The fashion industry has always had its fair share of criticism especially when it comes to fast fashion. The environmental depletion from fabric dyeing and washing, underpaid child labor workers and quality that does not withstand the test of time are just some of the negatives about the fast fashion industry. The problem for most people is that once you start looking into more conscious brands you realize the price tag is much, much higher and your bank account starts to feel the pain. I have encountered this problem myself and have since then tried to be smarter about what I purchase. I’ve compiled my favorites that are semi-budget friendly (some of the brands on my list can be in the higher price bracket, but they all have some affordable items as well.)
This brand is on the higher price scale, but their products are truly great quality. Anything I have ever bought from them I have loved and felt like I got my money’s worth. Reformation’s styles are definitely more trend based and they are great at incorporating color and prints.
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Everlane is a one-stop-shop for basics. It’s my go-to for T-shirts as they are super soft and they have many cuts to choose from. I exclusively only buy my T-shirts from them now and I have purchased other products as well that are just as great. If you are a minimalist dresser, this brand should be one you check out.
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This brand is classic and feminine. They have really great dresses and switch out their collections seasonally, so it’s a great place to shop if you are looking to build a capsule wardrobe. Amour Vert built their brand on providing women with great clothes that don’t impact the environment. They use non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, and have a zero waste philosophy.
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This one may the most obvious one, because we all know the H&M brand. The Conscious Collection is a yearly collection that H&M puts out that uses sustainable materials and practices. I really love many of the pieces and they are typically simple enough for every day wear.
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Grana’s mission is all about quality. They have great fabric vendors that come from all over world and this helps support smaller countries. The quality you get for the prices are phenomenal! Like Everlane, Grana really lets the fabric do the talking, so they stick to a pretty minimal fashion scape. Check out their sleepwear, I’ve been dying to get my hands on it!
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I hope this post inspires you to take a look at your closet and start thinking about fashion in a different light. In no way am I lecturing anyone on their purchasing habits, I just think a little bit goes a long way sometimes in being more environmentally and ethically conscious.
Until next time,