If you have been a reader of Chic Éthique for a while, you will know that I love thrift shopping for my wardrobe. It’s an economical way to fill out a wardrobe while being conscious of the environment, ethics, and charitable causes all at once. Growing up, my mother shopped for me at thrift shops and garage sales, and as a teenager, I didn’t like wearing thrifted things or visiting thrift stores. As I learned more about the fashion industry, however, I fell in love with it, and was so grateful to my mom for showing me how it was done, even if I didn’t appreciate it at the time. I often get asked if I have any advice for thrifting, so today I’m sharing five thrifting tips. Find them below in both written and video forms, and let’s get thrifting!
I remember when I first started incorporating more fair fashion into my life being overwhelmed at the prospect of changing everywhere I shopped. So many ethical brands operate exclusively online or in Europe, and I cringed a little at the thought of not being able to walk into my favorite shops and try on pretty things. Thankfully however, many mainstream retailers are beginning to stock a variety of ethical brands, and one of my favorites is Anthropologie. I’ve loved shopping at Anthropologie for years for their uniquely detailed pieces, and I was curious to research what they carried in more detail. Today I’m excited to share some wonderful fair pieces with you.
My search began in the fall when I fell in love with a vest on the rack at Anthropologie. I assumed it’s label would say “made in China,” but decided to take a peek. To my pleasant surprise, it was made in the USA! That label sparked my curiosity, and I’ve found so many great fair brands since then. The great thing about Anthropologie, is that their buyers source products from independent companies and artisans. Not everything they carry is what I would term fair fashion, but they have some wonderful options. Ethical favorites like Veja and Baggu are available, as well as some smaller independent brands. Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite pieces from the current collection. Click on the image to shop!
Do you have any suggestions for others stores you’d like to see in a post like this? I’d love to hear!
Each year when the weather warms up, my style goes through a shift towards all things flowing, billowy, ruffled, and romantic. Sizzling summer days conjure up visions of 1970s music festivals and the Victorian revival styles that have always had a place in my heart. My more minimal basics move to the back of the wardrobe to make way for white lace blouses, floral dresses, and flowing maxi skirts. And speaking of flowing maxi skirts, let’s talk about the lilac-hued number I’m wearing in this post!
Vintage but Trendy
I love it when trends and vintage overlap, and fortunately for me, they do quite often! This spring, basket bags have been everywhere, and I think they are just adorable. According to fashion history, designers in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, thought they were pretty adorable too, making this trend a perfect one to shop at your favorite vintage, thrift, or Etsy shop. I’ve had so much fun hunting down pretty straw bags on Etsy, and today I’m rounding up five recent favorites. Whether you need a new bag for the farmer’s market, or the perfect quirky piece to pair with your favorite summer dress, these vintage numbers will have you looking warm weather ready.
Today marks the start of Fashion Revolution Week, and in the spirit of this week, I wanted to share some tips on one of my favorite things: ethical shopping, and in particular budget ethical shopping. When I first made the switch to ethical fashion, I was concerned about finding pieces I loved in my price point, and while there are a lot of good reasons to invest in more expensive pieces, sometimes you simply can’t make those expenditures. I’m young, and working on saving rather than spending a lot of money on costly clothing, and as much as I love style, I’ve found methods of expressing it and shopping ethically without breaking the bank.