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Top 20 Made in USA Clothing Brands

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Mary vowed to choose only USA-made, sustainably made and/or secondhand clothing this year and is having some fashion fun with the challenge!

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The Sad Shift From USA-Made to Fast Fashion

Ever brought home a cute top or sweater, scored at an even cuter price, only to see its buttons start falling off within weeks, or a hole open up at the armpit after a couple of washings? If so, what was your next move? Did you try to repair it for a longer life in your closet? Did you pass it on to a charitable organization, hoping against hope that someone in need could benefit from the subpar item? Or did you just give up and (ugh) toss it into the trash?

We’ve all done it. The “easy come, easy go” approach to dressing that’s taken root in many of our households is part of a global trend, whereby a stunning 60% of all clothing now ends up in landfills or incinerators within a year of being produced.

It wasn’t always this way. Clothing used to be a rather special purchase, selected carefully and built to last. In 1960, the typical American bought 25 items of clothing a year at an average cost (in today’s dollars) of $150 per item -- and 95% of that clothing was actually made in the USA.

Today we purchase about 67 apparel items a year—more than one per week—at an average cost of $28. And less than 5% is USA-made. Let that last part sink in: from 95% made in the USA clothing to under 5% in just 6 decades.

Why the sad shift? Trade agreements like NAFTA cut tariffs on apparel manufactured outside the U.S., widening a path cut by big companies like J.C. Penney and the Gap, which had already pivoted toward low-cost non-domestic labor to boost profit margins while appealing to U.S. consumers on price. The more brands followed suit, the less feasible it became to produce here at home and still price goods competitively. Who would pay $40 for a t-shirt when an identical-looking one could be snapped up for $20, $10, or even $5?

To make a large-scale difference, many more consumers need to ask, as part of their purchasing criteria, what clothing brands are made in the USA? But American-made clothing is slowly coming back.

The higher cost of manufacturing here seems to create, understandably, an aversion to fashion risks—so you’ll find many more basic, even bland silhouettes than on-trend outfits. And the prices, in general, will be higher than for non-USA-made clothing, because they need to be. But with a little hunting, you can score genuinely stylish, non-disposable clothing that supports American workers and brings pleasure over years, not weeks or months of wear—at prices still well below what high-end European and U.S. designer labels charge for clothing that is actually made elsewhere.

20 Made in USA Clothing Brands

Here is a list of my top 20 favorite clothing brands that are made in the USA. It's a concerted effort to show you that USA-made fashion is alive and well!

Happy tops from CLC

Happy tops from CLC

CLC by Corey Lynn Calter

“Limited edition, sewn in Los Angeles with love” is the inviting descriptor that made in America clothing designer Corey Lynn Calter uses for her firmly feminine pieces, from office-appropriate pleated skirts to playful babydoll dresses. A sense of wanderlust infuses her vibrant prints, and rich, saturated colors are a regular feature. Some shapes are streamlined, with flattering touches like the stretchy collar and cuffs of my CLC “Taylor” tops -- pictured above in mixed-snake-print and solid fuchsia -- while others are more fanciful. If you're a "more is more" type, rest assured this designer is not afraid to deploy ruffles, lace, tulle or sparkles when the mood hits. Favorites from the new "Supernatural" collection: dresses and separates crafted from a Garden Leopard motif that puts a delicate spin on always-fashionable animal print, with prettily illustrated big cats and botanical elements on a mint background; a bolder Birdseye print on EcoVero (a more sustainable version of viscose) twill; and a clean, modern black-and-ivory grid print. Hot tip for the budget minded: An unusually robust, season-spanning sale section sets CLC above many other American-made fashion brands, with pieces ranging from ruffled sundresses to graphic shifts -- check out the cool pleated sleeve on the Emma cloud-print one -- to silk satin PJ sets (early Christmas shopping, anyone?) and even outerwear, like an adorably fuzzy tie-neck plaid coat.

Michael Stars

My awakening to the drastically shrinking percentage of American made clothing came by accident, two decades ago, when — at a small, well-edited clothing and accessories shop — I came across a display of soft cotton Ts in every gorgeous shade of the rainbow. They were by Michael Stars, sized back then in an intriguing “one size fits most” method, and per the care label, made in the USA. The thought hit me that while I hadn’t really noticed it until that moment, this had become a rarity. I went home, started peeking randomly at my clothing labels, and found very little made domestically. I didn’t buy a Michael Stars top that day, but soon after I picked up one that began a small collection, along with another for my mom, who also became a fan. In the years since, this LA brand has helpfully expanded its sizing (truth be told, the “one size” mainly fit small to medium) and range of styles, way beyond the original classic T. The ribbed “shine” fabric pictured here is a favorite, especially in the flattering elbow-sleeve length. Founded way back in 1986, this company has stood the test of time. And while clothing brands that are made in America are notoriously pricey, Michael Stars' sale prices are not so painful for USA made fashion. Textured double-gauze tops, pants and dresses in sherbet hues feel as good as they look. Tanks come in several flattering fits -- like the Paloma and Pina -- and vibrant color choices. As someone neither pregnant nor postpartum, I'm a bit embarrassed that some of my favorite warm-weather pieces were featured in doula Brandi Sellers-Jackson's edit for "the birthing person" -- but what can I say? She's got great taste! And for fall, the brand's "dusty hues" moniker doesn't do justice to pretty shades like plummy Aster, cool Slate, woodsy Linden and nutty Woodchip. Happy to see USA made fashion jumping on the fall 2021 trend toward borrowed-from-nature colors -- with Michael Stars giving us variety to suit all tastes and skin tones.

