Building a Sustainable Wardrobe: The T-Shirt

We can’t discuss wardrobe staples without mentioning the T-shirt. I’m not talking about a vintage band tee or merch from your favorite coffee shop but rather a classic, neutral-colored, cotton T-shirt. 

Whether layered under a sweater in fall or tucked into your favorite denim cut-offs in summer, a well-constructed T-shirt is evergreen. And, when wanting to overhaul your relationship with fashion, stop getting sucked into the downward spiral of trends but rather piece together a timeless and elegant look, knowing what wardrobe essentials will help you get there is key. 

Might I remind you that this article is part of the series “Building a Sustainable Wardrobe”. Where I highlight key styles that can be included in a transeasonal, neutral, “capsule” style wardrobe. So far we’ve covered; cable knit sweaters, wool coats, tailored trousers, cardigans, blazers, and now t-shirts. 

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Buck Mason Slub Boyfriend crew t-shirt


Buck Mason focuses on domestic manufacturing and using natural fibres. The Boyfriend crew is offered in three neutral colorways and is designed to (almost) outlive the rest of your wardrobe. 

woman in tan cuyana cropped tee with shoulder pads

cuyana | padded shoulder cropped tee 

This tee is an elevated crop top that’s suitable for the office. Made with a super soft blend of pima cotton and modal, it has subtle shoulder pads that are also removal. Comes in capuccino and black and is also GOTS, Oeko-Tex, and WRAP certified, ensuring the material is organic and that production of the final product is ethical and safe.

gender neutral t-shirt

Kotn | Unisex Heavyweight Box Crew 

This Heavyweight Box Crew is perfect for those wanting a looser-fitting t-shirt. Produced ethically in Eygpt of 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton, the brand only uses certified OEKO-TEX® non-toxic dyes to achieve the 4 available colorways.

asket | The Lyocell T-Shirt

For effortless dressing, slip on this Lyocell t-shirt. With a subtle drape and silky hand-feel this T is designed to elevate any outfit with a hint of casual elegance. This T-shirt is made from a lyocell called TENCEL™ which is derived from the wood pulp of certified renewable sources. The material provides superior breathability and combined with a cut that has a loose profile, open neckline and slightly shorter sleeves it allows for fluid movement.

classic white sustainable t-shirt by another tomorrow

another tomorrow | t-shirt

The T-Shirt by Another Tomorrow is available in black, white, and navy. The material is a blend of 100% organic Supima cotton and organic long-staple cotton.

oatmeal colored sustainable t-shirt

BLEUSALT | The Perfect T

The Bleusalt Perfect T is made in the USA from TENCEL™ Modal. The brand encourages a capsule wardrobe approach to dressing and offers an array of interchangeable styles. 

–Rachael Noll

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