The Best of Sustainable Shopping

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great week and that you are finding some way to stay cool in this heat! People were not lying about NY Summers, and we haven’t even hit the worst months! Whew.

Last week we talked about some of the most harmful effects of Fast Fashion, and as promised, this week I will talk about some of the best places to shop to remain chic, ethical, and overall pretty affordable!

There are a ton of ethical and sustainable style brands out there, but honestly a lot of them tend to be a bit pricy. They also tend to look more like a basics line. For these reasons, I tend to focus on the sustainability aspect of shopping rather that ethical. Don’t get me wrong, I still type in designers and brands into Project Just all the time so I know what’s going on, but it’s a lot easier to shop at consignment stores or discount stores like Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call..etc. Yes you will find designers at these stores that may not have the most ethical practices, but you are really saving those clothes from piling up in a landfill somewhere, which you read in my last post, can be extremely harmful to the Environment. If you can afford it there are a lot of emerging designers that are beginning to put an emphasis on quality materials and sourcing those materials properly. There is a new fashion industry wave that is really centered around being “green”. Some higher end designers that we all already know and love have also made the decision to be a part of this movement. Stella McCartney, Manolo Blahnik X M. Patmos, Viktor & Rolf, and Brother Vellies are ones that we have all probably heard before. They are also all on lists of the best sustainable designers from publications and blogs like Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and Manrepeller.

 

Oh and incase you don’t know, or need a reminder about how AMAZING those major designers listed above are, here is just a sneak peek of some of the guilt-free fashion they create.

If you are on a bit more of a budget, I suggest going the route of the discount stores mentioned above. It’s in season clothing, typically much cheaper than at the original designer boutique, and again you will be stopping those sad unwanted clothes from lying in a field somewhere to deteriorate. Because I have recently moved to New York I have the luxury of the World’s best thrift and consignment stores at my finger tips. Heck, even the TJ Maxx and Marshall’s stores are better here. (Come visit, and you’ll see what I mean!) Recently I found a 450 dollar Kate Spade dress, never worn, with the tags on, for 38 dollars at Crossroads. THAT was an exciting day. Anyway, all I’m saying is, get out there and look for these stores. Uptown Cheapskate, Plato’s Closet, Alexis’ Suitcase (this one is REALLY amazing), Buffalo Exchange, and Rag-O-Rama (love!!! Sort of quirky) are just a few of the ones I know in different places around the country. If discount stores and thrift stores aren’t for you, even most major brands and department stores are better than shopping at the “Fast-Fashion” chains like Zara, Forever21 and Topshop. *Tip* If they come out with a new “collection” every two weeks, it’s probably not okay.
Other great ethical brands:

Some of my very favorite outfits of ALL time are from either discount shops or consignment stores.
Vintage dress from thrift store – photo by Side Yard Studio
Vintage Kimono – Photo by Side Yard Studio
Vintage Escada Blazer and Sparkle Top from TJMaxx – Photo by Terry Suave
Dress from Nordstrom Rack – Photo LaurelCreatice
Fancy Tulle top from Nordstrom Rack – Photo by Boyfriend

Need tips and tricks? let me know! Did you find inspiration and no are ready to go shopping and save the world? Go for it! Sustainable and Ethical CAN be chic and affordable and fun and quirky, just think outside the box!
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