Someone wearing an outfit of colourful clothing including a pink twill jacket by Lucy & Yak.
22 Jul
Someone wearing an outfit of colourful clothing including a pink twill jacket by Lucy & Yak.

21 Ethical, Fun, and Colourful Clothing Brands

Not all ethical and sustainable fashion is bland, and this list of colourful clothing brands proves it. Let’s jump on rainbow road.

Eco-fashion can be fun

Look around your office or the train, and you’re likely to see a general blur of beige, black, and denim blue, with a bit of navy, dusty pink, and bottle green mixed in. Come on people, where’s the joy? Where’s the fun? Where’s the colour?!

You can rock colour all year ‘round. It’s energising, empowering, and playful. It’s vital and defiant. It lets you say to the universe, “Sorry mate, not today. I’m doing my thing and I’m going to brighten this place up.”

Okay, we get it. Colour isn’t for everyone. Many people have a kind of self-imposed limit on how bright they’ll go. Most people, in fact, won’t branch out beyond the odd accent colour on top of a base of neutrals. And while we respect that, if you’re a colour person, chances are you like really bright colours and you’re always looking out for something that’s bold and bright.

It’s a bit of a cliché that sustainable clothing has to be neutral. But in all honesty, if you’re just skimming the well-known ethical sites you’ll find a lot of neutrals and basics. Black t-shirts and blue jeans are great and all, but if you’re someone who loves colour, here are 21 ethical and colourful clothing brands that will help you keep things bright and bold. Being green doesn’t have to mean being beige.

TAMGA Designs

Rated: Good
A colourful patterned purple mini dress by TAMGA Designs worn by a model near the seaside.

Adele Mini Dress – Ships internationally from Canada

For that floral femme look, TAMGA Designs is your best bet. This sustainable social enterprise that helps to create opportunities for disadvantaged people serves up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. Tamga Designs boasts a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like GOTS certified organic cotton and Tencel, and your purchases will even be shipped to you in a biodegradable bag with recycled tags. You can find the full range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Birdsong

Rated: Good
Someone modelling a blue colourful patchwork jumpsuit ethically made by Birdsong.

Blue River Patchwork Jumpsuit – Ships internationally from the UK

Birdsong is a boutique label producing gorgeous womenswear. Its clothes are handmade in London by knitters and seamstresses earning above the London living wage. The business is built on a philosophy of fairness and authenticity, promising customers “no sweatshop, no photoshop”. Birdsong's products are inclusively sized from 2XS-3XL.

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Shop Birdsong.

Shop Birdsong @ SlowCo.

Fanfare

Rated: Good
person in colour block top and trousers by Fanfare

Monique Colour Block Swirl Trouser – Ships internationally from the UK

Fanfare is a UK-based sustainable brand that creates modern, contemporary women's and unisex clothing with a purpose that aims to bring change to the fashion industry. As a leading circular label, it transforms vintage pieces into unique designs using recycled materials promoting slow fashion with its repair services, take-back scheme and lifetime guarantee. Find most items in UK sizes 6-18.

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Shop Fanfare @ Earthkind.

OhSevenDays

Rated: Good
A bright yellow upcycled linen button down shirt by OhSevenDays.

Nora Shirt – Ships internationally from Turkey

OhSevenDays was started by Australian-Canadian Megan Mummery to promote slow fashion and the "power of circularity". Based in Istanbul, the brand reclaims end-of-roll fabrics from the city’s garment factories and creates sharp, everyday womenswear that’s as wearable as it is ethical. Essentially, it makes slow fashion from fast fashion's leftovers. OhSevenDays' garments are available in sizes XS-XL or custom sizing.

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Shop OhSevenDays @ SlowCo.

Lucy and Yak

Rated: Good
An oversized dusky pink organic cotton twill jacket by Lucy & Yak.

