Start the new year off strong with a set of sustainable work staples that will carry you through the seasons ahead. These brands are making classic, quality pieces with people and the planet in mind.
The shirt dress is here to stay in 2023 and we’re all about it. Ginger and Smart’s oversized take on this office-appropriate staple is giving off all the right vibes – professional, casual, wearable. Ginger and Smart’s garments are ethically made offshore where the brand says it pays its garment workers a living wage. The brand opts for sustainable and natural fibres such as this silk cotton blend.
Statement pants are the go-to to ensure comfort and style for your return-to-work this year. These high-waisted, relaxed-cut pants by Viktoria and Woods are ticking all the boxes for us. As a bonus, the brand’s garments are all ethically made in Australia using sustainable and natural fibres.
On days when a lunch or after-work date is in order, add a bit of colour to the mix. Veronika Maine does florals well – classic and wearable with a touch of party. This dress in particular is part of Veronika Maine’s Australian Made collection, with production certified by Ethical Clothing Australia. It’s made from a natural viscose-linen blend.
A crisp, white button up is a workwear essential and when it comes to quality tailoring, you can’t go past Arsndorf. The Melbourne-based brand has perfected this essential garment with classic menswear styling and an extended long cuff with buttons. Arnsdorf’s garments are all ethically made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, from natural and sustainable fibres such as organic cotton.
An oversized, striped button up is an easy and on-trend staple to freshen up your work wardrobe. Tuck into a structured trouser to dress up or wear relaxed over jeans for a more casual look. Maggie Marilyn’s classic cut striped shirt comes in three colourways and a quality organic cotton, ensuring this staple will be with you throughout the seasons ahead. This staple is ethically made in New Zealand.
The comfortable shoe revolution is here to stay and a pair of black loafers is the perfect footwear addition to blend sustainable style with comfort and wearability. Post Sole’s take has an edgy twist with a chunky rubber sole for stability and durability. The brand’s footwear are ethically made in Melbourne.
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A work bag that fits your laptop is a baseline in 2023 when work-from-anywhere in the norm. Yu Mei’s range of unstructured totes provide maximum space for handbag essentials and your laptop while on the go. The brand’s bags are made in New Zealand from sustainably sourced materials.
A lighter blazer is the perfect piece to turn your casual clothes into professional attire. If you’re working from home, have this on the back of your chair ready to pop on over a T-shirt for a video meeting. This is sustainably made in LA from environmentally friendly fabric TENCEL™ Lyocell.
Bonus: Citizen Wolf White Tee
A fresh white tee will surely come in handy when mixing and matching your work wardrobe this year. Start fresh with a t-shirt that’s literally made for you with Citizen Wolf’s magic fit. Choose your cut, fabric, colour and apply your “magic fit” for the perfect T. It’s cut and sewn in sunny Sydney.
Britt’s List readers can get $25 of their first custom t-shirt with code BRITTSLIST at checkout. Shop here.