Finding affordable and sustainable fashion that you love can be a real challenge. Often slow fashion brands focus on staples for your wardrobe. This is great but sometimes, we all want a little pizazz at a reasonable price.
Here are some of my tips in finding apparel you can feel good about- for your personal style and the planet!
1. Obvious Tip First: Thrift Stores. It’s the Sustainable Fashion Go-To Spot.
I have to get this one out the way. It’s everyone’s favorite place to shop sustainably. It’s probably one of the best ways to find sustainable fashion. Very often thrift stores support your community and you’ll be recycling clothes that would be thrown away. Not only that, you can find premium brands in thrift stores. We all have heard the stories. People make a living thrifting and reselling. Speaking of which…
2. Facebook Lives: the New QVC
Hop on over to Facebook and search the live videos. You will quickly find people selling apparel. Oftentimes these are quality thrift store finds or made by the hosts themselves. These are going on every and all day. People are becoming so successful selling on the platform that Facebook Live is now called the new QVC. It’s not hard to realize why. Facebook Live has an edge over QVC. You can ask the video host questions while they show product. Pretty neat.
3. Thredup, Ebay, and Poshmark
ThredUp (thredup.com), Ebay and Poshmark are the three top places to find pre-owned clothing online. You can find great deals and designer brands at discount. I favor ThredUp for its ease of use and you can consign your clothes for store credit. They make it so easy.
4. Yard Sales, Craigslist and Facebook Market
A surprising way to find chic clothes is looking at your own town. It can be easy to find nice pieces and I like that you’re supporting your own community rather than big brand companies. You’re also eliminating the need of shipping. Win-win-win.
5. Etsy Seamstresses
Many talented designers start their slow fashion brands on Etsy. This is a valuable way to support artists, especially those who use sustainable fashion fabrics. You can also find upcycled clothing and not just the hippie, boho kind either. Try searching “embellished”, “upcycled” or “linen tops” to start your shopping spree.
If you’re inspired by Etsy designers, you can try your hand at making your own clothes. As intimidating as it may sound, it is easier than you think! You can learn valuable skills just by starting with easy projects. There’s thriving social media groups and YouTube tutorials that can help you start. I’d recommend searching for local sewing classes. Sometimes these classes are offered for free! Who knows, you may just find your newest passion.
7. Trade with Friends / Hand Me Downs
Most Americans are over-consumers and have closets FULL of clothes. I’ll bet you’ll hear most people admit they have clothes that still have the tags on them. So take advantage of this and raid their closets. You could borrow, purchase or even trade with them. If you have family members, you could see if hand me downs are still an option. You never know what you’ll find.
I hope this inspires you to think outside the box of only buying from big slow fashion brands. We all know fast fashion is terrible for the environment but like I recently wrote in my deadstock fabric post, purchasing pre-owned clothes is a way to minimize its impact but not a solution.
Supporting big sustainable fashion brands is important but sometimes they are not practical for your budget. So I hope these options help!
Which one of these have you tried? Let me know below!