15 women-owned fashion brands to shop for International Women's Day
Support female-run companies like Spanx, Kate Spade, and more.
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March is Women's History Month, and today, March 8, is the 110th anniversary of International Women's Day. There are plenty of ways to show your appreciation for the notable females in your life and in the world. One of which is to support women-owned businesses. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, there are over 11.6 companies owned and run by women in the United States alone.
Whether you’re looking for handbags, jewelry, shoes, or activewear, we've rounded up 15 of the top female-run and female-founded fashion brands to shop today and all year round. From representing different cultures, body shapes, and sizes to providing fair wages and supportive work environments, these women-owned companies—and the boss babes that run them—are conquering the retail space one product at a time.
Trying to find undergarments that are both comfortable and stylish can be a serious challenge. Michelle Cordeiro Grant founded Lively to solve that. With the goal of empowering women to live life passionately, purposefully, and confidently, the internet-famous brand combines lingerie and athleisure to create what it calls “leisurée.” Lively offers a wide variety of bras in sizes 32A to 38DDD and underwear and loungewear in sizes XS to XXXL.
One of our editors tried the popular T-shirt bra and found that it fit well and was very durable. You can shop Lively directly or find select styles at Nordstrom.
2. Sweaty Betty
Growing up, Tamara Hill-Norton, founder of Sweaty Betty, led an active lifestyle that she wanted to continue into adulthood. However, she quickly realized that there weren’t many activewear brands on the market that really catered to women. As a result, Norton started Sweaty Betty to create clothes that women could feel beautiful and strong in without sacrificing comfort and durability.
Our apparel expert, Jamie Ueda, owns some Sweaty Betty gear and says it's equal in quality to Lululemon and she likes that there are so many fun colors and prints to choose from. You can shop Sweaty Betty directly or find select styles at Nordstrom.
3. Kate Spade
Whether you’re looking for a classic tote or a pretty pair of earrings, you'll find it at Kate Spade. The late Spade founded the iconic accessories brand after she couldn’t find a fashionable utilitarian handbag that she liked—so she decided to design her own. While there are plenty of pieces at Kate Spade worth buying, some of the most popular picks include the "one in a million" initial necklace, which has hundreds of five-star reviews and has sold out multiple times at Nordstrom, and the classic tote, which people like for its timeless style and spacious interior. You can shop Kate Spade directly or find select styles at Nordstrom.
"It all started with a pair of pantyhose, some scissors and a bright idea," Sara Blakely says. The founder of Spanx started the shapewear brand back in 1998 when she cut the feet off her tights to create the OG footless pantyhose. Some 20+ years later, Spanx has become a household name, known for its figure-flattering, smoothing undergarments.
Recently, the brand's faux leather leggings have also been popping up all over social media. One of our editors tried the trendy leggings for herself and says they slimmed her in all the right places, making them well worth the splurge.
Ariane Goldman launched Hatch following the birth of her first-born child when she noticed there was a missing market for chic and elevated maternity clothing. The brand's mission is to “create a trusted resource for women who want to feel beautiful, confident, and stylish during one of life's most rewarding (yet also most challenging) periods.”
Hatch accomplishes just that, according to celebrities like Emily Blunt and Gwen Stefani. One of Reviewed's writers who tested the line can confirm that Hatch is worth buying for expecting mamas. She raves about the leggings in particular, which she says are comfortable and stretchy enough to last through her entire pregnancy.
6. Sh*t That I Knit
Cozy knits are a winter staple, but the warmest hats and gloves aren't always the most stylish. Sh*t That I Knit, founded by Christina Pardy, has changed that for thousands of customers with its handmade knit hats, headbands, and mittens. While Christina started out knitting all of the products herself, as the company grew, she outsourced production to working moms in Peru, who are paid a fair wage to help support them and their children.
Everything from Sh*t That I Knit is one-size-fits-all, but customers say the pieces are stretchy enough to fit snugly over any size and shape of head or hand. You can shop Sh*t That I Knit directly or find select styles at Nordstrom.