Dazey LA

I promise, I’m not obsessed with Los Angeles. It’s just where most of the cute women's clothing made in USA is born! Whether or not you’re looking to break loose of boring workout wear — like I did with the smooth, silky Dazey LA hand-print leggings pictured above — your mood will be boosted by a visit to young artist/designer Dani Nagel’s candy-colored corner of the web. Nagel jumped from designing Ts for fast-fashion players like Urban Outfitters to calling her own shots at this sunny, female-empowering label. Her collections are hand-drawn, handmade in small batches, with sustainable fabrics. Tops, dresses, loungewear & high-quality athletic fabrics are featured, infused throughout with a theme of female empowerment. The shop even lifts up other female designers producing in the USA, from made-in-Arizona vintage-glam silhouettes by K.S. Garner (whose dual-animal-print, elastic-waist pant for fall 2021 is a perfect transition out of the pandemic sweatpant uniform) to hip hair accessories by LA-based I'm With the Band. From Dazey's new fall/winter "Resilience" collection, I predict star status for the hip velvet tracksuits -- especially in Nagel's "Fierce Floral" and "Waterfall Woman" prints -- that are a far cry from the Juicy velours that were ubiquitous two decades ago. You can also still access a fresh summer mini-collection featuring rainbow-hued prints on flirty silhouettes (the Prismatic Nudes is my favorite, but how can I argue with the sheer joy of the Prismatic Hands print?). And the Proudly Plus section of this online shop is a terrific assortment of items available in sizes 2X+ -- including the collaborative T design shown above, the proceeds from which will help the brand continue to expand it's plus-size made-in-USA clothing offerings.

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LACAUSA

From hipper-than-average basics to pretty party pieces like the satiny tiered dress shown above, women's made in USA clothing from LACAUSA (“the cause” in Spanish) is ethically manufactured in Los Angeles and “dedicated to transparency and giving back to our community.” Fair wages, low waste, and great charitable causes that rotate each quarter are hallmarks of this company, founded in 2013 to blend comfort and style for the modern woman who cares how and where her outfits are made. The '70s-inspired suit look I coveted this spring --the Bodhi jacket and Bryce trouser -- down with unflattering trouser-style pockets that all but send your stuff an engraved invitation to fall out every time you take a walk; patch pockets rule! -- are, happily, on sale now, in limited sizes. The brand's latest eco-innovations include a circular marketplace for buying and selling pre-owned Lacausa pieces -- including some in new-with-tags condition -- and the "Flow" collection of stretchy, sexy workout wear crafted from fabric made from recycled water bottles. Among the sweetest picks for summer: the Juniper maxidress in a subtle butterfly print. And for fall, take a closer look at the new Dama dress...that's not a mini floral, but a mini mushroom print! How cute is that? Plus, raw silk and gathered sleeves have transformed what might be the world's most boring shirt style -- the henley -- into something pretty cool. More colors, please!

Autumn Adeigbo

If I were writing up top USA made fashion brands 10 years ago, unquestionably the #1 pick would be slow-fashion pioneers Suno. After their unfortunate shutdown in 2016, it was anyone's guess whether another American designer could match the brand's eco-luxe exuberance. Now we've got our answer: matched, yes, and maybe surpassed! A New Yorker until recently (one guess where she’s moved...yep, it’s LA!), Autumn Adeigbo is one of the most exciting designers producing clothing in the United States. Look to her for vibrant colors, playful pattern-mixing, gorgeous tailoring, and dramatic figure-flaunting shapes -- plus luxe hair accessories favored by Kerry Washington, Amanda Gorman, Mindy Kaling and other stylish women you may have seen onscreen. Selected a Tory Burch fellow in 2019, Parsons-trained Adeigbo was inspired by her Nigerian mother, who made all of her clothing growing up, and launched her line with a collection of Africa-influenced dresses while working for W magazine as a fashion assistant. While most of her work is (sadly) out of my price range, just browsing her website is a can't-miss act of self-care in and of itself! Each piece is currently made to order, which reduces waste, at female-owned production facilities. And while Adeigbo’s brand will surely grow through the impressive $1.3 million in capital she raised last summer, I’m betting she’ll find a way to grow gracefully, without abandoning the ethical-production values that make her company so special. Right now I'm swooning over the fall 2021 Autumn Adeigbo collection, especially looks #4, 14, 16 and 19. Tip: Investing in a luxe hair accessory is a way to access a bit of this high-end designer's magic without -- relatively speaking -- breaking the bank.

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The Brooklyn dress comes in six floral prints including this one, which provides the best possible answer to the question, why do I own yellow sneakers?

The Brooklyn dress comes in six floral prints including this one, which provides the best possible answer to the question, why do I own yellow sneakers?

Christy Dawn

A page in the February 2021 issue of Vogue raised the profile of this bohemian-branded purveyor of made in America women's clothing. Of all the California brands I’m touting here, Christy Dawn may be THE most iconically Californian. From deadstock fabrics, as in the “Paloma” dress pictured above, and eco-friendly original prints -- some born from a truly inspiring, two-year-and-counting "farm-to-closet" initiative that began with regenerating depleted land -- this brand crafts lovely frocks that wouldn’t look out of place at a Laurel Canyon party circa 1968. My dress came packaged with a high-quality reusable tote bag, a sprig of lavender, a vaguely new-age missive that I’m too Midwestern to feel entirely comfortable with (“May Your Daily Dressing become a Celebration and Reminder of Your Radiant Presence” is, well, aspirational at best...), and a prepaid label for sending gently worn items from my closet to ThredUp, where they can find new homes and earn store credit on my next Christy Dawn purchase. Nice! Also welcome is the online shop’s detailed cost-breakdown graphic, including hourly pay for the person who sewed each limited-edition piece, along with the label’s markup rate compared to industry standard. All of these touches, on top of the irresistible romance of a Christy Dawn dress, have earned the label a loyal fan base. Spring 2021 marked the debut of a new, and helpful, Christy Dawn Petites line for those of us 5'4" and under, and that's where I exchanged my credit for selling -- get this -- 28 neglected items from my closet to Thredup for just one Christy Dawn dress, the "Brooklyn" style pictured below. (Worth it? Absolutely!) And for moms and their minis who dig matching looks, there's the Mama and Babe capsule collection, "created with ease and movement in mind."

Karen Kane

This made in America clothing brand is an LA-based family business, started by Ms. Kane and her husband as newlyweds out of their garage. It produces wearable, size-inclusive pieces that won’t break the bank, especially at sale prices. The styles at Karen Kane are a little conservative for me overall, but I love the Piper pant (pictured above), this year’s versions of which are offered in sizes XSP to 22W so that virtually everyone can get in on this comfy, flattering piece that can be easily dressed up or down. For spring I like the drapey, feminine Shirred Sleeve Shirttail T -- currently on sale in pale pink, pale yellow and black, and still reasonably priced in the brighter grass, orange, lime and peacock non-sale options.The new paisley prints in warm, happy tones -- sizes XSP to 3X -- are cute too. And I love the dainty star print on a new sweatshirt, in 3 color choices, that combines movement-friendly raglan styling with the refined touch of a blousy, cuffed sleeve. (Note: Sweaters on offer for fall 2021 appear to be made outside the USA -- a bummer, but very often the case with knitwear, it seems, even with brands that feature a lot of domestically made items.)

Zero Waste Daniel

Finally, we’re moving to the East Coast with this next USA clothing recommendation! As a young sweater designer, NYC 30-something Daniel Silverstein was devastated by the waste involved in bringing his designs to life. He began rescuing pre-consumer fabric scraps to keep them out of landfills, then “re-rolling” them into the coolest one-of-a-kind, made-in-Brooklyn hoodies, sweatshirts, Ts, (new!) tank dresses, and joggers -- like the gray side-stripe pair (pictured above, along with a more exuberant pink patchwork jogger in ZWD's "all-over reroll" style) that I gifted myself as a reward for wearing my kid’s hand-me-down Old Navy sweatpants until they fell apart! My sweet new Zero Waste Daniel joggers fit great, feel great, and even have decently deep pockets, unlike so many I’ve tried. These unisex-sized pieces come in hues from neutral to bright, and adorable scrunchies, bandanas and totes are available too. Helpfully, the shop offers money-saving multi-piece bundles in several great colors plus a mixed-florals bundle, mixed black-and-white prints, and an attention-grabbing multicolor mixed-print motif. One caveat: True to the slow-fashion ethos, orders can take a long time to fulfill -- which I hope means that word has spread far and wide about this groundbreaking label, driving up demand! So be prepared to delay gratification if you take the plunge on a special handmade ZWD creation, which (truth be told), is not cheap -- but it's a quality-over-quantity choice that can be worth budgeting for, even if that takes a while. To learn more about Daniel's process, check out this CNN clip.

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Correll Correll

Started in Berlin, 2006, by identical twin sisters Daphne and Vera Correll, this wonderful label employs gorgeous saturated color and textile appliques, based largely on their self-professed “lifelong collective play with circles, squares and triangles.” A love of geometry infuses their online shop from start to finish, but above all their signature items: soft cotton Ts and sweatshirts centered around single, shimmering silk-blend velvet circles and squares. When moths eviscerated my sweaters and I vowed to start swapping them out gradually for moth-unfriendly sweatshirts special enough to stand in for sweaters, Correll Correll was my first stop. The cost is no joke, but watch closely for sales, like the one that brought me the purple beauty shown above. Update: New fall/winter 2021 colors include brick, ochre, fuchsia (really a darker berry color, it appears -- but pretty), navy and lapis for the brand's iconic velvet-circle design in sweatshirt, hoodie and T formats. (Plus, fan-favorite black is back in stock!) Also check out the cool collection of skirts and dresses -- some in smooth, drapey silk -- putting a hip spin on colorblocking and asymmetry.

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Amour Vert

"We are future vintage" is a slogan for this San Francisco based company that creates, in limited quantities to reduce waste, effortlessly stylish pieces you can plan on handing down to a loved one in 20 years or so, once you've thoroughly enjoyed them yourself. Recognizing that more than half of clothing's environmental impact comes from fiber and fabric manufacturing, Amour Vert (French for "green love") works directly with mills to produce its signature sustainable fabrics. As with my Christy Dawn smocked dress, I have used ThredUp's partner-stores option to trade some gently used, infrequently worn items from my closet for several Amour Vert tops that I just love: the Monroe pj-style blouse in a rich navy cottonseed cupro fabric that looks and feels just like silk charmeuse (this one cured my skepticism on "vegan silk"!) -- but is much easier to care for; the Inverness turtleneck in French-girl-chic striped organic cotton with some modal mixed in for drape and a touch of spandex for shape; and, most recently, the ruffled Zuri top, also in silky cupro. Also covetable are a variety of sporty new shapes in AV's Provence Rib fabric, born from sustainably harvested beechwood trees; and the assymetrical, twist-sleeve Dreamknit T (also beechwood-fabric based) in 3 colors. In terms of the cooler-weather styles out for fall 2021, I'm a sucker for a sophisticated stripe -- like the Ocean Rose combo in long- and short-sleeved sweatshirts and matching skirt, all in luxe terry. A great dark floral is always welcome, and the Saint Germain print delivers -- especially in a washable silk blouse that, rarely for AV, comes in XXS. (Wouldn't it be great if they expanded to at least XXS-XXL size inclusivity for all items?) And a new abstract print in yellow, cobalt and navy is perfect for the transition to fall. The AV website conveniently offers American made jeans from AGOLDE as well. Of the made in America clothing brands at work today, Amour Vert may be the closest to a one-stop-shop for both work and play, especially if you watch for sales.

