25 Oct

Our 22 Favourite Sustainable Fashion Brands for the Fabulous Over-40s

Despite some progress, fashion has a long way to go to address its age representation problem. The industry is overwhelmingly geared towards the younger generation, specifically “twenty-something” women. So much of the marketing done by fashion brands targets younger women, preys on their insecurities and bombards them with messages that to be young is to be beautiful.

From a business standpoint, fashion brands, including sustainable brands, seem to be avoiding a massive market. In fact, in 2020, 23% of the world population was between 40 and 59 years old—that’s almost 2 billion people. The truth is, the 50-plus market is said to be “the largest growth area for fashion expenditure” in the UK. It’s even predicted that this sidelining of “older” consumers could cost the fashion and beauty industries £11bn over the next 20 years, according to research by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK).

We need more brands to take action so that everyone—no matter their age, race, size, gender, ability, sexuality, or socioeconomic status—can have a meaningful place in fashion and beyond.

So if you’re over 40 and are looking to incorporate more sustainable fashion staples into your wardrobe, what brands can you turn to? We’ve rounded up our favourite sustainable fashion brands for the fabulous over-40s. And while these brands are great for people over 40, they’ll truly work for anyone at any age!

Below you’ll find some sustainable staples that will go with anything you already have in your wardrobe: workwear essentials by CARPASUS (Switzerland) and Mara Hoffman (US), easy to put together items by LANIUS (Germany) and Mila.Vert (Slovenia), classic denim by unspun (US), sturdy basics from Beaumont Organic (UK) and The Classic T-Shirt Company (US), and even accessories and jewellery by MASHU (UK) and ARTICLE22 (US). These brands are great options, whatever your age. And of course, anyone of any age should be able to wear whatever makes them feel their best.

Seek Collective

Rated: Good
older woman of colour wearing pink Sustainable puff sleeves artist's frock by Seek Collective

Seek Collective is a US brand of thoughtfully made items with a dedication to transparency, authenticity, craft, and sustainability. Seek is focused on establishing connections between art, product, consumers, process, and makers. Its items are made in India through partnerships with like-minded communities and people. Find most products in XS-L, with an extended sizing range up to 4XL.

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People Tree

Rated: Great

Sustainable fashion pioneer and leader People Tree is a seriously ethical brand and one of our favourites. The brand uses eco-friendly materials and addresses labour risks by adopting the Fairtrade International - Small Producers Organisations Code of Conduct. Find most products in UK sizes 6-18.

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Shop People Tree @ Wearwell.

ARTICLE22

Rated: Good

Every piece of ARTICLE22 jewellery is locally handcrafted in Laos using recycled materials from Vietnam War bombs, plane parts, military hardware, and other aluminium scraps. The brand embodies the innovation that the fashion industry needs more of—using recycled materials to produce beautiful globally-marketable products, while equipping local artisans with new skill sets and providing them with a sustainable source of income. ARTICLE22 gives back to clear more unexploded bombs in Laos, supports traditional artisans, and donates a proportion of profit to community development for workers. The range is available in sizes S-XL.

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LANIUS

Rated: Good
person laughing dressed in button-up dark denim shirt and blue cardigan by Lanius

“Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. The German brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All LANIUS facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. LANIUS' clothes are available in EU sizes 34-44.

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Shop LANIUS @ Curate.

Malaika New York

Rated: Good

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Malaika New York is a minimalistic sustainable clothing brand with a focus on zero waste clothing and accessories. The US-based brand aims to eliminate fashion’s harmful environmental effects by utilising minimal or zero waste patterns, while maximising wearability by producing luxe-quality, contemporary garments that make a statement now and into the future. Find most garments in S-XL with some items going up to 2XL.

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unspun

Rated: Great
image looking up at four people dressed in Unspun

unspun is an American brand, creating a denim world that reduces global carbon emissions by 1% through a zero-inventory and low waste process. Its product sizing is totally customisable to ensure you always find the perfect fit.

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Christy Dawn

Rated: Great
plus size woman of colour wearing black sustainable dress by Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn is a minimalist showroom for vintage-inspired women's clothing and footwear, locally made with surplus fabric. The US brand rates "Great", making it a fabulous boho option for your wardrobe. Find the clothes in standard sizes XS-XL, or shop the Extended and Petite collections.

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Altar

Rated: Good
woman wearing polka dot dress by altar

Altar is a US-based boutique that specialises in alternative and custom fashion, apothecary, and gifts. The brand celebrates independent manufacturers and artists from across North America, with a focus on the stories that are woven into their work. Its clothing brand, Altar Houseline, is proudly made in America using deadstock materials and serves size gradations from size S-6XL.

