Curious about this cool new sustainable brand? Read my Mate The Label review below!
You know those brands that peak your interest every single time you see them? That has been MATE The Label for me. It started with some Instagram ads, then someone I follow wore their stuff, then I followed the brand’s account… and that really sealed the deal. The more I learned about them + saw their versatile items on my feed all the time, the more tempting my cart became. So when they had a sale around the start of the new year, I finally said to myself: it’s time to see what the hype is about!
About Mate The Label
MATE is a clothing brand based in Los Angeles. Everything is sustainably made with non-toxic, natural, and Organic materials. This female founded company focuses on styles that can be worn many different ways all year round. In other words, they’re all about limiting your environmental impact by filling your closet with high quality items that will last, even if you wear them every day.
Mate The Label Review
Clean and Organic
Not only do they use Organic yarns and dyes (so that their customers and the plant aren’t exposed to harmful pesticides!), but they also have a list of restricted substances that are kept out of their entire supply chain. That means no carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and other toxins.
Sustainable and Ethical
In addition to using eco-friendly materials and low-impact nontoxic dyes, MATE has eliminated all plastic in their labels and packaging. Their activewear line also uses only 8% spandex, which is significantly less synthetic fibers than other brands, and they don’t ever use polyester, nylon, or polyamide. Oh, and they have a recycling program! They take your old garments, as well as cutting scraps from their factories, and give them a new life.
In terms of ethical practices, they prioritize safe, comfortable and fair working environments for everyone in their supply chain, from farmers to garment workers to recyclers. They also focus on making responsible choices regarding carbon emissions, water use, and chemical use.
Made In Los Angeles
One of the ways they reduce their carbon footprint is by manufacturing everything in Los Angeles. Everything is cut, sewn, and dyed just 15 miles from their office. This supports the local garment workers and reduces transportation emissions. So cool.
Run by women, for women
You KNOW I love a female founded company! I mean, who better to run a women’s clothing company than women?!
Now that I’ve tried their clothes on myself, I can confirm that the quality is EXCELLENT. These pieces are beautifully made and definitely built to last.
Yay for inclusive sizing!! MATE offers sizing from XS through 3X.
I know, I know. It’s expensive. $138 for a pair of loungewear pants is a lot. I understand that it costs more for them to uphold all of their sustainable/ethical practices as well as create such a high quality product – but I also know that means a lot of people won’t be able to afford it.
No petite inseams
Since I’m only 5’2″, any “regular” pants are usually too long on me. Luckily, they have a few cropped styles that work for me (they just fit longer instead of cropped) – but of course, I would love love love to see some shorter inseam options!
What I Bought
I have been eyeing these pants for so long, but the $138 price tag and wide leg kept deterring me. Ultimately, I realized that the 24.25″ inseam wouldn’t hit the floor on me, so I ordered a size small and… I LOVE THEM. Obviously, they don’t look the same on me as they do on a taller model, but I still think they’re a really stylish alternative to sweatpants, while still being just as cozy.
I love a matching set, so I obviously had to get this matching crop top, too! At $72, it’s also a little pricey, but this purchase was way easier for me to justify because it’s SO versatile. As expected, it’s so cute with the matching pants, but it’s also a great length to wear with high waisted jeans. And because it’s such nice quality, you can dress it up or dress it down. I got a size small and it fits perfectly. Not too tight, not too loose!
Alright now let’s talk about something more affordable – this sports bra! I got this color during their sale, but I would totally pay the full $38 price tag for more colors. I got a size small and it’s so comfortable, I’ve worn it for working out and for lounging around. It doesn’t have pads, but it is double-layered so it feels supportive. It’s also way better for the environment because they use a blend of 92% organic cotton and 8% spandex.
I firmly believe every woman needs a good cropped tee – especially if you’re petite. They make me feel a lot more polished than a long baggy tee, plus they draw the eye to your waist which helps make your legs look longer! (I need all the help I can get on that front!) This particular one is seriously perfect. Soft, the right amount of boxy, and a great length to pair both with high waisted jeans or sweatpants. I got a size small and at $46, I’ll definitely invest in at least one more since I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of it.