Fe Noel

Mostly too luxe for me personally to go beyond coveting, this terrific eponymous label has been spotted on Beyonce, Gabrielle Union and Michelle Obama, profiled on Oprah’s OWN network, and collaborated with Lebron James and Nike on a fabulous shoe design. Flowing from the vibrant creativity (and admirable work ethic) of Brooklyn-based, first-generation American designer Noel — whose family comes from Grenada — the brand marries proud Caribbean influences with sexy silhouettes like flowy sheer trousers, dramatically ruched crop tops, slinky robes and stretch bodysuits in gorgeous color palettes. For exceptionally feminine takes on the "muscle top" concept, check out the hip Paradise Muscle T -- featuring artist Cristina Martinez's cool sun/flower/face graphics (I'm not doing this justice; please go check it out!) direct-to-garment printed alongside embroidery of her hand-written notes on the art's meaning -- and the slinky, well-priced Morgan Cropped Muscle Tank in cream, sage and cinnamon shades fit for a stunning modern beach cottage. Hot tip: Check Saks Fifth Ave for 10 pieces from Fe Noel's new Golden Hour collection, including the sultry Sundance Slip Dress and a super cool pleated wide-leg jean. While the Met Gala fashion news this year was dominated by statement-makers like Kim Kardashian and AOC, I liked the fashion statement made by beauty influencer Jackie Aina, reportedly the first African-American content creator to attend the event, in a head-to-toe hot pink look by Fe Noel. Note to celebs: Please follow her lead and give emerging, or more established for that matter, made in America clothing companies a chance when you're dressing for special events sure to garner media coverage.

Rachel Pally

Want to look presentable but feel like you’re in pajamas all day? Do yourself a favor and search “jersey” at the Rachel Pally online shop. Pally’s signature drapey, smooth-as-silk, ultra-flattering stretch modal fabric -- you're already a goddess on the inside, so take that outside with the label's bestselling jersey kaftan dresses -- is a dream against the skin. Made in L.A., her classy, versatile pieces look way more put together than they have any right to, given the intense comfort factor. If you share my view that earthy toned animal prints a) never go out of style and b) can work as a neutral with virtually any other color, then check out the ocelot-patterned pieces on sale for spring/summer 2021. Or if 100% cotton is more your style, grab an adorable "Picnic Print" checked top or dress or try the breezy, breathable gauze collection (Pally says she wears the Cecelia dress multiple times a week) in nature-inspired colors like sumac, hazlenut, cedar and persimmon. Special props to whoever decided to weave cute little dogs into the crocheted yoke on the Cece top and Lola dress! Other fall faves: all the pieces in warm, rusty "Mink" color, especially the mid-length jersey caftan and the longer, empire-waisted Issa dress that (for those missing "Bridgerton" style) gives modernized, unfussy Regency vibes. Heads up for budget shoppers: Rachel Pally is one of very few brands on this list that is well-represented on Amazon, with numerous sale-priced dresses on offer there, including the Cait, Stormy and Harlow for animal-print lovers; the Jennie, Rowena and Harmony for solid shades in elegant silhouettes; and the Pari, Frankie and Gloria for floral/botanical print fans. Please note that the jersey pieces often run long, but they generally feature raw hems to allow for easy trimming to desired length, no tailor needed. They also wash beautifully at home, in my experience, when set on cool or cold and (this is absolutely key) zipped into a mesh laundry pouch. Often called "lingerie bags," these pouches are good for so much more. I get them at Amazon, too, in a variety of sizes.

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Only Hearts

I thought Michael Stars would be the O.G. of this made-in-America clothing list, but it turns out Helena Stuart launched Only Hearts way back in 1978! To say this label targeted to "the shameless romantic" is the sexiest on the list is an understatement. (Especially the Coucou Lola dotted-swiss line -- whoa.) Bringing indoor clothing – lingerie, that is – to the outside world has been a mission since the get-go. I'm partial to their stretch tulle pieces -- currently available in cute floral and ombre motifs as well as classic solids -- but Only Hearts has something for everyone. The ruffled-neck black mesh top (above) that I layer under jumpers -- the new "purl-edge" one is even cuter -- is one of the more conservative items in their collection of wearable confections “ethically manufactured in New York City using local, deadstock, organic, recycled and certified made in green textiles.” You may have seen the brand on Cardi B, Bella Hadid, Charlize Theron or Jennifer Aniston – but, says the shop, “mostly we’re interested in girls like you.” Aww!

Clu

Back west we go for this LA label, founded in 2004 and named after the French word for nail (clou), “a simple and graphic object.” The initial inspiration for Clu's USA made clothing was a reimagining of the classic American t-shirt, but over the years the collection has evolved into a diverse and interesting range of sculptural pieces (reminiscent of Rachel Comey's, described below) with cool textile mixes that playfully combine boyish and girly elements without going over the top. Here's your source for numerous pretty-but-hip takes on the iconic crisp white shirt.The first photo above shows a pair of current Clu offerings, while the second is a wispy, silk-paneled dress from an early collection. If you are as reluctant as I am to give up sweatpants just because we're vaccinated and can venture into the world now, consider upgrading your jogger game with the heather-gray, lace-trimmed pair currently on sale at Clu. From the new line I love the Mixed Media Dress, with its bright cobalt T top over a crisp sky-blue skirt. If if you're into the sweater-vest trend for fall 2021 but like to keep things uncomplicated, the Balloon Sleeve Pullover offers the layered look in one easy piece. Also check out the very cool "origami fold waist" on the label's new plaid shirtdress. For a more casual look, Clu joins other hipsters like Collina Strada in reinventing the hoodie shape, with its "Geometric Sleeved" full-zip version that puts a new spin on bell sleeves.

