Recently I've been getting back in the swing of my workout routine and it feels SO good! Exercising regularly uplifts and energizes me like nothing else can.
I'm also a girl who, in the past, has been a bit addicted to her Nike's. But since my personal fashion revolution occurred, I've realized that I need to prepare to purchase from companies other than popular sportswear brands, since they are not very transparent about who makes their clothes or where their fabrics come from.
This inspired me to put together a list of beautiful athletic-wear brands that are sustainable, ethical, and all-around a lot more elegant than mainstream competitors. These brands are focused on curating quality goods so that YOU can feel good, while at the same time ensuring that the people making their clothes are being treated fairly.
Port De Bras just might be the most stylish and elegant athletic wear I've come across... step aside Lulu Lemon!
Influenced by the art of ballet, Port De Bras seeks to give women a sense of "pride, self confidence, and poise." Their goal is to provide high-quality, eco-friendly, and classic pieces that women can feel confident in. Just scrolling through their website will make you want to sign up for a barre class. What's not to love!?
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The Girlfriend Collective is an athletic wear brand with an incredibly unique, transparent, and sustainable supply chain. Their pieces are made in a family-owned Taiwanese factory from recycled plastic water bottles. Unlike most dye factories, their's ensures that the chemicals used do not pollute the local water supply. Their cut and sew factory located in Denmark is held to high ethical standards, and they choose to pay their workers 125% of the local minimum wage, offering meals and guided exercise breaks throughout the day.
The Girlfriend Collective also empowers every body type to be active by providing sizes XXS-XXXL.
How We Soul offers a wide variety of uniquely printed leggings, all ethically and sustainably made. Their leggings can be dressed up or down- you choose! They're for both street and athletic wear makes them extremely unique.
As I dug deeper into How We Soul's business model, I discovered the they are essentially a non-profit in disguise as a for-profit company! Registering as a non-profit can be expensive, and comes with limitations as well as a lot of "red tape". How We Soul has chosen to give 100% of their proceeds to the Botswana Orphan Project, despite their "for-profit" status. I have great respect for companies who choose to go with a for-profit business model, because it often allows them to generate a larger income to then turn around and give back to others.
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Threads 4 Thought is one of the most popular conscious brands, but still holds it's integrity and sticks to it's mission of sustainable fashion as it continues to grow. Their website has photos and information on each of their factories where the clothes are made, as well as information on which sustainable fabrics they use and why.
Threads 4 Thought provides quality basics, and is great for cotton staples as well as athletic wear!
Now I don't know about you, but I'm inspired to get out there and be active! Show your support for these amazing brands changing the athletic-wear game by sharing this article and commenting below! Which is your favorite?