Looking for some inspiration on ethical clothes for work? Here are two of my favourite work outfits.
I’ve been enjoying the last of my lazy maternity leave weekends. Well, as lazy as life with two kids ever gets! This is because I’m off back to work very shortly indeed, which includes working every other Saturday. It could be worse though. Once upon a time I worked in bars and retail and never got a weekend off. Therefore I can’t really grumble at working two Saturdays out of four.
Ethical Clothes for Work
As I’ve spent the last 10 months in casual breastfeeding-friendly clothes. And the last 7 months or so prior to that in maternity clothes, there’s a good portion of my wardrobe I haven’t even looked at in a long time. This meant I spent a little bit of the weekend sorting out my work wardrobe. I wanted to see what fits, what doesn’t, and what just doesn’t work anymore. I’ve also bought a couple of ethical bits and pieces this year that I thought I’d share in case you need some ethical clothes for work inspiration:
The Easy-to-Wear Ethical Dress
Thought Clothing is on to a winner lately, with all of their lovely prints and designs. I picked this beautiful dress up just this week. It’s really soft and easy to wear. And the crucial aspect when considering ethical clothes for work – it doesn’t need any ironing! As such, it will work well just being thrown on in the morning when I’m trying to get myself and my kids out of the house and to everywhere we all need to be by 9 am! It’s quite roomy – I’d size down if I were you.
I’m wearing it with my favourite Thought Clothing leggings. They’re also really soft, stretchy, keep their shape, and aren’t see-through, like some other leggings.
The boots are a new addition from Gudrun Sjöden. My old faithful boots have recently died a death (RIP boots, you and I did everything together in the 5 years we had together). Therefore, I had been keeping an eye out for a pair of flat easy to wear boots. This pair is so comfortable, with a lovely springy sole. It feels like it gives a little bounce to my step!
The Perfect Ethical Cord Dress
Now, I actually picked this cord dress up from Bibico way back in the January sales. I squirreled it away until now as I wasn’t able to wear it before now. It was love at first sight, as I really liked the cut and shape of it. And truth be told, I have a bit of a thing for green cord. I know cord gets a bit of bad rap, with the whole Geography teacher look thing, but I just really like it. I do have a degree in Geography after all, so maybe it is a Geographer thing? If you’re not convinced on cord, also know that it’s pretty cosy, which is a must for chilly autumn mornings.
My beautiful bag is from Kakaw Designs. It is handmade by traditional Guatemalan artisans using locally sourced materials. These are both custom-made and repurposed. It’s roomy, practical, and gorgeous (but not trend-driven). What’s more, it is pretty much the perfect size for carting around my work paraphernalia. It’s sturdily made, and something that’s going to be part of my wardrobe for a long long time to come.
Kakaw Design’s philosophy and story make for really interesting reading. It’s pretty cool to know that your purchase directly helps support and sustain traditional Guatemalan skills, and helps support communities and families.
My acorn necklace was a birthday gift from my partner (probably from Etsy). He has pretty good taste like that!
I’m off on my travels this week, however, I do have some posts lined up for you, so have a good week, and see you soon! In the meantime, do check out my guide to ethical clothing brands for some more ethical clothes for work inspiration.