Lately the wardrobe highs from my purchases have been fleeting. After one wear of a new closet addition I’m bored. Even when I stick to a steady diet of classic styles, I find the excitement wears from my wares too quickly.
My solution to creating a wardrobe with real staying power is purchasing ethical goods. Imagine the feeling of retail therapy intensified by knowing you empowered another individual or activated a good in society because you purchased with purpose. Re-wearing your signature pieces is cause for celebration when you master ethical dressing.
My issue in the past with attempting to shop “ethically” has been disastarous. You’re probably familiar with the look – it screams I trekked through the jungle and pieced this mixed pattern frock together in an attempt to show my distain for having to rejoin real society. In the past, I’ve ended up with a closet chock-full of costumes for Coachella. That didn’t exactly empower me to step into an office or dinner outing.
Ethical dressing needs a reality check.
This edit is polished ethical – a look that delivers wearability sans the safari vibe. It goes light on the stereotypical tribal notes of batik and ikat. Bottom line, you won’t tell a bit of difference between these ethical picks and your run-of-the-mill everyday or designer picks, except in quality and the positive vibes of good citizenry.
If your laptop has relegated your local brick and mortar shops for special occasion outings like they have in my life, you’ll benefit from this low/high styling guide. Use it as a springboard to all the hidden retail gems and nix that fleeting fast-fashion habit that packs landfills and fuels a negative industrial cycle.
This edit not exactly your style? It features picks from some of the best online retailers for ethical goods, take a gander at their other offerings in the links below. Or, challenge yourself to build an outfit that aligns to an issue you care about.
These sites run the gamut of artisanal, local, ethical, sustainable, fair trade and all things that give society a boost.
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