Listen, I’m a sucker for Forever 21 as much as the next girl. $12 for a sundress? Hells yes. But didn’t you ever wonder how Forever 21 can afford to sell their clothes for such outrageously cheap prices? Maybe you just avoided the question because you already knew the answer, and you didn’t want to stop shopping at your favorite discount store. It’s time to move on from denial, skip all of that anger, bargaining, and depression nonsense, and move right onto acceptance. Accept this fact: Fast fashion is destroying the environment.
Luckily, you can have your cake and eat it, too! Just be sure not to get any frosting stains on your cute new clothes. These 5 fashion brands are completely sustainable and totally cute. Sure, some of them are a little on the expensive side, but you’ll get a real bang for your buck. Sustainable fashion is much more durable and will last 10 times longer than that cheapo top from NastyGal. Plus, they’re guilt-free, so you’ll actually be able to sleep at night in your new printed PJ set!
PACT is an awesome place to stock up on basics. Their clothes are ridiculously soft and comfortable. PACT carries a variety of items from undies to dresses, and has lines for men, women, and kids. To give you an idea of their pricing, their 100% cotton women’s V-neck T-shirt currently goes for $16 (or 3 for $35!) It’s a great place to start if you’re trying to rebuild a sustainable wardrobe.
2. Krochet Kids Intl.
Krochet Kids is seriously awesome. Not only are their clothes super cute, but they’re one of those companies that really goes the extra mile in terms of making an impact. Beyond ensuring that their clothing is ethically sourced, Krochet Kids empowers their artisans (who are based mainly in Peru and Uganda) by providing educational and mentoring programs. Plus, social justice really pairs perfectly with that cute new skirt.
You’ve probably already heard of Theory. They’ve been around for a while, but lately they’ve been really changing the game when it comes to sustainable fashion. They recently launched an entire line using what they call Good Wool, a new sustainable fabric, complete with biodegradable buttons and recycled paper hang tags. Oh, and did we mention the clothes are stylish af?
Reformation is definitely one of the more expensive brands on this list, but they make it worth your while. They’re completely sustainable and carry clothes for all occasions. Whether you’re looking for a comfy new T-shirt, a cute going-out top, or a gown for your sister’s wedding, Reformation has what you’re looking for. They really emphasize the fashion in sustainable fashion.
5. Thrift & Vintage
Thrift shops have been around forever and people are finally starting to realize what an untapped gold mine they are. The only thing better than buying a new ethically manufactured jacket is buying one that has already been made! Thrift shopping is recycling at its best, and it’s truly a new experience every time you go: you never know what you might find! You can find thrift/vintage stores pretty much everywhere, but if you’re a compulsive online shopper like me, there’s plenty of online thrift stores you’ll love. Try Swap and ThredUp. They always have cute stuff and the sites are super easy to navigate.
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