For consumers For business
flower print hat by Underprotection
03 Oct
flower print hat by Underprotection

20 Versatile More Sustainable Spring Staples Under $50

Our editors curate highly rated brands that are first assessed by our rigorous ratings system. Buying through our links may earn us a commission—supporting the work we do. Learn more.


For those of us in the southern hemisphere, spring has well and truly sprung. The flowers are finally showing their faces, the sun is sticking around for longer each day, and all those cosy knitted jumpers and fluffy socks are almost ready to hibernate until next autumn. I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things about this time of year is the fabled Spring Clean. And what better place to start than our wardrobes?

Simplifying your wardrobe is said to make the dressing process less stressful, and we could all do with a little less stress in our lives. But after responsibly donating, upcycling, mending, altering, or reselling those items you no longer need, how ever will you fill the gaps? Well, we always recommend perusing the pre-loved marketplace first, but sometimes you need to turn to new. We put on our thinking caps and tracked down 20 versatile and more sustainable spring staples for you. BIG bonus—they’re all under $50. Let’s get to it.



Rated: Good
Someone in crop top by CHNGE.

Love Whoever Crop Top – Ships internationally from the US

Price: $37USD

Love never goes out of fashion, and this colourful crop top would pair well with jeans and a cardigan on a cooler day or shorter bottoms on a warmer one. CHNGE is a US-based responsible fashion brand using 100% organic material, built to last a lifetime while making a statement.

Find CHNGE’s inclusive clothes in sizes 2XS-4XL.

See the rating.


1 People

Rated: Good
Someone in knitted top by 1 people.

Sao Paulo Gru Racer Knitted Top – Ships internationally from the Denmark

Price: £36GBP

1 People is a Danish-designed lifestyle and luxury brand. It blends Scandinavian colour palettes and minimalist design to create effortlessly elegant collections for the conscious-minded. Its pieces are thoughtfully crafted by small family-run manufacturers using lower-impact and certified materials.

Find the collection in sizes XS-XL.

See the rating.

Shop 1 People.

Shop 1 People @ Cerqular.

Yes Friends

Rated: Great
women wearing affordable sustainable tees by Yes Friends

Join the waitlist – Ships internationally from the UK

Price: £12GBP

A basic black or white tee is the ultimate more sustainable spring staple, and these ones happen to fall way below our budget! Yes Friends is a UK-based fashion brand that creates more sustainable, ethical, and affordable clothing for everyone. Yes Friends’ t-shirts cost less than £4 to make and the brand only charges £7.99. Using large scale production and direct to consumer margins means Yes Friends can charge you an affordable price for a more sustainable and ethical t-shirt.

Find the tees in sizes 2XS to 2XL.

See the rating.

Shop Yes Friends.

No Nasties

Rated: Great
Someone in flared tank top by No Nasties.

Elderberry Breezy Tank – Ships internationally from India

Price: $25AUD

Spring weather can be a little finicky, so having a flattering tank top on hand for the heatwaves is crucial. Another leader when it comes to ethical fashion, No Nasties makes simple and stylish clothing from Fairtrade organic cotton in India where it is actively working to grow the ethical consumer market.

Find the clothes in sizes S-XL.

See the rating.

Shop No Nasties.

Shop No Nasties @ Made Trade.


Rated: Good
People in white organic cotton bodysuit by Pantee.

Organic Cotton Short Sleeve V-Neck Bodysuit – Ships internationally from the UK

Price: £35.00

A classic bodysuit is a great versatile piece to add to your Spring wardrobe. This one by Pantee is perfect layered under a cardigan or dressed up with a blazer, giving you maximum comfort without the fuss. Pantee is a UK-based brand that uses lower-impact materials, including recycled, and deadstock materials, and its limited production run minimises textile waste.

Find Pantee products in sizes XS-3XL.

See the rating.

Shop Pantee.

Plant Faced Clothing

Rated: Good
two women wearing black and white Plant Life crop tees by Plant Faced Clothing

Plant Life Classic – Ships internationally from the UK

Price: £19GBP

Plant Faced Clothing has a whole range of streetwear-inspired vegan and plant-based slogan tees, and this subtle “Plant Life” crop would look great from the fresh food market to brunch. Plant Faced Clothing is a British 100% plant-based, ethical, and cruelty-free streetwear apparel brand.

Buy Plant Faced Clothing in sizes XS-2XL.

See the rating.

Shop Plant Faced Clothing.

Honest Basics

Rated: Good
Someone in lyocell pants by Honest Basics.

