Ethical Style

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2016 is going to be a year of moving forward, both professionally and personally. I have fifteen scheduled weddings to attend as a second photographer, and am working to refine my photography skills and build physical strength for those long, hard days. 2015 was about changing my diet, buying less, and going cruelty-free in the cosmetics department. This year, I want to bring that ethical focus to my wardrobe. I have definitely moved away from shopping mainly fast fashion (like Forever 21 and H&M) in the past year and a half (by not making emotional, unplanned purchases and by aiming for quality over quantity). I've noticed that I actually like not having a bunch of cheap options to choose from; if all the clothes in the closet are well made and fit properly, being well-dressed every day isn't so hard. And I need to make sure I have sturdy clothes for work that hold up to sweat and still look nice.

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In 2016, I want to take it to the next level and really try to shop mindfully and ethically. No more cheap bulk undies, no more $5 tank tops, no more Made-in-China tags on everything in my closet. No more browsing through Marshall's when I'm bored or want a pick-me-up after payday. As I learned from switching to cruelty-free beauty care products, consuming ethically isn't easy. As hater like to point out, it's more time-consuming and more expensive, generally. But now in my life, it's worth it. Plus, it requires a good budget and forethought. Yay, lists! Yay, sale sections!

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I haven't begun making more money than before, but I still want to get myself solidly on the ethical path. I've compiled a list of ethical brands and online retailers to help make wiser choices about shopping for clothes and accessories this year. Many eco-fashion sites are far beyond my price range, for the foreseeable future at least, so I've narrowed down my list to ones I have previously purchased from or can see myself shopping at now. (These brands and many more are listed in the The EcoCult Shopping Guide)

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Ethical Style 2016

Alternative Apparel

Amour Vert

ASOS Green Room

Connected

Eileen Fisher

Ethica

Everlane

MadeClose

MeUndies

Modcloth Made in USA

Naja Lingerie

Patagonia

Prana

Riley & Coco

ScoutMob

Synergy Clothing

UO Urban Renewal

 

Ethical Style Wishlist

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Alternative Apparel yarn dye flannel wrapPrinted sweatshirt by Valentine GauthierSwedish Hasbeen Kitten Heel platformsDorian red-striped long sleeve topMini Leather SatchelEverlane V-neck t-shirts

 

 

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