Styling the Ethical Man

By Bianca Alexander

Unlike most animal species, historically, the human female has taken on the laborious and often exhilarating role of dressing flamboyantly in order to attract a mate she can depend on for protection and propagation of the species. As a result, in accordance with the law of supply and demand, fashion designers have gifted women with an entire arsenal of options for adorning and transforming themselves, from silk corsets to stilettos, ball gowns to ballet flats, kimono wrap dresses to kitten heels.

Conversely, this has left our male counterparts with a small handful of style options: for work, a suit and tie with a tailored shirt, dress shoes, and a belt; for casual days, a tee-shirt or button down with khakis or jeans, and maybe, if you’re sporty, a fresh pair of sneaks.

In today’s modern world, women are more independent, empowered and even self-sufficient, either willing or able to take the risk of thriving with neither a mate nor offspring. This challenge to traditional male-female roles has given men the freedom to evolve and model the animal kingdom, working harder to attract a mate that deems them worthy by becoming better cooks, better lovers and better dressed. Despite how alarming this may be to our existing social order, it’s good news for men’s fashion, allowing gents to step up their style game and take risks to create a more dynamic sense of self-expression.

For men looking to up the ante on their look, or ladies seeking to dress more androgynously, see below for some of our favorite elements of sustainable guy style.



Start and finish the day feeling luxurious in designer Richard Dayhoff’s supple performance briefs made from recycled bottle fibers. Enough said. Model: Kyle Goffney by Rick Day.



Warm up your traditional khakis with these slim cut organic cotton stonewashed jeans in earthy orange, fresh from Nudie’s Spring 2014 collection.



Bring a fresh pop of color to neutral suited or casual looks with this vintage-inspired shirt in a modern, European fit. Made in the USA from 100% cotton remnant fabric and corozo nut buttons by Glass House Shirt Makers. Tuck it in or leave it out depending on your mood.



Nudie Jeans’ 100% organic cotton denim tailor’s jacket is cut to showcase their “slow fashion” selvedge manufacturing techniques, and your personal sense of style. Wear it to work over dressier slacks or with jeans and your favorite tee or sweater on casual Fridays.



Give casual chic a whole new meaning in this Indigenous organic cotton Urban Ski Zip sweater made in Peru with low impact dies in accordance with fair trade principles.



Vegan outerwear isn’t just for the ladies. This James black waxed canvas moto jacket by Vaute is a great cruelty-free option for the vintage leather look, made in New York using non-toxic, environmentally friendly wax that’s wind and water resistant. Paired here with the organic cotton deer shirt.



Suit up in body-conscious style in this single button, three-piece, notch-lapel Covert suit from vegan menswear line Brave Gentleman. Designed in New York and hand-stitched sustainably in Italy, down to its recycled PET linings and buttons made from tagua-nuts, this animal-friendly suit reminds us why we love a flat front and a slender silhouette.






Step out in confidence with these handsome vegan, fair labor boots aptly named The Defender. Made from biodegradable PU microfiber from Novacas x Brave GentleMan, tuck into slim leg pants for an edgy, military-inspired look or wear outside to create the effect of a dressier shoe.


Go for a spin around the block in Félicité, Veja’s newest sneaker from their latest collection made in Brazil from organic cotton, vegetable tanned leather, and Amazonian wild rubber.



Stow your laptop, portfolio, lunch or yoga clothes in this slick but roomy Doctor’s style brief bag from vegan luxury line GUNAS. With a light weight and easy, messenger style shoulder strap that can be worn cross body, hopping a cab or catching the train is a cinch.

This blog was originally curated in partnership with The Green Shows

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