Flowy Lyocell Pants – Ships internationally from Germany

Price: €23EUR

Comfy, low-impact pants perfect for every day. Yep, thanks to Honest Basics you can add one of the most sustainable spring staples on the market to your wardrobe. Made from 100% lyocell, these pants are perfect for sunny days and cooler nights. Flowy and soft, they wear like a dream! Honest Basics is a GOTS-certified basics brand based in Germany. It’s on a mission to make sustainable fashion accessible to everyone, by keeping prices low, making quality basics that everyone has in their wardrobe, and constantly improving the sustainability of its products and supply chain.

The range is available in sizes XS-L.

See the rating.

Shop Honest Basics.

Shop Honest Basics @ Urbankissed.

Reformation (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good
women wearing stylish sustainable dress, jacket, and jumpsuit from Reformation

Second hand is better for your wallet and the planet, and Vestiaire Collective has a whole range of pre-loved clothes from Reformation that will comfortably fit into your spring closet! LA-based Reformation creates killer clothes that don’t kill the environment. The brand also ensures that a large proportion of its suppliers pay a living wage. Go Reformation!

See the rating.

Shop Reformation Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Don’t forget to check out our regularly updated Offers page and subscribe to the newsletter to get them straight to your inbox!



Rated: Good
Someone in bralette by Two Thirds.

Figueral Dark Green – Ships internationally from Spain

Price: €34EUR

A cute and comfortable bralette is the perfect more sustainable spring staple. Wear it under layers for comfort, show it off with an open-front hoodie or blazer, let it peek through a sheer top or dress—the choice is yours! TWOTHIRDS sees itself as a brand for people who are awake and aware of the immense value of our oceans, but also have a thirst for style and substance. It manufactures all its products locally to reduce its carbon footprint, as well as audits all of its final stage of production.

The clothes can be found in sizes XS-L.

See the rating.


nat’v basics

Rated: Good
Bikini Briefs by Natv Basics

Callie Natural Hip Bikini Brief – Ships internationally from Australia

Price: $21AUD

Finding underwear that works with those light gym tights or that white flowy dress that have been hanging around for spring weather can be tricky. A cute bikini brief by nat’v basics to match your skintone is a fantastic option, good for saving the planet and your skin, and bidding adieu to the VPL (visible panty line). nat’v basics is an Australian underwear label designed for the everyday woman. Made from recycled and more sustainable materials, nat’v basics pieces are designed to be the most comfortable basics you’ll ever wear. No frills or trims or awkward bits—so you can put them on and forget you’re wearing them!

Find most items in sizes 8 to 16.

See the rating.

Shop nat’v basics.


Rated: Good
5 pack everyday socks by Boody.

5-Pack Women’s Everyday Hidden Socks – Ships internationally from Australia

Price: $44AUD (on sale)

Warming weather means lots of us are keen to get back out into the world for those active pursuits! Stock up on more sustainable, sweat-wicking everyday socks by Boody with this handy 5-pack. Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is an Australian clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical.

Find the range in sizes XS-3XL.

See the rating.

Shop Boody.


Rated: Good
Unrecorded yellow eco-friendly socks

Socks Yellow – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Price: €11EUR

Put a little spring in your step with these cheerful yellow socks by Unrecorded. Unrecorded is an independent clothing brand from the Netherlands that represents a new wave of unisex brands that are rebelling against the nature of fast fashion. Unrecorded is passionate about style, and produces apparel using lower-impact materials.

Its range includes items that are all year round essentials suitable for any wardrobe, available in sizes XS-2XL.

See the rating.

Shop Unrecorded.



Rated: Good
Altar PDX eco-friendly champagne earrings

Champagne Crawler Earrings – Ships internationally from the US

Price: $36USD

These stunning crawler earrings will add a little je ne sais quoi to any outfit, for this season and many to come! Altar is a US-based boutique that specializes 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 to 6XL.

See the rating.

Shop Altar.


Rated: Good
Be good upcycled bracelet by ARTICLE22

“Be Good” Bangle – Ships internationally from the US

Price: $40USD


People wearing peacebomb jewellery pieces by ARTICLE22.

ARTICLE22 – Peacebomb Jewellery

Discover the Peacebomb collection, featuring necklaces, rings, earrings, cufflinks, and more. Exclusive 22% off Peacebomb jewellery with code SPRINGRENEW22. (Ends: 14 APR)

Checkout code: SPRINGRENEW22
Shop now

How sweet is this “Be Good” bangle from ARTICLE22’s collaboration with Rebecca Rusch? 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.

