would-be customers behind. Asking your favourite ethical clothing brands to make their clothes in a wider range of sizes is a great first step, as brands won’t consider making their clothes in wider size ranges until there is consumer demand. Asking brands to use more diverse models, beyond a size 8 able-bodied 20 something white woman) is another way to help broaden the appeal of ethical fashion.

Have I missed any brands?  Do let me know!  And have you found this guide to ethical clothing brands useful?  Then why not pin it for later?

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Where to Buy Ethically Made Plus Size Clothing in 2021

Are you looking to buy sustainably and ethically made plus-size clothing? Here are ethical clothing brands that cater for women up to a UK size 38.

Moral Fibres readers first asked me about sustainable and ethical plus-size clothing about seven years ago. At the time, I planned to write a blog post, similar to my guide to ethically made clothing. However, after doing some fairly intensive research, it seemed there were only a handful of US brands and nothing UK-based. It was a woeful picture.

The average woman in the UK is a size 16, but for a long time, the UK ethical clothing scene was not representative of this at all. Make no mistake, ethical fashion still has a long way to go in terms of representation. However, things are slowly changing. Now there are more sustainable brands catering to the ethical plus-size clothing market.

Where to Buy Ethically Made Plus Size Clothing

Here are nine brands producing ethically made and beautiful plus size clothing, and that cater for up to a size 38. Some will even create clothing for you at any size, and won’t charge you any more for this.

In order to help support the running costs of Moral Fibres, this post contains affiliate links, denoted by *. Moral Fibres may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to readers, on items that have been purchased through those links. This income helps keep this site running.

The price range key for this guide is:

 £ = Under £50 | ££ = £50 – 100 | £££ = £100+

The Emperor’s Old Clothes

Emperor's Old Clothes for plus-size ethical clothing

Caters up to UK size 28

Price range ££ – £££

All of The Emperor’s Old Clothes ethical clothing is handmade in Brighton, plus they cater for sizes up to size 24.

Here you’ll find one of a kind clothing, created from vintage and dead-stock fabric by people paid a living wage. The Emperor’s Old Clothes also invest in their local community with free sewing traineeships to encourage the continuation of their craft.

They have a strict zero fabric waste policy in their Brighton studio. This means that all of their garments are made from the end of roll fabrics. What’s more, the remnants created during the cutting of their garments go to making their accessories. Any leftover scraps from this are then either donated to local craft projects, textile recycled or made into scrap kits so you can get crafty at home.

The Emperor’s Old Clothes are also working to make their products as financially accessible as possible for their customers without compromising on their living wage ethos or the quality of their products. As such, they have introduced payment plans. Now customers can spread the cost of their ready to wear and design your own garments across 2 to 6 months rather than having to pay in full upfront.

Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective ethical clothing

Caters up to UK size 26

Price range ££ – £££

If you are looking for inclusively sized and ethically made activewear, then look no further than Girlfriend Collective. Catering for up to a UK size 26, and available via Sancho’s, their activewear is made from recycled plastic. Meanwhile, their t-shirts and tops are made from Cupro. This is a fibre made from waste the cotton industry leaves behind. What’s more, all of their clothing is made in SA8000 certified factories. What this certification means is that it guarantees fair wages, safe and healthy conditions, and zero forced labour or child labour.

What’s more, through their ReGirlfriend Scheme, Girlfriend Collective takes back your old Girlfriend Collective pieces. Here they are recycled and turned into brand new Girlfriend Collective pieces, rather than being downcycled into insulation products. And if the warm glow of doing something good wasn’t enough, then by way of thanks, you receive $15 USD towards a future purchase.

Gudrun Sjoden

Caters up to UK size 24

Price range ££

Ethical clothing can sometimes be a little monochrome. If you like brightly coloured and/or brightly patterned clothing, then worry not – this can still be bought ethically up to a UK size 24 at Gudrun Sjoden. Here you’ll find colourful eclectic clothing made ethically, and often organically.  If pattern isn’t your thing, then you’ll also find solid coloured ethical basics.

To be honest, I was at loggerheads of including Gudrun Sjoden in this article, because at the time of putting this article together (July 2021) I couldn’t find a single model above a size 10 modelling their clothes. I questioned Gudrun Sjoden about this via email and they told me:

We have several different seasonal collections per year and we use models of all sizes and backgrounds but unfortunately in this new Autumn collection, the models used are of a smaller size. Please be assured that if you purchase a garment that turns out to be totally unsuitable you can return it to us for exchange or refund.”

I don’t think that this is good enough, and Gudrun Sjoden can and should do better in terms of representation. However, I don’t want to not include Gudrun Sjoden in this article because options for plus-size ethical clothing are more limited.

Kitty Ferreira

Caters up to UK size 26

Price range: £££

Kitty Ferreira is a Black-owned brand that makes stylish ethical and sustainable clothes perfect for work or for special occasions.  Catering for up to a UK size 26, all of their clothing is made in London using upcycled and hand-dyed fabrics. Here, they use natural dyes, created using pomegranate and onions skins for a low environmental footprint. 