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Boody

Rated: Good

Founded in Australia by two best friends, BOODY is an eco-clothing brand with comfort, style and health at its core. It creates comfortable, thoughtfully made everyday essentials made from organically grown bamboo. They reduce waste through low-waste cutting techniques and using a closed-loop system in its supply chain, supporting the trend for all things green and ethical. Find the range in sizes XS-3XL.

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Shop Boody @ Immaculate Vegan.

Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good

Beaumont Organic is a UK-based slow fashion brand that blends simple style with ethical production practices. Founded by Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia, the brand also has its own charitable foundation which supports people in Fiji. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Outerknown

Rated: Good
Person wearing brown and navy blue reversible puffer jacket made sustainably by Outerknown.

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a sustainable brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources. The brand is Bluesign certified and has partnered with the Fair Labour Association. Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Outerknown @ Wearwell.

Mila.Vert

Rated: Great
woman wearing black midi length dress by mila vert

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Mila.Vert offers timeless, minimal, and chic clothing, adding sophisticated details that give the garments a modern feel. The Slovenia-based brand wants to make desirable clothing, avoiding the ethical and environmental issues that the fashion industry represents. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL, or make a custom fit order free of charge.

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Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good
girls wearing mother of pearl

Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand from the UK that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensures the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain. Find most products in UK sizes 6-16.

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Shop Mother of Pearl @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Mother of Pearl Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

ISTO.

Rated: Good
black man wearing green sustainable unisex work jacket by ISTO

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Portuguese brand ISTO.’s mandate is simple: create clothes to transcend the seasons and work as staple items in your wardrobe all year round. It has one single collection and pursues quality over quantity to try and make its items permanently available. It uses organic and natural materials, and is incredibly transparent in showing you the true cost of your clothes when you go to purchase a piece for your wardrobe. The range is available in XS-XL.

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Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good
older woman wearing hemp wedding dress by Mara Hoffman

With a focus on mindful and conscious practices, Mara Hoffman uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon, and recycled polyester, and even has a range of Oeko-Tex STeP certified products. Items come in sizes XS to 3XL, and the brand also has 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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Svala

Rated: Good

Svala creates luxury designer vegan handbags, purses, bags and totes. Each bag is handcrafted sustainably and ethically in LA with high-quality, premium vegan leather PU, cork, and Piñatex.

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Mashu

Rated: Good
Peach mashu mini tote

Mashu is a British sustainable and vegan accessories label specialising in handbags. Mashu’s environmental rating is "Good", crafting its exterior with vegan leather alternatives while its interiors feature vegan suede made from recycled polyester, ensuring you never have to sacrifice your morals for style again.

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The Classic T-Shirt Company

Rated: Great

The Classic T-Shirt Company is a US brand that creates premium tees and ethical t-shirts with luxury and integrity. All of its products are GOTS certified organic cotton and it does not use any animal products. The Classic T-Shirt Company’s range is available in US sizes XS-3XL.

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CARPASUS

Rated: Great
black man wearing sustainable white oxford dress shirt by CARPASUS

CARPASUS is a Swiss menswear brand that makes fine shirts, ties, socks, and pocket squares. CARPASUS uses GOTS certified cotton and manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint. It also traces its supply chain and ensures workers are paid a living wage. Find most products in EU sizes 36-46.

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The Ethical Silk Company

Rated: Good
ethical green pyjama by ethical silk company

Irish brand The Ethical Silk Company produces scarves, wraps, loungewear, and more that are 100% ethically made from 100% mulberry silk. For ultimate comfort, indulge in a pair of the mulberry silk pyjamas, printed by hand using the traditional craft of blockprinting. Find most of the range in XS-XL.

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Baukjen

Rated: Good
woman of colour wearing grey eco-friendly coat by Baukjen

Baukjen is a London-based womenswear brand, with a focus on environmental, ethical, and sustainable style. Its clothes are designed for you, designed for good. The brand uses some eco-friendly materials, which helps limit the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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All the Wild Roses

Rated: Good
women wearing upcycled dresses by All The Wild Roses

All the Wild Roses offers bohemian fashion for the dreamers and change-makers. This Australian brand uses up to 50% deadstock fabric to create high quality and long-lasting products. Find most items in sizes XS-2XL.

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Eileen Fisher

Rated: Good

Eileen Fisher creates ethical, timeless, well-made clothes designed to work together, wear effortlessly, and be part of a responsible life cycle. The brand has also made a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and uses eco-friendly materials. The standard range is available in 2XS-XL, with petite and plus ranges also available.

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Shop Eileen Fisher @ Veneka.

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