I used to have a series where I would research ethical alternatives to hot fast fashion pieces, back over here–searching out items that seemed particularly difficult to find from responsible sources. I thought it was time for an update to my ethical blazer search, not only because it’s a classic investment piece that works in a lot of wardrobes, but because there have been a lot more options that have become available in the ethical world since I made the switch to more thoughtful shopping practices.
I’ll caveat all of this by saying that I recommend shopping secondhand first when searching for any specific item, and eBay, Poshmark, and thredUp are great places to start if you’re after a particular Zara, J.Crew, or Madewell blazer. I found my cool Steven Alan check blazer on eBay for a real steal. I always try to include a variety of price points in posts like this, but the best deals you’ll ever find are going to be secondhand. And while I’ve focused my round-up on classic black styles, but most of these links below offer additional color options and a few vintage vibes.
On with it!
Some online shopping options
Everlane Italian GoWeave Classic Blazer ($125) – Made from wool designed to avoid wrinkling, this is a very grown-up-looking classic blazer at a reasonable price point. Responsibly made.
People Tree Eileen Blazer ($194) – A classic single-button look with a bit of lining flair. Fair trade.
Rag & Bone Windsor Blazer ($485) – This super sexy blazer has been on my wish list for a long, long time. Made in USA.
Ministry of Supply 3D Print Knit Blazer ($285) – I’m so intrigued by the 3D printing technology used to reduce waste in the making of this blazer. Made in USA. (This blue version from them is also really cool.)
Veronica Beard Scuba Jacket ($600) – This sharp jacket gets a little extra edge from zipper pockets. Watch for sales, because this brand does get heavily discounted when seasons change. Made in USA.
DSTLD Oversize Blazer ($125) – I love the length of this blazer, which gives it a topcoat feel. Made responsibly.
For on-trend colors and patterns… Kowtow (Fair Trade)
For preppy…Taylor Stitch (responsibly made, small batch)
For silk… Grana (responsibly made)
Once in a blue moon…
Every once in a while, Reformation has a cool blazer option–right now they have some oversized plaid vintage-y ones. Urban Renewal is also a great place to check occasionally for vintage looks. Currently digging this up-cycled velvet blazer there. H&M Conscious and Zara Join Life also put out Tencel jackets periodically, and those are great places to watch if you’re on a budget.
Of course, vintage fits are very of-the-moment right now, and there are a lot of great vintage shops to check out. Here are just some of my favorites: