2020 was a big year for loungewear. Sure, you might be rocking a crisp shirt for online meetings, but chances are you’re wearing comfy lounge pants too. And, given the amount of time these clothes are in contact with our skin each day, you want to be sure they’re made with organic, natural fabrics and no harsh chemicals.
Here are our top picks for the best organic chill wear for women, made with organic cotton, hemp, and linen, with non-toxic dyes, and produced using environmentally conscious manufacturing with fair labor standards. Curious about how we rate products? Click here to view our methodology, which at its core, is about voting with our dollars to fight climate change.
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Coyuchi are one of our favorites at Leaf Score. Whatever they turn their hand to, be it pillows or pyjamas, they always get it right. All of their loungewear and sleepwear is made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. They work with Fair Trade partners, pay a living wage, are a partner with 1% for the Planet, carry the Made Safe seal, meaning no toxic chemicals in their products, and are also partnered with Fibershed, from whom they source ethical and sustainable wool.
The Solstice Romper is a great choice for sustainable loungewear, made with 100% organic cotton jersey in India in a factory that recycles 98% of its wastewater. Carrying GOTS, Made Safe, and Fair Trade certification, plus 1% for the Planet partnership, this romper is breathable, has a wide, cropped leg, adjustable shoulder straps, a gentle V neck and back, and side pockets and is available in Deep Graphite, Gray Heater, and Rosehip.
Other favorites include:
Mediterranean Room Shoes – need comfy, sustainable lounge shoes that are a bit chicer than tatty old slippers? These room shoes are inspired by the Japanese Uwabaki house slippers and are washable, exceptionally comfortable, and are made from flat-woven fabric made from 100% GOTS organic cotton grown and woven in Turkey. They have a ribbed knit around the back that can be worn up or down, making these easy to slip on and off, and the inside is a plush terry cotton knit for sheer luxury. Size up if you’re between sizes as these will shrink a little after the first wash.
Solstice Wide Leg Cropped Pant – these organic cotton jersey pants are ‘buttery soft’ and have a relaxed, mid-rise fit, a wide, flat waistband, large patch pockets, and a slim, fitted style. There are fitted cuffs, and because these are 100% GOTS cotton, they’re sustainable at source and super easy to recycle. Available in Kelp and Gray Heather.
Solstice Jogger Pants – pitched as ‘the elevated alternative to your favorite sweatpants’ these modern, cropped joggers are made with 100% organic cotton, have a roomy leg with a wide hem, generous patch pockets, and an elasticated waistband that’s sewn into place- no twisting! These pants are made using processes that save 271 days of drinking water, 1 mile of driving emissions, and 29 square feet of land farmed without pesticides, compared to conventional supply chains. In fact, Coyuchi’s whole range has a supply chain that generates less than 5% of the emissions of a typical supply chain!
PACT make sustainable loungewear using only GOTS certified organic cotton without any toxic dyes. They prize long-staple cotton, making their clothing super soft, and everything is made in Fair Trade certified factories, with PACT a proud B Corporation committed to social and environmental stewardship.
Everything is packaged in paper envelopes made from 100% post-consumer recycled paperboard and cardboard boxes made with 98% post-consumer recycled materials, both of which are 100% recyclable. And the plastic bag inside the box is made with biodegradable plastic that doesn’t result in microplastics or other residues.
PACT also make it simple to offset the carbon emissions of shipping your goods by calculating the cost of carbon offsets automatically at checkout. The company also has a Give Back – Wear Forward organic clothing donation program. This works by having you fill the box your PACT order came in with gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories (of any brand). You then click on the ‘donate’ button on their website to get a pre-paid shipping label to print. Stick this to the top of the box and drop the donation off at any UPS or USPS location. The Give Back Box partners with five local charities and your donations will end up at the nearest one most in need. You can even get a tax receipt for the donation!
As well as loving PACT’s eco-creds, I’m pretty smitten with their Waffle Long Sleeve Henley top in the delightful Mallard blue color. This one is also available in Cabernet, Maple, Storm, and White and each top saves an estimate 49.9 gallons of water associated with conventional processes. Fair Trade certified and made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, the classic design has a soft, breathable, waffle texture ideal for layering, with front button placket, shirt-tail hem, and ribbed cuffs. Match it with the Waffle Jogger for full loungewear perfection.
Other great loungewear choices from PACT include:
Special Edition Textured Pocket Legging
Essential Sweatshirt Dress
Wide Leg Cropped Pant
Softspun V-Neck Tee
Split Hem Lounge Pant
Softspun Crew Neck Tee
Woven Roll Up Pant
Holiday Sock Box 3-Pack
As a British Canadian, the UK brand People Tree has long been one of my favorites for eco-friendly, Fair Trade fashion. Long before it was cool to care, this company was sourcing sustainable fibers from Fair Trade producers, and working with artisans and farmers across the globe to produce beautiful, ethical, and high quality fashion collections. They’ve been at it for more than 25 years, and all their sleepwear and loungewear is certified Fair Trade and organic.
Most of the collection is made in Portugal, Turkey, India, or Bangladesh, with a variety of certifications in place to ensure sustainable sourcing, fair labor practices, and strong environmental accountability and transparency.
People Tree make various types of loungewear for people of all genders, with leggings, pants, jump suits or rompers, tops, and pyjamas and body suits too.
One of my favorite pieces is their delightful Moomin Berry Jumpsuit, based on the artwork of one of my favorite writers, Tove Jansson. Made with 95% GOTS certified organic cotton and 5% elastane for a stretch cotton jersey and comfortable fit, this item, like most of their items, is PETA approved vegan, and downright adorable. It’s also half-price at the time of writing, so go get it!
The cotton for this item is grown in a low-impact fashion with systems in place to replenish and maintain soil fertility, promote biodiversity, and reduce the use of toxic chemicals in agriculture.
Other favorites include:
Larisa Trousers – slouchy utility style pants with a wide tie belt and deep-set pockets in 97% GOTS organic cotton and 3% elastane. Super easy to lounge in and then dress up in a hot second!
Jemma Camisole Top in White – Fair Trade, GOTS, PETA approved vegan, and made with 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane, this simple camisole top has a gathered neckline with a tapered waist and adjustable straps. Great for loungewear and sleepwear, or as a breathable layer under a sweater or suit.
Sasha Trousers in Black – GOTS, Fair Trade, PETA approved, and made with 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane, these jogger style pants are super soft and comfy, with a weightier feel for superior lounging. Great for active wear or loungewear, with a flattering tapered leg, elasticated waistband, side pickets, and drawstring tie, these are available in black, navy, and khaki.
Chandre Trousers in Black – Also Fair Trade, vegan, and GOTS, these cropped, wide leg pants are also luxuriously soft and comfortable, with a weighty, high quality feel. There’s an elasticated waistband and relaxed fit, so the Chandre style is great for travelling, weekend wear or as loungewear.
Lotta Jumpsuit – Made with 95% organic cotton, GOTS certified, vegan, and Fair Trade, this jumpsuit has a round neck, tapered leg, elasticated waist with drawstring tie, and is buttoned with eco-friendly coconut buttons! Great for loungewear or a cute daywear look.
Rowena Cardigan In Khaki – your new favorite cardigan, the Rowena is Fair Trade, vegan, and a made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. The waffle knit cardigan has a slouchy style with deep front pockets and is super soft and snuggly. Great for cozy days at home, a relaxed coffee date, or a casual office look when paired with the Larisa pants, Jemma camisole, and some Chelsea boots.
Harvest & Mill was founded in 2012 as a custom sewn clothing shop but quickly realized a pressing need to clean up the fashion industry. They started by building their own supply chains from the ground up, with clean and ethical practices expected of all suppliers.
Harvest & Mill use 100% organic cotton exclusively sourced from US domestic farmers. This increases their ability to monitor the supply chain and reduces the carbon emissions associated with raw materials. The company also promotes organic heirloom-colorgrown cotton, which offers a sustainable alternative to the dyeing process.
All Harvest & Mill designs are available in dye-free and bleach-free options, and they only use low-impact fiber reactive dyes that follow all EPA laws. All the yarn is grown, spun, and knit in the USA, and they sew their clothing in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco. They never use fabric wholesalers or brokers, which means they have total transparency for their fabric chemical content.
Other things I like about Harvest & Mill include their exclusive use of compostable packaging. They never use plastic bags or mailers and instead wrap their products in tissue paper and compostable or reusable kraft paper mailers.
The company is also a member of Fibershed, which helps develop regional fiber systems that build soil and protect environmental health.
The chill wear range from Harvest & Mill includes organic cotton joggers that are breathable but cozy, casual and comfortable, with a modern cut, rib knit leg cuffs, drawcord waist and two side pockets. They are available undyed and unbleached in their true cotton color as well as in black and brown. These joggers save 202.1 days of drinking water, prevent 8.8 miles of driving emissions, account for 21.8 sq.ft of land in USA farmed without pesticides, and avoid 0.7 lbs. of dye chemicals.
Harvest & Mill also offer a Limited Edition: Women’s Organic Heirloom Brown French Terry Sweatshirt, Women’s Organic Unisex Style Crew Tee, Women’s Organic Raglan, and more loungewear.
Christy Dawn was one of our top picks for reusable face masks, so it’s probably no surprise to see them on this list for the best organic chill wear for women. The company makes dresses, accessories, and other items using only deadstock fabric, i.e. fabric that is likely otherwise destined for landfill as it is surplus to requirements for another company’s print run.
Vintage inspired and pretty bohemian, Christy Dawn’s designs are made in Los Angeles and include tops, dresses, jumpsuits, and more. One of my favorite pieces is The Billy Overall in Railroad Stripe denim. I also love the Freya Sweater, Jane Sweater, and the Dawn Jumper.