There’s nothing quite like buying a new pair of jeans, putting them on for the first time, and having them fit like a glove. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself what had to happen for those jeans to be made and then shipped to your front door? Well, today I’m continuing on with my series of finding eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable fashion brands and the focus of this installment is — you guessed it — denim. Denim has a bad rap for using tons of water and energy to create a single pair, as well as being made by people who do not get paid a living wage. All of this plays a role in living an eco-friendly, sustainable and ethical lifestyle. So without further ado, here are some of my favorite ethically made denim brands!
New shoes are one of my favorite things in this world. As a fashion blogger, I’m faced with the unique challenge of encouraging people to purchase new accessories, which gives me a lot of power to influence behavior away from mass consumption and fast fashion to ethical brands and investment pieces. Style isn’t the ability to buy, but the privilege of choosing what you want. We all have the power to lessen our impact on the environment with every dollar we spend. Buying from sustainable brands is one of the most important tools you have as a consumer.
When it comes to new shoes, it’s important to shop carefully. From sweatshop scandals to carbon pollution, many mainstream consumer brands aren’t exactly ethical. Luckily, there is a growing number of brands that create fashion-forward designs that are good for your soul and your soles.
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Wanna know a fun fact about Joanna? She loves handbags. Early in our friendship, we bonded over her incredible emerald Gucci Dionysus bag. When she approached me to write about handbags, we immediately agreed that the focus should be on ethics and sustainability.
Ever since I watched The True Cost documentary about fast fashion, I’ve been obsessed about knowing whether the people that make our clothes and accessories have fair wages and environmentally safe working conditions. When I’m researching a new bag to buy, I want to make sure the brand thinks about their products and how they are created: ideally, I’d like a bag that’s stylish, and ethically made with as little waste as possible. I also think about cost-per-wear; I’m a big fan of investing in high-quality, ethically made pieces that I can keep forever instead of fast fashion.
The ethical fashion brands on this list make it easier to fill your closet with things that will make you look and feel good.
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While I absolutely love sharing fashion trends here on the blog (especially with my background as a product designer!), I am leaning more and more toward sustainable style. The root of this was started when I began my No Shopping challenge last year. I became more and more aware of the waste within the fashion industry. This then led me down the rabbit hole of ethical fashion brands — there are SO many amazing ones out there now! Here are 5 that I am loving right now:Continue reading “5 Ethical Fashion Brands I’m Loving Right Now”
Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and that means it’s officially time to break out our warm-weather wardrobes. And if you’re like me, that part of your closet might feel a little bit…lacking right now. Sure, I have some cute sundresses and jean shorts from last year — tried and true standbys — but I’m itching for a few fun new pieces to add to my summer look. To make your life just a little bit easier, I’ve rounded up five of my favorite summer fashion trends (including some really fun accessories) that are fit for the upcoming months. Happy shopping!
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The countdown is ON! I leave for Italy in just over a week and I could not be more excited. I’ll be traveling in Rome and Florence before heading to Tuscany to wrap things up by teaching our Styling Your Life workshop. I fell in love with Italy last summer when I went for my first time. It feels like a dream to go back again! But what to wear?? Here’s my packing list for Italy in case you need some summer vacation inspiration!Continue reading “What to Wear in Tuscany: My Packing List for Italy”
I’ve spent a lot of time in the last year thinking about how I can minimize my wardrobe, consume less, and also give you guys some inspiration and ideas on how to do the same. Embracing a minimalist wardrobe hasn’t been a cake walk, that’s for sure, but I’ve become really passionate about it and want to keep challenging myself (and you!) to keep it up.
There are a lot of ways you can start “going minimal.” For me, I think the best approach to buying things more intentionally is to take baby steps. I kinda learned after 2018’s shopping freeze that not buying things is easier said than done, but it was fun and totally worth it to become a more conscious shopper.
So, if you’ve been wanting to do something similar, but haven’t been sure where to start, I’ve put together five different ideas for minimalist wardrobe challenges. Some of these ideas you may have heard of, others might be totally new. Either way, I hope you give one a try. And not only to learn to consume less, but to also learn something about yourself in the process!