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Women’s Ethical Workwear

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womens ethical workwear

Looking for women’s ethical workwear recommendations? I have got you covered!

Recently a Moral Fibres reader on Twitter (you can follow along here) asked me if I had any ladies ethical workwear recommendations.  To help her out, and anyone else interested in women’s ethical clothing for the office, I’ve put together some of my favourite ethical workwear pieces below.  I personally tend to wear a lot of dresses to work because I find it quicker and easier in the mornings than picking out a matching top and trousers or skirt.  Maybe that’s just me!

Women’s Ethical Workwear Recommendations

As always, I’ve picked out ethical workwear pieces that are style classics, rather than adhering to specific trends:

ladies ethical workwear

1.  Polka Dot Dress – £48. Annie Greenabelle make some stunning ethical clothing, including some gorgeous dresses.  I find some of their clothes a bit too young for my taste (I’m over 30). However, I do have a soft spot for this ethical dress, which is smart enough to class as workwear.

2.  Boucle Dress – £65. Another Annie Greenabelle dress that wouldn’t look out of place in the office.

3.  Nomads Tunic Dress – £49.95. The dress from Nomads* is really pretty, and office-appropriate.

4.  Baroque Dress from People Tree* – £85. This People Tree dress (featured above) is beyond beautiful.  Expensive, yes, but versatile and always in style.  You can save 10% off of your order from People Tree if you sign up for their mailing list, which works out at quite a good saving, and you get free delivery too on orders over £70.

5.  Grey Mid Heels – £81. These Beyond Skin vegan heels are perfect for an ethical workwear wardrobe. They’re not too high, easy to walk in, and will go with anything. See my guide to ethical shoes for more ethical footwear inspiration.

womens ethical office clothes

1.  Breton Top – £59. I’ve featured this Mudd & Water top before as I think it’s just perfect.  It’s smart enough for wearing with trousers or skirts and can be worn with jeans at weekends.

2.  Linen Trousers – £47. These organic linen trousers from Komodo* are smart and office-friendly.  Komodo also has a selection of ethical trousers in other colours and styles that would also be workwear appropriate, and are the smartest ethical trousers I’ve come across so far.

3.  White Blouse – £55 – This ethical blouse from People Tree* is smart without being boring or bland, and the silver bead detailing on the collar brings with it a tiny bit of glamour to your workwear wardrobe.

4.  Chinos – £59. These Mudd & Water chinos are perfect for dressing up for work, and dressing down for the weekend, and look so comfortable.

5.  Jacquard Skirt – £58 – This People Tree* skirt is smart, pretty, and perfect with boots for the autumn and winter or shoes for spring and summer.

6.  Oxford Lace Ups – £81 – These beauties, again from Beyond Skin, are pretty much the perfect shoe!

More Ideas

And there you have it – my ethical ladies’ clothing picks for work or the office. I also have loads more ethical clothing brands listed in my ethical clothing directory, if you are looking for more inspiration.  

Of course, your workwear wardrobe doesn’t have to be bought new. There are always charity shops, Oxfam’s online store* if you don’t fancy rummaging through racks, and eBay* (remember my eBay shopping tips!) if you’re looking to update your ethical work wardrobe for less. I’ve also got some other great places to shop for secondhand clothes online that you can check out too.

Fashion, Life & Style

Ten eBay Buying Tips

ebay buying tips

Looking for tips on buying clothes on eBay? I’ve got ten of my best tips for you today!

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Today I’m sharing my top ten eBay* buying tips!  I would love it if I could afford to shop from ethical brands all of the time. Sadly this is not the case.  This is where secondhand shopping comes in. It’s ethical, good for the environment, and cheap!  

And as a working mum, I don’t always have the time or patience to visit charity shops until I find something I want with a toddler in tow. Therefore, when I need new clothes, then more often than not I head straight to eBay from the comfort of my sofa.

I’ve been buying and selling on eBay for 15 years now. Therefore, I like to think I know a thing or two about shopping online on eBay and getting a good bargain.  So here are my top ten eBay buying tips:

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Me in a bargain eBay outfit.  The cardigan (99p), dress (£4.71) and belt (came with another £2 dress) are all eBay finds.  

