Can you believe it's already the 18th? Thanks for sticking with me this far of Fashion for Freedom! Now that we know what modern slavery is, how ethical fashion fights it, and the fair trade difference, and we're excited to make small changes to make a big difference, let's get to the super practical questions: Where can I buy a fair trade tee? Where can I buy ethical jeans? Dresses? Scarves? And how much is this going to cost me?
I'm going to break it down by categories within categories, so within "Casual Clothing," lets look at tees and tops, jeans and bottoms, and casual dresses. Note that you don't have to spend a fortune to look good while doing good, although some classic, high quality items are great investment pieces.
Ethical Tees, Tops, and Dresses
Stop Traffick Fashion:
Support women freed from slavery with these tees! Several designs available. Budget Friendly.
- each week, a new design with a new cause! Both men's and womens, short sleeved, dolman style tops, and sweatshirts. Moderately Priced.
Good and Fair
- Good and fair only offers short sleeved tees, but they have several designs as well as solid, and both men and women's. Budget friendly.
camis, tanks, short, three-fourth, and long sleeved tees in a plenty of colors, as well as casual dresses and skirts, all fair trade and made from organic cotton. Maggie's carries clothes for both men and women. I especially love the hoodies
, which are only $25! Budget friendly.
: One of the largest selections of fair trade tops I've seen, with several different tee designs, styles, sweaters, and skirts in a rainbow of colors. I'm definitely adding this adorable owl tee
to my Christmas list. Budget friendly.
For the outdoorsy, adventurous type who like quality over quantity, PrAna offers beautiful ethical sweaters, tanks, tops, coats, work out wear, and more. Also, if you're not a fan of online shopping, see if there's a location near you
! Investment Pieces (check out the outlet for sale items
Raven and Lily : R+L has a huge selection of accessories, but only two options for tees right now. If you like them, don't forget to use code "scribbles" for 20% off during October! Moderately Priced.
Threads for Thought
: Recycled and fair trade tees in several styles, designs, and colors, as well as sweaters, hoodies, and casual dresses. See if there's a brick and mortar store near you
, or shop online. Budget friendly.
Blue jeans, cords, yoga pants, leggings, and more. Investment Pieces.
Threads 4 Thought:
Recycled yoga pants, patterned shorts, leggings, and super cute skirts. Budget Friendly.
As far as I know, Francescas is not a fair trade company, but many of their jeans are made in the USA. Moderately Priced.
Thrift Stores: For the very price conscious, this is probably the best way to go. Fair trade jeans tend to be pricey, due to the materials and labor involved. If you don't have time to save up for a pair, re-use what's already in the system at your local thrift stores and support your community.
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If you're anything like me, after you look at the price tags on some of those jeans, you might be thinking, "There's no way I'd ever pay $99 dollars for jeans, even $48 is pushing it."
Here's what I realized: We've been conditioned to accept cheap clothes.
We think super low prices are normal. Until recently, we didn't know that the reason they can charge such low prices is because the people making the clothes aren't getting paid.
But now we know. The cost of cheap clothes
is too high a price to pay. But if we really want to making a lasting impact, we have to alter our ideas of how much clothes should cost. Fair trade does cost more - because the people making the clothes are actually getting paid a decent wage.
Consider this: If I saved all the money I would normally spend in a year on cheap shoes, clearance tops, and impulse jewelry buys, I could afford an expensive pair of jeans.
Also, if I took into account the money I spend on clothes that are poor quality and only last a year, and invested in pieces that will last five years or more, that seems more worth it. I've realized through this experiment that I really don't need more than two pairs of jeans anyway.
For more ethical clothing and accessory ideas, visit my Fashion For Freedom Pinterest Board!
And stay tuned for posts on accessories, special occasion, cosmetics, and more.
I recently discovered Pure Citizen
, a daily deals site for ethical and fair trade clothing for men, women, and children, beauty products, and more. I've already discovered several new ethical companies through them! I just became a Pure Citizen affiliate, so I'd love if you signed up too! You can save up to 90% on ethical brands!
Which are your favorites of the companies above? What do you think about investing in more expensive fair trade pieces over cheaper brands? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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