I’m not going to lie, I live in overalls (dungarees / jumpsuits) and nothing is more comfortable. As Sydney has taken a cold turn *shakes fist in anger* get those overalls out and lounge in them all day long (even at work).
If you’re looking for overalls that are ethically produced from responsible material but also stylish, don’t worry I’ve got you covered. Here’s my top choice for brands that sell dreamy overalls.
1. Lucy & Yak
This stylish and ethical independent label is based in the UK, founded by funnily enough… a girl called Lucy. Her aim for the brand was to produce a funky brand that’s focused on good social and environmental practices, whilst still being a good business that produces decent garments.
“The system is whatever we all decide to make it, so let’s make a system where everyone wins.”Founder of Lucy & Yak
All the clothing is produced in North India, where the tailors are paid four times the minimum wage (the factory is also reducing its carbon footprint by installing solar panels). In the UK, the brand has ensured that everyone working for Lucy & Yak is also paid above the living wage and all packaging is from recycled materials.
The garments have expanded into a wide range of funky essentials including reasonably priced (around $100) dungarees, from bright and bold to sleek and stylish. My favourite pair are the ‘Luna’ Organic Twill Cotton Dungarees in Midnight Black.
Kowtow is the queen of ethical and ethical fashion, using organic, renewable, biodegradable and regenerated fibres, from sustainable tencel to clean denim. All Kowtow’s garments are also produced ethically, certified by independent and non-profit organisations (read more here).
This New Zealand brand has found a cult following in the sustainable fashion community for its distinct and clean-cut designs, featuring beautifully rich colours and offering a range of overalls and jumpsuits in its seasonal collections. My current fave is the Tokyo Jumpsuit, made from 100% organic cotton denim from fair trade certified farmers. Dream.
This Sydney-based brand by Danielle Atkinson produces stunning, easy-fit pieces all designed and made in Australia. There’s also a store in Newtown, Sydney if you’re in the area and want to try things on.
Milk & Thistle‘s current collection has a limited release of unique styles including kimono jumpsuits in four colours (including cobalt blue). The jumpsuits and overalls are all made in Australia using 100% linen, with a wide culotte leg for extra comfort.
I’ve never seen a brand with one style of design that I love more than Solomon Street. This adorable brand uses eco-friendly materials such as a cotton/linen blend fabric, organic cotton and recycled nylon, with printing done in Melbourne. The garments are also made, cut and sewn locally, by a skilled garment technician in an Ethical Clothing Australia accredited factory. All the packaging is plastic free and offcuts are recycled. The profits are also collected into a fund which supports people out of poverty through microloans. In addition, all Solomon Street garments can be returned to be repaired or recycled by the brand. Phew.
A particular stand out is theLinen Romper in Midnight is made from linen and cotton, which gets softer over time but is durable. All products are processed as pre-orders, which means that nothing is wasted!
This ethical brand hails from the ultra-cool Melbourne suburb of Brunswick and is the perfect homegrown brand for unusual and retro style ethical jumpsuits. All Sister Studios garments are designed and made by a little team in Melbourne, producing small batches to minimise waste. Everything created is focused on re-use, from swing tags in store to leftover fabric (which is donated or made into small items).
There are currently a few styles of badass jumpsuits and overalls if you are in the market for something comfortable and cool. My personal choice is the Cindy Jumpsuit in the Rust colour (which is currently on sale), made from 100% linen and has adjustable ties at the front. It can be worn with a tee during the day for more coverage.
This socially responsible label is made in Ghana, and aims to give their team members (all female) access to more stable and safer incomes. Just in the last four years, YEVU has employed 30 people into financially stable jobs, 70 percent of whom are single mothers. Learn more about the YEVU production team in Ghana here.
We are a business with purpose. We are proudly Ghanaian made. And we believe in the transformative impact of economically empowered women.YEVU
YEVU’s clothing is bold and beautiful, offering styles for both women and men. The jumpsuits and playsuits are made from 100% cotton, using traditional West African wax print sourced from local female vendors. Each style is also handmade in Ghana, with each garment describing who made it. I don’t have a favourite style because they’re all so good – you’ll have to check it out for yourself to pick your fave!
credit to Eco Warrior Princess
Original Article published on the 3 of April 2019
written by OLIVIA BURTON
Olivia is an eco-writer, producer, science graduate and ocean enthusiast. After moving from London to Sydney, she found her love for the outdoors and recycled textiles, which led her to start writing about science and sustainable fashion. Olivia is really passionate about brands using fashion for good and innovation in the industry. She now splits her time between several not-for-profit organisations in communication roles. Olivia is also a Centre for Sustainability Leadership alumni and sits on the Fashion Revolution committee for Australia and New Zealand.