The nights are drawing in, the weather is getting chillier, and we’re all making the transition from summer to winter wardrobes. This is a great time to dig out your old knitwear and rediscover the joy in the clothes you already own. Having said that, we all like something new from time to time; maybe you need another sweater to wear on laundry day, or perhaps you’re looking for something a little different to jazz up your winter wardrobe.
If this is you, we at Beagle would recommend checking out your local charity and vintage shops, which are often a treasure trove for sweaters and knitwear. From vintage sports sweatshirts to warm guernsey jumpers, you’ll add character to your wardrobe while helping the circular economy.
Once in a while, though, you might want to treat yourself to a brand-new item – and there are lots of good brands in the ethical fashion space where you can find great sustainable sweaters.
Make sure you look out for high-quality, durable materials and care for your jumpers to make sure they have a long and happy life. Sustainable wool sweaters, for example, may need to be hand-washed. Make sure you check the care instructions before you buy and ensure you can give the materials the care they need!
Read on for our round-up of the best brands around – and remember to sign up to their mailing lists; many offer a discount for doing so on your first order.
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Thought are a well-established brand in the sustainable fashion space, having been in business since 1995, initially under the name Braintree. They offer a range of knitwear made from natural materials: organic cotton is a good staple, but wool is best for maximum warmth.
Everlane have become a real staple for the stylish conscious consumer, worn by fashion influencers who wax lyrical about the quality of their clothes.
From a sustainability perspective, they aren’t perfect but, crucially, Everlane are radically transparent about their progress and where they need to do better. For example, some products do contain plastic, but 97% of the polyester and nylon in their clothing is now from certified recycled fibres.
People Tree offer a range of knitwear in a neutral, sophisticated colour palette: navy, black, and cream mixed with burgundy and olive. Picking neutral tones is a clever way to make sure that everything in your wardrobe goes with everything else, and People Tree are a great place to shop if you’re working towards a capsule wardrobe.
Try a longline cardigan to keep you warm and toasty all the way down to your knees, a merino wool rollneck for throw-it-on style, or a wool vest: perfect for transitional dressing when you’re not quite sure what the weather is going to do.
If you like a bit of dopamine dressing, Colorful Standard are the brand for you, with good-quality basics – crewneck sweaters, quarter-zips and hoodies – in all the colours of the rainbow. Go for monochrome colour-blocking or mix and match contrasting hues: the choice is yours.
Colorful Standard make all their products from 100% organic cotton and 100% recycled merino wool, and we love that they opened their own manufacturing centre in Portugal, rather than partnering with factories, to ensure an ethical supply chain.
Komodo are another long-running sustainable brand, founded in 1988. They offer a small curated selection of sweatshirts and knitwear, but their styles range from tiger patterned sweatshirts to classic rollnecks – so whatever your style, Komodo have you covered.
Their products use a mixture of natural fibres and innovative fabrics such as green PU coating and recycled PET from plastic bottles, and Komodo have eliminated single-use plastic from their supply chain.
Cariki’s aim is simple: to bring sustainable fashion into the mainstream and make it more appealing to millennial audiences – and it looks like they’ve succeeded, with features in national newspapers and their products stocked on well-known marketplaces.
With an aesthetic that is urban yet pared back, Cariki offer a selection of unisex hoodies and sweatshirts, made from a combination of natural fibres and recycled materials.
Their prices range from around £30 for a basic sweatshirt to £65 for their ‘desert wanderer’ hoodie with mountain motif.
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