Ten eBay Buying Tips

I’ve split my guide into two main categories: searching and bidding.

Searching

With so many listings, it can be daunting trying to find exactly what you are looking for on eBay. Here are my top tips for finding what you want without the overwhelm.

eBay can be a bit daunting if you just type in say, size 12 dress.  A search like this will throw up thousands and thousands of results (557,498 at the time of writing!).  One of my best eBay buying tips is to use the advanced search function on the sidebar to narrow down what you are looking for. This saves you from scrolling through hundreds of pages.  

For example, say I want a green dress, in a size 12, that’s knee-length with long sleeves.  I can specify all of these things in the advanced search bar, rather than doing a generic search for a green dress. And I can even specify my budget and if I would prefer it to be secondhand or unworn. I can go further and specify if I want it to be from a specific brand, and if I want it to be located in the UK only.  I find this to be a much more effective search method that’s much quicker in narrowing down what I want.

To do this, search for “green dress”.  Select women’s clothing in the left-hand bar, and then select “women’s dresses”.  From here you can then specify a whole number of variables, as in my example below:

ebay search tips

I got 65 matches, which is a much more manageable number to view!

Look At The Seller’s Other Items

Another top eBay buying tip is if you find something you like then have a look at the seller’s other items.  They might be selling some other clothes that you also like in your size!  It’s often a lot cheaper to package several items together and post them than it is to post two separate parcels. Therefore a lot of sellers will offer a postage discount for multiple items.  If it’s not specified, email the seller to ask.

Buy Out of Season

One of my top eBay buying tips is to consider buying out of season.  For example, if you know you will need a new pair of winter boots then buy them in the summer.  Fewer people will be looking and bidding on them out of season, helping you to get them for the best price.

Create An Alert

If you are looking for something on eBay and are unable to find it you can set up an alert. This means you will be contacted when someone lists an item on eBay that matches your search criteria.

Buy Bundles

When it comes to buying baby clothes on eBay I tend to avoid buying individual items of clothing as postage costs don’t make it particularly cost-effective.  For best value stick to buying bundles of clothing. Just type in, for example, “boys bundle 9 12 months” to search for all the boys 9-12 month bundles.  I also find buying bundles of basics such as vests and sleepsuits very cost-effective – once I bought 15 vests for 99p and £3.00 postage.

Support Charities Whilst Shopping

If you normally shop in charity shops and still would like to support charities through your shopping habits then there is a special eBay for charity page.  Here you can search through all the items for sale, where the seller has specified that they will donate all or some of the final sale profits to charity.  You can also see items listed by charities themselves.  They’ll often list items on eBay that they think will achieve a higher selling price on eBay than in their shops.

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Some of my eBay finds from over the years.

Watching and Bidding

Set a Reminder on Your Phone

Add an item you like to your watch list, and set a reminder on your phone for a few minutes before the item ends – that way you won’t forget about it.

Don’t Show Your Hand Until the Last Few Seconds

Another of my best eBay buying tips is to bid in the last few seconds of the auction. That way you won’t push the price up unnecessarily.  This is known as sniping.  

I tend to bid in the last six seconds of the auction ending.  I type in the absolute maximum amount I’m willing to pay and hope for the best!  This way there is also less chance that you’ll get carried away and bid higher than your budget.  Seven times out of ten I win the item for much less than my top budget.  Of course, sometimes I’ve lost the auction, but such is life.  I knew my budget and didn’t go over it, so in the end, I’m a winner even if I didn’t get the item I wanted.

Consider The Auction End Day and Time

If you can, look out for items that end on weekdays during the day.  They tend to go for less than items that end at the weekend.  Of course, this is only effective if you are able to bid during these times.

Other Useful eBay Buying Advice

Charity Donations

If you’re substituting visiting charity shops with shopping on eBay, and not purchasing the eBay charity items, then it’s only right to include a donation, no matter how small to charity.  Thankfully eBay allows you to donate to a charity of your choosing at the checkout.

There you go – these eBay buying tips are how I keep my wardrobe stocked up without it costing the earth or a ton of money.  If you think I’ve missed anything then do let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear your eBay buying tips too!