How To Become An Ethical Fashionista

Wearing a one piece outfit, Emily explores the streets of New York City and pauses for a quick photo shoot on the side walk

Fashion is a beautiful world, but no article of clothing is worth devaluing another's life. After spending time in the industry as a stylist, I have come to appreciate a quality wardrobe - one that is made up of sustainable materials, supports the makers, and will last me for years. Here are five way to look good and do good while you curate your closet.

In a white jacket, coffee cup in hand, the blogger steps out onto the streets of NYC and crosses a sidewalk in a quiet area
Stepping up in front of a Ramen noodle shop, Emily wears adidas shoes and a long skirt as she explores

1. Handmade pieces

Etsy - great for supporting makers and artisans that use sustainable materials.

A shop I recently found for adorable espadrilles and beach bags -

Hackwith Design House - I absolutely love this brand for handmade tops, wrap dresses, jumpsuits… each piece made in-house at their Minnesota studio.

2. Online thrift shopping - ThredUP

If you aren’t ready to give up Free People and Zara, or don’t want to pay the price tag for an Acne Studios skirt, try looking on ThredUP for lightly worn (or occasionally new with tags!) clothing.

Go on Nordstrom or any site with a curated selection. Search the brands that stick out to you and make sure to save your searches for the future!

Travel girl and fashionista taking on the big apple, aka New York City

3. Secondhand shop

I love the treasure hunting for the perfect outfit hidden deep in the racks of a thrift store. There’s few things more satisfying than purchasing a velvet tank top for $3 and still loving it 5 years later.

Buffalo Exchange is a great consignment store to check out if you live in a city!

4. Vintage

Search ‘Vintage stores near me’ on a google search. Spend your Saturday afternoon visiting a few vintage shops around your town and find a shop that collects pieces you love! If your a Lancaster local, walk down Queen St. and stop by The Scarlet Willow, Telltale Dresses, and Building Character.

Shop online for specific pieces through Etsy or Ebay. Some pieces I keep an eye out for are distressed denim jackets, faded graphic tees, detailed lace blouses, mom jeans, chunky sweaters, and turquoise

5. Sustainable brands

Discover new brands on - a site for curated ethical fashion.

My current favorites are Everlane for basics, Auguste The Label for dresses and skirts, Girlfriend for activewear, and VEJA for sneakers.

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