Ah, the humble t-shirt. 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-shirts out there! I reckon this is 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.
Here, I’ve compiled my favourite t-shirts in my wardrobe, and also the best ethical t-shirt brands to buy from too.
So, when I’m not dressed up to go out, you’ll find me sporting ethical t-shirts and jeans/trousers/skirts. It’s a simple, classic combination that never gets old!
I have a whole bunch of t-shirts, although I tend to stick to my usual colour palette of white, black, cream, and grey. My favourite t-shirts are:
- It Matters Tee gifted by Know The Origin
- Orange Nude by Nude Ethics
- Responsible Adult T-Shirt* gifted by Ninety Percent
- High Scoop T-Shirt gifted by Loskey Clothing (get 15% off with code BESMA15)
- Grey second-hand t-shirt from Braderie Vintage
- Love = Love black t-shirt from Sabinna*
- Plain black t-shirt found in a charity shop
- Girlcott Plastic t-shirt from Ro The Label
In fact, when I look at that list I wonder if I have too many t-shirts! That said, I’m always working through them during my usual working week, and I tend to style them up differently too…
Styling Ethical T-Shirts
So, in the spirit of loving my clothes – and feeling inspired by Livia Firth and her “30 Wears” idea, where I can only have an item if I know I’ll wear it 30 times – I also wanted to share my favourite ways to style my t-shirts.
The simplest is obviously slinging on a pair of jeans. I love any jeans that are high-waisted, but it’s worth working out what jeans suit your body-shape before following my lead!
Another simple pairing would be a pair of chinos. I picked up this pair of cream Aquascutum trousers from Oxfam’s Oxford Superstore when I visited last year, and can’t get enough of them!
And then of course, skirts! I love a good printed skirt and plain t-shirt combination. Check out My Year In Outfits post to see how many times I wore this combination!
Finally, if you like something a little bit different, why not try pairing t-shirts with a romper or pair of dungarees? I really like this look for summer, where I sport my cream linen romper and black t-shirts for a bold yet minimalist contrast.
16 of the Best Ethical T-Shirts Brands in UK
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:
The Artisan Fakery: Black-and-white printed t-shirts with art prints focusing on the climate crisis
ClothProject*: an Etsy store for men’s t-shirts that champions transparency in production and pricing
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
Loskey Clothing: Fairtrade, organic and sustainable tees. Get 15% off with the code BESMA15
Ninety Percent*: Plain t-shirts in basic colours and well-designed shapes.
Nude Ethics: Affordable printed and embroidered ethical t-shirts created by independent fashion designer Jessica.
Organic Basics*: Essential tees, tops and camis made from organic cotton in European factories
Origin Africa*: Hand-drawn printed t-shirts by the UK’s first 100% not-for-profit, funding projects in Africa to improve child health and female empowerment.
Oxfam*: If you’re looking for sustainable tops, but still want something from the high street, why not go for second-hand? I love Oxfam’s online shop for this exact reason!
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
Sabinna: For cute printed tees, I love to look through Sabinna’s range. My Love = Love tee is from here.
Rapanui: I couldn’t write a list on ethical t-shirts without mentioning Rapanui. They’re masters of printed t-shirts, using made-to-order technology, and also provide design-your-own t-shirt options too.
THTC: For more printed tees with eco messages (and arty designs) head to THTC. Their range tends to be made from hemp too.
Thought*: who use materials such as hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton in their tops
White T-Shirt Co: And if you’re looking for a perfect plain white tee, head to the experts: The White T-Shirt Co.