If you read my post on my objectives for the new year, you know that shopping responsibly & ethically was one of my priorities for 2017. Before officially adding to the list, I started researching brands that were paving the way for ethical shoppers. What I found was outstanding. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find as many pieces as I would like at a price point I could afford. The reality is that there are so many options out there for clothing that we simply jump to the most convenient: what's at the mall, what pops up first on a Google search, where your friends shop. All it took was a little digging and I found some great brands that I can feel good about purchasing from.
One | Grana
Grana is the perfect place to invest in quality, ethically-made basics. Their tops are perfect and they have a great array of styles, from workwear to loungewear. Grana has a good selection of items, but you can tell they don't overdo it. They are a store for basics, and they stick to what they know. I especially love their classic button-ups like this one in white.
Two | Everlane
Everlane is my absolute favorite store right now. They have the best basics, shoes, and accessories you can find, plus they only produce a certain number of items (the number comes from their expected demand of the product) so you can be sure they are reducing their imprint on the planet. Their theme is "radical transparency" and transparent they are. The company gives details like cost for production, location of factory, and information on their production procedures. Their quality is out of this world and their prices are fair. I just bought this jacket and finally my first piece of cashmere! Everlane is a little pricier, but for their quality & selection, they can't be beat.
Three | Alternative Apparel
Alternative Apparel is a good option for those who love basics but also want to be somewhat on trend (cc: me). From comfy dresses to slouchy tunics, their options remind me of a quaint store that I could find in my hometown. If you're looking for a good bag for travel, too, Alternative Apparel has a great selection of backpacks and traveler's totes. I'm keeping my eyes on this fun grey dress.
Four | Ash & Rose
Ash & Rose is essentially an ethical boutique. Their items are romantic and whimsical, perfect for the women who want to feel good about the trends. They're a little pricier than Alternative Apparel or Grana, and fall into more of the Everlane price range. Their dress selection is out of this world with this green one being my favorite.
Five | Bead & Reel
Bead & Reel is an online boutique that offers sustainable shopping and ethical production. Their items remind me of a funkier version of Everlane, offering basics in a not-so-basic way. While they offer lots of good "basics" they also have an awesome selection of more unique items like this fun printed midi dress. I love their jumpsuits and dresses the most!
Six | Slumlove Sweater Co.
As you can tell by the name, Slumlove Sweater Co. mostly deals in ethically made sweaters & knits. I love their classic cardigan and neutral color options. While they mostly offer sweaters, they do have an excellent selection of accessories like scarves & beanies. They don't have a ton of different options, but what they do have look fantastic.
I was also pleased that during my research I found that Madewell, J. Crew, and Gap are among popular brands that work to keep ethical & sustainable fashion policies. The negatives regarding these stores were that they weren't as transparent as others, but the general consensus was good. I'm glad I can implement new brands into my closet, but I'm relieved that my tried and true brands will be able to stick with me.
What are your favorite responsible shopping stores? Any recommendations?
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