7. Humble Chic
Whether it’s a waterfall necklace or a pair of statement earrings, the right accessories can go a long way. Enter Humble Chic, a modern jewelry brand started by Daniella Berkson. Her goal? "To bridge the gap between expensive, luxury boutique brands and boring mass-market chains." The New York-based brand has more than just jewelry, too—it offers vegan leather wallets, flowy scarves, and even wall art for your home. Bonus: You'll get free shipping on all orders over $15 if you live in the U.S.
Best friends Julie Stott and Jo Baar founded Honeycat when they couldn’t find high-quality jewelry at an affordable price. The dynamic duo's brand is replete with a dazzling array of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings, ranging from the casual everyday to the super dressy. There are also special-edition collections designed by artists, including Zodiac jewelry, "magic charms," and new age wishing crystals. You can shop Honeycat directly or find select styles at Amazon.
9. Zelie for She
Elann Zellie created Zelie for She as a way to tell different stories of travel, friendship, women and empowerment through clothes. The brand's limited-edition lines for plus-sized women are full of colorful, trendy styles that encourage women to express themselves via what they wear. Choose from breezy maxi dresses, sleek crop top and skirt sets, and lounge-worthy leggings in sizes from 1X to 4X. You can shop Zelie for She directly or find select styles at Nordstrom.
10. Tiffany Rose
Finding clothes to help women feel their best during their pregnancy is what Tiffany Rose does best. The maternity brand, named after founder Tiffany Rose, claims to use only the highest quality fabrics from Europe for its dresses to provide maximum comfort and wearability. Celebrities like Chelsea Clinton, Julia Stiles, and Alyssa Milano have all been spotted in Tiffany Rose pieces.
Browse flirty party dresses, jaw-dropping evening gowns, and nursing dresses for post-baby. There's even an entire bridal shop that includes bridesmaids outfits and wedding dresses for pregnant women. You can shop Tiffany Rose directly or find select styles at Nordstrom.
11. Cee Cee’s Closet
Sisters Uchenna and Chioma Ngwudo are the masterminds behind Cee Cee’s Closet’s vibrant headwraps, which are made by craftspeople in Nigeria. This female-owned brand has all different styles, from luxe velvet to silk-lined to bandanas. Cee Cee's Closet also makes jewelry, clothing, and bath products from body butter to African exfoliating nets. You can shop Cee Cee's Closet directly or find select styles at Amazon.
Marcia Kilgore, founder of FitFlop, has devoted her life's work to developing more comfortable and supportive footwear for both women and men. With a focus on biomechanics, the midsoles of the brand's shoes distribute weight evenly throughout your foot to promote improved body alignment and comfort.
Don't be fooled by the name—FitFlop doesn't just make flip-flops. There are ballet flats, boots, wedges, sneakers, and more available from the beloved brand. You can shop FitFlop directly or find select styles at Nordstrom.
13. Helene Berman
Helene Berman, founder of her self-titled fashion brand, designs handmade jackets for every occasion, whether you're heading to an important business meeting or going out for a fancy dinner date. Many of the jackets are made from richly textured tweed, which customers praise for their highly polished appearance and high-quality construction. The brand also recently expanded its offerings to include hats for a coordinated set. You can shop Helene Berman directly or find select styles at Nordstrom.
14. Savage X Fenty
Rihanna is more than just a chart-topping musician—she's also a successful entrepreneur. Along with her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, Rihanna launched a lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty, to promote fearlessness, confidence and inclusivity among all women. Savage x Fenty—which offers sizes from XS-XXXL—includes underwear, bras, and loungewear, from lacy balconette bras to sexy bodysuits.
Not sure where to start? You can shop "Rihanna's Favorites," which are the singer's top picks of the month.
Rowan was founded by Louisa Serene Schneider, a mom who was passionate that ear piercing should be a celebratory milestone, to provide safer ear-piercing environments by employing registered nurses. There are now nearly 100 locations located in Target stores across the country, where you'll also find a collection of earrings, all of which are hypoallergenic and nickel-free that are designed for even the most sensitive of skin. There are styles from studs to hoops along with bracelets, necklaces, and jewelry boxes to store all of the above. You can shop Rowan directly or find select styles at Target.
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