Depending on where you’re situated in Australia, it can be tempting to skimp on your winter wardrobe. Spending little on staples just means you’ll be back in the same position this time next year, so I’m here to suggest you arm yourself with some winter staples that’ll last you not only through the season, but the seasons ahead as well. These are your ethically produced winter wardrobe essentials.
Get yourself a pair of good, comfy, ethically made jeans. My picks for Australian denim are Nobody Denim, Outland Denim, Bassike and Justice Denim. Read about these brands here.
Australian owned and made Woolerina has all of your winter staples sorted. The brand’s merino comes from non-mulesed sheep, that grow their fleeces in the best living conditions.
Also on board the merino train and also ethically sourcing its wool is Sydney custom casual wear label Citizen Wolf. Citizen Wolf allows you to tailor your tee based on style, fabric and fit which is then made right here in Aus.
Every girl needs one. Brisbane label Tengdahl makes a tailored womens trench coat that’ll take you from late Autumn all the way through to mid Spring. It’s light enough that you can wear it in the lead up to the colder months but roomy enough that you can layer during the height of winter.
If you’re after a wool finish, check out Viktoria and Woods, Veronika Maine and Cue’s extensive ranges.
Melbourne designer Kuwaii has a range of classic boots in leather and vegan varieties, and all of its wares – from shirts to shorts to shoes – are ethically produced within 15km of its Brunswick store.
Keeping with the leather theme is the footwear by Nancybird, opting for vegetable-tanned leather boots and lace ups.
Radical Yes (pictured) is also releasing a line of boots with swede and wool this winter so keep your eyes peeled for their release.
Don’t forget the staples. Socks and stockings are a must for the winter wardrobe and these brands are supplying the goods. Check out Claire Ritchie (pictured), Obus Clothing (made in New Zealand with Australian and New Zealand wool), Woolerina, and Brisbane’s NICO Underwear.
For sustainable hosiery, look no further than Swedish Stockings. This amazing brand makes tights to tackle ocean waste. The hosiery is all made with the remnants of salvaged fishing nets and plastics that have been up-cycled into a sustainable nylon alternative.
The scarf and beanie
For feminine, printed scarves check out Wolf and Mishka and Revel Knitwear (handmade in Australia). For plain cotton and merino, head to Citizen Wolf. For bright and bold pom pom-topped beanies, you can’t go past The Gentle Unfurling Sneak (pictured – and no, that’s not a typo).