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American Giant

While I've tried to focus here on American made clothing brands that go beyond the basics into genuine fashion, I'll make an exception for American Giant. Beautifully made basics are the focal point for this San Francisco based company that broke the internet (well, dented it at least) in 2012 with the cult-classic hoodie that many called the greatest ever made. Waitlists were drawn up, happy customers abounded, and American Giant kept expanding, sustainably, to meet the growing demand for American-made staples that are built to last. I picked up the silky heather-gray merino T pictured above to replace a fast-fashion version that had literally fallen apart after one wash. No more disposable fashion! Selling fast for spring is the lightweight full-zip hoodie, which features three of my favorite things: flattering, movement-friendly raglan seaming; soft tri-blend fabric; and non-tiny pockets! Hope they restock this one when it sells out, in both pretty heathered hues plus a neutral or two.Thinking fall? Grab the classic full-zip -- aka "Greatest Hoodie Ever Made" -- in 5 new limited-edition colors along with classic black, gray and navy. Better hustle if you're into rich, saturated hues, as shades like Juniper and Golden Hour are likely to be snapped up quickly. For a subtly sexy take on the hoodie, grab an American Giant hoodie dress in French terry with a touch of spandex for shape, which features (says one reviewer) "good pockets...your phone and keys will not slide out!" Sold!

Sundry

The brainchild of a Southern-French guy turned Californian, this brand traffics mainly in colorful, cozy loungewear, sweats and low-key athletic pieces. Shirt slogans, so often cheesy, turn cute in Sundry’s capable hands, with phrases like “Make It Happen,” “Lost Without You,” “Locals Only,” “Almost French” (a makeshift motto for the label itself?), "More Amour" and the currently rather bold-seeming "Optimist." Ultra-soft leggings, Ts and tanks stand out from the crowd with fun touches like stripes and colorblocking (pictured above). For summer, candy-colored tropical prints, updated camo in warm hues, pastel python, lightning bolts and ombre hearts provide nice alternatives to tie-dye -- though the latter is still available in abundance. Sundry also has super-cute variations on the puff sleeve top, including a twisted style I hadn't seen before. For going out, the new Cross Front Ruched Dress is business(ish) up top, party on the bottom -- with ruching for a more comfortable, both physically and psychologically, way to do bodycon on the bottom half. And just in time for corduroy season, there are corduroy joggers in four colors (five, if they restock the mocha!). Finding affordable clothing brands made in the USA is a real needle-in-a-haystack search, and while Sundry's pricing won't qualify as "affordable" for all budgets, it's on the more reasonable side of the cost spectrum for domestically produced clothing.

Among brands of clothing made in the USA, Rachel Comey is a fashion-forward but not trendy choice

Among brands of clothing made in the USA, Rachel Comey is a fashion-forward but not trendy choice

Rachel Comey

A longtime editorial favorite based in NYC, this designer dresses independent thinkers with cool jobs: gallerist, development director for an edgy museum....maybe that brilliant doctor you once had to see for a consult was wearing this label under her lab coat. Comey’s background in sculpture shines through in her arty but not avant-garde designs. I scored the seersucker blouse pictured above secondhand, using a Real Real gift card I received as a birthday gift, because this brand is beyond my budget. But if your budget is more generous and you want to prioritize American made clothing companies, don't miss the fun takes on corduroy season in Comey's fall 2021 line, including the boxy '60s inspired Ellis dress and camp-shirt-style Soffio top, both in wide wale and ready for pairing with a matching bucket hat. Alas, her new knits aren't made in the USA, but the very cool down jackets are, via a collaboration with Crescent Down Works, which has been crafting its high-quality coats in Seattle since 1974. From the Comey sale selection, I love the white-on-white Scaffold Fil Coupe fabric pieces that manage to be timeless and super modern at the same time. It's easy to see why this top made in America fashion label -- Comey began designing clothing in 2001, interestingly enough with menswear at first -- has stood the test of time.

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Eva Franco

Ruffles, stripes and polka dots are at the top of the toolbox for this designer of super feminine styles that are mostly manufactured in the USA. Born in Romania but of Hungarian heritage, Eva Franco began using fashion as a source of creativity and communication after moving to America as a young girl. A former actress, Franco loves to infuse her classic-with-a-twist designs with touches of Old Hollywood glamour. (Tip: For an instant leg lengthener, seek out the brand's '40s-inspired Hepburn Pant in the "sale" and "warehouse sale" sections of the online shop, in a total of 8 different patterns as of summer 2021.) Skirts, often crafted from intricate fabrics and appropriate for special occasions, are a longstanding strength for this designer. Like Corey Lynn Calter, she doesn't shy away from vibrant prints, like a "Sailboat" map motif; a daisy pattern in the always-fresh color combo of yellow, white and navy; a picnic-perfect, hand-sketched watermelon print; and for fall 2021 a "Bold Blooms" collection that includes the cute Hanna top with self-tie neck and drapey Pablo pant. A fun offering is the Fall Surprise Box, which lets those who can handle a bit of fashion risk select their personal style profile from the four options Colorful, Classic, Casual and Glamour -- each with a mini mood board to guide decision making -- and receive a handpicked box of wearables, at a very deep discount over the cost of purchasing items individually. Self-gifting at its finest!

Hackwith Design House

Made in Minnesota, here's a collection of American made clothing for women that elevates the basics, plus offers truly limited-edition blouses, tunics, jackets, and even some smocked floral peasant dresses that could catch a Christy Dawn fan's eye. Their breezy, oversized v-neck and square-neck items (actually, they've tweaked the standard, wide square neck into a more bra-friendly version -- more of a "rectangle neck," if that makes sense -- for numerous pieces, including the aforementioned Christy-Dawn-like dress) are perfect for summer but would also look great layered over fitted tops for fall. Hackwith goes the extra mile with intimates and a swimwear line. To reduce waste, the majority of items are sewn to order, so they are simply not made unless specifically requested. Best of all, this is an inclusive label for all body types, with sizes offered from XS to +4. Update: A bunch of my favorite pieces are on sale for spring, including the Adelaide floral dress, Maren striped top and Double V swimsuit in a hot shade of red, crisp and versatile Eloise tank -- deemed "reversible" because it can be worn forward or backward for two different necklines -- and a tiered drawstring dress that, flatteringly, ties at both sides of the waist for a customizable fit. More bargain hunting can be found at the site's Sustain Shop, which lets clients send in their preloved Hackwith pieces for resale, in exchange for a $20 credit toward any other piece, including a different Sustain Shop item if so desired. In terms of fall new arrivals, the oversized Tiered Midi Dress is offered in five colors, sizes XS to +3/4. (This label shines more in solids than florals, I think, and the Moss and Burnt Umber are especially nice for this dress.)