Kitty Ferreira doesn’t photograph their clothing on models, so unfortunately I don’t have any photos to show you!

Lora Gene

Ethically made clothing from Lora Gene

Caters up to UK size 28

Price range ££ – £££

Lora Gene makes beautiful ethically made clothing that caters up to a UK size 28. And as a certified B-Corp, this means that Lora Gene meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. 

Lora Gene’s main priority is to minimise waste in every step of the product life cycle. From the production of sustainably sourced materials, design, manufacturing, storage, transport, marketing, sales, reuse and recycling – Lora Gene takes responsibility for everything that they create. And unlike fast fashion, Lora Gene’s approach involves prioritising quality over quantity at all times.

All of Lora Gene’s garments are made to order, so you need to allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

Palava

Ethical and sustainable plus size clothing for women

Caters up to UK size 28

Price range ££ – £££

Palava’s uniquely printed dresses and skirts are made from organic cotton in Europe and the UK and cater for up to a UK size 28. These seriously beautiful ethical clothes are so joyful!  

All of Palava’s dresses, skirts, trousers, tops and coats are ethically made in a small family-run factory on the outskirts of London.  And to minimise waste, all of Palava’s accessories are made from the leftover fabric after their dresses and skirts have been cut. Any scraps too small for their accessories get sold in fabric bundles for crafters and home sewists. What’s more, all of Palava’s packaging is now plastic-free.

Take 10% off your first order by signing up for their newsletter.

Sadie Alys

A guide to ethically made plus-size clothing, including Sadie Alys who will custom make clothing catering to any size.

Caters to any size – Sadie Alys will make custom clothes for any size at no additional cost

Price range: £ – £££

Sadie Alys is a made-to-order, custom-sized, slow fashion brand handmade in North Wales. Their aim is to make a positive impact on the fashion industry by making inclusive slow fashion for everyone. As such, Sadie Alys will cater for any size, at no additional cost. This really is plus size ethical fashion at its most inclusive.

Dungarees and skirts are Sadie Alys’s speciality – from long to short dungarees, as well as dungaree dresses to funky skirts. These are handmade from organic cotton and printed with eco-friendly inks.

As everything is made to order, this allows for less waste and unneeded fabric, helping to lighten the environmental load further. Because of this, please allow up to 5 weeks for your item to be made and dispatched.

Seasalt

Caters up to UK size 28

Price range: £ – ££

Offering inclusive sizing at really reasonable High Street prices, many of Seasalt’s* clothes are made from GOTS certified organic cotton. In fact, Seasalt was the very first fashion company to achieve Soil Association GOTS certification back in 2005. They’ve continued to do great things by bringing sustainability to the high street, whilst catering for a wide range of sizes.

Again, despite catering for up to a UK size 28, I could not find a single model above a size 10 modelling Seasalt’s clothes. This lack of diversity is disappointing from Seasalt. I’d like to see them do better.

Snag Tights

plus size ethical tights from Snag

Caters up to UK size 38

Price range: £

Snag, who are famous for their tights, don’t just sell ethically made tights. Oh no, as well as fun patterned tights and plain tights, here you’ll also find leggings, t-shirts, skirts, swimwear, and chub rub shorts, all ethically made and catering for sizes up to a UK plus size 38. That’s not a typo, that’s a size 38. Did I mention their prices are incredibly reasonable? Oh yes. I couldn’t find a single item over £40. Snag says that they keep a fixed margin, so they are able to pass any savings on to you.

Snag says that they are committed to doing things ethically and sustainably. As such, their entire clothing range is made from materials that are carefully considered, and all of their factories treat their workers fairly and pay living wages.

What’s more, Snag Tights are now fully recyclable. Snag has created a process specifically for their tights that turns your old tights into permanent industrial components. You can post them back to Snag for recycling (only Snag tights are accepted right now). You do have to pay postage for this, but the good news is that Snag is currently working on funding for you to send your tights back to them for free.

How To Make Ethical Clothing More Representative of Plus Size Bodies

Of course, there are many more ethical brands that don’t cater for plus sizes. Brands tell me they cater to perceived demand. If there is a particular brand that you would like to shop from that doesn’t cater for you, do email them and tell them you would shop with them if they made clothes that cater to more representative sizing. I also make a point of asking ethical fashion brands I work with if they have limited sizing options, about their plans to introduce greater size ranges to let them know that this is an important consideration for customers.

What If I Can’t Afford to Buy Plus Size Ethical Clothing?

I have aimed to cater to a wide range of price points in this article. However, if plus size ethical clothing is still out of your reach, then it’s important to remember that you don’t have to buy ethical clothing to support the ethical fashion movement. From supporting the right’s of garment workers across the globe to pressing brands for greater transparency, and calling out greenwashing when you see it, there’s much that can be done to support the movement, and those most negatively impacted by fast fashion.

As always, do let me know if you come across any more ethically made plus size clothing.