1. I want to just go shopping, find my size (10 Tall), and just purchase it. I don't want to measure myself, order online, try it on, find out its pretty but not for me, and have to return it for store credit. (WOW!! THAT got honest.)
2. Purchasing ethically can mean a big search for ethical pieces that fit your personal style. It's rarely easy.
3. NEW frustration: I read a blog a few months back about how ethical fashion isn't really ethical. It felt so negative and I wanted to give up! I need HOPE in ethical fashion. Also, our go-to ethical brand, Everlane, has received a low rating from the Good On You App. So, that felt really frustrating! SERIOUSLY!!
Stick around for my HOPE!
My frustrations feel raw and sometimes I hate sharing those with you. I want to be your source of hope and inspiration for purchasing ethically. However, if I am feeling these frustrations, I know you are feeling them too. AND, if you saw the same blog post, I can imagine your frustration and desire to give up matched my own. The truth is, there is NO easy answer to unethical practices in the fashion industry, BUT our voices are pushing change forward in the fashion industry. FREAKIN' Target just came out with a fair trade jean line. So, keep going. We trust awesome small businesses like The Root Collective and Trove. Then, we use wisdom to purchase from larger "ethical" businesses!
Now, why did I buy some fast fashion pieces recently?! Well, first off, I was at Target...don't all good stories start with "I was at Target?" Anyways! I was at Target trying on their fair trade jeans and I saw a black and white striped long-sleeved shirt. Tried it on and...I loved it. So, I got it.
Then, I got obsessed with having a leopard print skirt! I knew what I wanted and I didn't want to settle. So, I followed my 3 tips before I purchased about 5x's. I almost purchased a similar skirt from Evereve (not "ethical", but I love what their company stands for). However, I looked at it on several different women and I didn't believe it would look great on me. So, I purchased the fast fashion skirt! Pictures coming soon.
Balance has been key for me! We push for better standards in the fashion industry. We tell companies what we want. BUT we keep ourselves from burnt out! Buy what you need and sometimes buy a fun piece you just want. AND, if you need help, I love researching. So, shoot me your questions about ethical fashion or new pieces you are looking for. I would love to shoot you some ideas of where you might be able to find it.
Tell me: How do you stay positive about ethical fashion? How do you avoid ethical fashion burnout?