If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I love fashion. I remember when I was younger one of my favorite things to do was read Elle magazine and look at all the beautiful fashion ads. The other day I was feeling a little ~*eXtrA*~ bougie and decided to do some online shopping (for me, online shopping means surfing the web for inspiration but not actually buying anything. Because, you know, college). This shopping eventually led me to the websites of famous fashion houses such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton etc. But in searching those websites I realized that something had changed.
See, I’ve grown up now. I’ve started to live my life and figure out what works for me and what doesn’t. When I was looking through these sites, I realized that these brands no longer did anything for me. Don’t get me wrong, some of this stuff was really pretty. But it was also really expensive and really unethical. Now all of a sudden here I was, doing something that I usually love to do and instead of feeling a sense of awe and inspiration, I felt guilty about it.
I know now that I only want to support sustainable industries that aren’t going to pollute the planet and take advantage of animals. So, what is a girl to do? I want to be fashionable and still be kind to the planet but how? We know that thrifting is a great option (and we all know how much I love thrifting), but aren’t there companies out there that want to create quality, fashionable clothing that doesn’t kill the planet? Answer: YES!!!
I went on a mission, and I found some awesome clothing brands that have made commitments to fair wages, reducing emissions, etc. Below are some of my favorite brands that I came across in that search.
Side note: These brands are on the expensive side, but they support wonderful causes and it’s fine to splurge every now and then or get something for a special event. Also, there is always thrifting 😉
I used to think that the only store could get my heart beating with excitement like this was Goodwill. I was wrong. As soon as I started looking through the clothes on this website, I fell in love. Reformation offers well made, classic and versatile pieces that will look good in everyone’s wardrobe. I love everything on this site! Every item on the site shows the environmental impact of the piece and it shows the impact that is standard in the industry for pieces like it. It’s great because you can actually see the impact that you’re having on the planet.
2. Mara Hoffman
This is a luxury designer brand that initially didn’t start out as being ethical at all. However, once Mara learned about the impact that fashion industry can have on the environment, she decided to make some major changes in her company. That is what I like to hear, ladies and gentlemen!!! This is a beautiful example of taking responsibility for our actions and doing our part to create change where we want to see it. We need to support brands like this. Also, her clothes are super cute and creative. Totally happy with this brand.
3. Stella McCartney
Fun Fact: Stella is the daughter of Beatles member Paul McCartney! Her brand is completely vegetarian, so any mention of “fur” or “leather” on her site comes from a non-animal source. Also, she has an entire section on her website dedicated to the company’s commitment to sustainability that you should check out. This brand is totally my style top to bottom, and I can most definitely see myself purchasing from this brand in the future.
4. Angela Roi
The first word that comes to mind when I think of this brand is “classy”. Seriously, this brand has some of the most gorgeous, everyday, classic bags I have seen and they are 100% VEGAN! That’s right, no animals were harmed in the making of these bags. On top of that, Angela Roi makes sure that the people who make their bags are paid fair wages, and that they are working in an environment that is actually suitable for human life (lol, but not really cause sweatshops are actually terrifying).
#1 on my bucket list is to get all the watches from this brand. No, but seriously these watches are incredibly beautiful. They are super versatile and with high-quality vegan leather that will last you a long time. My next watch purchase is coming from Votch.