Olly Organic Cotton Twill Jacket – Ships internationally from the UK

Overall, Lucy and Yak really stand out with their hand-made, sustainable, and fabulously fruity fashion. They use eco-friendly materials including recycled polyester and organic cotton in their clothes and packaging, and make a point of visiting their suppliers in Northern India to ensure everyone is being treated fairly. The environment fares well, too⁠—by making all of the garments by hand, the climate impact is greatly reduced, and the feel-good factor goes through the roof.

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Mayamiko

Rated: Great
A pink and black floral print eco-friendly dress by colourful clothing brand Mayamiko.

Dalitso Maxi Wrap Dress – Ships internationally from the UK

Lovingly crafted in Malawi, Mayamiko takes ethical to the next level with their unique and beautiful fair trade fashion and accessories. With a stunning mix of modern and traditional textiles and cuts from Africa, Asia and Italy, this 100% PETA-certified vegan brand should be high on your list for colourful clothes. A leading advocate for better labour rights, the brand have also created the Mayamiko Trust, a charity working in the community to train and empower disadvantaged women.

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Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good
An extended sizing rainbow colourful skirt by Mara Hoffman.

Extended Alejandra Skirt – Ships internationally from the US

For high-quality, long-lasting clothing and swimwear in eye-catching designs, Mara Hoffman is your new best friend. With a focus on mindful and conscious practices, this sustainable brand uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon and recycled polyester, and even has a range of Oeko-Tex STeP certified products. They also have a gorgeous extended sizes collection, so you can be sure to find a new wardrobe addition no matter the bod you rock.

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Shop Mara Hoffman @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Mara Hoffman @ Farfetch.

Shop Mara Hoffman Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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The Social Outfit

Rated: Great
A sparkly teal disco bomber jacket made in Sydney by The Social Outfit.

Teal Disco Bomber Jacket – Ships internationally from Australia

Accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, this Sydney-based label truly deserves your support. With a social mission to employ and train workers from refugee and new migrant communities, you can be confident your purchase is directly contributing to a better life for minorities who need it most. Each piece tells an amazing human story, as the team taps into the creativity and diversity of these amazing people and collaborates with them to create new designs each season.

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zero waste daniel

Rated: Great
A patchwork floral t-shirt made by zero waste daniel.

Mixed Floral ‘All-Over Reroll’ Tee – Ships internationally from the US

Zero waste fashion sounds like a misnomer if ever we’ve heard one⁠—but it’s not. This impressive Brooklyn-based brand was thought up by Daniel Silverstein a few years ago and it has since transformed literal tons of pre-consumer scrap material into genderless basics. You will look anything but basic in these quirky clothes, though⁠—every single item is unique. Rock these ridiculously cool pieces without a care in the world, except how very cute you look.

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Batoko

Rated: Good
pink and red lobster swimsuit by batoko

Lobster swimsuit – Shipping internationally from the UK

It doesn’t get more colourful and fun than these Batoko swimsuits, made from 100% recycled ocean plastic. This independent British label breathes new life into rubbish that was destined for the waves, transforming it into adorable vegan swimwear that is sure to turn heads. The bright red cherry on top is their support of the Marine Conservation Society.

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Ecoalf

Rated: Good
Light blue puffer jacket by Ecoalf.

Aia Jacket – Ships internationally from Spain

Thanks to recycled materials like rescued ocean plastic, Ecoalf creates sustainable fashion with the same quality, design, and technical properties as the best non-recycled ones. Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Ecoalf @ Farfetch.

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Dedicated

Rated: Great
A rainbow striped skirt by Dedicated.

Skirt Klippan Stripes Multi Colour – Ships internationally from Sweden

If you love a great graphic print, Swedish label Dedicated has you covered. Dedicated is an ethical streetwear brand for men, women, and children. All cotton used in its pieces are 100% organic and most are Fairtrade-certified, which means that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethics to dress in style. Find the clothes in XS-XL.

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Shop Dedicated @ Earthkind.