Sailor Rose

Are you a fan of the venerable Liberty of London line of fabrics? If so, check out this Portland, Maine based designer of women's made in USA clothing -- an early adopter of the slow fashion ethos. Having built serious tailoring skills years ago through a practice of hunting down vintage frocks for creative alteration, today she sews lovely popover tops, button-up blouses, wrap dresses and shirt-dresses from scratch in Maine and NYC, using a range of Liberty fabrics -- including my favorite, the Strawberry Thief pattern in classic blue or a newer red version. As a longtime consumer of J Crew Liberty print offerings, I love having a USA made fashion alternative. If you're looking ahead to cooler weather, the Floral Earth print --breaking the classic floral shirt mold in both color palette and graphic elements -- would be great for fall. Sailor Rose offers a kids’ line, too, which is where the flowers-plus-stripes dress pictured above came from. Whether child or adult sized, your Sailor Rose piece is built to last and, when the time comes, to be passed on to a lucky family member or friend for still more enjoyment. Tip: Don't skip their email signup for seasonal sale invitations. After many years on the list, I can attest that their "no spam" promise is the real deal.

Scrappy t shirt -- American Apparel,  made in USA

Scrappy t shirt -- American Apparel, made in USA

Honorable Mention: American Apparel

Once upon a time this brand was the force for bringing clothing manufacture back to the United States. Its hip, sexy basics captured the hearts of young shoppers in particular, so many were surprised when the company declared bankruptcy in 2015, after a seemingly high-energy 26-year run. Canadian company Gildan swooped in to buy American Apparel in 2017 and still maintains a commitment to "ethically made, sweastshop free" clothing -- but no longer makes it clear which of its items are made in the USA. Luckily the classic AA fine jersey T still is, and you can support additional American jobs by choosing a cute graphic version of this soft, flattering top -- like the one above -- from a US-based print-on-demand shop.

Honorable Mention: Argaman & Defiance

Tie-dye is literally everywhere in fast fashion, but St. Louis area artist Lydia Crespo creates wonderful tie-dye-adjacent Ts, sweatshirts and joggers that leave mass-produced dye jobs in the dust. Argaman & Defiance offers exceptionally fair pricing, considering each piece is a one-a-kind bit of soft, wearable art. (To keep pricing reasonable, I suspect A&D may source unadorned clothing items from non-USA sources to work its creative magic on, hence the Honorable Mention designation for this USA made clothing list.) For spring, summer and warm fall days, check out the cute crop top and raw-silk ringer scarves -- all awesomely hand-printed and sure to draw compliments. And for a head-to-toe "arty sweats" look, how 'bout the new rainbow-brights-on-dark Colorwheel collection, pictured above? Or its steamy-weather cousin, the rainbow tank Crespo created exclusively for Milk Handmade in Chicago? I like the new navy and purple colorway on the zip-up hoodie, too.

Dearborn Denim made in USA jeans

Dearborn Denim made in USA jeans

Made in USA Jeans

At Chicago-based Dearborn Denim you’ll find a variety of women's and men's fits, all proudly designed, cut and sewn in the USA and, for American made jeans, quite reasonably priced! Colorful tank dresses, Ts and joggers are available too -- even an awesome denim tote made from Dearborn's excess fabric plus straps from Chicago-based Horween Leather Co. For more made in the USA jeans, check out AGOLDE, Tennessee's Imogene + Willie, and North Carolina's Raleigh Denim Workshop. (Along with LA and NYC, the Carolinas are a manufacturing center for American made fashion. Look here to see which brands are currently working with Cone Denim, which has been turning out its high-quality fabrics in Greensboro, N.C., since 1891.)

Brook There underwear made in USA

Brook There underwear made in USA

Los Angeles Apparel underwear made in USA

Los Angeles Apparel underwear made in USA

Made in USA Underwear

The last batch of imported undies I got was a big disappointment in terms of quality and, strange as this might sound, the ridiculous number of tags attached to each pair. The global marketplace apparently means that a care tag must be attached with instructions in every language known to man (or, in this case, woman). The barrier to choosing USA made underwear has always been price. I can get a pack of four or even five imported cotton undies for the cost of just one pair of American made underwear. This is a barrier I want to get past, so I placed orders from the first three domestically produced brands listed below.

Brook There -- $28 for a pair of organic cotton underwear made in USA, with pretty color choices; sale price on some colors is $22.40 (Update: I got 2 styles from Brook There and absolutely love the colors and comfort. At this pricing, I'll need to wash and dry them carefully to extend their lives, so I'll have to see how much of an inconvenience that turns out to be.)

Los Angeles Apparel -- $14 for a cotton pair, with tons of color choices, and only $6.40 each if you get 5 -- which makes these almost competitive with my tried-and-true imported brand, so I chose the five colors pictured above! (Update: I love the pricing and fit of my LA Apparel underwear, along with the company's reported fair-wage and employee-ownership practices -- but have discovered some troubling things about the company's founder, so will probably not repurchase)

Hanky Panky -- $22-34 for a cotton pair, with discounts if you purchase 3 (Note: I just received my order of black, purple and green undies and was disappointed to see from the label that only the black was made in the USA; the purple and green were "assembled in the Dominican Republic of US and imported components." That could be just the situation for the style I chose; I'm not sure of the overall ratio of completely US-made to total product.)

