Continuing our Fav Five series, we have asked some blogger friends and “in real life” friends to share their five favorite ethical items in their closet. We hope that you enjoy seeing how different ethical items look on real bodies and learn about new brands!
Today we have our lovely friend Amanda joining us to share her Ethical Fav Five. Amanda is a lover of all things fiber, avid knitter, wife, Jesus follower, coffee addict, yogi, handmade fanatic, makeup nerd, and corgi lover. While she’s new to the ethical fashion scene, she’s embraced the movement whole-heartedly. Some of her favorite pieces have come from thrift shops or clothing swaps, and her style continues to evolve as she shops more consciously. She loves wearing dresses and hand knit sweaters and tops, and sometimes she get a little kooky with her stylings.
When my dear friends Ellie and Beth announced their Fav Five series on the blog I started thinking about which ethical pieces I pull from my closet the most. At first I thought it would be easy since I didn’t think I owned many ethical garments.
After standing in front of my closet, surveying the contents through an ethical lens, I realized I’ve consciously purchased mostly ethical goods over the last year. The shift in my purchasing was gradual, yet powerful. Ellie and Beth and the work they do here on the blog have had a major influence in this shift, and I’m excited to share my fav five on DressWellDoGood!
Patagonia is one of the brands I adored before I was introduced to the ethical fashion movement. These flats are incredibly comfortable, and are the shoes I wear most in my closet. I wear them on my commute, to and from yoga classes, shopping, around the house, walking the dog, etc. I like that they’re a little sporty, but can be worn with simple day dresses too. Looks like they’re being discontinued, but I found them on Amazon in navy, coral, and aqua.
Patagonia has a mission to not only create great products but also to not cause unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. Patagonia is dedicated to producing their products under safe, fair, legal, and humane working conditions throughout the supply chain, and they share their supply chain transparency through The Footprint Chronicles on their website.
2. Synergy Organic Clothing – Paprika & Coral Striped Dress: Similar
This dress is the first garment I purchased from Synergy, and let me tell you, the fabric and fit are divine. I tend to gravitate to dresses with a fitted bodice and flare skirt because I think it’s the most flattering style on my body. It’s so easy to wear, and the back features a thoughtful criss cross detail that is still high enough to cover bra straps.
Synergy produces sustainable and organic fair trade clothing, and they pay their employees in Nepal a living wage and empower a group of over 150 women to rise above poverty by giving them the opportunity to work from home while supporting their families.
For me, it’s hard to find the right fit in denim, but this pair from KUT from the Kloth is relaxed and cozy. The distressed detail and comfy fit made these an instant favorite, and I like that this brand can be found on ThredUp (*referral link) if you like to thrift.
Kut from the Kloth is upfront about holding their suppliers and vendors accountable to their high ethical standards of legal compliance, environmental impact, and labor requirements and will sever relations with any supplier or vendor found in violation of these standards.
I’ve admired the Desert Wedges for a while, and when I decided on a pair of my own, I went with a pair that has a wee bit of sparkle which makes them extra special. I work in an office downtown, so I walk a lot. I’m also up and down and all around our building throughout the day, so it’s nice to have a pair of booties that don’t slow me down.
Toms’ started its giving efforts with a one for one program that provides a pair of shoes for a child in needs for every pair of retail shoes sold. Their efforts now include providing vision care, access to clean water, education for safe births, and training to help prevent and respond to bullying.
5. Prana Yoga Capris: Similar
Another brand I adored prior discovering the ethical fashion movement is Prana. They make amazing athletic apparel, and these yoga capris are magic. I’ve had them for several years and wear them avidly for yoga. The fabric hasn’t bagged out or faded, and they stay in place as I move through my practice. If I ever blow out this pair, I’ll definitely repurchase.
Prana is passionate about sustainability. They use materials from sustainable sources, partner with companies and factories that adhere to strict guidelines for safety and efficacy, and as a member of the Fair Labor Association, they fight for better labor practices.
Prana was also featured in the DWDG post on “Ethical Workout Gear for the New Year.”
Honorable Mention: LulaRoe Perfect Tee
I love the fit of the LuLaRoe Perfect Tee. It’s long enough to wear with leggings, and the fabric is so soft. It’s an honorable mention because I wasn’t 100% sure about the print, but I get lots of compliments when I wear it. LuLaRoe tops and dresses are made in the USA, and their clothes can be purchased at pop-up boutiques via LuLaRoe fashion consultants.
Thank you, Amanda, for joining us today and sharing your Fav Five! Follow along with her on instagram @VibrantByNature.