Mata Traders

Rated: Good
someone in dress with peach and black layered palms print over cream by Mada Trader

Montrose Tie Dress – Ships internationally from the US

Mata Traders create a beautiful range of vintage-inspired, artisan-made clothing and jewellery. All of its products come from artisanal cooperatives in India and Nepal which focus on gender equality and female empowerment. Mata Traders is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

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Shop Mata Traders @ Veneka.

Shop Mata Traders @ Wearwell.

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Näz

Rated: Good
A light orange colourful dress by NAZ.

Lilly Cotton Dress – Ships internationally from Portugal

Näz is a Portuguese fashion brand that aims to make fashion look good, not only on you, but on the planet too. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified organic cotton, and traces most of its supply chain. Most garments available in sizes S-L.

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Osei-Duro

Rated: Good
Colourful patchwork loose fit dress by Osei-Duro.

Bata Dress – Ships internationally from the US

Osei-Duro designs and produces eye-catching clothing in Ghana, West Africa, using traditional textile techniques. It is on a mission to improve social conditions and empower workers in Ghana, and its products are all handmade with low impact non-toxic dyes.

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ILK + ERNIE

Rated: Good
Bright green wave pattern wide leg pants by Ilk and Ernie.

Wave Jeans – Ships internationally from the UK

Based in Brighton, ILK + ERNIE create quality, comfortable and sustainable clothes. Its vision is to see every woman wearing clothes that not only turn heads but have a positive impact on the environment as well. Shop the collection is sizes S to XL.

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Colorful Standard

Rated: Good
A bright yellow crewneck sweatshirt by Colorful Standard.

Classic Organic Crew – Ships internationally from Denmark

Colorful Standard is a Danish clothing brand that makes organic fashion essentials for men and women. The brand doesn't care much for seasons or trends, instead, it creates timeless and long-lasting products to avoid the downward spiral that is over-consumption. Find most items in sizes XS to 2 XL.

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HYER GOODS

Rated: Good
two people holding mini bucket bag in orange and cream, and close up view of bag interior by Hyer Goods

Mini Bucket Bag Flame Croc – Ships internationally from the US

HYER GOODS is an NY-based, leather goods label that curates hand-made products including handbags, wallets, and accessories. By upcycling "trash" it eliminates the massive energy footprint needed to cultivate land, livestock, crops and fertilizers, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill. Less energy and less pollution mean fewer greenhouse gases.

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ID.EIGHT

Rated: Good
Colourful sneakers ethically made by ID.EIGHT.

Hana Sunset Sneakers – Ships internationally from Italy

ID.EIGHT is an Italian brand that was born from the meeting between Dong Seon Lee and Giuliana Borzillo, both come from the world of footwear, where they worked and met. Together they have created a more ethical and sustainable collection of sneakers with a refined design. The shoes are made in Italy with low environmental impact materials from food industry waste such as apple peels, grape stalks and seeds, and pineapple leaves, as well as recycled cotton and polyester. Find the shoes in EU sizes 36-46.

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WALD Berlin

Rated: Good
Five colourful charms on jewellery by WALD Berlin.

WALD x Frollein Herr Charms – Ships internationally from Germany

WALD Berlin is a clothing line that aims to empower women with jewellery made by the brand's fairtrade collective in Germany. While the inspiration behind WALD’s design stems from all over the world, from the founders’ experiences and travels abroad, the company still has its roots in Germany and is proud to be a fair trade and family-oriented business, supporting women, mothers and grandmothers all over Germany.

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Infantium Victoria

Rated: Great
child wearing dip dye wrap dress by Infantium Victoria

Dip Dye Wrap Dress – Ships internationally from Germany

Infantium Victoria offers beautiful vegan luxury for all ages. This German brand scores highly across the board. Its products are certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and it sells previously owned products to minimise textile waste.

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Shop Infantium Victoria @ LVR Sustainable.

Keep your eye out for the other articles in this series that look at Streetwear, Patterns and Prints, and Wild and Wonderful options.

Editor's note

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