Arq -- $28-30 for an organic cotton pair, with wonderful color/pattern choices and size inclusivity, but they seem to only offer a high-waisted style, which is not my jam

Only Hearts -- $25-35 for an organic cotton pair

Between the Sheets -- $36 for a micromodal pair (no cotton ones appear to be available)

Pansy -- $39 for a pair of organic cotton underwear made in USA

Thunderpants -- $24-32 per organic cotton pair, depending on cut and color/pattern chosen (note: to me these look a little too much like children's underwear, but of course that's a subjective judgment :)

Rent made in America clothing -- like these Dazey LA pieces -- from Nuuly

Rent made in America clothing -- like these Dazey LA pieces -- from Nuuly

For Rent: Made in America Clothing

The clothing rental service Nuuly allows you to refresh your closet regularly without committing to purchase, unless you truly fall in love with a piece and decide to make it yours at the site's discounted price. As of mid October 2021, Nuuly offers about 100 pieces, total, from these made in America clothing designers:

Amour Vert

Back Beat Co

Corey Lynn Calter

Dazey LA

Donni

Eva Franco

Lacausa

Sundry

T.La

Given that USA made clothing tends to cost more than imported items, renting could be a great, low-cost way to test out fit and aesthetics for each label for making a purchase.

Royal Apparel American made wholesale clothing

Royal Apparel American made wholesale clothing

Seeking American Made Clothing Wholesale?

Royal Apparel does its manufacturing in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a great source for women's cotton clothing made in USA, but they've also got tons of men's and children's items too and offer several blended fabrics (triblend, 50/50, modal/poly, cotton spandex) as well as these eco/sustainable fabrics, as of September 2021: organic cotton, organic hemp viscose, organic hemp bamboo, organic RPET recycled poly and "eco triblend." Many T styles are offered along with hoodies, crew-neck sweatshirts, joggers and more -- and the color choices are quite good.

Still More Made in USA Women's Clothing

This top 20 page is really a top 80 American made clothing brands list. If you've been scrolling down to my updates in the Comments section, you'll have noticed I touted a total of 55 more awesome companies to check out. For now I'll have to list updates here, as the Comments feature is in flux on this writing platform. To keep a complete, updated list intact, I'll risk of bit of duplication by pasting in, below, my evolving list of clothing brands that are made in America. Please check them out!

AGOLDE for made in the USA jeans and sexy tops

Avocado for flattering American made leggings in fabulous colors and patterns

Savi Mom for USA made maternity clothes and nursing tops

Vitamin A for stylish made in USA swimsuits

Back Beat Co for colorful jumpsuits

Calder Blake for elbow-length ribbed henleys and other elevated basics

Lykke Wullf for Danish minimalism meets California cool

Claire Pettibone for ultra romantic wedding dresses made in the United States

Scofield Tacoma for gorgeous one-of-a-kind jackets made from vintage quilts

Madeworn for vintage-inspired rock-and-roll Ts

Ramblers Way for a wide selection of USA made wool clothing at surprisingly affordable prices

Alabama Chanin for high-end hand-embellished pieces

Jesse Kamm for sailor pants and built-to-last overalls with great pockets, designed by a former model

Between the Sheets for stylish loungewear plus PJs and lingerie

Wintergreen Northern Wear for snuggly Minnesota-made anoraks with embroidered trim

Simplicitie for lace tunics and jackets

Harvest & Mill for simple USA made organic clothing with an all-domestic supply chain

Selina Sanders for incredible tops made from tea towels

Black Crane for oversized neutrals in cool quilted fabric

Coat Check for stunning wool/cashmere overcoats made in Chicago

Ilana Kohn for balloon shaped pants and other hip separates from a pro illustrator turned designer

Lela Rose for high-end bridal and other special occasion dresses

Mate for sustainable upscale loungewear and workout garb

Esther Williams for adorable retro swimsuits

Calle Del Mar for slinky viscose knitwear in flattering shades and silhouettes

Simon Miller for mix-and-match bodycon separates in a fabulous range of colors

Donni for true, nubby terry (and other) pieces with luxe details

Emme Studio for patterned and colorblock dresses by an Indigenous designer

9seed for breezy beachwear inspired by Cali surf and skate culture

Conscious Clothing for classy Michigan-made stripes, checks and solids with helpfully detailed measurements and size inclusivity

Gamine Workwear for sturdy coveralls, workshirts and selvedge jeans

Raquel Allegra for seriously stunning hand-dyed fabrics and body-skimming washed satin shapes

Gron Kulle for rare American made sweaters and other knitwear, in eye-popping patterns

Sugar Candy Mountain for billowy linen dresses and separates in organically lovely hues

Boathouse for waterproof jackets made in Philadelphia

Brook There -- ethically made organic cotton undies, sewn in small-town Massachusetts

Elizabeth Suzann -- zenlike women's linen clothing made in USA, sizes Minus to Plus 3

Curator -- workshirts in great colors, with phone-friendly pockets, to wear as a shirt, jacket or dress

Stone Cold Fox -- glam '70s rock-and-roll looks

Crescent Down Works -- high-end down parkas, handmade in Seattle

Lovanie for petites-focused, small-batch sustainable clothing, made in Seattle

K.S. Garner for exuberant pieces made in Phoenix, size XXS to 4XX

Los Angeles Apparel for sweats, stretchy workout wear, T dresses and flirty miniskirts in great colors

House of Woo for clever message tops ("Fist bump a farmer," "Anti-social climber") and floaty bohemian dresses

Et Tigre for edgily adorable dresses and separates

Vetta Capsule for versatile, themed mini collections (my fave: the Tuscan)

Groceries Apparel for California casual pieces died with natural substances like pomegranate, carrot tops & coffee grounds

Emerson Fry for streamlined silhouettes in sustainable fabrics

Loup for Parisian inspired shapes in great colors, especially the jumpsuits

Esby Apparel for vintage-inspired sustainable chic

Caron Callahan for perfect plaids and checks

Assembly New York for art-school cool

KOCH for super-youthful minis and ruffled pieces

Cobalt Street for Midwest-made separates in jewel tones

Carleen for quilting and patchwork

La Reunion, also for fashionable quilted and patchwork clothing

Collina Strada for super quirky avant-garde stuff

Amanda Uprichard for tailored but feminine colorful pieces

Misa for floaty floral dresses.

