6 T-shirts and sweatshirts that are sustainable, stylish and affordable

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Stylist’s guest editor Adwoa Aboah wanted to know where she could find “great basic tops that are sustainable and don’t cost loads”. So the Stylist fashion team got on the case…

Basics should last. They may not set off your Instagram notifications, but they are the ones you will wear again and again. They need to be hard-wearing, work with most of your wardrobe and make you and the world happy.

Sustainability has shifted from a fashion buzzword to a central philosophy for a huge number of brands. Whether it’s awareness of suppliers, how the clothes are distributed, what materials are used or being ecologically responsible, ethical style has never looked nor felt so good.

Combine that sustainability with basics that will endure both the test of time and style, and you’ve achieved the dream. Which is why we have rounded up eight of the best tops that look good and do good, too.

  • Goose Studios Life's A Beach T-shirt

    This navy T-shirt uses water based inks, 100% organic cotton and is ethically sourced from the brand’s Fair Wear supplier.

    £24, Goose Studios

  • Everlane The 100% Human Fleece Crew

    Everlane’s 100% Human project donates $5 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for every piece from the collection sold.

    £42, Everlane 

  • Mainline Basics Ryder Tank

    This simple tank is made using 100% natural fibres such as organic cotton.

    £30, Rêve En Vert

  • Kotn x Amber Vittoria Grey Sweater

    Designed in collaboration with NYC-based illustrator Amber Vittoria, every piece in this sweatshirt collection is made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton, using direct trade practices and guaranteed prices.

    £61, Kotn

  • Merz B Schwanen 1950's Crew Neck T-shirt

    Made from soft knitted organic cotton, this sage green T-shirt is manufactured using processes that cause minimal or no harm to the environment.

    £49, Antibad 

  • People Tree x Peter Jensen Spooky T-shirt

    This quirky T-shirt is made from organic cotton by the artisans at Indian social enterprise Assisi Garments.

    £30, People Tree 

We’re celebrating Stylist’s 10th birthday in 2019 – and to honour the occasion, we’ve asked 10 of our favourite women to guest edit an issue of the magazine. Adwoa Aboah is our second star guest editor; see everything from her special issue here

Opening image courtesy of Ninety Percent. All other images courtesy of brands

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