Ethical Fashion Guide for Black Friday
This Black Friday, I’m shopping a bit different. In the past I would look for what’s on sale, or a bon marche as the French would say. But this year I’m looking to make an impact with my dollar, and a good one at that.
Over the summer, I committed to being a conscious consumer. I began considering each transaction by what effect it has on the maker, environment, and whether I will keep it long term. The idea of every dollar going towards a cause I believe in has turned shopping into a holistic experience (as well as curbing a constant shopping habit).
Don’t worry though, I could never deny my love for beautiful clothes. I have found ways to shop both ethically + stylishly and I am sharing them with you just in time for the grandest shopping day of the year.
1. Buy from brands who make their products ethically.
Everlane is one of my go-to brands for ethical pieces. I typically stock up on wardrobe staples from them in monochrome colors, but when I saw this cool pink alpaca sweater - there was no turning back. Their jeans are my favorite at the moment too, specifically the kick crop fit. This classic blue denim with a frayed hem is everything I’ve ever wanted in a pair of pants.
2. Go on a thrift hunt locally for one-of-a-kind clothes
Search ‘thrift stores near me’ on Google Maps and plan out a thrifting loop to visit several stores in one day! Bring your bestie and treat yourselves to coffee en route. Thrifting is more fun when you make a whole day outing and can curate a mini collection of vintage gems at the end of it!
3. Browse online secondhand stores and give unwanted clothes a new home.
ThredUP, TheRealReal and DePop are my personal loves when it comes to online secondhand shopping. A tip for shopping on sites like these is to know what brands you gravitate towards and search by brand name. My list looks like & Other Stories, Zara, Faithfull The Brand, Reformation, and Ganni. Then refine by your size.
4. Shop beautifully crafted handmade pieces.
Hey Moon Designs is a jewelry designer I recently found on Instagram. Her handmade geo earrings are genius and go with everything. They make a statement while still being versatile enough to pair with a variety of outfits. I love supporting artists and makers, and love it even more when I can wear their artwork.
5. Support companies that give back.
My prescription eyewear comes from a company called Warby Parker, who gives a pair of glasses to someone in need every time you buy a pair. How cool that your $$ not only helps you see but can help someone else see as well!? That is what I call killing two blind birds with one stone.