Every generation has its cult-favorite brands, but Reformation stands out as one of the most long-reigning with legions of devotees who swear by its clothes. Because it’s so unique (more on that later), finding brands like Reformation can be tricky. Let’s illuminate the reasons why people love Reformation.
Firstly, its dresses, shoes, and separates are A-lister-approved: Gigi Hadid, Katie Holmes, and Hailey Bieber shop the label. Taylor Swift might even be considered a super fan! Beyond the pull of its star-studded clientele, Reformation is cool in a way that’s hard to define and even harder to replicate. It makes classic but trend-aware clothes that last—and does so with a focus on sustainability. Reformation clothes feel luxurious without a luxury price tag. While we wouldn’t call it a budget brand, it delivers on quality. So, while you might spend $200 on a pair of trousers, you’ll likely not have to drop a dime on that specific staple for years to come.
Whether you’re a Reformation girlie who runs on vibes alone or wants to get the most fashion bang for your buck, you’ll love how the nine brands ahead evoke Reformation's winning formula.
Quince is known for its high-quality wardrobe staples made from high-quality materials minus the high markup. Quince’s direct-to-consumer model cuts costs on the backend so you can snag a gorgeous cashmere sweater for under $80 or a classic leather moto jacket for only $150. In terms of bang relative to buck, you won't find a more affordable option in this roundup, especially the brand's sophisticated silk separates and classic business casual attire. While Quince does deliver trendy silhouettes, its vibe is more quiet luxury than in-your-face flash so you won't find any sequin-spangled mini skirts or loud prints among its offerings.
Quince offers many eco-friendly fabric options and highlights its factory-selection process, only working with factories that "meet or exceed global guidelines for workplace safety and equitable wages," it doesn't provide explicit details. The same goes for its sustainability efforts, although the brand clearly states it is aiming to have 100% compostable product packaging soon.
Luxe and playful, Staud layers an elevated whimsy over the Reformation aesthetic. The brand is decidedly contemporary, but its pieces have an old world (or old money) confidence so that its mini dresses, separates, statement bags, and outerwear feel trendy yet timeless.
While Staud has plenty of quiet luxury pieces available, the brand goes the extra mile when marrying classic silhouettes with clever embellishments. A ribbon spaghetti strap, a crystal constellation set upon a beaded night sky mini dress, a streak of silver paillettes on a chunky knit sweater—these are the details that make Staud stand out. With the luxe whimsy, however, comes a luxe price tag and Staud is the priciest brand on our list.
If you want the timeless feel of Reformation at a more affordable price point, make moves to Madewell. Its blazers, sweaters, and jeans are cult faves thanks to unmatched fit and quality. Out of all the brands similar to Reformation, Madewell makes the most effort when it comes to inclusive sizing options. Madewell's plus collection offers sizes 14W–28W and 1X–4X, with plans to further expand the range.
Although Madewell doesn't have Reformation's level of transparency when it comes to sustainability and worker rights, it is upfront about its goals and keeps track of its progress. Many of its initiatives emphasize recycling as a means to limit landfill waste and it currently offers a range of textiles made with recycled fibers. Madewell aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Reformation: French Girl edition. That's the vibe of Sézane, a sophisticated and sumptuous brand that wears its commitment to sustainability and ethical production on its velvet sleeve. Sézane's online store has the warm glow and cultured vibes of a Parisian boutique: Everything it offers, from mini skirts to blazers feels elevated and one-of-a-kind. Despite its luxe feel, Sézane isn't the priciest brand in our roundup. In fact, it's on par with Reformation in terms of cost.
Its production and sustainability transparency are shoulder-to-shoulder with Reformation as well. B-Corp certified, many of Sézane's fabrics, which are 80% eco-friendly, also boast notable certifications, including GOTS, Oeko-Tex, FSC, Ecovero, RWS, and RMS. Its official sustainability report is available online. As a slow fashion brand, it is upfront about its factories and provides details on each Sézane atelier around the world, including what it produces.
Thanks to its sleek silhouettes and timeless wardrobe staples with off-duty model toughness, you could build an entire NYC-approved wardrobe sourced exclusively from Marcella NYC. From slinky maxi dresses to chunky cable knits and boleros A-List fashion girlies would drool over, if you feel like your metropolitan capsule collection is missing something, Marcella's got it. Even better, its prices are among the most affordable on our list, not due to lesser quality, but rather the brand's commitment to democratizing fashion by keeping prices between 25% and 75% lower than comparable brands.
Marcella is also committed to providing its production teams, predominately women-led and operated, with living wages. In terms of sustainability, Marcella credits its speedy production cycle with reducing waste and keeping its products out of landfills.
None of the brands on this list nail Reformation's modern approach to romance and femininity quite like Allina Liu. The eponymous label was launched by Liu in 2015, after she'd worked as a designer with brands like The Row, Thakoon, and Rebecca Taylor. Like some of Reformation's best pieces, Allina Liu's luxe creations deliver a kind of trendy anachronism, managing to feel both sumptuously vintage and TikTok trend-worthy at once.
As for its ethics, Allina Liu never uses fur or leather and utilizes some sustainable fabrics, including the brand's cotton blended with recycled materials. The brand is transparent about its production cycle and is both WRAP and BSCI-certified.
Posse the Label
We like to think of Posse the Label as Reformation's distant European cousin. They share mood boards, but you won't see them in the same 'fit at family gatherings. Posse's airy dresses and dreamy separates radiate sophisticated beauty, but quietly so. Cold weather climate-dwellers might find the majority of its clothes to be a bit lightweight, but the brand does offer long-sleeve and knit options, many hovering between $150 and $300.
While its aesthetic is as gauzy and low-fi as a vintage Snapchat filter, Posse's ethical framework is crystal clear and crisply defined. It outlines its commitments to fair labor, sustainable materials, and a cyclical production cycle on its website. Like Reformation, Posse has its factory certifications, packaging, and textile information readily available. The brand also emphasizes giving back. Its partners include i=change, Worn for Good, Thread Together, and The Archives Place.
Réalisation Par's aesthetic is equal parts '90s alt-rock femme fatale and Gen Z It Girl. If you're a fan of vampy slip dresses or maxi skirts, sheer layers, and vintage-inspired prints, you'll fall head-over-heels in love with Réalisation Par's effortless and edgy vibe.
While the brand emphasizes its commitment to sustainability and ethical production, it doesn't provide much transparency into its practices. That said, Réalisation Par isn't churning out its clothes. A glance at its online store reveals a carefully curated and relatively small array of apparel, typical of brands operating outside the fast fashion machine.
While Maje's prices skew towards the higher end of the spectrum, this brand's blend of trendy statement pieces and wardrobe staples makes it a Reformation twin flame. If you find yourself wishing that your favorite Reformation piece was just a little bit extra, you'll love the quirky, but polished sequin, teddy, and metallic textiles found in Maje designs.
Like many of the brands on this list, Maje has committed to becoming more sustainable, as outlined in its Dream Tomorrow commitment. Currently, Maje's denim is 100% waterless, its packaging is made from recycled materials, and many, though not all, of its textiles are made from responsibly sourced materials. As of 2022, 60% of the brand's factories have gained social and environmental certifications.
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