Hello there! I hope your week is going well. After my last post, some readers asked if I would share my favorite online clothing stores. The following is a directory of stores that I shop at and a few that are on my "To Try" list.
To be perfectly honest, the biggest disadvantage of slow fashion is how expensive it can be. Right now it's largely a niche market that only the wealthy can afford. But, there are affordable options, if you know where to look.
Before I get to the retail guide, here are a few basic things to keep in mind when creating an ethical wardrobe...
- Curate a Collection
- Think of your wardrobe as you would a collection. You're going to add quality pieces over time to create a closet of items that compliment and coordinate with each other.
- Maximize Your Current Wardrobe
- Make the most of your existing wardrobe, even if the pieces aren't ethically made. I have pieces that I purchased a few years ago that aren't ethically made, but I consider them a lesson learned. They're a reminder to do better moving forward.
- Try to be creative with putting together new outfits. Check out some fashion magazines and visit street style blogs for inspiration. Ask a fashionable friend to help. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can make all the difference.
- Buy Less
- The garment industry is one of the biggest polluters and consumers of natural resources. By purchasing less clothing you're helping to decrease the environmental impact.
- Only buy pieces you need and love and that can be used in many different outfits.
- Buy Quality
- Yes, this will cost more in the short run, but if you choose carefully and thoughtfully, it will save you money in the long run. When you compare the cost per wear of a quality item with that of a cheaply made item, it ultimately costs the same or less than a cheap item.
- Ignore trends
- Choose pieces that are timeless. I like to keep my clothes neutral and classic. I prefer to let my accessories be the statement pieces...bold jewelry, statement bag, fun shoes.
For a more in depth discussion of these topics, visit Fashion Hedge's The Ultimate Ethical Fashion Guide.
Where to Shop
Now for the fun part! Although I've broken this list down by budget size, you can still find pieces that are somewhat affordable at the high end stores, especially during sale season. The stores marked with an asterisk are ones from which I have personally made purchases. The unmarked stores are ones that I have researched and am planning to purchase from in the near future. All these shops offer ethical &/or sustainable pieces that don't compromise on style.
- Alabama Chanin*
- I'm working on an upcoming post about this company.
- Stella McCartney*
- If you've been following this blog for awhile, you've probably noticed that Stella McCartney is my favorite ethical label. I love her philosophy, designs, and the quality of the clothing. This is a top quality, luxury brand.
- The Outnet*
- The sister site of Net-a-Porter, The Outnet is a great place to find discounted designer products. I watch for when they run extra discounts and then look for ethical brands and made in the USA labels.
- Offers a huge selection of thousands of sustainable and ethical products. Yoox frequently offers extra discounts and runs great sales.
|Falconwright pouch purchased from Zady.|
- This one is at the top of my 'To Try' list. I love that their clothing is made from surplus fabrics.
- see this post
- Right now they are offering $25 off your first purchase of $100 or more when you sign up for their newsletter.
- American Apparel*
- I really like their organic cotton t-shirts. They're great quality and hold up wash after wash with no fading, pilling, or shrinking.
- The Green Room 'Eco Edit' features ethical &/or eco-conscious collections.
- This is a somewhat controversial option because H&M is one of the largest fast fashion companies. However, they are making strides toward more environmentally and socially conscious production. I think if their sustainable collections are met with a positive response by consumers, then they, and other large retailers, will be more likely to develop and expand their ethical collections.
- Of all the stores I've listed, this one is the most affordable. Just be sure that you're purchasing from the Conscious-Sustainable Style collection.
If you're new to slow fashion, hopefully this will help get you started. For quick reference, I've included a list of these and a few other store's links in the Resources tab. I will continue to add to it as I discover and research new companies. Watch for upcoming posts in my Spotlight On Series where I'll be discussing some of the brands I mentioned today. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely day!