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I’m trying to be on a buy nothing new (or secondhand) clothing diet right now, but I’m only human and can’t help but notice all the pretty clothes coming out right now from ethical clothing retailers, as part of their spring ethical clothing ranges! Retailers have definitely managed to kick the tie-die trance trousers reputation that ethical fashion once had right into the past.
I’ve put together my fantasy spring ethical clothing shopping list in case you’re looking for some ethical inspiration – all £50 or under:
Orla Kiely T-Shirt (£36) from People Tree* – I have a bit of a thing for Orla Kiely’s beautiful prints and I love her newest collaboration with People Tree.
Peter Pan T-Shirt (£45) from Bibico – This just looks so easy to wear, and great to dress up or down.
Bicycle Belle T-Shirt* (£25) from Howies* – Isn’t this just the sweetest t-shirt?
Nomad Maya Jeans* (£21.95) via Ethical Superstore – I’ve featured these jeans before, but it was worth adding them again as they are currently on super sale in sizes 14 and above.
Mero Tote* (£49) via Ethical Superstore – This tote bag is currently out of stock but back in 11 days if you’ve got your heart set on it. It’s a bit of a multi-tasker too – it’s reversible (to red) when you want to change things up!
Leaf Print Dress* (£39.90) from Braintree Clothing* – I’m a sucker for a good print and this dress is pretty much perfect. Wear with the Nomads cardigan below and you’re sorted!
Cardigan (£50) from Nomads – If I was buying anything new right now it would definitely be this beauty. Light enough to wear as a cardigan but with the look of a smart jacket, this would be perfect for my work/going out wardrobe.
For today’s Your Ethical Style post, I’m interviewing US ethical fashion blogger Leah Wise. Leah is from Charlottesville, Virginia, and as well as writing her blog, Style Wise, she also manages a thrift shop. Her blog is fast becoming one of my must reads – I love her thrift shop outfits, and wouldn’t you just love a rummage in her wardrobe?!
Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically? Start somewhere! It can be intimidating to try to shop more ethically, but the important thing to remember is that, like all habits, it starts with making small changes on a regular basis. For me, it helped to shop local secondhand shops while I worked on curbing my unhealthy over-shopping habit. You can get a lot for a little and then work to save up for fair trade and sustainable staples. Also consider where you fit into the system. At every step of the way, people are involved. I t helps to remember their humanity, and yours! Consumerism doesn’t have to control you.
Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically? I’m still tempted by crazy seasonal sales at high street and big box stores. While I manage to avoid them for the most part, it makes me unhappy to not be able to just go wild like everyone else. Overall, though, I’m very happy with the ethical options available to me and the market is growing! I would like to find more fair trade underwear brands.
Leah is wearing a Nomads Fair Trade Tunic
Where do you get your style inspiration from? I’m inspired by the theatrical nature of vintage clothing. I like the easiness of late 60s style and the minimalism of the early-mid 90s. I also read lots of blogs and peruse fashion editorials.
What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever? As clothing obsessed as I am, I surprised myself with this one. It’s my green velvet couch! My husband and I found it through Facebook Marketplace when we were furnishing our first apartment together.
Leah’s thrifty Facebook find!
What would be your ultimate thrifted find? A gently used pair of Birkenstocks and a 1970s floral maxi dress. I’ve managed to find most of what I want and need at the thrift shop already, so these would be the icing on the cake.
Finally Leah, can you share three ethical style tips with us? 1. Embrace what’s available. It’s just a fact that consuming more ethically will mean avoiding certain seasonal trends. Learn to format what’s available on the ethical market to your taste. 2. Invest in items that aren’t boring. As much as I like the minimalism trend, my style isn’t minimalist. I prefer stand out pieces and don’t mind a little pattern clashing. Buy things that are beautiful and interesting to you; that way, you won’t regret spending a lot of money. 3. Buy secondhand! It’s hard for a lot of us to build a whole wardrobe out of new ethical pieces, but you can almost always find something that will work for you at the thrift store. Mixed with more curated, ethical pieces, it’s impossible to tell that you bought them for pennies.
Do you want to share your ethical style with Moral Fibres readers? Whatever your age, sex, size, style, budget or location I’d love to feature you to show that ethical fashion is for everyone! Get in touch via email@example.com to take part in Your Ethical Style! There are no barriers to taking part – you don’t have to be a blogger to be featured!
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