And finally, T.La is a USA made clothing line that appears to be exclusive to Anthropologie

Sources

An excellent customer-education insert from American Giant provided some of the background information for the introduction to this article. I also drew info from these sources:

"What It Takes to Make Clothes in the USA" (2020)

"Sold in America: The Human Cost of Fashion" (2019)

"Where in America US Designers Get Their Clothing Made" (2017)

"Why America Stopped Making Its Own Clothes" (2013)

© 2021 Mary

Comments

Mary (author) from Chicago area on October 18, 2021:

Still more women's made in USA clothing:

Calder Blake for elbow-length ribbed henleys and other elevated basics

Lykke Wullf for Danish minimalism meets California cool

Claire Pettibone for ultra romantic wedding dresses made in the United States

Scofield Tacoma for gorgeous one-of-a-kind jackets made from vintage quilts

Madeworn for vintage-inspired rock-and-roll Ts

Mary (author) from Chicago area on October 11, 2021:

More:

Ramblers Way for a wide selection of USA made wool clothing at surprisingly affordable prices

Alabama Chanin for high-end hand-embellished pieces

Jesse Kamm for sailor pants and built-to-last overalls with great pockets, designed by a former model

Between the Sheets for stylish loungewear plus PJs and lingerie

Wintergreen Northern Wear for snuggly Minnesota-made anoraks with embroidered trim

Mary (author) from Chicago area on October 08, 2021:

Look into these clothing brands that are made in America:

Simplicitie for lace tunics and jackets

Harvest & Mill for simple USA made organic clothing with an all-domestic supply chain

Selina Sanders for incredible tops made from tea towels

Black Crane for oversized neutrals in cool quilted fabric

Coat Check for stunning wool/cashmere overcoats made in Chicago

Mary (author) from Chicago area on October 04, 2021:

Check out these additional USA made clothing brands:

Ilana Kohn for balloon shaped pants and other hip separates from a pro illustrator turned designer

Lela Rose for high-end bridal and other special occasion dresses

Mate for sustainable upscale loungewear and workout garb

Esther Williams for adorable retro swimsuits

Calle Del Mar for slinky viscose knitwear in flattering shades and silhouettes

Mary (author) from Chicago area on September 28, 2021:

See also:

Simon Miller for mix-and-match bodycon separates in a fabulous range of colors

Donni for true, nubby terry (and other) pieces with luxe details

Emme Studio for patterned and colorblock dresses by an Indigenous designer

9seed for breezy beachwear inspired by Cali surf and skate culture

Conscious Clothing for classy Michigan-made stripes, checks and solids with helpfully detailed measurements and size inclusivity

Mary (author) from Chicago area on September 22, 2021:

Still more made in America clothing brands --

Gamine Workwear for sturdy coveralls, workshirts and selvedge jeans

Raquel Allegra for seriously stunning hand-dyed fabrics and body-skimming washed satin shapes

Gron Kulle for rare American made sweaters and other knitwear, in eye-popping patterns

Sugar Candy Mountain for billowy linen dresses and separates in organically lovely hues

Boathouse for waterproof jackets made in Philadelphia

Mary (author) from Chicago area on September 17, 2021:

There's more!

Brook There -- ethically made organic cotton undies, sewn in small-town Massachusetts

Elizabeth Suzann -- zenlike women's linen clothing made in USA, sizes Minus to Plus 3

Curator -- workshirts in great colors, with phone-friendly pockets, to wear as a shirt, jacket or dress

Stone Cold Fox -- glam '70s rock-and-roll looks

Crescent Down Works -- high-end down parkas, handmade in Seattle

Mary (author) from Chicago area on September 10, 2021:

Also check out:

Lovanie for petites-focused, small-batch sustainable clothing, made in Seattle

K.S. Garner for exuberant pieces made in Phoenix, size XXS to 4XX

Los Angeles Apparel for sweats, stretchy workout wear, T dresses and flirty miniskirts in great colors

House of Woo for clever message tops ("Fist bump a farmer," "Anti-social climber") and floaty bohemian dresses

Et Tigre for edgily adorable dresses and separates

Mary (author) from Chicago area on September 02, 2021:

More treasures from my American made clothing hunt! Anyone given these brands a spin?

Vetta Capsule for versatile, themed mini collections (my fave: the Tuscan)

Groceries Apparel for California casual pieces died with natural substances like pomegranate, carrot tops & coffee grounds

Emerson Fry for streamlined silhouettes in sustainable fabrics

Loup for Parisian inspired shapes in great colors, especially the jumpsuits

Esby Apparel for vintage-inspired sustainable chic

Mary (author) from Chicago area on August 26, 2021:

More made in USA women's clothing: Caron Callahan for perfect plaids and checks, Assembly New York for art-school cool, KOCH for super-youthful minis and ruffled pieces, Cobalt Street for Midwest-made separates in jewel tones

Mary (author) from Chicago area on August 20, 2021:

A few other made in America fashion brands I'd like to add, but am afraid of making the article too long (!) -- Carleen and La Reunion for quilting and patchwork, Collina Strada for super quirky avant-garde stuff, Amanda Uprichard for tailored but feminine colorful pieces, Misa for floaty floral dresses.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on March 05, 2021:

T.La is a USA-made clothing line that appears to be exclusive to Anthropologie. I'd more or less given up on Anthro in recent years, over quality concerns, but this is a positive sign.

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