The range is available in sizes S-XL.

See the rating.



Rated: Good
woman wearing dark green recycled wool festival hat sustainable spring staple by tentree

Festival Hat – Ships internationally from Canada

Price: $50USD

What list of more sustainable spring staples would be complete without a stylish and protective hat? tentree tackles the festival hat with this 100% recycled wool number, available in three versatile shades and featuring a cork band. tentree is a Canadian lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees for every item purchased. The certified B-Corp brand has already helped to remove tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and reforested over 5,000 hectares of land (that’s equal to 12,000 football fields). But its commitment to sustainability extends way beyond trees. Using recycled, organic, and circular fabrics, tentree cuts down on huge amounts of waste and water usage with every piece.

We love it for its super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples that are typically available from XS to XL.

See the rating.

Shop tentree.


Rated: Good
woman wearing floral bucket hat by Underprotection

Bianca Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Denmark

Price: €40EUR (on sale)

In a fun combination of the bucket hat and print trends we didn’t know we needed but definitely deserved, meet Bianca! Made from 85% recycled polyester and currently available in floral and leaf prints. Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from lower-impact materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. 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.

See the rating.

Shop Underprotection.

Citizen Wolf

Rated: Good
person carrying patchwork red and black zero waste tote by Citizen Wolf

Zero Waste Tote – Ships internationally from Australia

Price: $39AUD

You never know where a warm spring day will take you, so make sure you’re tote-ally prepared with a unique zero waste tote from Citizen Wolf! Made from fabric offcuts, each tote is a little different and very cool. The fabric scraps used in this bag come from Citizen Wolf’s main production line, where it uses revolutionary technology to give you high-quality custom fit t-shirts. It’s so confident in its t-shirts that it guarantees they’ll be the best you’ve ever worn! After capturing your customisations, the brand hand makes each tee in Sydney from certified more sustainable fabrics like cotton, hemp, and Merino wool milled in Melbourne.

Styles available in custom fit.

See the rating.

Shop Citizen Wolf.

TAMGA Designs

Rated: Good
Someone in offcut scrunchie by Tamga.

Colette Scrunchie – Ships internationally from Canada

Price: $25CAD

Add a little flair to any spring outfit with one of the gorgeous Colette scrunchies from TAMGA Designs. Made from fabric offcuts, it’s both pretty and practical. TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. TAMGA offers a range of tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories made from 100% Micro TENCEL® and LENZING™ ECOVERO™.

You can find the full range of this Canadian brand in sizes XS-2XL.

See the rating.

Shop TAMGA Designs.


Rated: Great
Someone holding vegan bag by Kohr.

Multi-purpose Vegan Leather bag – Ships internationally from the UK

Price: £25GBP

A cute, classic, multi-purpose purse, but make it more sustainable. This vegan holdall is made from silicone leather, lined in deadstock cotton, and is the perfect everyday companion. KOHR is a UK-based slow fashion brand that designs and manufactures in house. The brand has three main focuses to ensure it’s responsibly innovative: longevity, versatility, and traceability.

Find the range in sizes S-XL or made to order.

See the rating.

Shop KOHR.

Happy Earth

Rated: Good
Someone wearing blanket by Happy Earth.

Ocelotl Blanket – Ships internationally from the US

Price: $32USD


Someone wearing a leaf patterned, flowy midi dress by Happy Earth.

Happy Earth – Site-wide

Shop organic cotton dresses, tees, comfort wear, and more, and support initiatives like tree planting with every item purchased. Get 20% off with code SPRING. (Ends: 6 APR)

Checkout code: SPRING
Shop now

Picnic weather is upon us, so why not round out your wardrobe of more sustainable spring staples with a versatile blanket? We love this one from Happy Earth, made from recycled materials and designed to take you from the couch to the park in comfort and style. Happy Earth Apparel is a US organic clothing brand that works to give back, inspired by nature and dedicated to preserving it. This B Corporation certified brand makes the planet a better place with every purchase. Through its partnerships with non-profits and Happy Earth ambassadors, it’s planting trees, fighting climate change, and cleaning up trash.

Find most items in sizes XS to 2XL.

See the rating.

Shop Happy Earth.

Check out our favourite more affordable sustainable brands.

Editor's note

Feature image via Underprotection, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’. We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our Directory to search thousands of rated brands.

Ethical brand ratings. There’s an app for that.

Wear the change you want to see. Download our app to discover ethical brands and see how your favourites measure up.