Ah, the humble white tee. It’s an everyday essential, looking good on everyone and even better coupled with a classic pair of jeans. What’s better is that there are plenty of ethical t-shirt brands out there! I reckon it’s because t-shirts are a relatively simple garment to make, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that each brand products a different style, vision, and fit.
My favourite white tee comes from Androgyny UK, an indie brand producing clothing without the gender labels. It’s clever, showing the versatility of our clothing alongside the freedom for self expression. I’m wearing their 3 Colour t-shirt, made from 95% organic cotton, and blended with 5% elastane, for a soft feel and sturdy shape. I love the bold lettering up against the incredibly clean, stark white, and it comes with a quality ribbed neckline as well as sleeves capable of rolling. All of Androgyny’s clothing is designed and made in their UK-based studio too.
I enjoyed styling this particular tee with ethical, androgynous accessories too. Even my bun could be gender neutral, so long as you have long enough hair!
First up are my grey jeans from Fat Face, with a uniform colour for a smarter, tailored look. I’m wearing my classic black-strapped Votch watch, a minimal style that lends itself to anyone’s wrist. My sunglasses come from Peep Eyewear, a brand finding vintage frames and replacing the lenses for both men and women.
The White Sneakers
And finally, the pièce de résistance of my outfit: my Po-Zu butterfly sneakers, a unisex shoe that comes in both low-top and high-top styles. (You can also get ones with Porgs on, if you’re a Star Wars fan!)
Made from fairtrade natural rubber, coconut coir, and organic cotton canvas, their production and materials are squeaky clean. Personally, I’ve found them more comfortable than my previous Converse sneakers, and am looking forward to getting them a little mucky for a more authentic look!
If you’re looking for something a little different in your t-shirts (and let’s be honest, you should be picky – they’re one of the hardest working items in our wardrobes!) here are my top picks:
Alternative Apparel: independent EcoJersey t-shirts from organic and recycled materials
ClothProject: an Etsy store for men’s t-shirts that champions transparency in production and pricing
Everlane: US-based store that uses natural materials and traces each item back to its factories
Help Refugees: t-shirt campaign with profits funding and raising awareness of people caught in the refugee crisis
Know The Origin: ethical boutique for slouchy basics and simple striped tops made with organic and reclaimed materials
Nude Ethics: an Etsy store for affordable printed and embroidered ethical t-shirts
Nobody’s Child: the fast fashion store who make their items with a conscience
Poppy Biarritz: a French brand making vintage-style tees with organic cotton and water-based inks
People Tree: the leader in ethical fashion who make brilliant printed tees and classic styles alike
Recreator: a US-based streetwear brand making t-shirts from hemp
Thought: who use materials such as hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton in their tops
Vetta: whose tees and tops make up part of a simple, pared-back capsule collection