Close up of cream handprinted vegan silk shirt by OhSevenDays.
29 Nov
Close up of cream handprinted vegan silk shirt by OhSevenDays.

The 11 Most Sustainable Silk Shirts (And Vegan Alternatives)

Discover what more sustainable silk shirts look like, and browse our favourite brands creating conscious choices with lower-impact silk and vegan silk alternatives.

Silk is a fabled fabric so soft it became an adjective. Valued for its timeless elegance, it also has temperature regulating and antibacterial properties that make it one of the most luxurious and sought-after materials in the world. However, conventional silk production can be harmful to the worms that produce it, the workers who spin it, and even the surrounding environment during degumming or dyeing.

So, what does a more ethical and sustainable silk shirt look like? The umbrella term of Ahimsa silk, also known as “peace silk”, allows the moth to evacuate the cocoon before it is boiled. Some silks that fall under the Ahimsa umbrella include “Eri silk” and “Tussar silk”. However, even Ahimsa silk isn’t without a level of cruelty, so if animal welfare is your main concern, opt for vegan alternatives. For the planet, choose OTEX-certified organic silk, unbleached, or 100% naturally dyed silk. Recycled, deadstock, or second hand silk is also a good option. And to ensure no child or slave labour is used, support brands that are transparent about their worker supply chain.

If you prefer to steer clear of animal-based silk altogether, vegan silk alternatives are emerging on the market—from sugar-based spider silk to citrus fibre threads. Until they are more commercially available, options like TENCEL™, ECOVERO™, and sometimes cupro provide a silky cruelty-free alternative.

Without further ado, here are our favourite sustainable silk shirts and vegan alternatives from brands like The Ethical Silk Company (Ireland), Seek Collective (US), and Tasi Travels (Australia).

Sustainable silk shirts

The Ethical Silk Company

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Woman wearing patterned silk top by the ethical silk company.

Mulberry Silk Sleeved Top – Ships internationally from Ireland

Irish brand The Ethical Silk Company produces scarves, wraps, loungewear, and more that are 100% ethically made from 100% mulberry silk. We love the teal and grey pattern on this sustainable silk top. 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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LANIUS

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Woman wearing floral sustainable silk shirt by LANIUS.

Blouse Print Botanic Garden – Ships within Europe from Germany

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A beige cropped knit sustainably made sweater by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Knits

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An orange athleisure set ethically made by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Athleisure

LANIUS' new athleisure capsule: made from recycled nylon yarn that adapts to the body and gives free rein to your movements. Exclusive 15% off athleisure with code GOODONYOUxLANIUS15. (Available in Europe and the UK only) (Ends: 31 MAY)

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A loose fit pair of light green shorts made responsibly by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Trousers

From classy to flirty, but always responsible: LANIUS pants, jeans, and shorts fit for every occasion. Exclusive 15% off pants with code GOODONYOUxLANIUS15. (Available in Europe and the UK only) (Ends: 31 MAY)

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A white and blue striped t-shirt sustainably made by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Tops

Delicate, minimalist, ethical tops and t-shirts that can be combined in many ways. Exclusive 15% off tops with code GOODONYOUxLANIUS15. (Available in Europe and the UK only) (Ends: 31 MAY)

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A hot pink ethically made puff sleeve mid length dress by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Dresses

Fair and organic fashion with a feminine touch. Noble looks that radiate liveliness. Exclusive 15% off dresses with code GOODONYOUxLANIUS15. (Available in Europe and the UK only) (Ends: 31 MAY)

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“Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. The German brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. This floral print top is made with a combination of organic cotton and silk, and is airy and light with a relaxed silhouette. 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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Seek Collective

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Woman wearing brown and orange silk top by seek collective.

Deva Shirt – Ships internationally from the US

Seek Collective is a US brand of thoughtfully made items with a dedication to transparency, authenticity, craft, and sustainability. For a 100% naturally dyed silk option, go for this gorgeous sustainable silk shirt in block colours of black and rust. 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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All the Wild Roses

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Woman wearing red floral silk shirts by all the wild roses.

Lia Red Silk Wrap Blouse – Ships internationally from Australia

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. We love its vintage-inspired surplus fabric silk tops. Find most items in sizes XS to 2 XL.

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Indiebride

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Women wearing white lace silk top by IndieBride.

Farrah Top – Ships internationally from the UK

Indiebride designs gorgeous lace dresses to take you through your wedding day and beyond.  All the heirloom quality bridal gowns and accessories are handmade and designed in London, and made-to-order. For your wedding, next formal event, or treat yourself moment, these Ahimsa peace silk lace tops are stunning. Find the pieces in UK sizes 8-16.

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Cruelty-free vegan silk shirts

Neu Nomads

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Boyfriend Shirt – Ships internationally from the US

Neu Nomads is a Brooklyn-based sustainable women’s fashion brand, offering loungewear and travel essentials. It is female owned and operated, and works every day to create beautiful, wearable clothing without leaving a negative footprint on our environment. Find the clothes in sizes XS-L.

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Whimsy + Row

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Woman wearing khaki silk dress by whimsy and row.

Ellis Dress – Ships internationally from the US

Whimsy + Row is an eco-conscious lifestyle brand born out of a love for quality goods and sustainable practices. Since 2014, its mission has been to provide ease and elegance for the modern, sustainable woman. It is our go-to recommendation for vegan silky options, and no wonder—check out this stunning silky TENCEL™ and cupro dress, available in four earthy hues. Find most products in XS-XL.

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OhSevenDays

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Woman wearing white vegan silk shirt by ohsevendays.

Friday Augusto Vegan Silk Blouse – 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. Speaking of, this custom illustrated vegan silk blouse is made of deadstock cupro and rayon fabric. OhSevenDays’ garments are available in sizes XS-XL or custom sizing.

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Underprotection

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Woman turning her back wearing a bright green vegan silk shirt by Underprotection.

Wendy Shirt – Ships internationally from Denmark

Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from sustainable materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. The eye-catching Wendy shirt is made in soft textured TENCEL™ Lyocell satin. All of its packaging, paper, and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable, and it only works with certified factories as it believes “fair working conditions and fair wages are human rights”. Underprotection exists to celebrate women of all kinds, and its goal is to make them feel as beautiful and comfortable as possible. You can find the full range in XS-XL.

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Tasi Travels

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Woman wearing orange silk top by tasi travels.

Hideaway Wrap Blouse Native Floral – Ships internationally from Australia

For travelwear designed for adventures, look no further than Australian brand Tasi Travels. Boasting a stunning collection of handmade garments in eco-friendly materials that are made-to-order, you can feel good out in the world knowing you are leaving a light footprint behind. With versatility top of mine, this beautifully soft wrap blouse replaces multiple top options in your wardrobe or suitcase and is made from 100%  Certified Lenzing ECOVERO™. Garments come in sizes XS/S, S/M, and M/L.

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Baukjen

Rated: Good
Woman wearing starry vegan silk shirt by Baukjen.

Aaliyah Blouse – Ships internationally from the UK

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—like the Lenzing ECOVERO™ in this star-print signature blouse—which helps limit the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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