In light of Fashion Revolution Week I decided to put together a lookbook inspired by only ethically sourced items. In case you weren’t aware, the fashion industry can be extremely cruel. From slave and child labor to animal skins and body parts, humans are basically willing to kill for fashion, even if it’s done indirectly. Obviously the most eco friendly way to dress would be to wear our birthday suits day in and day out, but we all know that wouldn’t be ethical . . . that was a joke, but seriously. The second most sustainable way to dress is to up-cycle or thrift all of our items. While that can be fun and practical most of the time, if you really need a specific item for an upcoming occasion, searching through second hand shops can be stressful. The truth is, sometimes we do need to shop and even when we don’t, dressing creatively can be a form of expression and shouldn’t be shunned. Before I get to the lookbook, let me share with you a few tips on shopping more consciously.
Download the App. “Good On You.” When we don’t know how, where or by whom an item was made, how can we know it was sourced ethically? Learning to ask the right questions is important, but this app may be able to do the work for you. The Individuals behind this application knew there were people out there who wanted to shop “better” but that they probably didn’t feel like doing a full on research report before buying every single item that sparked their interest. They designed a formula to rate brands by how they perform on issues that concern the conscious shopper. These issues include: People, Animals and the Planet. I highly recommend this app. for how easily they provide the facts and because they even suggest similar brands when the one you search doesn’t make the ethical cut.
Look into the minimalist lifestyle, including in the realm of wardrobe. As I mentioned before there are times when we need a specific item in a jiffy and it’s no fun to stress about finding it in the right size, color, and/or material all on a time crunch. Because this is bound to happen once in a while whether it be for someone’s graduation, wedding, celebration of life, any other life event, or just a spontaneous date, I suggest looking into creating a staple wardrobe. The idea of living minimally is growing rapidly as it helps reduce waste and promotes simplicity and a clearer, more present mind. There is so much information out on the web (Google, Pinterest, Youtube, etc.) about this topic, especially as it pertains to our closets that I would just say, spend some time researching “Minimalist closet,” “Capsule wardrobe,” or “Staple wardrobe” to find out more. An example of a piece that would fit into this type of closet could be a simple black dress that is knee length or longer. This is an item that can be dressed up or down, left simple or accessorized. A few ethical brands that are great for finding these simple pieces (if you don’t wish to thrift them) are: PACT, No Nasties, or Alternative Apparel .
Up-cylcle/switch up things you already own or purchase from a tiny shop that repurposes fabrics. I may actually own the world’s largest t-shirt collection and for a while growing up, I wouldn’t wear a lot of them. At some point last year, I got tired of saying “I’m going to sell the ones I don’t wear on eBay or donate them” and then NEVER doing either. I decided I would cut them up to change their styles. Some were turned into crop tops and others, tanks. I ended up falling in love with them all over again and have worn them frequently since. If you don’t feel confident altering clothing on your own, you can always take items to a tailor. I’ve even altered or had a tailor alter items that belonged to family members, like my dad’s baseball jersey from when he was little, so that I could keep and wear them. As for finding little shops that up-cycle fabrics, I have to give a shout out to a wild spirit I’ve grown to love over Instagram. Julia Brown of @TattyMoo creates some of the most interesting, original and obviously one-of-a-kind pieces I have ever come across. She inspires me regularly with her driven spirit and abstract mind. Everything she creates is made from scraps so she literally turns what otherwise may become wasted fabric into works of art. You can check out her site here.
Without further ado, please allow me to showcase some of my favorite ethical pieces . . .
I hope this post leaves you feeling inspired and excited about up-cycling, thrifting, creating a capsule closet or just striving to shop more ethically in general! Thank you for checking out my lookbook!
With Love and Compassion,