As a fashion influencer, I’m consciously aware of the impact of fast fashion on global communities and our environment, which is actually one of the reasons why I’m often sharing tips about where to invest in your wardrobe. Although I realize it isn’t realistic to limit your clothing options to designer and sustainable brands only, I do believe that every little decision counts. So, I wanted to talk about something a little different today and share my favorite sustainable fashion brands. If you are new to sustainability, I would recommend you begin by researching the brands you often support, then slowly adding more sustainable options to your collection. Keep reading for my favorite eco-friendly brands.
Shop Second Hand
There’s a certain mindset and discipline involved in purchasing an investment piece that is made responsibly and will last longer than a fast fashion one. If you can’t commit to a high-ticket item, then consider going the pre-owned route. Shopping consignment is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint because the item is considered old in the production cycle and doesn’t require extra labor or costs. You guys know how much I love mixing high and low brands, and buying pre-owned goods is one of the ways I’m able to achieve this. Today’s outfit mostly consists of high-street brands; however, I got my Saint Laurent bag from HGBags – which is a retailer that features both pre-owned and new bags purchased directly from department stores and boutiques. Most of their bags are discounted significantly off retail too! You can also shop on eBay and The Real Real for gently-used designer goods.
Denim is one of the fashion items that can be extremely damaging to the environment. Everything from the amount of water to produce it to the artificial dyes can become a hazard. Luckily, several amazing denim brands are shaking up the industry with the environmentally friendly options. Some of those brands are Boyish Jeans, DL1961, RE/DONE, and AG Jeans. I also love that Agolde and Joe’s Jeans are offering more sustainable options too.
Reformation is proof that sustainability doesn’t mean you need to give up your love for fashion trends. It does an amazing job of providing classic and trendy styles in fabrications like organic cotton and lycra. This brand is one of my favorite go-to’s for romantic, feminine tops and dresses that are easy to wear. You can also shop this brand conveniently at Nordstrom.
Frame & Partners
Frame & Partners is a brand that specializes in beautiful contemporary styles, and it also makes a great destination for weddings. It’s sustainable made-to-order business practice has helped them achieve an (almost) zero waste fashion company! I love when a brand prides itself on quality and value.
Madewell is one of the most recognizable – and more affordable – brands that continues to push the boundaries in terms of sustainability and social responsibility. All of their factories are fair trade certified and they don’t use any harmful chemicals or materials. Plus, their clothing is the epitome of relaxed chic, which is perfect for stocking up on your summer essentials. It’s also a great denim brand!
Fast fashion is definitely troublesome, but several brands I often wear, like H&M and Mango, are making strides to become more sustainable. I really admire H&M’s Conscious Collection, which is on-trend and affordable. You can feel good about your purchases knowing they are produced from sustainable materials or using sustainable methods. Mango just launched a Committed Collection that also offers a great alternative to traditional fast fashion.
Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone has been one of my favorite brands to shop for a long time! I’m obsessed with their minimal and slightly edgy approach to design. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out Rag & Bone incorporates sustainable practices into their collections. You can now donate your old denim pieces at any of their stores and it will be turned into insulation for homes.
What are your favorite sustainable brands?
Zara Cream Tweed Blazer (wearing an XS)
Revolve Superdown Snakeskin Shorts (wearing an XS)
Superdown Ribbed Top (wearing an XS)
Saint Laurent College Bag via HGBags
Celine Sunglasses (better for budget here)
Ego Perspex Heels (go by UK sizing)